Thursday, 29 November 2012

The New LBD: The Jumpsuit

Elie Saab Fall 2012

   It's a key wardrobe staple for the festival months, but the jumpsuit is back on the style radar for fall, featuring at fashion houses Jenny Packham and Chloé to name but a few. The jumpsuit is what you could esssentially call the romper's more sophisticated, lengthier sibling, and I feel it's replaced the classic LBD for this season at least.
   One of my ultimate style icons, Diane Kruger and her amazing Jason Wu lace jumpsuit drew my attention back to the gorgeous one-piece. Attending the recent Jaeger-LeCoultre Place Vendome store opening in Paris as the face of the Swiss brand, Diane stunned and upped her fashion credentials even further (if that is possible!) by wearing this navy Jason Wu jumpsuit. The cut of the one-piece is so flattering, cinching in the waist and elongating the legs and it is a stand-out twist on a usual evening frock. I love that Diane thrives on looking different at all the events she attends. Although the jumpsuit is simple in colour and design, it makes an impact with Diane's complimentary 40's pin-up girl rolls and Hollywood red lipstick. I adore this look and it is without doubt one of my favourites of Diane's outfits to date.

 
   The sheer amount of designers showcasing jumpsuits on their Fall '12 runways shows that this luxe piece is undoubtedly the must-have, contemporary take on the evening dress and the tailored suit.
   While Jenny Packham stunned her audience with a seductive satin, halter-neck jumpsuit, Chloé met their trademark 'modern, classy woman' brief with a tapered, sports-luxe-inspired top-to-toe suit with tiny gingham checks. The appeal of the jumpsuit is that its versatility means there is a style for everyone. Whether you go for a slouchy pyjama style suited to slim, boyish shapes, a wide legged design to compliment your curves or an embellished bustier and pants combo for all-out glamour, the jumpsuit can be dressed up or down to meet your outfit requirements.
 
Chloé Fall 2012
Jenny Packham's satin-topped jumpsuit of Fall '12
   While Chloé's gingham jumpsuit catered for cute day-time wear, Valentino proved that the jumpsuit can be just as sexy as their traditional floor-trailing gowns. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli offered two designs of jumpsuit- one with demure long sleeves and trouser legs, and one in a fitted bustier style with a sweet-heart neckline, though both were in the label's statement siren red. Elie Saab transported his usual embellishments onto the sophisticated piece, creating beautiful sequin-covered jumpsuits (Top photograph). Emma Stone snapped up this jumpsuit to wear to 'The Amazing Spiderman' Premiere earlier this year.
   In contrast to these evening-orientated jumpsuit designs, Viktor and Rolf's emphasis was on colour and pattern, with an art deco flair dominating their fall collection. Designers Horsting and Snoeren worked with funky print and pyjama-inspired shapes to create languid jumpsuits that erupted in waves at the hip and swished at the ankles.

Valentino Fall Couture 2012
Dior favoured glamorous yet simple silhouettes in sleek black. Raf Simon's fall collection for the fashion house featured endless peplums and I love the concept of having a peplum break up a single toned jumpsuit as pictured here on Emma Watson. I love the structure on this jumpsuit by Raf; although the trouser legs are classically tailored, the peplum top is unique and adds an eye-catching curve. 
Emma Watson at the London premiere of The Perks of Being A Wallflower
in Raf Simons for Dior's Peplum Jumpsuit

    Whatever the style and structure of each designer jumpsuit, their length hits well below the knee, nearly grazing the runway. Although the jumpsuit is thought of as an androgynous-inspired alternative to a dress, it still carries the ultra-feminine vibe of a prim fashionista.    Rachel McAdams is another coveteur of the jumpsuit. Here, she looks elegant with an androgynous twist in a Rachel Azzaro Fall 2011 jumpsuit with a black bow tie and beaded button detail. I love her retro waves too! For petite shapes, try a black jumpsuit first like Rachel as they are all-slimming.  
   Rachel then wore another jumpsuit for the Cannes Film Festival of last year. Although her suit by Monique Lhuillier recieved mixed views, I featured it at the time on my style-inspiration of the week! I love that she was not afraid to ditch a predictable red carpet gown for this refined yet individual nude and metallic beauty. It's all about retro Hollywood glamour for me at the moment! Again, I love Rachel's bouncy hair and red lips.



   Whether you dress your jumpsuit down for a day shopping by picking a floral print and teaming it with a cardi or casual blazer, or choose a tux-inspired jumpsuit for a special event or dinner, I guarantee the jumpsuit will become a go-to in your wardrobe. And it will last all the way to spring/summer! I've selected some of the most covetable jumpsuits on the highstreet to show you. I love Topshop's jumpsuit twist on the dungaree, and Reiss' sparkly jumpsuit (though pricey- wait for the sale!) would make an incredible New Year's Eve outfit alternative.


Topshop BoutiqueVelvet Dungaree Jumpsuit £150
 
Zara Nude Jumpsuit With Crossover Top £29.99
 
Vero Moda Clemence Jumpsuit £65.05
 



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