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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

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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

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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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“A Single Man” Swoons the Hearts of Film-ish Artists

Well, well, well. What to say? I watched “A Single Man” the other night. Phenominal, stunning, beautiful, and controversial are some of few words that can accurately describe the movie. I know I am a tad bit late to the punch on this film. It came out longer than a year ago. Back in 09′. But oh well. Moving on! The renowned Tom Ford, former Gucci designer, took to creating a film company called Fade to Black. The man knew what he was doing when he put himself into the business, no doubt! With stunning cinematography, choosing the cast, acting, writing, and effects… the film is impacable. Apparently it is also a novel written by Christopher Isherwood, “A Single Man”. I should have read it before I watched it! Shame on me! Julianne Moore won my heart with her small appearnance in 30 Rock season 4 with her stereotypical heavy Boston accent and cheesy but believable role. As my friend, Melynda, said “She has been in a lot of gay movies lately…” I realized that what she says is true! “The Hours”, “The Kids are all Right”, this one… any that I am missing? But if she was in the sixties… Moore would have fit in perfectly! Colin Firth is on fire with his recent role in “The King’s Speech”, but I would say “A Single Man” is his second best role. He acted the role as a depressed gay professor very well. He did not make the stereotypical gay voice or dress in extreme fashion-forward clothing. His role was subtle and very believable. Now the entire setting… beautiful. LA is visually stunning, and yes it could have been the makers doing to make it that exquisite… but I wanted to be there. And I have been to LA, some parts are nice… but this was like icing on cake! I would have loved to live in LA during the 60’s with Charley’s extreme house that has an orange tree boulevard hallway type thing! And the supporting characters really make the viewer think about how people would really react to homosexuality back then.

The setting takes place in LA in the sixties. George(Firth) is a professor whose decease lover is Jim. Charley(Moore), an old friend of George’s, is this gorgeous lonely single lady who is head over heels for George. He is depressed about the death of his lover, Jim, who died in a car crash. He finds himself being reminded of Jim’s death through other men, Charley, and the beauty in everyday life. All of these calamities make him sadly depressed and suicidal.

It is the best film I have ever seen, cinematography wise. EVER. And that is a big thing, cause I keep my eye on the camera movement in films, and in this… it impacted me. Now whenever George found something beautiful or attractive in the film… the lighting immediatley became saturated and full of color. And once his mind is taken away from that beauty it subtly goes back to the dull-ish colors. I think that this represents George’s longing for love and for his diceased Jim. Twas a sad film. A lot of symbolism in bits like the neighborhood child crushing the monarch butterfly, a repeated motif of guns and the color blue. And the eye. Classic directors move as my film teacher taught me. When their is a closeup of an eye in a film, it portrays the sense of sight and what that character sees in their eyes. I pitied George, in the end. I won’t give it away. I feel for the homosexual community. To be judged by everyone as a “freak” is hard and should not happen. Both Ford and Isherwood display the background of that really well.

It could be a love story between a man and a woman. Or it could be a love story between two men. Depends on how the viewer takes it all in. For those of you who have not seen it and are nervous… I warn you about nudity. Nothing perverse, but there is some definite uncomfortable nudity in the film. No sex or anything… just nudes, some suicidal issues and a controversial topic. OH, and it is Rated R, just in case if the excessive word “nude” didn’t clear that up.  It is a definite high fav just because of the cinematography. That really made it for me. Ford displays the 60’s perfectly.  They chose the right actors. Chose the right stylists and costume design. Chose the right special effects people. EVERYTHING. It is sensuous art! Impacable indeed. 5/5 stars for “A Single Man”! If only I had read the book before I saw the movie….

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