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.
From girly ruffled dresses to leather biker jackets, plenty of metallic colors were seen at spring/summer shows in Paris, New York, Milan and London. While some designers like Alber Elbaz from Lanvin and Gareth Pugh were inspired by futurism and used hi-tech metallic fabrics, collections by Dries Van Noten and Rochas were very feminine and romantic. Dolce & Gabbana used a lot of golden materials and even made a gown from metal coins, and Anna Sui made them work with her flamboyant boho style dresses. Cristopher Kane was brave enough to mix multicolored metallic fabric with feathers, while Haider Ackermann used patches of gold and silver for her asymmetric dresses, but also skirts, trousers and suits.
Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Altuzarra used this trend as an excuse to make very sexy dresses, and collections by Meadham Kirchhoff and Marc by Marc Jacobs created some fabulous urban-wear pieces like metallic jackets.
How to wear this trend?
Since we could see a lot of modern light-weight fabrics, this trend can easily work for both spring summer parties. It is ideal for parties and glamorous events, but is can also be worn during the day in a more casual style. Head-to-toe in metallics would probably be too much, but if you choose one cool piece like a top or a jacket and combine it with other colors, it will blend in nicely. Haider Ackermann’s styling for her spring/summer 2014 show is a very good example how to rock this trend during the day.
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.
From sporty high heels to romantic floral prints, shoes for spring and summer are very colorful and there are many different trends to choose from. Prada rubber heels come in different colors and they can definitely look both elegant and casual, and the same goes for Alexander Wang’s white strap vinyl shoes which look even more futuristic. Mary Kartantzou also designed some fantastic sporty lace shoes with incredible colorful prints that can be worn with an evening gown or a plain T-shirt matched with a pair of shorts. Valentino flat summer sandals are to die for and Dolce & Gabbana designed some sexy platforms decorated with golden coins.
Metallic accessories are going to be a hugely popular, and if you want to rock this trend, Christopher Kane’s silver stilettos are a very original choice. There are also some amazing metallic heels by Lanvin, and they come with with elegant ribbon around the ankle. Spring/summer collections by Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Aquilano Rimondi are featuring some fantastic sandals in vibrant colors, which is another big trend for the forthcoming season, while Alberta Ferretti was inspired by ethnic clothes and designed satin pumps with embroidered flower motifs.
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
LA based designer Brian Lichtenberg, world famous for his T-shirts with mock logos: “Homíes” for Hermés and “Féline” for Céline, debuted at New York Fashion Week with his spring/summer 2014 collection. His first collection is cool and punchy in urban punk-rock style. Since it features sexy pieces like mini skirts, cropped tops, tiny dresses with long zippers and colorful graffiti prints, it is a true rock star collection and it is no surprise that Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn are amongst the top celebrities who love it.
Makeup is just perfect for stage! It is a daring combination of smokey eyes and red lipstick, and it is matched with sharp red nails and wet hair tied in a ponytail.
Have a look at the exclusive photos from New York Fashion Week taken by ModXchange photographer Chip Kennedy: