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Autumn/Winter 2014 Trends And Tribes

One of my personal favorite things is to see how each designer tells a story about their woman season after season. Where is she going? What is her mission? Will she be going to work in the city or lounging about in a coffee shop with friends? Is she a mother, a leader, an associate, an artist, an athlete, a minimalist, a romantic? Or is she all of the above? Designers empower women. For some obscure reason, every season we see similar ideas, trends, color schemes, and designs from the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. One might ask how does such a strange phenomenon happen every season? Do the designers secretly have a conference with one another and decide what will make them money with the coming season? With a dedicated amount of time and thought, I’ve compiled images (courtesy of style.com) that display the similar yet very different clans, trends, and designs of this coming season. Many houses catered to different types of customer all within one collection:  women who love glitter, women of the future, women of the past(mainly the 60’s and some from the Edwardian era), women who are rebels, women who portray themselves as an illusion of stripes, women who wear profuse amounts of blue and green, women who wish to remain cozy. This season, women were empowered as game changers in their environment by the designers.

Ladies Who Wear Illusions

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Bottega Veneta by Thomas Maier

acne

Acne Studios

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Alexander Wang

armani

Giorgio Armani

balenciaga

Balenciaga by Alexander Wang

bottega veneta

Bottega Veneta by Thomas Maier

chalayan

Hussein Chalayan

chanel

Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

christopher kane

Christopher Kane

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Creatures of The Wind by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters

dries

Dries Van Noten

giambattista valli

Giambattista Valli

giles

Giles

issey miyake

Issey Miyake

kenzo

Kenzo by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

prada

Prada

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Blumarine by Anna Molinari

proenza schouler

Proenza Schouler by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

rick owens

Rick Owens

stella mccartney

Stella McCartney

thom browne

Thom Browne

versace

Versace

Out of every trend this season, the use of line and illusion was the most used. I couldn’t stop smiling because with many designers, this was a reoccurring theme within the collection and I pose my previous stated question: how do the same trends and ideas pop up within many collections? Lines in a profound print, lines as a layered textile, pin stripes that are blurred and fade into a gradual gradients, herringbone print etched or quilted into the fabric, immense and bold graphics that evolve into a line, or simple lines that fall into an illusion, and more were imprinted into the minds of some of the most influential creatives. Do expect to see this trickle down into H&M, and Zara or Top Shop. With a trend that was spearheaded this big, the fast fashion businesses will take advantage of such a huge idea. I love that you get lost while looking into the lines and on some, your eyes begin to hurt. Simply brilliant!

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Anna Sui is the Modern Day Bohemian

Now before I begin to rant, you might ask, what is Bohemian? It all originated in Europe within what is now called the Czech Republic. Traveling artistic  nomads were what they were known as. With being looked down upon ( by the upper class Europeans) as gypsies, they developed an entire culture of avant garde fashion. It was more a lifestyle than a style, but it developed into a style in the 20th century. The underdogs of fashion “back in the day” as I would like to call it. Now spring is coming, and with fashion during spring time, things get more floral-y, bright and ecstatic! Representing rebirth, the cycle of life and such. But as a breath of fresh air from all that fun but much over-rated style… Anna Sui brings forth her stunning Spring/Summer collection for 2011! The show was held at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (which is one of the largest fashion events of the year, if I might add)! Anna Sui definitely put on a show stopper with her defining style of vintage ready to wear. She upped the Bohemian aspect (even more than she has) this season as you might notice.  She is one of the few designers that have her models smile, grin, simper, and smirk while they are stomping down the runway, every runway show. I admire Anna for doing that, it’s a bold move to not join the bandwagon of glaring runway models. Although… some of the models never do smile on the runways and are used to the brooding glares, so on a few of her girls… smiling doesn’t work.

But I love her clothes none the less. Especially this season… from the Indian headdresses (and the wheat crowns) on a few of the girls, black flats, classic vintage prints, feather-y beaded necklaces, happy models, the peeping leggings, the boots, and a color pallet to beat the band! Just everything was perfect ready-to-wear clothing! Well… excluding the headdresses, save em’ for the runway show.  Even the picture of  the tall grass in the back made it that much more impacable! All together a genius collection. Bravo Anna Sui, bravo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stunning collection indeed. You shall be hearing from me soon for those of you that read this.

 Here is Anna Sui’s intense website, go for a visit: http://www.annasui.com/en/

 

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