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LE CORBUSIER AND SUBLIMITY AT CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE A/W14

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NEW YORK, NY July 29, 2014

fter a whirlwind tour of supermarkets, Dubai, and Texas, Karl Lagerfeldfound his way back to Paris for the presentation of his Chanel fall/winter 2014–15 haute couture collection. Set in the Grand Palais, the collection staged a meeting between Le Corbusier, pioneer of modern architecture, and the glistening, though outmoded, palace of Versailles.

As is the Lagerfeld way, Chanel Haute Couture reinterpreted the historical and the histrionic for a clean, modern, and staggeringly innovative collection. The cream, charcoal, ice blue, and fiery red ensembles might even appear stark if not for their ornate gold embellishments and intricate fabrics.

Classic Chanel tweeds, tulle, and chiffon were combined with concrete, a tribute to Le Corbusier’s ardor for the material. Thanks to a technique that took three years to perfect, concrete was—for the first time—perforated, embroidered, and trimmed with pearl and crystal.

As per the spring/summer 2014 haute couture collection, corsets reappeared, this time matched with voluminous, round skirts, for a seamless, visionary silhouette. Other gowns took on tulle-covered feathers and empire waists, a streamlined ode to 18th-century France.

VALENTINO COUTURE A/W14

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For Valentino’s fall/winter 2014-15 haute couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli seem to have again ventured through art historical archives, this time settling on Pre-Raphaelite art. Engaging with their city’s past, Chiuri and Piccioli explored the regality and paganism of a bygone, Imperial Rome.

Rich black, white, silver, gold, and emerald hark back to an empress’ jewels as Pythagorean shapes and intricate swatches of tapestry revived the echo of some Homeric tale. Frothy silks and near-nude ensembles conjured up images of Greek goddesses: Aphrodite rising from the sea or Artemis sprinting through the woods.

Despite its labyrinthine details, the collection reverberated with simplicity. The garments’ clean silhouettes paired well with Valentino’s flat, cross-laced sandals, getting to the core of classical ease. Dreamy and delicate rather than manneristic or overabundant, the collection proved that Chiuri and Piccioli can make anything—even antiquities—feel exquisitely modern.

 

RED, WHITE, AND BLACK: GIORGIO ARMANI PRIVÉ FALL 2014 COUTURE COLLECTION

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The use of the color red and heavily experimenting with textures and materials, highlight the sartorial expertise and clean lines that Armani is known for. The collection was inspired by the designer’s love and appreciation for subtle Japanese motifs, like that of a traditional lacquer box, and stuck to a color scheme of red, white, and black.

High-waisted shorts and A-line pea coats were a staple, playing up various patterns to offset the limit in color. Mini-suits featuring the high-waisted shorts and slimmed jackets with 3/4 sleeves and no lapels added to the minimal approach. The A-line cuts and delicate pleating highlighted the fashion house’s ever-present fine tailoring.

The collection also played heavily with textures. There was mohair, tulle, and glossy enamel polka dots. In one look, Armani employed three different textures from a ribbon top with a thin mesh underneath, a stiff, cylindrical bodice, and a voluminous skirt. Veils also played a large part in the collection, growing larger-than-life as the show went on, eventually reaching to the end of the floor with oversied enamel polka dots.

 

LET THERE BE KOONS!

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NEW YORK, NY July 29, 2014

The Whitney Museum of American Art opened a herculean retrospective of Jeff Koons recently, an unprecedented, comprehensive exhibition that displays more than 130 works. Featuring over three decades of the artist’s work, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” fills nearly the entire museum and covers a variety of mediums. As the Whitney gets ready to open its new facility in the Meatpacking District, this exhibition marks a grand finish to the museum’s time at the Breuer building.

Seventeen Magazine Fashion Collection now Available Exclusively At Sears

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sears inside juniors sectionNEW YORK, Jul 25, 2014/ — Once again, see the softer side of Sears! Beginning July 15th, the full collection of Seventeen Fashion Collection by Seventeen Magazine is available exclusively at 450 Sears stores nationwide as well as sears.com

The new line is designed to align with readers’ personalities and suit every style for every girl, with a mix of playful key trends and everyday pieces—from flirty boho and sporty cool to pretty sweet and girly prep.

The line, which features 83 pieces in total, includes printed leggings, denim vests, military jackets, boho dresses, comfortable cardigans and feminine blouses, as well as accessories, handbags, jewelry and footwear, all at an extremely affordable price point, retailing for under $50.

In conjunction with the launch, the unique hashtag #17Style will be utilized across all social media platforms. Sears will additionally offer 10 specialty shops featuring Seventeen signage, charging stations and interactive elements such as digital magazine content and social feeds.

The relationship marks the magazine’s first apparel and accessories collection since its inception 70 years ago. Produced by Adjmi Apparel Group, the new collection will arrive just in time for back-to-school shopping.

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