PFW Spring 2013: Uneven Hemlines
Posted by on September 30, 2012 | 1:52 pm EST

 (L-R) Costume National, Balenciaga, Aganovich, Barbara-Bui

Throughout the entire spring/summer fashion season, hemlines were either shortened for better skin show-off or lengthened for an unusual nod to modesty. On the runways of Paris Fashion Week however, designers managed to interrupt this normality and unify the two trends to churn out uneven hemlines that offered a resounding fusion.

The salvo of heavy-hitting designers riding on the bandwagon proved that though minis will be the perpetual spring skirt of choice, throwing in a bit of edgy tailoring techniques can be a refreshingly curious departure.

Designers took on a multitude of approaches to pin down this trend. Several labels opted to go down a more graphic path, with skirts that thrived in sharp, bluntly cut lines. At Balenciaga, severe asymmetrical hemlines created a stellar visual story made even more beautiful with chic white piping. The similar aesthetic was seen in one Lanvin dress, though Albert Ebaz went with a modern wrap-up dress style.

 (L-R) Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Comme des Garcon, Lanvin

Last spring’s high-low trend was subtly on parade, with some designers seemingly using that as inspiration to create breezy side high-low looks. At Costume National, skirts were both short and long, and appropriately breezy. Although Aganovich and Comme des Garçons were nodding towards skirts’ familiar softness and movement, they went with a bit of unconventional volume. In choosing satin, Aganovich pulled it off with more gusty success while Comme des Garçons was a bit heavy-handed and excessive.

Barbara Bui and Nina Ricci also took the trend on a runway try, going for a finish that we thought was superbly ingenious. Their skirts looked like half of it was knotted to one side, yielding more sexed up looks than other labels. Raf Simons also got creative with Christian Dior’s spring collection, as he lit up the catwalk with colorful side high-low dresses and tops. The looks were, as usual, heavily minimalist but the addition of these tail-like side details injected a bit of flirty femininity and raucous romance to the aesthetics.

We don’t know about you, but we’re absolutely positive that this trend will sweep spring season by storm. With Simons telling us that it’s a trend, who can argue with that?

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