Tagged: Milan Fashion Week

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends: Colorful Fur

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.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Au Jour Le Jour

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Au Jour Le Jour

Topshop Unique, Roksanda Ilincic, Phillip Lim

Topshop Unique, Roksanda Ilincic, Phillip Lim

 

Daks, Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi

Daks, Altuzarra, Aquilano Rimondi

 

Givenchy, Prada, Blumarine

Givenchy, Prada, Blumarine

 

Matthew Williamson, Anna Sui, Preen

Matthew Williamson, Anna Sui, Preen

 

Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace

Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace

Images: www.vogue.com, www.style.com

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Sophisticated and Gray: Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2014

There is nobody that can make gray flannel look so sophisticated and cool than Giorgio Armani. It is classic winter chic but with a modern twist, made for urban modern women. He made the entire collection using only three colors: black, gray and lime green. Mixing the colors together, especially the ombre effect which he used for jackets and coats was truly spectacular. It worked very well, even for evening dresses. After seeing so many colorful prints and patterns at Milan Fashion Week, Armani’s collection transported us back to reality.

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Images: www.vogue.com

Stella Jean’s Funky Prints

Influenced by African wax prints and Japanese forms, Stella Jean’s show was a delightful display of mixed prints and patterns. She said that it took her 250 hours to create this collection which was made in Italy. She applied her funky prints on everything from silk to wool and nylon and on each piece from the show including tights and footwear.

The collection was very colorful and included some animal prints as well which she also used for her spring/summer 2014 collection. But while her last show consisted mainly from cotton pieces, this one was more luxurious and extravagant. Her floor-length colorful wooly coats opened the show, and she cleverly matched them with shorts and pussy bow shirts. She was using feminine silhouettes for skirts and dresses, but also pure masculine forms for jackets and coats. Sometimes she even blended those elements together which look very effective.

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Images: www.vogue.com

Enchanted Sicily: Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014

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.

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Images: www.vogue.com

Howling at the Moon: Antonio Marras Fall/Winter 2014

Inspired by Herman Hesse’s novel ‘Steppenwolf’, Ridley Scott’s film ‘Blade Runner’, German writer and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Little Red Riding Hood and artist Joseph Beuys, Antonio Marras included a lot of different elements in his fall/winter collection.  The runway was decorated with a big silver full moon and screens playing videos with wolves. He also printed wolves howling at the moon on silk dresses and winter coats, but this scene also appears on big wooly jumpers and on skirts and tops in the form of collage appliqués.

He used delicate embroidery, lace and floral prints for his feminine dresses at the end of the show, but he also made some masculine pieces with rough geometric forms. The collection had elements of horror, romantic fairytale and urban jungle, but it actually looks like a very interesting and coherent mix.

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Images:  www.style.com

Making a Patchwork from History: Etro Fall/Winter 2014

Etro show at Milan Fashion Week was a colorful patchwork made from paisley patterns the brand was famous for. Veronica Etro decided to open the family archive and use it for her inspiration. She created collages by blending together family designs from different decades. It was a fun journey through history.

The clothes are very ethnic and hence traditional, but also very contemporary with modern shapes and tailoring. Pieces like Romanian blouses, Peruvian ponchos and Mongolian lamb gilets were mixed together in a very diverse, multiethnic collection which is just ideal for modern nomads in the globalized world.

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Images: www.vogue.com