Text by Baille Gelwicks. Photos courtesy of Emerson.
Punk meets prep-school here at the Emerson FW13 show. Gray, black, navy, and burgundy play to traditional prep-school colors while plaid echoes both of the look’s signature pattern. Peter-pan collars keep it sweet while leather trim rebels. Even the most demure and simple of shift and shirt dresses gain attitude from such leather trim. It’s amazing how fabric can give the simplest of silhouettes such attitude. Leather makes the shift dress tough, patch-like plaid makes a sweet dress rebellious, and shimmery knits sweeten the deal. Long gowns scream 90’s grunge with asymmetric construction and enough fabric to drown in.
Each look toughens with black booties. Sheer plaid t-shirt dresses and flouncy skirts look especially nice with the juxtaposing accessory. Classic preppy ponytails get punked when worn in an undone fashion. Let’s not forget the make-up. You can’t do punk without a heavy black eye, lined from top to bottom. Emerson FW13 seems to tell the story of the sweet and innocent tween morphing into the rebellious teen. Although you may not want to relive it, at least you can enjoy dressing the part.