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AW13 Trend: Femme Fatale

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Image Rita Hayworth in Gilda 1946

The Femme Fatale woman is making a comeback this AW 13/14. It is a trend that adopts dark glamorous, ladylike richness via bold, dominant pieces such as inky black lace dresses, superior skirt suits, lust-inducing leather and form fitting silhouettes. Think 'come hither' yet 'don't-mess-with-me' rolled into one. Inspired by 40's Hollywood stars and their polished, liquid silk, curve-hugging dresses, exceedingly sleek hair and the classic crimson lip, the sophisticated, dark and feminine look is one trend that we’re particularly excited about this A/W.

Elie Saab

Image Elie Saab (Image courtesy of 160 Grams)

Of all the designers who provided their own personal take on the glamorous 1940's look Elie Saab’s was a beacon of feminine, vampy pieces. Dresses were ladylike - halted by the knee, or maxi length, and pinched at the waist – and while the majority of the collection oozed an aphotic black, each dress was still individual differentiated from the others by subtle detail. The safe, womanly lengths didn’t detract from the sleek elegant pieces - with exquisite, peek-a-boo lace, sheer see-through, silk and satin material, creating a sophisticated and tasteful collection that still had va va voom.

Atelier Versace

Image Atelier Versace (Image courtesy of

Donatella Versace's Fall collection set Paris Couture Week off to a shimmering start, with possibly the ultimate femme fatal - Naomi Campbell - opening the show in a thigh skimming, split, bra-flashing jacket dress. The Atelier Versace show offered up high-shine leather pieces, in burgundy and dark navy blue - body-con high waisted skirts and sheer panels - all decorated with bold, statement jewellery. This was an enhanced - provocative- take on the Femme Fatale trend. Dresses were elegant, clinging to the female form, and skirt-suits, powerful - despite the fearless translucent, lace and sheer panels.

Stella McCartney

Image Stella McCartney (Image courtesy of Elle UK)

Stella McCartney's AW13 collection offered the Femme Fatale as polished and mature, via casual evening wear with mis-fitted jumpsuits and a range of tailored pinstriped garments and oversized jackets. Simple cotton, body hugging dresses with sweetheart necklines and A-line flippy miniskirts, contrasted with dark, fitted dresses that were sleek and feminine with an elegant twist. Male tailoring layered over cropped trousers appeared further on in the collection, continuing McCartney’s ongoing expert balancing of feminine and masculine pieces.

Fyodor Golan

Image Fyodor Golan (Image courtesy of Pheonix Mag)

Only two years since design duo Fyodor Golan won their Fashion Fringe award with their collection ‘Flowers of Evil’ and already the up and coming pair have been marked as ones to watch. With Fyodor from Latvia, and Golan from Israel, the designers might describe their relationship as ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ but the duo have successfully discovered how to explore, and pair their differences into their design philosophy.

For the Fyodor Golan AW13 collection, the Femme Fatale woman was a seductress. Fyodor told Vogue after the show that the collection - inspired by Luis Bunuel's 1967 film Belle De Jour - was ‘the story of a girl becoming a woman, following her natural instincts.’ Black shimmer fabrics came in the form of mini dresses, floor-skimming skirts, and peplum-injected jackets. Silk, sequins and cut out detailing pushed the LBD into the grown, mellow territory. With eyes smouldering, lips pouting a burgundy red and hair sleeked back and classically styled - Fyodor Golan's collection was a conquest triumph to the Femme Fatale trend.

Words by Karis Levy. Edited by GP

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