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London Fashion Week: Peter Pilotto F/W14

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New York, NY  February 20,  2014

Design duo Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto of the latter’s name brand debuted a collection the was quite a visual workout for London Fashion Week. Graphic prints and hard asymmetrical lines played a major theme for the collection of quilted sweatshirt style tops with brightly colored fur trim paired with almost patchwork-like fitted skirts. Long sleeve dresses hug the upper body and fall just above or below the knee in asymmetrical, draping hemlines, and showcase either color-blocking earthtones or digital alpine prints. The former we were quite fond of.

This collection is for the woman that loves to take risks with fashion, but also strives to be taken seriously in the boardroom, or on the street. There is nothing subdued about this particular line, and we have a feeling that there are a number of big personalities that can’t wait to get their colorful paws on a number of Pilotto’s latest pieces.

Diesel Black Gold F/W14

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New York, NY  February 20,  2014

Diesel Black Gold women’s fall/winter 2014 collection is city – and sporty-girl while holding a clearly defined silhouette of chicness, dynamo, and sensuality. Outerwear provided a basis for the collection allowing wool field coats, suit jackets, denims, and leather biker jackets to sustain a backbone.

A military influence weaved in and out through camouflage prints on daintier silk dresses. Most looks waivered between vibes of biker chick in printed leather and ultimate girly-girl with breathy dresses and blouses. Metallics, blacks, and dark muddy hues were mixed with lots of metal and stud accents.

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London Fashion Week FW14: Vivienne Westwood

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New York, NY  February 18,  2014

Vivienne Westwood is a British institution. By now, we certainly expect the old and the adaptation and reinterpretation of historical garments into modern settings. The British Fashion Council show space in Somerset House was the location for Ms. Westwoods’ fall/winter 14 collection.

The Red Label fall/winter 2014-15 show concerned itself more with politics than personalities. The invitation read loud and clear: “Fracking, we need to talk.” On the front, a black eagle, flying across the Westwood orbs, spread it wings to bear the message “Leonard Peltier is Innocent.” It’s impossible not to admire how the designer has brought her ideologies onto catwalk after catwalk, never letting up that there’s a great deal we should be concerned about and that fashion is as much an art form, capable of igniting change, than any other medium.  This season, the Red Label was exactly that – the color was injected into each look, in lipsticks or flowers or skirt linings, and some looks were dominated by the hue, like scarlet taffeta dresses, red tartan suits, and crimson braces. Alice in Wonderland-inspired many of the pieces – jackets with lapels that folded over into velvet hearts and mad hatter hats. But the collection also gave nod to post-war fashions with burnt umber coats, headscarves, pillbox hats, and luxurious faux furs. There were also crinolines and even a 1980s power suit and yet, despite the range of temporal inspirations, it wasn’t remotely disjointed. The collection was thoroughly British, thoroughly nostalgic, and most of all, thoroughly Westwood.

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Rodarte F/W14

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New York, NY  February 18,  2014

For fall/winter 2014 the Mulleavy sisters chose to close their show with a series of gowns emblazoned with scenes from Star Wars, showing off Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, Yoda, and R2-D2.  The rest of the collection was inspired by the way Kate and Laura Mulleavy dressed as children in the 80s in California. Evident were a red wool jersey turtleneck paired with caramel silk chiffon pleated pants, and a hand-knit sleeveless sweater embellished with a cluster of crocheted florettes.  The pair put out a series of jewel-toned glitter coats with shearling collars, sparkly berets, and shawls. A number of ethereal pieces also strided out on the runway as delicate ocre silk chiffon, butterfly-sleeve dress sprinkled with Swarovski crystals, a blue silk chiffon gown, and a mustard silk chiffon jumpsuit. The striped lace and sequined gowns were also standouts.

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J.Mendel Fall/Winter 2014

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New York, NY  February 16,  2014

An exuberance of color pulsates through the house of J. Mendel, energizing a collection that restates the creative artistry of its fur heritage. The geometric color-play of the Ballets Russes provides an inspirational undercurrent, bringing forth a parade of technically daring furs in bold mixes of colors, textures and patterns. Vibrant jewel tones find harmony with natural shades that honor the integrity of the material.

The tantalizing mix of materials is balanced by an overriding simplicity of silhouette. Outerwear is voluminous, enveloping. Shift dresses have a casual elegance.  The collection’s evening gowns  capture the romance of the ballet in a more literal fashion.  A series of graceful dresses with draped bodices and diaphanous skirts of asymmetric pleats are designed to showcase a body in motion. Rendered in shades of turquoise, sapphire, peridot and onyx.

For Fall 2014, J. Mendel celebrates its Franco-Russian heritage with an explosion of color and creativity. Reinstating the house’s pre-eminence in innovation and technical expertise with an actualization of fantastical furs, the house enthusiastically pushes its agenda of desirable decadence ever further.

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