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March 5, 2014

Trend Recap: Art Factory

The ’60s have been an inspiration point for several designers across Europe, and we’ll admit, we always have a certain reluctance about retro eras when they’re taken too literally. However, we cannot ignore the optimistic approach in the ’60s cues that are popping up in Paris.

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What’s captured our attention is the “graphic art,” which is young, fun, vibrant and is part of the bigger story of art dressing we mentioned in London. New patterns evocative of the psychedelic era are noteworthy, especially when coming from such a broad array of designers—from the master of textiles, Dries Van Noten to the energetic new approach from Valentino, not to mention the recently revived, now uber cool, Kenzo line.

We don’t believe anybody wants to look like they’ve stepped out of an Austin Powers movie. Our advice is to follow the best examples from the Paris runways, borrowing a cue from them—a silhouette (like A-line), a pattern or graphic, or a feature, like a fun color pop. Mix any of those in with contemporary pieces to keep it all truly new and exciting.

If the ’60s silhouettes or patterns don’t do it for you, try incorporating the trend via accessories or shoes, like these ‘kinky’ boots: they feel the way to go-go.

Have fun!
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Junya Watanabe Fall 2014 at Paris Fashion Week

If you’ve ever thought black is boring, then you should check out these images from the Junya Watanabe fall 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. The venerable Japanese designer (and notable name in avant-garde fashion) presented a show befitting his incredible rep, with look after look of texturally contrasting, meticulously constructed, thought-provoking pieces. Color would have only been a distraction.

Junya Watanabe Fall 2014 at Paris Fashion Week

Junya Watanabe Fall 2014 At Paris Fashion Week

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Jenny Yule
photos: Gorunway.com

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Who could forget Lee McQueen‘s majestic fall 2006 show, where model Raquel Zimmermann donned the famed antler-and-lace headdress? The collection depicted romantic embodiments of the late designer’s Scottish roots. Fast-forward to the age of Sarah Burton, the creative force that masterfully maintains and recharges the brand’s DNA, who takes us on a journey through what feels like the misty shires of Scotland for fall 2014.

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The show introduces us to dreamy heroines wandering the wilderness, wrapped in moon-and star-shaped crystal embroidery, silver acorn hand jewelry, frayed organza flowers and ivy velvet jacquards. Burton’s fairy tale beautifully weaves two tales of McQueen, past and present.

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Adorned: McQueen Shoes & McQueen Jewelry

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Softly Powerful: Rouched broderie anglaise reveals the delicate nature of the designs.

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The Details: Aubergine organza gown and hand-cut feathers.

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“Drink me, make me feel real / Wet your beak in the stream /
Game we’re playing is life / Love’s a two-way dream”

Lyrics from “Bachelorette” by Björk, the show’s closing tune, which matched the wanderlust mood of the collection.

Qianna Smith

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Photos: GoRunway.com

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Sparkly shifts, graphic fur coats and glittery go-go boots. The spirit of the 1960s muse rang through Hedi Slimane’s second fall show for Saint Laurent, and it proved just as contagious as the original Youthquake. There’s nothing groundbreaking at work here, and that’s just as well—these clothes have a clear and simple purpose: free-spirited fun in the most girlish way possible. Rock ‘n’ roll.

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Mary O’Regan
photos: Gorunway.com

March 5, 2014

Runway Rundown: KENZO

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We have a soft spot for Twin Peaks, as it’s set in our home state of Washington, so you can imagine our delight upon hearing that director David Lynch was the inspiration behind Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s fall show for KENZO.

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Lynch consulted with the duo on the runway production, creating the music and bringing in a giant bust that was perched at the base of the stage. His influences were less obvious on the collection itself, save for an overall eccentric vibe reflected in jagged prints, oversized shapes and asymmetrical folds.

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Mary O’Regan
photos: Gorunway.com

Let’s talk about the ‘padding’ that seems to be popping up across a variety of product types on the runways.

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Practical puffers are one of the great coat choices for the season. But it’s not just about outerwear; the quilted effect can be seen on everything from tailoring and separates to luxurious textured evening coats and (our personal favorite) the puffer bootie, seen at Chloé. What better way to keep your tootsies toasty?

Shop the look:


Quilted: Shoes | Accessories | Apparel

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The masculine trend is still going strong thanks to Colombian designer Haider Ackermann,* who always manages to make an oversized outfit look polished and chic. This season he struck a balance between the toughness of menswear and the gracefulness of a woman, sending down the runway a sea of softly draped trousers, sweeping overcoats and dresses with plunging necklines and sexy cutouts. It’s nonchalance to the extreme, and we couldn’t be more intrigued.

*We offer Haider Ackermann in selected stores. Please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 for more details.

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Mary O’Regan
photos: Gorunway.com

The dress codes for day and night converge with a new love of everyday glamour and extravagance.

A hedonist revival of the ’70s YSL Rive Gauche style is happening with bloggers outside the shows and with designers on the runway—both indulging us with flashy embellishment, metallics, lamés, 24k gold, silver and silky fringe. Maximalism in the new rave with a “more is more” show-off attitude, bringing bling and flash into the bright light of day.

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March 3, 2014

Runway Rundown: Akris

Photo prints create a one-of-a-kind statement at the Akris fall/winter 2014 runway show.

“A photograph is the launch pad and starting point of Thomas Ruff’s art,” says Albert Kriemler, creative director of Swiss fashion house Akris, on the German artist who influenced his design process for fall. “For my 10th year in Paris, I have chosen seven images [by Ruff], mostly related to the universe and galaxy we live in, and two ingenious photograms. Technology is always on my mind, more than ever, and the collaboration with a grand living artist and friend is a highly inspirational gift.”

Fall sketches by Albert Kriemler.

*We offer Akris in selected stores. For assistance, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463.

Qianna Smith

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Photos: Courtesy of Akris & GoRunway.com

March 3, 2014

Runway Rundown: Chloé

Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller heard the call of the wild for fall 2014. But keep in mind—what’s wild for Chloé isn’t necessarily nutty for your average girl. In fact, we’re betting she’ll love Waight Keller’s punchy fall offering, which includes plenty of fringe sweaters, metal embellishments and ’80s-style prints. We also spotted some nods to wildlife in the bags and shoes, from python details to heels trimmed in fur.

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Mary O’Regan
photos: Gorunway.com