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NYFW S/S 2015 Favorites

Fashion month is now over! From New York to Paris, fashion experts from all over the world had been traveling non-stop to see the Spring/Summer 2015 Collections that designers have worked immensely hard on for the past few months.

Today I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections that were shown in New York, and next I’ll be reviewing the collections from London Fashion Week.

Donna Karan
Donna Karan’s S/S 2015 Collection was inspired by the urban jungle of the city, with graffitied inspired prints. “Time to show your colors and paint the town with urban chic,” which were the words that echoed from the showcard to the collection itself. I loved the silhouette of the dresses; they had elements of both hard and soft. The silk chiffon gave the dresses a feminine edge, while the leather and the graffiti print gave a masculine feel to the garment. You can just imagine a New York City girl walking through the streets of the city, complementing the graffiti walls with the beautiful gowns blowing in the wind.

Diesel Black Gold
Instead of going through the typical Spring Collection route, with pastel colors and flower prints, designer Andreas Melbostad decided to go through the 1980s feel, with leather and studs. Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane also used the 80s rock and roll influence in his past collections. The collection has sex appeal, that is much needed in the spring. I really liked the cutouts in the studded tops that Melbostad created.

Ohne Titel
“Our girl is the cool surfer girl,” said Alexa Adams and Flora Gill about their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The collection had an interesting build to it, such as the opening look with the draped material across the front the mini-dress. As with Diesel Black Gold, Ohne Titel played with leather with body-con silhouettes with an interesting take on the knee high gladiator sandal. Overall I liked how different this collection was; the shape and the construction of the collection was en pointe!

Prabal Gurung
For his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Prabal Gurung continued his travels to the Himalayas during the springtime. The colors of the collection reflect of the Himalayas during sunset. From the whites of the mountains, to the cool tones of the sky, and then the collection fades to black. I’ve always how Gurung constructed his pieces, in an asymmetrical way. It’s still “traditional” enough that you can wear it directly off the runway, but it’s also different in a way that you’ll stand out in the best way possible.

BCBG Max Azria
Love is always in the air during springtime. What’s more romantic than wearing a beautiful chiffon gown, blowing through the wind. BCBG Max Azria designer, Lubov Azria by the muted patterns and sun-bleached pastel hues that are created during a process of over-dying rugs known as Color Reform. The simplicity of the collection was very refreshing, and bohemian inspired.

Anna Sui
Speaking of a bohemian influence, the Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was bohemian overload! And I loved every single thing about it. Sui was inspired by the free-love, hippie era of London during the 1960s. She did an enormous amount of research in regards to the styling of the era. From Mick Jagger’s brother Chris hand-painted for John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, to vintage Sanderson linens. Sui also knew how to style the collection in a manner that stayed true to the era, but with fresh twist. It is a fun, quirky collection that is wearable for day-to-day wear.

Ralph Lauren
If you needed to look high class while on a safari adventure, then look no further because this season’s Ralph Lauren Collection has everything you need. From fitted cargo shorts to bright neon blouses, going on an adventure has never looked so glamorous! I really liked the fit and the style of the pieces; a classic feminine approach. Towards the end of the show, models donned chiffon gowns and beautiful jewels, that would make any adventurer look glamorous in the hot sun.

Alexander Wang
Always wanted to look athletic while still looking good? Then sports luxe is the way to go! Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is embodied the look of active wear in a sexy, everyday wearable manner. Wang was inspired by the silhouette and the feel of a sneaker, which could have been very gimmicky with the leather accents and pieces. However Wang managed to make the collection look put together; the colors are amazing and everything looks clean and polished.

Diane von Furstenberg
Any Diane von Furstenberg piece should be a staple in every women’s wardrobe. There is no reason why you shouldn’t already have the famous DVF wrap dress. You can wear it with anytime for any occasion; it’s the most versatile item in your closet besides the basics you should already have. Von Furstenberg was inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Côte d’Azur. The collection was very fresh and very DVF.

Versus Versace
The Versus Versace collection was designed by the newest collaborative designer, Anthony Vaccarello. The collection really reminded me of Versace when Gianni Versace was the main designer before his untimely death. The dresses with the large slits, held together with safety pins especially reminded me of Versace back in the 1990s. I loved everything about this collection! It was dangerous, fun, and nostalgic. And it was also very Versace, with the sexy cut-outs and slits that every Versace women would wear.

Well that’s it for the city that never sleeps. Next week we’ll take a trip across the pond to the rising fashion city that is London! Stay tuned!

-R.N

Paris Haute Couture Fall 2014: Day 1 and 2

Haute Couture Week is one of my favorite weeks in fashion! It lets the designers be super creative, pushes boundaries, and allows us to peek into their fantasy world. If you want to know about the haute couture world, watch the film below titled The Secret World of Haute Couture. It gives you an inside look on who buys haute couture, the processes in making the pieces, and the vast history of the industry.

Atelier Versace
Haute Couture Week kicked off with Atelier Versace. For the Fall 2014 Haute Couture Collection, Donatella Versace was inspired by the couture of the 1950s. The collection did have some elements of the 1950s, however the collection was a Versace/rock ‘n’ roll take of the classical 1950s couture. The Atelier Versace Collection was more sexy than the 1950s, with sexy cutouts and high leg slits. The collection also gave me a slight bondage, 80s fell to it as well. The buckle straps and metal embellishments gave me that feel. This collection may not for everyone, as it is a more sexy couture collection compared to the classical couture collections of the past. However, I can still see how much work and effort went into this couture collection, unlike some other haute couture shows. But we’ll get to that later.




On Aura Tout Vu
The On Aura Tout Vu Fall 2014 Couture Collection was a visual masterpiece! The collection took you on a fantasy world journey with beautifully embroidered pieces, as well as soft and feminine hand painted fabrics that created a sense of wonder. Beautiful Swarovski pieces were also in the collection, in the form of spiked shoulder pieces, which created a villan-esque type of character. An ice queen. This collection is the definition of couture, as it brings in the drama but still manages to be a wonderful wearable art piece.




Christian Dior
Oh Dior. I had such high expectations for you. But alas, you have failed me with this “haute couture” collection. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice collection. Very nice for ready-to-wear. But not haute couture. When I think of haute couture, I think of extravagance, elegance, and fantasy. This collection did not evoke any type of emotion for me. I’m sure the artisans who work in the atelier at Dior worked very hard on this collection, but the direction and style of this collection was not up to my standards (the standards of a college student sitting at home may I add). I understand it is going to be hard for Raf Simons to step into the shoes that both John Galliano and Dior himself left, but I believe he needs to step up his game. I am no proclaimed fashion expert, but Raf Simons needs to incorporate his minimalist approach to clothing, with some of the classic Dior Theatrics and designs.




So now that the first couple of days of Haute Couture Week have finished, what are everyone’s thoughts on the collections so far? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Which designers were a let down and which ones surprised you? Let me know in the comments down below. Let’s see what the other designers bring with their collections later this week!

-R.N.

All images belong to Style.com and Fashionising.com

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 Campaign

The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 Campaign was released a few days ago, and I’m truly in love with it! I especially love the hand-painted scarves and dresses, and the floral designs that should perk up everyone’s mood during the dreary cold months. And of course they had to include the classic Burberry trench, which you all know that I’m dying to have in my closet someday. The campaign video is also impeccable: the styling, the models, just everything about it was great! The video was directed by Christopher Bailey and shot by Mario Testino, so you know it would turn out well. Starring in the campaign was an all-British cast Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Malaika Firth, Callum Ball, Tarun Nijjer and Oli Green. Side note: the music that’s in the video is The Magic Position by Patrick Wolf. Guess what I’m gonna be listening to non-stop for the next few days? What do you all think about the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 Campaign? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, have a wonderful day/evening/morning!

-R.N.

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All images belong to Mario Testino/Burberry