Saturday, 29 March 2014

Big Bird Wants His Coat Back!

It's fall fashion week so no doubt there would be fur. This year its the super coats, it's voluminous, faux fur, shearling, teddy and luxe feathers. If you only buy one thing for the new season, it must be a statement fur coat. I haven't seen this much fur since sesame street!

Shearling is king, the season's most-used fabric. Gucci delivered double breasted sheepskin jackets in pastels sixties downtown cool, while Miu Miu layered over raincoat and sporty school girl silhouette. The furry, fuzzy teddy faux fur brings a modern take to shearling, Erdem and Bottega translate them into chic dresses. The pallet is kept pale, nude or monochrome like at Akris.

Fur Trim. If all over fur is not your thing then fur trim should surely do the trick, coloured stripes accentuate the seams and give it a graphic quality. It has been prevalent in every city and in various ways. Prada gave us Del Boy-style oversize jackets while ChloƩ kept it slightly more subtle with fuzz trimmed booties. George Styler and Christopher Kane (dreaming of this coat) kept their pink shearling, on cuffs and collars contrast with black patent fabrics. Most designers concentrate on big lapels to showcase their furry trims.

Griphic Faux. Designers look to geometry, sourcing inspirations and experiment though grids and patchwork. Chic assemble of patchwork in a variety of textures at Roksanda Illincic and topshop, and nipped waist grid coats at Daks and Altuzara. Quirky designs were seen at Carven, Tusumori and Pucci. Astrakhan fabric in addition to multicoloured fur also being presented at Miu Miu, Jason Wu, and Christian Dior.

Luxe feathers like the ones below are not my favourite trends as I do not promote real fur. But these crazy fur coats must be like traveling around in a warm cloud. Explosive volumes were seen at Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Alexander McQueen. Ralph Lauren and Ralph Rucci keep their outerwear light in softest feathery cape coat while Dolce and Gabbana and Fendi work the eskimo hood.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Foil Trend

It's all about shining bright in foil fabric for spring/summer, the coloured metallic trend noticed since last year on the catwalk for designers such as Burberry Prorsum, Dior and Jonathan Saunders has stuck around with all sorts of garments filtering into this year in a mixture of rainbow shades. Which was full of glamour and energy striking out with the use of rhinestones palette. Precious mineral tones like green beetle, sapphire,  emerald, bronze, quartz, and ruby shimmers like opening a box of Quality Street sweets.

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2013

Burberry Prorsum has succeeded in maintaining their signature British heritage of their iconic trench coat,  while bringing contemporary designs with high-tech materials expressed such versatility. I've been wanting to do a post on this collection for awhile now, though I'm glad I waited, as this fall 14 there were even foiling to embrace. The trend should not be mistaken though for just metallic or shimmery sequins. It shines a whole lot brighter, bolder, slicker, waxier with a foil like quality that rustles and crackles as it moves. 

Foil Trend in Autumn/Winter 2014