"I felt the need to materialize the essence of Gucci. A longing for precision [and] clean lines." stated Creative Director, Frida Giannini on Gucci's Fall 2014 Collection. Tapping in to the casual side of Gucci without sacrificing the houses trademark glam, the Fall Collection is one that will bring you back to the '60s. Between the knee high boots and the leather hobo bags mixed in with a little leopard print, your Fall accessory game will be one to envy.
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.
The ultimate expression of timeless elegance and refinement, the Midnight Collection reinterprets the traditional codes of Haute Horlogerie. Sleek and versatile, the purity of the design evokes a feeling of seductive celebration, no matter the occasion or boardroom meeting.
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.
Instagram was everywhere during the 2015 Resort collection presentations and a great way to get an insider’s view at all the behind-the-scenes fun. Here’s a look at how three designers and their celebrity style packs trended “off-season” using the popular social media tool.
With about 775,000 followers designer @StellaMcCartney touted her guests (it-girls such as Liv Tyler, Amber Heard, Cara DeLevingne and Maggie Gyllenhaal) just as much as the clothes. Inside the Elizabeth Street Garden party hashtags such as #stellasuperheroes, #stellasworld #stellagirls were flying to show off patchworks of print and stripes, side cutouts and sunray pleated dresses. The mood was light with party favors such as the always-enchanting “mustache on a stick,” blue lollipops and the ensuing blue tongue and bubble guns. The overall tone matched the “superhero” motif found on key pieces within the collection, including a suite of handbags that looked like masks.
Guests such as Rihanna, Marion Cotillard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Leelee Sobieski, Allison Williams and Margot Robbie arrived by signature Dior water taxis to the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse for Dior’s Cruise show in early May. Through hashtags such as #DiorCruise2015 #diorbts, the official Dior Instagram account @Dior showed off the stunning “mirror effect” runway, backstage makeup applications (#peterphilips) and a number of the top looks of the season from creative director Raf Simons. For this presentation, he favored the A-line silhouette with scarf prints and textures both archival and new. All in all there were 66 looks to celebrate Dior USA’s 66th year.
And while their “All About Women” client event was not a Resort presentation, Hermés’ off-season party was one for the record books. Inside Wall Street’s JP Morgan headquarters there were numerous environments to enjoy. Scene 1 was a rerun of their Autumn/Winter collection, and Scene 2 was a full-on carnival with a retro swim tableau, pinball and roll-a-ball horse racing and a fashion fortune-teller. @Hermes and #HermesAllAboutWomen gave a fantastic look into the almost unbelievable spare-no-expense affair. A video clip favored by guests was “Dancing Bags,” and a photo booth elicited the hashtag #toomuchfun.
Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Ediotr, Crystals Magazine