Tag: summer/spring

spring prêt-à-porter: alexander mcqueen, paris

the spirit of alexander mcqueen was resurrected on the runways of paris fashion week as his creative right hand man, sarah burton presented her stunningly theatrical spring collection. the first womenswear collection presented by burton since the loss of mcqueen himself, i was beyond impressed by how consistent the designs were in respecting what the label has created in the past, conceptually. influence of nature was seen all throughout the collection; use of floral design was blended with elements of wheat & models walked the runway with weaved hairstyles. intricate design, thoughtful concepts & amazing visuals were presented by burton. a splendid set of design following such tragic circumstances. burton’s creative abilities spot on.

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spring prêt-à-porter: yves saint laurent, paris

covering all the bases to represent trend for the summer/spring season, yves saint laurent presents a simple palette & a wide range of looks. ruffles, trench coats, & sheer with slight use of print were a few of the elements seen in the collection this season. supermodel force joan smalls opened the show in a white trench with a YSL dark lip- completely stunning are the designs & cuts of each look which completely compliment the female form. was hoping to see edgy use of metallic from the label as they always find creative & new ways to do something a bit unexpected. a strong direction for the spring.

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spring prêt-à-porter: giambattista valli, paris

an italian designer based in paris, giambattista valli brings some of his italian style sensibility to the runways of paris fashion week every season. greater minimalism were seen this spring as valli’s design lines appear much more simplified. orange bursts onto the runway in the opening sequence as jacquelyn jablonski walks in a structured plaid dress. frida gustavsson, joan smalls, jac jagaciak, hanne gaby odiele, lindsey wixson & sasha pivovarova were among the models cast for the show as well. i loved the use of hardware on some of the designs & was drawn to the collection’s fusion of classic & futuristic elements. with a palette of white, orange, yellow & beige- the collection was contrasted further with details seen in aqua & leopard print. love the collection for it’s diversified model cast & collection designs. i’ve never seen yellow so beautifully in a collection & literally gasped when seeing joan smalls walk in the yellow gown for runway look fourty.  a promising set for valli, who debuted in paris in 2007. solid direction, fresh ideas with respectful nods to classic style & progressive concept.

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spring prêt-à-porter: givenchy, paris

always an astounding set of design, the SS11 collection shown by givenchy this season was every bit as astounding as last season. the collection palette plays into greater forms of minimalism being seen in black & white, with additions of leather & contrasting elements of animal print. while print can be overwhelming, the right amount of leopard is used here. ruffles & sheer are design elements also added to the collection & i really don’t understand how givenchy can be winning, consistently, at this great a level. season after season, the french based fashion house dominates- campaigns, runway & even photographically in fashion editorial. ricardo tisci kills it again this season. well executed from start to finish. all the brands design signatures are represented- nothing more needs to be said of this collection besides the fact that it’s stunning.

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spring prêt-à-porter: galliano, paris

presenting a dramatic spring collection, as expected, john galliano showcases vintage influenced designs yet again. karlie kloss opened the show as a mass of trends hit the runway in a rather mixed assortment of styles. at the entrance of the collection the set seemingly focuses on greater casual looks, which would be a change coming from galliano. but as the spring set progresses use of snakeskin, tull-veils &  heavy layering of neutrals, nudes & khaki tones are seen. in one section of the collection i see a little safari chic, in another i see influences of nautical sailors & soon the collection evolves to geisha inspired designs with cherry blossom prints. all topped with a darker form of cosmetics, the collection seems everywhere while being nowhere at all. as a collection, the vision is confusing; japan, africa- world traveler. i admire the collection piece by piece; the use of floral print was done beautifully; along with the collections gowns that were seen at the tail end of the collection. all in all, galliano will always be respected as a visionary, stunning collections & deniably beautiful clothing is seen on the runways through the house of dior & here, for his namesake label. i just don’t feel that enough cohesion was presented

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spring prêt-à-porter: akris, paris

as greater forms of design minimalism consume the fashion scene one collection as a team, akris is yet another to join the ranks. simplified design with feminine fluidity was presented this season as a palette of green, blue & orange are matched to soft neutrals & powerful textured greys. constance jablonski, hanne gaby odiele, vlada roslyokva, tao okamoto, joan smalls & liu wen were among the females cast in the stunning spring set. the collections take on floral print was done exceptionally beautiful & i found myself gasping at how simple & striking each of the pieces was that walked the runway. of the spring show season, this is definitely one of my favorite collections. great direction & superior style- complete & utter effortless chic.

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spring prêt-à-porter: jean paul gaultier, paris

developing rocker edge at the highest level of execution, jean paul gaultier continues to defy expectation with his spring collection. for starters, the show got off to a roaring start as beth ditto opened the show. every female we know & love walked the show; karlie kloss walked behind ditto as frida gustavsson, karolina kurkova, anja rubik, sessilee lopez, iris strubegger, constance jablonski, lindsey wixson, sigrid agren, joan smalls, sasha pivovarova & coco rocha followed. ditto closed the show &  i came away with the constant thought of joan jett. butch hair cuts transformed the models while heavy shadow was used on each females eyes to allow a greater feel of that bad ass in your face attitude. while i respect the legacy, vision & creative punch that gaultier packs each season- i do find myself particularly concerned with beauty. perception is based on one’s own personal thought, but here certain elements of pretty are not seen. i feel as though many of the cosmetic & overall aesthetic elements of the set hinder our view of the collection & clothes. wild print, fishnet stalkings, gaultier’s signature denim pieces & strong shoulders all made appearances in the  rocked out collection this season. taking a deeper look, i really love the collections coats; the use of leather was done perfectly & the design lines are almost highlighted by each piece in red & blue. an intensely strong creative direction, solid sense of concept & im sure a creative campaign for this collection will soon follow.

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