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.
While must-have bags for fall and winter were too tiny, one of the major spring/summer 2014 trends is an oversized clutch. Big clutches are very handy because you can fit anything you like inside them, but you can also squeeze and fold them so that they don’t take too much space. They can look very urban and modern like the ones from Topshop Unique, elegant and feminine like the ones from Dries Van Noten, or even deadly serious and ideal for a working woman such as Mulberry ones made out of leather. Speaking of leather, python skin is going to be omnipresent this year, but as for the spring/summer bags, the ones from Christian Dior are very special because they are dyed in bright, funky colors. Croco skin is also trendy and you can choose from classical Bottega Veneta ones to Michael Kors’s trendy big clutches.
The most talked about slogan bags for the forthcoming season are definitely Kate Spade’s book clutches, but the pretties girly clutches of the season are probably Burberry ones because of beautiful pastel shades and delicate floral appliques. Arty prints is one of the key trends for the forthcoming season and the best examples are Prada and Chanel handbags. Prada also has lovely croco leather bags embellished with jewels, while Miu Miu accessories are inspired by 1960-s and are made in lovely pastel hues. On the other hand, Lanvin metallic bin bags are just revolutionary, Tory Burch created wonderful collection of bags covered in wallpaper-like florals, Carven designed beautiful furoshiki inspired cloth bags and Marc Jacobs and Valentino went for boho style.
Just like “Sex and The City” did before, HBO series“Girls” is telling a story about fashion which is slightly different to the ones we are used to hear. While Carrie Bradshaw’s style was glamorous, but also very eccentric and even revolutionary in a way, Hannah Horvath is he opposite. She is not glamorous at all but simply real with her liberated and effortless style. The lesson about fashion we need to learn from her is that one should feel comfortable in their own skin. Because she definitely can. She is capable of wearing a tiny shorts even though she is not 0-size skinny, swapping tops with a guy in the middle of the night club, or even walking around the streets of New York in an old, thorn, oversized T-shirt.
The series isabout real life, real twenty-something girls, their problematic careers and emotional weaknesses, but also about real beauty versus clichéed Hollywood aesthetics.In her Vogue interview the author of the show, Lena Dunham, explains her viewpoint: “There was a sense that I and many women I knew had been led astray by Hollywood and television depictions of sexuality … Seeing somebody who looks like you having sex on television is a less comfortable experience than seeing somebody who looks like nobody you’ve ever met”, she said, “I haven’t seen a show about people like my friends, who just finished college and are really confused. It’s that moment between being a kid and being an adult“.
Even though it may look like Dunham neglected the fashion dimension of the series while being focused on the story and the characters, she actually didn’t. As someone who knows a lot about fashion, she carefully thought it through. Breaking away with stereotypes and prejudices, she offered an alternative image of a young woman who is beautiful and stylish but not a tall slim model dressed up in expensive clothes. Even though she isn’t a style icon in a classical sense, her contribution to the world of fashion is huge.
It is therefore no surprise that Lena Dunham eventually made it to the cover of US Vogue. She was photographed for the February 2014 issue by Annie Lebovitz wearing the most flamboyant pieces from spring/summer collections. She looks very glamorous and seems substantially different from Hannah Horvath whose style is very casual.
Unlike her own character from the series, Lena Dunham is very fashion literate and had the privilege to wear designers’ clothes since she was a teenager. As we learned from Vogue, Zac Posen made a graduation dress for her in the early 2000-s and is still sending her pieces from his collections. She has a very original taste and likes designs by Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Erdem, Miu Miu, Peter Jensen and Marni. She also adores jewelry, Charlotte Olympia flats, Prada bags and J Brand jeans.
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.
When thinking about what coat to buy this season, there are many options from classical trench or a fur coat to an oversized cape. Sleeveless coats may not be the best choice if you are looking for something warm, but they certainly are a huge trend and can be mixed with leather jackets, for example. Some of the best pieces are seen at Victoria Beckham, Antonio Beardi, and Marni. If they are not sleeveless, they can be collarless, or even both. However, if they are not too good at protecting you from the cold weather, they certainly look nice.
Huge masculine loose-fitting coats as seen at Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Max Mara are also very trendy. They are so big that you can literally fit in another one underneath, and no one will ever notice. If you are in the mood for the classic British look this winter, you can’t make a mistake with Burberry, but you can also go for Moschino’s cute little tartan coat or Dolce & Gabbana tweed coat.
Long elegant coat like the one from Louis Vuitton can also be an investment buy, but if you want something truly beautiful and original you will fall in love with Valentino coats with scalloped edges. However, if you want a bit of bright colors in your life, Paul Smith or Emporio Armani can be just the perfect choice.
Image credits: http://www.elleuk.com