Events / Men's
A SUIT TO TRAVEL IN

It’s not every day a fashion presentation utilizes the talents of a stunt bicyclist to show off its suiting, but Paul Smith has proved it doesn’t just put on a standard runway show. Showing at the British Fashion Council’s London Fashion Week, the brand built upon its previous AW15 concept of gymnasts presenting their show for A Suit to Travel In and added some serious stunt work.

Decked out in the SS16 version of the famously durable suit, freestyle stunt cyclist Ben Savage utilized a custom set of ramps to show off both his bike handling abilities and the line’s high crease resistance. Designed with fellow The Shops at Crystals standout Loro Piana cloth, the collection was created for men on the go who can’t stop to steam their wares constantly. For SS16, designers incorporated a lighter color palette and pinstripe designs along with unlined and breathable cloth to make the perfect summer suit.

          

Shop the A Suit to Travel In Collection at Paul Smith at The Shops at Crystals.

Accessories / Women's
Summer Stripes and Rocker Chic

Two iconic designers, two very different styles... Both rule the runway at London Fashion Week! From the laid back Summer stripes of Paul Smith to the rock n' roll, Studio-54 style of Tom Ford - Spring/Summer 2015 Collections portray a wide variety that we are completely obsessed with! 

Paul Smith's aesthetic is all about the stripe, the floral and the office chic looks. With a palette full of taupes, light blues and blush roses, Smith had to keep things interesting as he turned to fringes, tuxedo lapels and drop hems. Adding touches of feminity throughout with panels of sheer silk on skirts and blouses, pink and blue stripes on fringed tank tops, and flowy dresses with pleated and dropped hems that are perfect for Summer. 

While on the complete oppostie side of the spectrum, Tom Ford presents a risque, sexy, rocker-chic collection full of black leather, dark sequins, blocky heels, opaque tights, flaired pants with messy teased hair and sunburst pasties... yes, we said pasties! Models strutted down the runway in second-skin pantsuits, skirts so short you can see the top of the stockings and sheer, sheer and more sheer everywhere! In true Tom Ford fashion, his "message continues to be that you can write your own rules."

View the entire collection here.

Accessories / Women's
Paul Smith 1970's Inspired

Paul Smith channeled Stevie Nicks as a cover of "Go Your Own Way" opened his women's collection at London Fashion Week. He cut and pasted prints into new patterns and gave his models the “skill” to pull off an effortless British lounge appeal featuring flowy silk pajamas with matching silk bottoms. It may have looked like it was time for bed however, these outfits were fixated to be worn out and about - the buzzword the designer kept saying backstage was "wearable".

As the show went forth, you began to see the transformation from “wearable” nightwear to jewel-toned patterns including stripes and paisleys as Paul Smith was inspired by wallpaper and tapestry prints. Smith gave the collection a seasonless fluidity that was balanced with color-blocked outerwear, long evening coats and many printed layers.

To view the entire Paul Smith Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection: http://bit.ly/1hbW8mB

Women's
Six Trends to Know

With London Fashion Week officially coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on our 6 favorite trends of the past week:

 

1.      Feminine Florals – Bold graphic motifs gave floral prints an updated modern feel.  Oversized florals were spotlighted in Paul Smith’s collection. 

2.      Peek-a-boo Designs – Sheer chiffon layers, masked skirts and glittering bodices hinting at what lies beneath 

3.      Opposites Attract – Tom ford offered skin-tight, sensual shapes crafted to empower women while Paul Smith went with a fresh, clean, crisp all white collection.  

4.      Shine On – Tom Ford’s curve-hugging mosaic designs presented a modern and flattering twist on the traditional blingy styles of past seasons. 

5.      A Classic Reinvented – A staple for almost every fashion season, Tom Ford reinvented the Bomber Jacket by emphasizing the shoulders and adding leather detailing.

6.      Color, Color, Color – Paul Smith’s Spring collection came alive with opulent and vibrant colors paired with the classic tailored silhouettes that the brand is known best for. 

 

For more of our favorite looks from London Fashion Week, make sure to visit our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/crystalslv/

Women's
Adidas Presentation

Stella McCartney makes a splash at London Fashion Week as synchronized swimmers help unveil her new sportswear collection for Adidas! 

Waking up bright and early in the middle of London Fashion Week to work out may not be at the top of everybody’s to-do list, but Stella McCartney’s Adidas presentation was so inventive and visually stimulating it would inspire even the sleepiest of fashionistas into jumping on a treadmill.  With innovative active wear design advances such as oversized sleeves, swimwear with cutouts, and clever uses of sheer and lightweight materials, Stella McCartney wowed everyone!

As McCartney noted, the point of this showcase, and indeed the point of the collection itself, was to inspire women to get their sweat on. "We work with top athletes," the designer said, “and even they tell me they perform better when they feel like they look good. It's a confidence thing." One thing is for sure: Never before have women looked so good while working to make their bodies look good.  http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2014RTW-ADIDSTEL/

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