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.
One of the most exciting things about every fashion week is monitoring fashion trends at front rows, parties and streets. New York fashion crowd is always cool and stylish, without being too eccentric and flamboyant. Apart from celebrities, it is always fun to see what bloggers and magazine editors are wearing. This week they were sporting mainly warm clothes as weather conditions were harsh, but there were also some interesting pieces from spring/summer collections which they mixed with winter gear.
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.
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.
It looks like 16-year-old Lottie Moss is following the footsteps of her half-sister Kate. She recently signed for Storm modeling agency and already has her first fashion editorial in February issue of Dazed & Confused. It is called “From Lottie with Love”.
Images were taken on the streets of London and Lottie is wearing clothes and accessories by Miu Miu, Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, Zadig and Voltaire, Saint Laurent, Topshop Unique and Dolce & Gabbana. “We wanted the shoot to have an easy London feel. We were thinking of a young Jean Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull or Plum Sykes”, said Sean and Seng who photographed this editorial.
Beautiful dreamy images are followed by Lottie’s short interview in the form of Dazed’s Pop Quiz and said that her favorite piece from the shoot was Prada bejeweled coat from spring/summer 2014 collection.
Images: Dazed Digital