Designers Inspired by Books

September 14, 2012 by Lila Delilah

By ManhattanMataHari

We couldn’t help but notice that several designers seem to have been inspired by “literature.” We found several similarities between best selling books and several collections on the runway. Let us know if you agree with our observations.

Fifty Shades of Grey

The wildly popular erotic novel inspired some good in the form of sexy accessories and racy lingerie styles. Early in the week Jason Wu and his La Perla collaboration showed sexy bustiers, leather dresses, and harness belts that would make even Christian Grey blush. Herve Leger and Ralph Lauren interepreted the trend with more corset style belts, while BCBG Max Azria channeled a suspender harness style. For a more PG-13 rating, look to Edun who incorporated harness inspired details or to Calvin Klein whose normally minimalist designs had exaggerated peekaboo bra details. We also couldn’t help but love Milly’s slimming illusion dress which cheekily gives the silhouette of being in lingerie or a bodysuit. Even Oscar de la Renta got on board with sexy-chic PVC pencil skirts. Is it getting hot in here?

Steve Jobs

Okay, so the Apple founder wasn’t exactly a fashion icon in his signature black turtlenecks and dad jeans but his sheer technological innovation and forward thinking are definitely in vogue. While Diane von Furstenberg’s Google Glasses were definitely the best tech-savvy accessory, other designers used advanced techniques to get their looks. Alexander Wang’s futuristic hair and makeup accompanied intricate cutouts on spliced tops and graphic tailoring on mod dresses and were testament to his tech savvy designs even before the day-glow finale. Calvin Klein sent a fab black and white wave dress down the runway that appeared to undulate with the model’s walk, while Jill Stuart’s plaid laser-cutout white dress was neo-preppy at its finest. Be on the lookout for lots of futuristic stripes, like those which dominated at Marc Jacobs.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander’s love of leather was all over the runways, although luckily it was not limited to punk styled black numbers. Proenza Schouler’s leatherwork was artfully manipulated so the silhouettes had plenty of movement and attitude. Oscar de la Renta went more hardcore than normal, with some punk-inspired yet ladylike colorful leather worked into the collection. 3.1 Philip Lim tried to revive ‘90s grunge. As expected, Helmut Lang pleased the crowd with new silhouettes for their leatherwear, including a great new black leather jacket that would even soften up Ms. Salander.

The Hunger Games

Leave it to Rodarte to continue their Capitol couture domination. Dragon ear-cuffs adorned futuristic and post-apocalyptic styles that are definitely statement making. Band of Outsiders took a more literal inspiration. Designer Scott Sternberg’s collection was heavily inspired by military uniforms and included, camo, army jackets, and combat boots. For Katniss fans, you won’t need to don a hunting jacket since Altuzarra and Rag and Bone’s menswear inspired lines allows for plenty of chicer options. On can’t forget about Katness’s awe inspiring girl on fire gown, which we imagine to be as much of a showstopper as Carolina Herrera’s mini-collection of bright red-orange dresses.


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