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.
The latest issue of British Harper’s Bazaar brings exciting editorial styled by Carine Roitfeld and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld featuring the coolest pieces from spring/summer collections. She mixed pinks with reds and African turbans with Prada printed fur coats, but her outrageous combinations worked well.
The forthcoming season looks very colorful and flamboyant through Roitfeld’s eyes. There are a lot of bright colors, fabulous prints, delicate embellishments and adorable accessories. She picked the most fabulous clothes from Chanel, Prada, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Christian Dior, JW Anderson, Lanvin, Altuzzara, Gucci and Giorgio Armani and chose Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Gooding, Alewya Demmisse and Sabrina Loffreda to pose for the campaign.
Marc Jacobs prepared yet another surprise before he left Louis Vuitton. Not only he revamped the cult Noe bag and created a breathtaking ready-to-wear collection, but he also art directed a spectacular campaign featuring his muses Catherine Dneuve, Gisele Bundchen, Sofia Coppola, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell.
Each star is wearing a piece from Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2014 collection which perfectly matches one of the bags. Additionally, bags seem to correspond to personalities of those women; it is not just a mere coincidence that Catherine Deneuve is photographed with the most flamboyant one embellished with feathers, while Sofia Coppola got the most simple and elegant piece from the collection, and Edie Campbell rocked the metal studded bag.
Images were taken by Stephen Meisel who managed to capture the essence of Marc Jacobs’ last collection for Vuitton and made his dark glamour rather colorful.
The new Noe bag is Marc Jacobs’s last design for Louis Vuitton, and it looks amazing. This iconic drawstring bag was invented in 1932, and created especially for the purpose of carrying a bottle of champagne. Eventually it evolved into a shoulder bag and became hugely popular in the 80s, but this year Marc Jacobs gave it a revolutionary makeover. It comes in different materials, colors and shapes from pink or dark blue croco leather to feather embellishments and metal studs. The collection is made to be appealing to any customer, and every woman can find a piece that will suit her tastes.
Rumours about Nicolas Ghesquière’s new post as a Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, which started since Marc Jacobs stepped down from this position in October, are now confirmed. He already started working on the fall/winter 2014 collection for Louis Vuitton, which will be shown at Paris Fashion Week in March. Everyone is eager to find out how is he going to contribute to the style of the brand which will be 160 years old in 2014.
Ghesquière started working for Balenciaga in 1997, when he was only 25 years old. His ground breaking design immediately turned Balenciaga into a critically acclaimed brand, because he was making wearable art, rather than just mainstream fashion. Marc Jacobs is quite the opposite with his sense for commercial success. Throughout his 16 years long career at Louis Vuitton, he managed to transform luggage and accessories brand into bestselling luxury fashion label. His design is literally appealing to everyone, while Ghesquière’s style is very avant-garde. It will certainly be a challenge for him.
When he was asked how he feels about working for Louis Vuitton, Ghesquière replied: “I am very honoured of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.”
While we are all waiting to see Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton, have a look at some of his designs for Balenciaga selected for you by ModXchange:
As winter is approaching, we are looking for a warm and cozy, but stylish winter dresses to tuck into. From Marc Jacobs’s fur dress to Alberta Ferretti’s plush evening gown, designers opted for luxurious and warm fabrics this season. Rather than just buying a tweed suit, you can make things more interesting by choosing a dress instead. Dolce & Gabbana tweed dresses are very elegant and great for various occasions, from going to work, to attending a dinner party. On the other hand, Marc Jacobs invented a playful combination of tweed and fur for his evening winter dresses for Louis Vuitton, while Stella McCartney made dresses that are mimicking men suits.
Velvet dress is also a great investment buy if you want to add a bit of trend to your wardrobe, but also keep it forever. Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani have some amazing plush dresses in different shapes and sizes. You can choose anything from casual, everyday long or short dress, to a lush floor-length evening gown.
Another way to achieve glamorous look is to invest in a timeless long sleeved satin dress, such as the one from Valentino Couture, Zac Posen or Marni. Paule Ka fall/winter 2013/2014 collection features some amazing simple dresses if you want to go for that that irresistible Parisian effortless style, but if you want the perfect warm mini dress that can be teamed with long boots and a pretty coat, go for Emilio Pucci.