Simply Fashion

Staying chic is a matter of attitude.

Boyfriend’s Wardrobe

Isabel Marant’s latest collection really gives me a mixed feeling. There is a part of the collection that i find really interesting, and another part of it, not so cool to me, even a bit weird.

The whole mood of the collection is obvious that it’s all about a merge between masculinity and sexiness. I really love all those oversized sweaters and jackets which look exactly like something every woman would find in their boyfriends’ wardrobes. Marant smartly matched those masculine items with miniskirts and other more feminie items and the visual effect is just sexy – when looking at those looks, it is not hard for one to picture those after sex clothing in mind (though much more stylish)!

However, the collection also features plenty of loose-fit pants, well I would just call them worker pants, and I really do not see the sexiness in them. I know Marant might want to present a more masculine collection this season, but those pants really go a bit too far, not even male models would look good in them on runway.

Nothing is perfect, still a safe collection.

Isabel Marant Fall Winter 2014

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Worker Pants, not so sexy.

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This jumsuit is simply horrible

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Clean Lines

Talking about the favorite collections for Fall Winter 2014, Gucci is defintely the shows topping my list! Starting from the first piece to the end of the show, the collection did not for one second fail to attract my full attention!

The collection intends to reflect a more casual side of the archive of the house and hence the collection started with some simple peacoats and jeans!

But then very soon it got to another phase – all those clean A-line leather dresses mark the most memorable part of the show! As this kind of look could look boring if not handled properly, hence Frida Giannini smartly focused on the details on those above the knee dresses – the leather ruffles on the shirt, the metal details and, towards the very end of the show, those crystal discs embellished on those dresses! Never get bored for one second looking at this collection.

It is not a collection about glamour for sure, however, with all those thoughtful details as well as the easy-to-carry style, commercial success is almost without a doubt.

Gucci Womenswear Fall Winter 2014

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Dior…ummmm

Christian Dior under the hands of Raf Simons always gives me a mixed feeling, and Fall Winter 2014 collection is no exception.

The collection was kicked started with some bar jackets which go to the root of the house. But then different from the archive of the house, Raf Simons’s version of bar jacket is a bit loose and less structured, which makes those bar jacket look less sexy.

In the middle of the show, those colorful dresses and dresses with huge volume are pretty interesting! But then when it comes to the gowns at the end of the show, awful! Those “gowns” are basically sheer dresses with t-shirts inside, where is the sexiness and confidence in there? I don’t see any.

Dior used to be something sexy with that confident, glamorous attitude. Raf Simons forced the brand to a more artistic and modern direction, to be honest, this direction may work well in Jil Sander but then for Christian Dior I really don’t find it right. To be very frank i have been looking foward to seeing Raf being removed from Dior by LVMH.

But who am I to judge? They said the sale figure of Dior is still fine. Maybe forcing Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard to wear those Dior couture gowns events after events works just fine to market the brand.

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2014

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Proenza Coolness

To be honest, New York Fashion is always boring, especially this season! To me most of the shows in New York just look too commercial that i don’t feel the inspiration behind their collections, even though they may have really good sale figures.

Having said, some brands still presented interesting collections, and Proenza Schouler is definitely one of those brands!

For their fall winter 2014 collection, volume and structure are obvious theme! The designers presented some very good looking jacket with round shoulder and full sleeves – not necessaily somethint easy to carry but definitely something eye catchy! Some may say that those jackets look stiff, but then with the use of colors and print, I really don’t see such problem!

Another part of the show that I really really really love (can’t emphasize more!) is those patchwork pieces – the designers matched different fabrics of different colors together and surprisingly they look very cohesive together! The mix of textures and colors elevate the whole collection to a higher level!

It is the experimental spirit and the modernity in the brand that keep Proenza Schouler one of the best in the industry!

Proenza Schouler Fall Winter 2014

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A New Move

Mary Katranzou has always been the Queen of Print since her debut collection in London Fashion Week few years ago. It is digital prints that made her a star in the fashion industry. However, as people in the industry also get bored pretty easily, if there’s no surprise, their appetite just wou’t be satisfied.

After being harshly criticised as not making any fresh new point for her Spring Summer 2014 collection, it seems that Katranzou has really received the comment. The best evidence for that is her new move in her Fall Winter 2014 collection.

You might be a bit surprised to know that Katranzou quitted digital print in her latest collection, but such move is probably a good move as the collection does look insanely fresh and interesting.

In the collection, Katranzou focused on, instead of digital prints, signs and symbols – according to the designer, it is a collection inspired by uniform, scouts and badges. So in substance, Mary Katranzou quitted prints, but when you look at all those badges and signs in a distance, you will see again the aesthetic of Katranzou as well as jer famous visual language – form has changed, but the spirit definitely remains there!

To me, what’s amazing in this collection is definitely the soft side of it – those pleated gowns amd dresses are really amazing! I have never seen those elements Katranzou’s previous collection but i love this idea very much.

As a relatively new and developing designer, i think Katranzou has learned the way to play by the rules in fashion world.

Mary Katranzou Fall Winter 2014

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Surrealism

Some Haute Couture collections are more commercial driven which are designed for actual sale and the market, examples are Elie Saab and Valentino. Some Haute Couture collections are more like art projects, and one of the examples would definitely be Viktor&Rolf.

Just like their ready to wear collections, the designers are all about being creative and one shall never expect what you are going to get in their shows (a true real contrast to Elie Saab).

For Spring Summer 2014 collection, the presentation is reallg divine – instead of casting professional models, the designers cast ballerinas of the Dutch National Ballet to “walk” the show with their literally all straight legs! I have never seen such presentation and I have say this is beautiful and genius!

Getting back to the collection itself, i have to admit that dresses may not look as cool as the presentation, but the designers actually put some interesting thoughts on those dresses.

If you take a closer look, those dresses are made of nude tone latex which looks just like skin and the latex gives people a hard time distinguishing the dress from the skin! And it is hand painted on those dress with tattoo like bird or their signature bows! And I especially love those asymmetric dresses towards the end of the show!

Ever since their comeback to couture ladt season, Viktor&Rolf have been keeping me wanting more!

Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Spring Summer 2014

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Promise of Spring

Promise of Spring is the theme of Elie Saab’s latest Haute Couture Collection. Well the name of the theme literally reflects what one may expect from the collection – flowers, flowers and flowers.

Yes there are a lot of floral embroideries featured in the collection. I know I should really call it the signature of Elie Saab, but when one is seeing the same thing season after season, it gets just boring. And, as usual, a large part of the collection stays monochromatic, totally another signaturw of Elie Saab.

I know Elie Saab has been the celebrity’s and royal family’s favorite, but then thinking out of the box once for a while wouldn’t hurt much i guess. I would not say that it is a bad collection, in fact it is a good one. What is lacking, however, is surprise.

Having said that, the designer did try to introduce something which is not usually seen in Elie Saab onto the runway, namely some goddess gowns and vividy colorful gowns. But then as mentioned, those remain just the small part of the collection.

Promise of Spring? How about Promise of Change for next season?

Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring Summer 2014

Saab’s Signatures – Floral and Monochromatic gowns

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Goddess Gowns

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Vavidly Colorful Pieces

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Credit: nymag