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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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Prada Never Disappoints

What comes to mind when you hear the marvelous noun “Prada”? The insightful movie conveniently called The Devil Wears Prada with Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep? The metal band? Or do you think of the one and only original designer Mario Prada, whose youngest daughter Miuccia Prada is currently running the company? Before I had gotten into fashion I even knew how iconic and revered the label was. With women’s RTW Fall 2011…. Miuccia did not disappoint! It would be sort of unheard of to have a disappointing Prada collection. She always brings something fresh and classy to fashion’s wide-spread table.

Inspiration from the 20’s/60’s, (a bit of a modern nod to the those eras) aviation, and fish-type mermaids even brought forward this soft, high social, and independent woman. . Fabrics varying from organza, plastic sequins, snake-skin, leather, faux fur(least I am pretty sure on this one) floated down on the runway. Normally I despise sequins with a loving passion… but these huge, intense sequins… made the girl look like she was wearing scales in the best of ways possible. Hence why I call it an odd mermaid scale-y sort of look. The color palette was soft… but then some pieces were darker, but with a nice sort of edge. It all reminded me of this Amelia Earhart obsessed flight attendant that couldn’t handle the regular and stuffy uniforms so she came to work one day with some Prada on. HA! And the boots…. yeh people those are boots. Mary Janes with what we think are socks, but really its’ a whole shoe! Shoes with high socks are a definite rising comeback on the industry, no? Here is a small look at Prada A/W 2011, folks;

Classy, huh? Here is a video of the entire show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeGySU0hZTY

Glad to see you made it this far, thank you. It means a lot.

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