Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Balenciaga

 IT’S three seasons in now for Alexander Wang in his creative director role at Balenciaga and he’s really getting into his stride. This morning, he stepped it up for a beautiful show that worked in all passages, from knitwear to outerwear, accessories and day-to-night dressing. He brought his own sense of modernity and sensuality where in the previous two collections it had felt more severe.

First he dealt with the accessories – a lucrative jumping-off point for any luxury fashion house – and sent out furry snoods, thick metal belts and muffs. Then came the bags and this season everyone needs more than one – the only way to hold them is three at a time. Load yourself up, Balenciaga-style, with a trio of different sizes.

Next it was on to tunics and trousers, simple shapes worked out in winter’s favourite shades (navy, forest green and plum among them), with X-marks-the-spot pocket details, their zips forming crosses on knees, elbows and chests for a sense of protection. And that was very much the message of this collection – protection. You could see it in the lovely oversized parkas, the solid fabrications and the done-up-cover-up nature of turtlenecks, gloves, hoods, quilting and strong knitwear element.

And knitwear was very much a big story here too. It played out innovatively to underpin everything: bonded for glossy effect or woven into leather, later sprinkled with crystals for a beautiful asymmetrical and abstract knitwear offering – worn by Gisele to close the show. Wang even went so far as to put knitwear forward as the new trophy item, saying farewell to the humble sweatshirt to which the crown has belonged for so long.

What Wang was particularly clever with was his fabrics, taking the new and the technical and working them in the old house way, so that the cocoon shape was still very much there, but now re-appropriated with his modern touch. Wang is now on his way.

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Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Couture Zuhair Murad

Designer Zuhair Murad grew up in Baalbek, Lebanon. Since his childhood, he always dreamt of evading to a world of fantasy. He started sketching dresses at the age of ten, quoted as saying “I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand!”.

In 1997, Zuhair Murad opens his first atelier in Beirut, catering to a growing private clientele.

In 1999, Murad celebrates his international debut at the Alta Roma Fashion Week, following an invitation from the Camera Nazionale della Moda.

In 2001, Murad presents his couture collection for the first time during Haute Couture Week in Paris, gaining momentum with international media.

In 2005, Murad debuts the first Zuhair Murad Ready-to-Wear Collection, a more simple – yet still aesthetically glamorous – contemporary line designed to meet the expanding needs of his clientele.

In 2007, Murad inaugurates his Parisian “Maison de Couture” in the heart of the Triangle d’Or on “François 1er” Street.

In 2011, Zuhair Murad signs a licensing agreement with an Italian manufacturer, launching a ‘Made in Italy’ Ready-to-Wear line of daywear and eveningwear.

In 2012, the Zuhair Murad Fashion House relocates to a new, eleven-story building in Gemayze, in the heart of Beirut. The majestic space houses not only the corporate offices, but the heart of the Zuhair Murad Design Studio, including designers, pattern makers, tailors and embroidery experts.

The supervisory board of the Chambre syndicale de la Haute couture in Paris elects him as new guest member to the Haute Couture calendar.

Paris Opens Couture Salons and a Design Workshop:
The ground floor of the Parisian showroom is dedicated to ready-to-wear collections , whereas a new luxurious yet simplistic floor is inaugurated to display the couture and bridal dresses; it contains a workshop and a design studio conceived as an extension to the Lebanese Fashion House in Paris.

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Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Alexander McQueen

WINTER is coming. There was a distinct Game of Thrones (chill in the) air at this evening’s Alexander McQueen show. The trees had fallen and the ground was steaming before the collection even took to the forest land of the catwalk – of which we’d already been given a clue as to from the tree strewn metallic invitation.

This was a McQueen moment of drama as we know and love, but done so in a soft and lighter way. Done so in the Burton way. For ever since her appointment at the house in May 2010, she has been able to so cleverly keep that authentic McQueen DNA, yet also cultivate it with her own stamp.

And this evening that meant buoyant and light, while still maintaining a strong sense of structure, ethereal and ghostly – for a collection that tapped into many a John Snow sartorial style note (swoon on every level).

So Burton gave us heavy trapezed layers of fur that swung as they trampled over growing grassy mounds as hooded parkas and laden jackets or fell out into cape cuts; white broderie anglaise folksy peasant dresses whose sleeves were swollen out into place and then tamed back in by ribbon bows; high Tudor and Stewart collars for regal effect on monochrome flowing gowns; and then indigo-to-green mossy print and moss textured variations of all of the above; then followed by mosaic-shine incarnations too which were surely the social media money shot of the evening.

It was sinister and fairytale all at once with a nod to a Midsummer Night’s Dream in there too, the corn rows so tightly wrapped up in the models’ hair the perfect segue between past and present that Burton so well has a handle on.

It was surely one of Burton’s strongest offerings yet – a world not so far away that anyone would want to be a part, yet still wildly imaginative in creation.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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Trends of Autumn/Winter 2014-15 – Capes

That charming Little Red Riding Hood sensibility, a heavy dose of practicality and a dash of super hero kapow!

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There’s a lot to love about the cape, and it’s making a play for your Autumn/Winter wardrobe this season.
Once the preserve of strident midwives and the Scottish Widows woman, the cape has been redefined by the fashion crowd. You’ve probably already got an anorak , the parka feels old news, and who can think of a wardrobe without a wool overcoat?Untitled
The case for the cape is that it’s the only truly new-season coat update around this winter.
Ralph Lauren showcased sumptuous cashmere capes on the autumn/winter 2014 runway; Elie Saab brought the swoosh factor with a wine-stain-red version (a go-to for those wanting to make an uber-glam entrance at any winter event), and Hedi Slimane gave the cape his spiky stamp of approval at Saint Laurent (to be worn with an abbreviated hemline and Mary Janes of course).
So which to buy? If you opt for a cropped cape – or capelet as it’s known (defined as a miniature style that swings above the hip), then wear with short-length skirts. If your cape has plenty of fabric and folds, then counterbalance the voluminosity with a pencil skirt. If your choice is more narrow and tailored, then a mini makes the perfect partner. Whichever skirt silhouette you swing for, wear your cape with cosy tights and knee-high boots.The longer the cape, the better it looks with skinny trousers. Elevate the look for evening with a pair of heels, or go for a cape dress ( who can forget Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars or, indeed, Lupita Nyong’o in her striking red take on the trend).

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Whichever way you wear it, make the cape your wardrobe staple this winter – it’s time to embark on a new crusade click below to shop the latest Autumn/Winter collection of capes: