From Prada bejeweled dresses to Louis Vuitton black embellishments, we have seen a lot of chunky beads at spring/summer shows. Marni collection features some heavily embellished sportswear and Christopher Bailey’s collection for Burberry included some incredible pieces studded with chunky jewels. This season’s novelty are big sparkly rocks, even though some designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and Jenny Packham decided to stick to more subtle embellishments. Simone Rocha used big white pearls and stitched them to collars, handbags, shoes and even socks, while Dolce & Gabbana covered their dresses in golden coins and yellow jewels.
Louis Vuitton fall/winter show was the most anticipated one at Paris Fashion Week and it was worth waiting since Nicolas Ghesquiere definitelly managed to redefine the brand . His debut LV collection is very sober, casual and detail oriented. He didn’t have a theme and the idea wasn’t to dazzle us with extravagance, but to create something pragmatic and wearable. Inspired by the history of Louis Vuitton, he worked with leather a lot and the result was extraordinary, since the collection features some truly amazing leather coats, bags, shoes and belts.
Bags were particularly interesting and innovative. Petite-Malle, his small boxy handbag which resemble company’s steamer trunks from nineteenth century immediately became the new “it bag” everybody is talking about. It can be worn as a crossbody bag or a clutch and it comes with removable leather cover. There are several different styles including the one with LV monogram. The brand didn’t create any new bag shapes for a long time and this bag is definitely an important invention for a label that has been making luxury luggage for more than 160 years. It is not a trendy bag but a timeless piece which you will want to wear until the end of your life. Brand’s PR said that the price is “on demand” and it can only be assumed that the waiting list will be very long.
Aside from this gorgeous little bag, Ghesquiere also made some amazing color blocking doctor bags and some of the come with removable covers too. A second layer is a very practical invention to protect the leather and it is also an interesting idea to have a luxury bag covered with a canvas wrapper.
We usually see models on catwalks dressed up in extravagant clothes and walking in high heels, but in reality, they look very casual and often wear jeans. It is an unwritten rule that no one can style a pair of denim trousers better than a professional model. Depending on the occasion, jeans can look smart or casual and there is literally countless number of ways to wear a single pair.
For sporty but sexy look, you can wear skinny jeans with sneakers or combat boots and a short jacket and accessorize it with a big scarf and a leather bag. If you want to make this look more urban and smart, match your denim with a silk blouse, a pair of leather boots and an elegant coat. You can also wear jeans with high heels and add a bit of glamour with trendy jewelry and a small elegant clutch bag, or go for a tomboy style and wear ripped denim with a cool slogan T-shirt, ankle boots and a colorful coat.
This is how models wore jeans during recent fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan when off duty:
French brand Paule Ka is well known for simple, classic design much loved by royalties and celebrities around the world. Serge Cajfinger’s vision of femininity is the epitome of that timeless Parisian chic but each season he manages to reinvent it by adding something new and exciting. This time he gave the brand’s signature bows a new twist and used them to tie the sleeves. This new detail appears on cocktail dresses and blouses, but he also wrapped bows around the waist and collars. The collection also has some youthful and modern elements such as bright colored prints and geometric cuts and features plenty of beautiful A-line dresses, cigarette pants, poplin shirts and spring coats.
Colorful fur jackets were very popular this winter but this trend went step further and next year we will be seeing a lot of colorful patchwork and vivid prints on fur. Miuccia Prada even made some printed fur coats for the summer, but we have seen more of this at fall/winter shows. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, well known for his artistic prints on clothes, used them on fur this time, while Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi and Daks have shown us interesting patterns printed on fur.
Patchwork is definitely a huge trend for fall/winter 2014 and we have seen some beautiful coats made from colorful patches at Phillip Lim, Roksanda Ilincic and Topshop Unique. Prada’s latest collection includes some leather coats with fur trimmings in vivid colors, while Vercase and Dolce&Gabbana designed some amazing fur coats in bright red which look incredibly warm.
Paris Fashion Week is one of the most important fashion events of the year and it attracts many celebrities, journalists and fashion designers from all over the world. We have seen some distinguished guests already wearing pieces from latest fall/winter collections and one of them was Rihanna who showed up in Prada coat at Miu Miu show. We have also seen a lot of inspirational styling combinations made out of pieces from spring/summer collections. While Elle Fanning showed us an interesting way to wear Miu Miu pastels, Anna Dello Russo taught us how to rock a colorful Celine coat.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli were once again inspired by Rome, only this time their mood board was infused with with Italian Pop Art from sixties and works of female artists such as Carla Accardi, as well as Commedia dell’arte costumes. In the first part of the show we have seen some 1960-s style A-line dresses with colourful prints, Harlequin-inspired leather patchwork pieces and monastic style dresses, but then their signature lace, tulle and renaissance embroidery with butterflies and animal motifs started to emerge. Towards the end of the show they combined all the elements together in a delightful spread of evening gowns. It was especially interesting to see how they managed to turn Pop art graphics into a pattern for one of their buttoned up dresses. The last gown in navy blue with big red heart across the chest was inspired by the work of female artist Giosetta Fioroni.
”It’s important to give people the freedom to be themselves” said Maria Grazia Chiuri after the show. But while each of their epic couture quality evening dresses is a work of art to keep for life, the collection also features great ready-to-wear looks as well. There were some simple and modern pieces which are definitely a must for the next fall/winter season such as reversible capes, colourful cardigan coats and shirt collar dresses.