As the audience sat and the lights dimmed, Saint Laurent’s catwalk was filled with leather biker jackets, tartan skirts and grey school girl pleated minis partnered with knee high boots or glittery Mary Janes staying true to Slimane's aesthetic of slim-fit, rock n' roll designs. With so many amazing pieces it will be exciting to see all looks unravel during Winter!
Valentino’s Fall 2014-15 collection represented a sixties flavor featuring the shirt-collar dresses, the embroidered tulle gowns, and capes of all kinds—in lace, in leather, drapey silk crepe, and in versatile double-face cashmere that could be pinned back to create an alternate look. But the accessories stole the show with patchwork bags, braided calfskin boots, camouflage clutches and Camu Butterfly pumps and totes.
Celebrities and style devotees descended in Paris July 6 to 10 for the Haute Couture shows. The gowns that made their way down the runways of these elaborate fetes are the same looks that will be on red carpets throughout the season. Here are three trends that we can count on weaving their way into the fashion vernacular.
1. The Age of Innocence
Forget the all-too-modern Age of Aquarius; decadence is upon us in the form of grand bell skirts and ornate details such as beading and embroidery. Christian Dior showed a range of styles from the exaggerated to the subdued. On the opposite end, there were plenty of zippered jumpsuits to juxtapose the 19th century sensibility of the gowns. We have Edith to thank for all this romance.
2. The Fabulous Fifties
Bone-waisted jackets with rounded shoulders kicked off Atelier Versace, indicative of a post-WWII-Atomic-Age style we haven’t seen on the runway in recent years. There were plenty of the buckles and an artful mix of fabrics—one of the signatures of the Italian design house. Most stunning were the dresses, which all put focus on one leg. Bodysuits were strapped into gowns with reams and reams of buttery silks, and T-shirts were bedazzled and bejeweled. There is nothing matte; it’s time to shine.
3. Back to Nature
Valentino’s presentation epitomized how you should dress on those days when you feel like a cross between a Greek goddess and a woodland fairy. Toga-inspired gowns, leather straps as belts and on sandals, and feathers, tulle and rich gold lace added an aviary touch to stunning couture pieces, channeling the splendid Earth Mother inside us all. The new organic is decadent and ripe.
Guest Blogger: Melinda Sheckells
At the Nanette Lepore Summer Styling & Champagne event within their boutique, we were able to sneak Ms. Nanette Lepore herself away for 5 minutes and ask her all about her Fall 2014 collection, what her favorite things to do in Las Vegas are and of course... gambling?
Q 1. What should we expect to see from your Fall 2014 collection?
Luxury. Like luxurious pieces in beautiful deep colors. There are beautiful merlot colored furs and fun parkas of fur with crazy fluffy fur collars but there’s wonderful prints. There are lots of maul berry and orchid and rich red plums against your classic camels and greys – some really pretty pieces. There are some asymmetrical hems and lace.
Q 2. What was the inspiration for your Fall/Winter 2014 collection?
The whole inspiration for fall was all about hand craft work and crafting things in New York City but taking some of my favorite inspirations from around the world and bringing them back to New York and (like) putting them back together. There are some really fun prints that look like weavings and beautiful beadwork that’s like a patch work of different inspirations.
Q 3. How does this Fall collection differ from previous collections?
The previous fall I had gone to Mars, which I really enjoyed, and we had those fun hologram shoes and bags and it was super edgy and modern. This fall was a little bit more feminine and softer but still a modern feel to the femininity. It’s all about women wanting to feel really modern right now and very cutting edge and nobody wants to feel like they are throwbacks. You got to give them the things that feel familiar and people want and love but with a new spin.
Q 4. What is your favorite thing to do here in Vegas?
SHOP. Honestly, shop and then eat and then hit the slots! Yes, slots, I am big on the slots… I am afraid of the tables , I won’t go near them. My husband actually hits big on the slots all of the time. He is hysterical to gamble with because he will be the guy that walks over and puts in like a buck and wins a $1,000. And everyone is like, “Are you kidding? Did you just do that?!?”
Q 5. How does The Shops at Crystals compare to other shopping centers around the country?
Well, first of all, I am traveling with two women who work for my company and one has never been here before and she wants to move to Las Vegas right now and work in the store. I mean, it’s – when we moved in I remember they challenged us and said this is going to be a really new shopping center. Everything has to be extra special and really different and really elevated and I remember we were all like, “Oh my god!” we have to do something really extreme and fabulous and I think we really achieved it. So, I am happy with the angelic colors, and the way you flow in to the store and it has different corridors and it feels like you are discovering something and I think that is what a store should bring to people.
The Resort (or Cruise) collection is the most important one to fashion brands as it's on the sales floor the longest and is often most wearable. It’s also a fresh flow of new looks and just in time when you’re over heavy fall coats and are dreaming about your upcoming holiday apparel.
Nicholas Ghesquière presented his debut Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection for 2015 on May 17, in Monaco - the first time the house has presented such a collection in a show format.
The Cruise collection was significantly more embellished and playful than what Ghesquière did for Fall. He appeared to be having fun when designing this collection: collaging mismatched prints, embroidering lace with tiny seed beads, and accessorizing with spiky silver belts and gladiator sandal-boots that inched up toward the knees. Deep pink was paired with baby pink, and caution orange with yellow and sea blue—"a game of colors," he called it.
Keep an eye out for the energetic Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection at The Shops at Crystals later this Summer.