ARCHITECTURE: The Spring ’13 Collections

Fashion has some new structured silhouettes to offer for the Spring of 2013 and the inspiration is no other than Architecture.

 Text: Mary Giatra


Whether it is a neoclassical facade or a piece of modern furniture, the foundation of this season’s fashion trends is firm and solid. Clothes and accessories are constructed as sculptural as city skylines and we matched the inspirational images with the marvellous designs.

The geometrical lines of the Italian Architect Carlo Mollino set the basis for shoes at Givenchy and Marni which, looked more like furnishing than footwear. In addition, the color blocking at Akris was a total transformation of South American landscape Architecture to clothes. The aesthetic of Brazilian Architect Roberto Burle Marx and his famous exotic parks was more alive than ever in the fashion house’s designs. Similarly at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing’s exaggerated structures, graphic patterns and ornate embroidery seemed like an homage to the neoclassical Architecture of Cuba.

As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is Architecture” and for the spring/summer 2013 collections, this couldn’t be more accurate.



Marin (top) and Givenchy shoes, inspired by Carlo Mollino



Carlo Mollino Furniture



Akris S/S 13, inspired by Roberto Burle Marx



Balmain S/S 13, inspired by Cuban Architecture