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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


Bottega Veneta by Thomas Maier


Acne Studios

alexander wang 2

Alexander Wang


Giorgio Armani


Balenciaga by Alexander Wang

bottega veneta

Bottega Veneta by Thomas Maier


Hussein Chalayan


Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

christopher kane

Christopher Kane

creatures of the wind 2

Creatures of The Wind by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters


Dries Van Noten

giambattista valli

Giambattista Valli



issey miyake

Issey Miyake


Kenzo by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon




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



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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Rodarte at it Again

Once again, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) put on a show to remember. Around a year ago…. I stumbled upon the two sisters. And they actually designed some of the costumes in the controversial movie: Black Swan! I found their designs to be charming, surreal, and most of all: fashion forward. From their shows with over-the-knee boots, tattoo arms, their candlelit show, to their Spring 2011 show of joyous art! It was stunning!  Rodarte always brings a breath of fresh air to the industry with every season. This recent show was breathtaking.  They started the show, close to pitch black, with their first model walking in the dark with the lights flickering. The model rebounded back to the start of the runway. The lights went up… and BAM. The first look to come out usually sets the mood and rhythmic feeling of the show. It was beautiful.  The gold-ish mud splotched lips, the swooped straight hair from the 60’s, the versatile prints. The collection was impacable.

And the runway? Quite the maze. Rodarte always uses the labryinth runways. Usually their models  walk through the sitting crowd… like the people are the hedges? This show, they used simple wood platforms (the ones you see hold large packages in shippingyards?) as the maze. The ending of the show had each model come out to a designated spot in the maze and stand still as all of the models proceeded out. The lights go down. The lights flicker sporadically. It felt like one of those movie moments where there is awful lighting in this sketch old building. Roaring applause is going on during the flickering lights! The lights come up to their bright point of pain. Like I said: stunning show. Not only have the Mulleavy sisters created ready-to-wear items, they have made art. With this collection especially, and all of their previous ones. Don’t stop designing, Mulleavys! You are both making my heart leap with joy  as I see your work through the seasons. Inspiration at its best, I do say. Keep at it Mulleavys. Keep at it. 

Take a gander at their website: http://rodarte.net/

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