Butterfly embroidered gowns at Valentino. Insect wings outlining the gowns at Honor. Carolina Herrera taps her Pre-Fall collection, “Bee Happy.” Elephants and dragons are drawn on to the pieces at Roberto Cavalli. A feather coat adds that Wow factor at Chanel’s Pre-Fall show in Dallas. And Jean Paul Gaultier has only these words to describe his latest Haute Couture collection, “Life is a Butterfly!”
Ever since the Pre-Fall season began, designers have been looking out their windows for inspiration on their latest collections. Throughout the Pre-Fall collections, many designers demonstrated the importance of outerwear, with fur and feathered separates. While Reed Krakoff’s collection sure did seem to show off some of my favorite animal prints. Some designers seemed to opt more for flowers and insects, especially during last week’s Haute Couture Fashion Week. Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from the bumble bee, while at Valentino comes a segment filled with Butterfly embroidered gowns, in both the brand’s Haute Couture and Pre-Fall collection. While flowers get their share at Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, and Elie Saab’s Haute Couture collections; and Matthew Williamson’s Pre-Fall collection. I guess doing something as simple as looking out the windows can produce a really fascinating collection.
As cutouts have been dominating the Spring runways at shows like: Cushnie et Ochs, Versace, Anthony Vaccarello, and Gucci; Christian Dior Creative Director, Raf Simons, decides to take the staple to his most recent Haute Couture collection, the Futuristic Way. Simons gives a Classic daytime ensemble, that I’d picture myself wearing on a Summer day for a lunch time gathering or tea or to Church, Chic and modern ruffles and circular cutouts. Along with a white floor length evening gown, draped in identical circular cutouts. Besides cutouts as key in the collection, Simons seems to incorporate another important element, which seems to go well with cutouts: structure. Strapless sheer gowns get a pointed texture. A basic, Ladylike Little Navy Dress gets circular cutouts, and then placed with jewels as embellishments, giving the collection this such fun and Chic character. And as solid hues and different textures may seem to be key, Simons incorporates a floral printed trench and scarf, here and there, for that extra dosage of floral print.
Now texture and structure may seem new to most during the Haute Couture season. Raf Simons most definately keeps us all lusting over our heels for his latest pieces. Especially since the cutouts and structure get a more Elegant and Couture like twist, similar to the contagiously obsessive JW Anderson Spring 2014 collection. This is actually not the first time that I’ve noticed Simons working his Magic with cutouts and structure; as he does so in his Pre-Fall collection released nothing but 3 days ago. Now what I think that most people want to know is what Jennifer Lawerence, muse to Simons, will be sporting at the Oscars, come February.
From baroque evening gowns, Native American printed jackets, to an Owl sweater dress, and flower petals draping on a black chiffon gown. Valentino Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli seem to be putting together many of their elements from collections over the past year with some elements, for a very fresh feel. As Chiuri and Piccioli will be presenting their Menswear collection for the House, tomorrow and the awaiting Haute Couture collection next week. They leave us Sparked with excitement on their upcoming collections. Especially when a black lace and sheer dress gets a ruffled sheer white collar, very Pre-Fall/Fall 2013 inspired. Beautiful Native American inspired prints, (one of my favorite Pre-Fall trends), get warmed up for Winter’s frost. My favorite Preppy staples of tweed, cashmere, and the Equestrian boot get vamped up with Tropical printed hairbands, oversized handbags, and moccasins. Fur gets an Artistic vamp. An olive cap serves more as a drape than a dress. Brightly gleaming Butterflies shimmer on a black chiffon evening gown. And Baroque and Lace evening gowns make me go back to July when Valentino’s Haute Couture collection hit the runways! Eclectic, indeed!!!!!
As Karl Lagerfeld finished shooting his Spring 2014 Campaign at the Rue Cambon studio in Paris. According to WWD, the Kansas born Gapped-tooth Beauty was photographed by none other than Lagerfeld for the Campaign. And this doesn’t seem to surprise … Continue reading →
Models like Cara Delevingne, Daria Strokous and Lindsey Wixson are showing off their best selfies, for Selfie Chaos in i-D‘s Pre-Fall 2013 street issue. And many models are posting their selfies on Instagram and Twitter with the #selfiechaos. Here is just some of the fun!