Paris Fashion Week ended with a bang March 5, thanks to presentations by Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Miu Miu.
This was a defining moment for new LV designer Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, who took the reigns after a 14-year run by Marc Jacobs. Ghesquière’s first collection will be remembered for its distinct A-line shapes, which cued a 1960s vibe. His materials, however, were thoroughly 21st century: patchwork leathers, crocodile, industrial zippers, molded bodices and hand-sculpted feathers. My favorite looks were any of the dresses or skirts fashioned with front zippers and belts—which was just about everything. Thanks to its history, Louis Vuitton is indeed one of the “untouchable” houses, but Ghesquière hit a home run on his first effort, modernizing the portfolio and giving us all high hopes for what lies ahead.
Over at Miu Miu the runway focused on quilted nylon. It appeared as jackets, skirts and dresses, along with bold, snappy wool coats, both long and short. The key for designer Miuccia Prada was that nothing turns out too puffy. And she succeeded—except when it came to my favorite piece in the collection, a lapelled overcoat, which resembles a parti-colored standard poodle. As the clothing progressed in the show, Prada introduced every texture imaginable, including silk, brocade, knit and plastic. Fashion’s revolutionary spirit remains just that. In the audience, Rihanna was seen with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.
At Hermès, Christophe Lemaire presented a subdued silhouette—long to mid-length—in highly texturized and luxurious fabrics. The palette was charcoal, camel, black and cream. Oversized suits and coats gave the runway looks a masculine feel. My favorite nuance of this collection was the varying styles of collars shown. We never knew what we were going to get next—a surprise around every turn.
For more from Paris Fashion Week, visit style.com to see a complete list of shows.
Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Editor, Crystals Magazine
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The Oscars is continually the biggest date of the year on the Hollywood calendar with a guest list unrivalled by any other event - and 2014 was no exception.
This is the night when the world's biggest stars step out in fashion's most beautiful gowns. In terms of trends, a spectrum of whites and nudes dominated the red carpet – Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Kristin Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli, Sally Hawkins in Valentino and Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli.
Meanwhile celebrities Amy Adams, Charlize Theron and Lupita Nyong'o are bound to top best dressed lists in their shades of blue and blacks - navy Gucci, sleek black Dior and pastel blue or better known as ‘Nairobi blue’ Prada. And, it was no surprise that Jennifer Lawrence was back in Dior swapping last year's voluminous silhouette for something more hip-hugging and sleek.
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“An imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily, where history and myth come together. The Greek temples and theatres, symbols of classic architectural perfection, are reinterpreted as if in a dream. As if a traveler, having visited some of the marvelous landscapes of ancient Sicily, wanted to recreate those unique settings in his mind: that type of beauty, magic and enchantment can only be found in such a vision. Only in an imaginary world can the unexpected and irrational intertwine with spontaneity and naturalness, while creativity, freed of any bonds with logic, becomes a synonym for folly. Like in “Satyricon” by Fellini, the ancient temples and theatres are transposed into surreal visions that continue to nourish the eyes and soul of the traveler and provide images for dreams. Straight off the runway and into the only Dolce & Gabbana in Las Vegas, this “royal-inspired” collection is a must-have for any woman who is looking to add a little femininity and soft hues to their Spring wardrobe.”
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Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took opera as their source material this season. The Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection was filled with ornate pieces, ascetic print in organza embroidered with tiny strips of leather.
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