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Even though summer is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to don our bikinis and shorts while basking in the sun (ahh!), the A/W 13 collections from Fashion Week have us lusting and we are excited to go and get our A/W wardrobe!
All the shows from Milan, New York, London finishing up Paris were outstanding in our opinion this year. However we thought that Paris stole the limelight with some amazing shows;
From Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who showed a gorgeous ‘foxy‘ collection, he admitted after the show that “I’ve fallen in love with fashion again” By looking through the collection, this shows and he is very much back on the game! His “foxy lady” show was fairly colourless for the first dozen looks with a monochrome colour scheme shown in houndstooth, thick chain printed dresses, large tartan check coats and his infamous blanket dresses. However it is the enormous fox heads integrated onto tartan mini dresses that spun the heads of the fashion crowd! He then introduced blues and oranges for the rest of the collection and wowed with beautifully abstract colourful prints and black and bright orange furs.
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The creative behind Hermes; Christophe Lemoire captured a thoroughly pure french chic spirit in this collection for this fall, that seemed almost darkly romantic. Earthly tones were side by side with textured monochrome throughout the show with a pop of magenta for a colour boost. This palette was displayed through oversized almost mannish coats and soft-shouldered draped cape-like overthings, mid calf skirts, high waisted gray flannel trousers and beautiful crisp fitted shirts. Texture played a huge part in the Hermes collection this season, think sheen black ponyskin coats and tops tucked into high waisted tailored trousers, suede trouser suits, long navy woolen coats with black leather and fur details, grey furs, leather and pony skin waist coats in camel and beautiful croc skin pencil skirt.
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Unkle Karl (as defined by Nik Thakkar, check out his amazing blog karlismyunkle) has done it again for a/w 13-14, the Chanel show was simply exquisite. ” I’ve got my feet on the ground, but the collection is ‘up’ to Earth, not ‘down’ to Earth” From this glorious show you can see exactly what he means, it was energetic, confident, eye catching and one of the most clothes-packed runways we’ve seen with a massive 80 looks (impressive!) The majestic globe sets the scene for a very memorable collection, it was dark as night and so were the clothes, but not dull and depressing, in fact it was alight with a magical sparkle. The collection was very simple in colour mainly consisting of blacks/grey, however this did not make for a boring same old show, in fact the dark tweeds were woven with metallic threads making them glitter when light was cast on them. Layering was heavily featured, long coats that were oversize with large collars, low waisted dresses with pleated skirts, tweed suits; jackets and mini skirts in pastel hues were shown with knee high leather boots to give an edge to an otherwise sickly feminine look. Leathers, tweed, fur, and cable knitted wool were the main bulk of the collection, towards the end black chiffon was introduced, creating a very sexy yet chic look combined with fur trims and leather details including amazing 3D flower embellishments. Karl also designs the most amazing accessories, this year it was the head-wear that caught our eye the most, the unusual fur helmets that were shown in lots of different colours! Which are (said Lagerfeld) facsimiles of Anna Wintour herself iconic bob hairstyle!
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Now a quick mention to “Saint Laurent”. With this being Hedi Slimane’s second collection for Saint Laurent we were intrigued as to what he was going to produce for the fashion house, and we were all (bloggers, media, frow-ers!!) shocked to say the least! The collection divided the fashion critics, with some applauding the designer for giving the brand a change of direction and revamping their look, we most definitely do NOT agree!! We don’t feel that 90’s grunge is the way forward for “Yves” Saint Laurent as it is such a legendary name (please say this is just a midlife crisis!)
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(Even the models are miserable wearing this collection!!!)
While we were on twitter watching the horror unfold about the latest collection by Saint Laurent we stumbled across a website that sells these fun sweatshirts, tees and caps (the sweatshirt is our fave!) click here