Summer trends on the runway!

Summer 2013 Fashion Report

By Samantha Bryant


ombre sketchThe ombré dying process, also known as dip dye, allows designers to create a multi-tonal look within the same fabric and garment. From a deep midnight to a frosty blue petal hue, ombré brings spectrums of colors together through a gentle gradient.

Just Cavalli, by Roberto Cavalli, brought a fresh urban look to this trend through denim pants that faded from bold acid greens to neutral stonewashed tones.

Kristen Wiig rocked a more classical version of this trend on the red carpet in a silk Zac Posen gown. The gathers faded from a deep mocha tone to a pale caramel, slimming her while giving her the aura of eye-catching decadence.

Another way this trend can be interpreted is through embellishments. Léa Seydoux stunned at the Cannes Film Festival in a blue Louis Vuitton gown. The simple A-line look was accented with deep blue and turquoise sequins that clustered at the hem and gradually faded upward.

This trend extends even to accessories and menswear. Bradley Cooper recently sported a white Tom Ford suit, complete with ombré brown oxfords.

This dramatic trend will pop up on any item! From denim jeans, maxiskirts, and accessories, great gradients are what it’s all about. A fun way this trend has been interpreted into street style is through ombré nail polish and even ombré hair. Bring this mutli-tonal magic to your next ballroom gown with these looks!

On the Runway


beigesketchThe monochrome and minimalistic movement has become increasingly prominent through both red carpets and ready-to-wear retail, leading to this summer’s explosion of the beige spectrum. From caramel to fawn, taupe to blush, every color is imagined within this neutral rainbow.

This look allows the wearer to appear ethereal and yet subtle. Designers have the leeway to be decadent and inventive with embellishments and lace, without the fear of looking gaudy or overbearing.

Nicole Kidman looked amazing at the Cannes Film Festival in a pale taupe Valentino gown. The gown’s ribbon and jewel appliques, which formed a loud flower motif, remained quiet and classy within this subtle dewdrop tone.

AnnaSophia Robb was fresh and sweet in a George Chakra minidress at the June CMT awards. The delicate lace and rhinestones glimmered softly in this pressed-petal-pink lace number.

This beige bombardment will make its way from trendy streets to preppy retail. But no matter how you work this hot trend, the key is to pair items with texture and visual interest. From lace and crochet, to sequins, or pale trims, don’t confuse this trend with blandness.

Bring this neutral yet whimsical trend to the ballroom with these decadent gowns!

On the Runway


DecoTrendThe glamour and fever of the 1920s was brought into the spotlight once again with Baz Lurhmann’s exuberant adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Aspects from the film’s luxurious fashions have made their way onto the red carpet. Elements such as geometric overlapping deco shapes, dropped waist silhouettes, and flapper style fringe have all been reimagined for the 21st century red carpet.

Isla Fisher dazzled in slinky L’Wren Scott gown at her movie premier of Now You See Me. The skin-tone dress was encrusted in black sequins forming a deco overlapping circle motif.

Taylor Swift turned heads at the Country Music Awards in a loose Elie Saab number with chiffon side panels that created a unique handkerchief hem. This boxy yet whimsical silhouette references the dropped waist and creative hems worn by Roaring Twenties aristocrats.

Jessica Szhor showed off a new take on a flapper dress at her premier of The Internship. Her black gown was ornamented with small chain-link fringe, forming cap sleeves that continued down the side seam.

In the stores, this deco overlapping geometric style will be seen on summer dresses, tops, and even printed shorts. Sequined, bejeweled, and sparkling headbands will also increase in popularity. Bring this lavish look to the ballroom with these delightfully deco looks!

On the Runway