Key Trends at New York Fashion Week

Patchwork

Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte

Patchwork was one of the most prevalent trends at New York Fashion week. From color blocking coats form Phillip Lim and Rodarte’s playful collection which combines cute knits, heroes from Star Wars and pieces of colorful lace, to Proenza Schouler’s geometric cuts this technique was inspiring to many designers of different sensibilities. Even Ralph Lauren show featured some winter dresses made out of bright-colored patches.

Slogans

Vera Wang, MBMJ, Phillip Lim

It seems that the typography is going to be huge trend in 2014 since it extends into the winter season, after we have seen many labels incorporating it in their spring/summer collections. Phillip Lim’s leather bags have words “Cash”, “Amaze” and “Totes” written on them and Vera Wang created a sweatshirt with “You Bug Me” print. And while Wang was obsessed with insects, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier who transformed and revamped Marc by Marc Jacobs brand this season designed a collection full of words and illustrations inspired by cartoon characters.

Florals

Tory Burch, Anna Sui, Thakoon

Curiously, this time winter collections are abundant with summery florals, whereas this season was all about dark blooms. From Michael Kors’s romantic fluttery dresses inspired by Californian beaches to Thakoon’s vibrant floral prints, it looks like the next winter is going to be very cheerful and colorful.

Tartan and check

Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone

On the other hand, we have also seen plenty of tartan and check patterns on New York catwalks. Rag & Bone used black and white checks for their cool urbanwear collection, Tommy Hilfiger was inspired by classic American style and created warm plaid coats and shirts, and Vera Wang used tartan for everything from jackets to cocktail dresses.

Black lace and tulle

Marchesa, Vera Wang, Michael Kors

Apart from heavy winter fabrics, there were a lot of lightweight materials too. Many designers used lace and it was literally flooding the catwalks. Alexandre Herchcovitch’s collection was all about lace since he was inspired by girl’s boudoir and vintage underwear, and Vera Wang used black lace and tulle for her gothic evening gowns. Black lace was also used for glamorous dresses by many other designers including Michael Kors, Marchesa and Anna Sui.

Red

Jenny Packham, Anna Sui, Alexandre Herchcovitch

Red was another popular color for winter dresses and jackets. Among other Jenny Packham’s heavily embellished royal-quality gowns, red one was a real showpiece. Victoria Beckham made a casual version of it, while Anna Sui defeated them all with a big blood-red fur coat.

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

15 Crazy Facts about Cara Delevingne

Mulberry campaign spring/summer 2014

Mulberry campaign spring/summer 2014

British supermodel famous for her posh background, bushy eyebrows and a standard badass off-duty pose with tongue out and eyes crossed started off well in 2014 with two magazine covers (Vogue UK and Numero Tokyo) and a number of great spring/summer campaigns including Mulberry, DKNY and La Perla. Even though we probably know almost everything about the most wanted model of 2013,there are some fun facts about her worth repeating:

1.She started her career as a 10-year-old girl, when she was photographed for Italian Vogue in 2003 alongside Lady Eloise Anson. She was styled by Philip Tracey and images were shot by Bruce Weber.

2.With only 5’7” she is actually quite short for catwalk and Marc Jacobs allegedly called her a ‘dwarf’ when she appeared at his casting for the first time.

3. When she was little, posh supermodel actually wanted to be either Action Man or Spiderman. She also had a backup plan to become a cab driver, in case that her superhero career goes downwards.

4. Even though she is very fond of beautiful clothes now, when she was a child she didn’t like to wear any clothes at all: “When I was really small my mother had difficulty keeping me dressed, as I liked to be naked. I definitely had very strong ideas on what I wanted to wear. My favourite look was always Action Man and Spiderman“, she said in one of her interviews.

5. With her first £ 700 she bought an electric drum kit which is still in her bedroom. She is obsessed with music and wants to have her own record label one day.

6. But she still lives with her parents because she is saving up…

7. …even though her grandfather was chairman of English Heritage and her grandmother was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. And Joan Collins is also her grandmother.

8. She tattooed ‘Made in England’ on her foot.

9. She trademarked her name.

10. She doesn’t pluck her eyebrows, but she says she would shave them to get a role in a film.

11. She featured in the movie Anna Karenina (2012) together with Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

12. Acting job from her dreams seems to be some kind of horror film with Martin Scorsese or Meryl Streep: “I’d love to be in a film with Meryl Streep or Martin Scorsese. There are so many different things I want to do, maybe like a possessed child …”

13. She was going out with Jake Bugg and Harry Styles, but her dream date is Eminem. She is also notorious for her claims that she is sick of dating guys because she prefers to be a boy.

14. When she is not engaged in modelling or acting jobs, Cara is playing games. She is very good in ‘Call of Duty’ and managed to reach the ‘Prestige’ level under the name of ‘Caradele’.

15. While other girls are struggling to keep fit, Cara is trying hard to put on weight because she is too skinny. She loves junk food and often eats Mc Donald’s for lunch and pizza for dinner.

Cara Delevingne Lady Eloise Anson in Vogue Italia 2003

Cara Delevingne Lady Eloise Anson in Vogue Italia 2003

Images: www.mulberry.com, Vogue Italia

 

Little Black Dress for 2014

Stella McCartney pre-fall 2014

Stella McCartney pre-fall 2014

Little black dress is the most important item in every woman’s wardrobe. It is a universal answer to that terrible question that we repeatedly ask ourselves while desperately rummaging through the cupboard in search for the solution. Each year we need a new LBD to rescue us in those critical moments. So which one to choose in 2014?

Ruffles are going to be trendy this year, so think Dries Van Noten or Isabel Marant who designed some incredible ruffled dresses for spring and summer. The other key trend for 2014 is black lace – layers and layers of it. While Christian Bailey made some timeless lace dresses, including the black one in his Britain-obsessed pre-fall collection for Burberry Prorsum, Sharon Wauchob mixed chiffon with different kinds of lace.

Pre-fall 2014 collections feature several cutting-edge little black dresses from Alexander Wang’s ones with tiny holes which look like they have been made by moths, to Maria Grazia Churi and Pierpaolo Piccoli’s newest craze: black dresses with wide and transparent PVC collars. Latest Valentino collection also features several other beautiful little black dresses. The models are very simple and elegant with loose silhouettes and some elements of their previous fall collection such as white details and scalloped edges. If you are looking for a piece of urban-wear that can be worn with sneakers and bomber jackets, have a look at Rag and Bone pre-fall collection inspired by sporty outfits from 1990-s in London. It includes some cute super-modern dresses made from knitwear.

Finally, Christopher Kane also found a way to revamp and completely redefine LBD for us. Black is the basic color for his entire pre-fall collection and he played with the concept of origins of human being, from the story about Adam and Eve, to modern genetics. The collection features a wide but short black dress fastened with a big waist belt made from sneak leather. There is also a more feminine and sophisticated version of this model with snake pattern printed on chiffon.

Valentino pre-fall 2014

Valentino pre-fall 2014

Valentino pre-fall 2014

Valentino pre-fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2014

Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2014

Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2014

Christopher Kane pre-fall 2014

Christopher Kane pre-fall 2014

Christopher Kane pre-fall 2014

Christopher Kane pre-fall 2014

Marco de Vicenzo spring-summer 2014

Marco de Vicenzo spring-summer 2014

Alexander Wang pre-fall 2014

Alexander Wang pre-fall 2014

Isabel Marant spring-summer 2014

Isabel Marant spring-summer 2014

Sharon Wauchob pre-fall 2014

Sharon Wauchob pre-fall 2014

Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2014

Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2014

Simone Rocha spring-summer 2014

Simone Rocha spring-summer 2014

Monique Lhuillier pre-fall 2014

Monique Lhuillier pre-fall 2014

Commes des Garcons spring-summer 2014

Commes des Garcons spring-summer 2014

Emilio dela Morena pre-fall 2014

Emilio dela Morena pre-fall 2014

JW Anderson spring-summer 2014

JW Anderson spring-summer 2014

Dries Van Noten spring-summer 2014

Dries Van Noten spring-summer 2014

Alice&Olivia pre-fall 2014

Alice&Olivia pre-fall 2014

Theory pre-fall 2014

Theory pre-fall 2014

 Rag and Bone pre-fall 2014

Rag and Bone pre-fall 2014

Ports 1961 pre-fall 2014

Ports 1961 pre-fall 2014

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

Let’s Think About Spring!

Pastels are going to be a huge trend in the forthcoming season, and January issue of Vogue UK is already taking us there via Patrick Demarchelier’s beautiful editorial named ‘Sunny Side Up’ featuring model Edie Campbell.

Dressed up in vibrant pastels, Edie looks amazing in this retro inspired editorial styled by Lucinda Chambers. Last week she was crowned Model of the Year at British Fashion Awards, taking over the title from Cara Delevingne who is the cover girl of the January issue of Vogue UK. edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-1 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-2 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-3 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-4 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-5 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-6 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-7 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-8 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-9 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-10 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-11 edie-campbell-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-uk-january-2014-12Images: http://thefashionography.com

Cara Delevingne: The “It” Girl of 2013

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Cara Delevingne was definitely one of the most important faces of 2013, wanted on virtually every ad campaign and every catwalk, including the famous Victoria’s Secret annual show. She was on the cover of many top magazines this year including W, Interview, iD, Vogue Australia, Vogue Portugal, Vogue Japan and Vogue Korea, and she is kicking off 2014 with a cover of both Vogue UK and Numero Tokyo. She is the cover girl of Vogue UK for the second time in the period of 10 months, looking more mature and wearing Saint Laurent faux leather trousers, the chiffon blouse and the wool jacket. Pictures were taken by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan.

After she was crowned Model of the Year at British Fashion Awards in 2012, she quickly became one of the most wanted girls for fashion shows and campaigns around the world. 2013 was definitely her lucky…

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Made in Chelsea Perfume

MIC perfume box

As we are approaching the end of the year and the inevitable end of series 6 of Made in Chelsea, there is a little sweet surprise for all the fans of the show which arrived just in time for last minute Christmas shopping. The Fragrance Shop launched Made in Chelsea perfume which comes in a cute light blue gift box with an image of the most popular female characters from BAFTA award winning reality: Binky Felstead, Louise Thompson, Lucy Watson, Rosie Fortescue and Millie Mackintosh.

Gift set includes 50ml parfum and 150ml body shimmer and the creators of fragrance were inspired by ‘zingy cocktails and evening glamour’. Many stars from the show attended perfume launch including Binky Felstead, Alex Mytton, Rosie Fortescue, Jamie Laing, Cheska Hull, Louise Thompson, Lucy Watson, Stevie Johnson and Fran Newman Young.

MIC perfume

Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson

Lucy Watson

Lucy Watson

Rosie Fortescue

Rosie Fortescue

Images: http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

Christmas Gift Ideas

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Buying Christmas presents is always fun, regardless of the size of your budget. It is that magical atmosphere and the pure joy of browsing and searching. Everything is nicely packaged and looks sparkly and Christmassy.  It is fun thinking of friends and family, and playing that game of guessing what gift would make them smile, or even laugh out loud. But sometimes you actually end up buying a present for yourself because you just can’t resist.

From luxurious and decadent presents such as Tiffany diamond filled Christmas cracker to cheap thrills like a milk chocolate Santa or a small notebook, there are millions of great ideas. You can’t go wrong with a woolly jumper or a pretty pair of gloves, but if you want something original, go for a retro style gadget such as an analogue camera.

Makeup or cosmetics set is a great Christmas present, mainly because of the holiday packaging which clearly makes us happier than the products inside them. There are also a number of limited edition fragrances made especially for Christmas shopping season such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, crystal edition.