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.
When Dolce & Gabbana decide to play with collage trend the result is truly impressive. The source of inspiration was of course Sicily, but this time they invented a whole new parallel universe inhabited with beautiful creatures from their imagination. We have seen beautiful colorful appliqués in shapes of flowers, trees, apples, foxes, howls, hedgehogs, swans and squirrels. Some of their creations looked literally like children’s books while others were simply pure Dolce & Gabbana glamour crafted from silk, lace and pretty embellishments. While ornaments were very rich and extravagant, the tailoring was quite simple and it all looked very effective.
Accessories were really stunning and almost every piece is a pure fetish every girl will desperately want to have. Dolce & Gabbana are well known for making incredible, perfectly shaped shoes with beautiful embellishments, and this time we have seen some cute strap flats decorated with flower appliqués and metal studs, but also their charming lady-like strap shoes with chunky heels. Boots were beautiful too, especially the ones covered in jewels, but the collection of handbags was absolutely breathtaking.
It was all about a “Scottish woman who’s a little bit more disheveled in winter, with this static hair like she’s running through the fields in the Highlands”, said Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig about Marchesa fall/winter 2014 show. From deconstructed kilts and lace cocktail dresses that resemble Scottish landscapes, the collection was glamorous, opulent and historical. The designers depicted their own version of Scottish traditional wardrobe and gave it a high fashion makeover.
The collection features delicate patchwork, embellished silk, lace, fur and feathers. From chic cocktail dresses to flamboyant ball gowns, each piece from the show can go straight to the red carpet event or a VIP party. Since Marchesa is one of the favourite labels of celebrities around the globe, it will be interesting to see which looks from this collection will be seen at the Oscars next month.
Zac Posen teamed with David’s Bridal to create a line of affordable wedding and evening dresses which will be sold worldwide. The line Truly Zac Posen will launch on February 6th and it will be available online and in shops. His debut collection features 7 dreamy satin and tulle wedding gowns with corset details and embellishments in white and beige, but also 10 beautiful evening dresses.
Famous for his flamboyant floor-length red carpet gowns much loved by celebrities, Posen said that he waited for the right moment to create his line of affordable wedding dresses. “I had been waiting on the right opportunity to design bridal for a larger audience, and that came along last year. David’s Bridal has an unparalleled knowledge of the bridal market, I feel confident about the great future of this partnership. Speaking of the future, I have very high expectations for Truly Zac Posen. We have already started working on forthcoming seasons”, he told Brides magazine.
One of the dresses from this collection is worn by Coco Rocha on the cover of February-March issue of Brides magazine. He also designed a custom made wedding gown for her back in 2010. “Coco’s wedding dress was my very emotional and unique love note to a dear friend who means the world to me”, he said in his interview for Brides magazine, “Truly Zac Posen is my love note to a bride on her most beautiful day. That was the starting point of my collection. I try to push design boundaries using new draping and fabric manipulation techniques every time I approach a new design”.
Karl Lagerfeld’s wedding dress for Chanel Couture was daring and innovative not only because of it’s relaxed silhouette and semi-transparent hi-tech fabric, but also because he matched it with luxurious running shoes embellished with Massaro jewels that allegedly cost around $ 4000. He left us wondering if the boundary between couture and ready-to-wear became to blurry and irrelevant.
And while Lagerfeld combined evening glamour with urbanwear, Jean Paul Gaultier transformed a wedding gown into a butterfly-shaped bodysuit and a bride into a pin-up star dressed up in white lace, feathers and fishnet tights.
Giambattista Valli was subversive in his own way and while making super luxurious and colorful floor-length red carpet gowns adorned with flowers, his wedding dress was a 1960-s inspired mini cocktail dress with flower-shaped crystal embellishments and a pink bow.
Inspired by avant-garde art Raf Simons created a futuristic, asymmetrical wedding dress for Dior. It is strapless and embellished with white flowers and crystals, and the silk it is made from is so lightweight that it literally floats around the body.
Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad created big flamboyant dresses covered in hundreds of beautiful hand-stitched floral appliques, Donatella Versace designed a tight and revealing sexy gown adorned with pearls and crystals and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli made a simple but adorable wedding dress from luxurious white lace.