Monthly Archives: July 2013

The swirls, curves and creeping vines of couture

The Fall 2013 couture season reverberated with swirling, sweeping and creeping cutlines, patterns and embellishments, giving a dynamic and almost living vibe to the striking gowns and high-end wear presented by the industry’s top designers.  Several of the more structured dresses used semi-circular bust-lines, which moved down into cut lines that swept across the lower body, keeping the eye moving along the entire figure.  For more subtle motion, broader curved lines bordered jackets and grazed hips, and a more frenzied approach was seen in swirling and writhing lacy texture on gossamer fabrics.  In a more linear, though no less organic, style of movement along the body, creeping vines added vigour and drama while maintaining the exciting sophistication of this season’s collections.

Style.com’s coverage of the Fall 2013 couture lines show several examples of these fluid trends:

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The Curved Hem

Another theme frequently seen in the Womens Resort 2014 collections is the curved hem, which is used in skirts, dresses, tops, short and pants.  Whereas, recently, designers were embracing the high-low look (high hem in the front and longer hem at the back,) the current curved hem can be even at front and back, have a drop tail at back, or it can overlap and wrap to the front.  In all cases, it scoops up at the side giving an extra glimpse of fabric or leg with a sporty vibe.

Here is a gallery of images from Style.com‘s coverage of Womens Resort 2014 use of the curved hems:

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Of a Color

Womens Resort 2014 displayed an array of wonderful sherbert and neutral colors embellished with large placement embroideries and all-over lace effects.  Even more lovely with this concept is that the decorations match the hue of the garment creating a monotone textured look that is exciting yet does not diminish the rich colors chosen.

Style.com displays individual looks from the Resort 2014 collections:

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Web of Roses

Several of the main fashion weeks passed us by in last month or so, which brought extravagance, drama and high style.  One genre in particular that was full of glamor and feminine shine, prints and graphics was the Spring 2014 Menswear runway shows.  Yes, the S14 menswear season mirrors inspiration from womens ready-to-wear, where one can see similar trends sprinkled throughout the Resort 2014 collections.  Of note are floral motifs that pattern jackets, pants and shorts alike in subtle brocade fabrics to all-over prints.  Also seen complimenting a variety of manly silhouettes is a dynamic variation to delicate lace, seen in webbing.  Whole outfits and single garments within a coordinated outfits sport knit webbing and geometric prints creating a web design.

Style.com has a thorough catalog of the majority of designers showing at these events with photo galleries by collection.  Here is seen complex filigree brocade work creating a web-like effect and rose shapes made from actual knit webbing (note the shoes as well!) from the Alexander McQueen show:

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Ann Demeulemeester uses a black creeping, blooming vine-like plant that cascades down the white jacket to create a striking web of fauna clinging to its model.

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Astrid Andersen incoporates true floral lace piecing into a tight-fitting girlish men’s top.

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In this matching top and bottom from Gucci, the designer covers the outfit in an flourishing vibrant floral surface over a neutral background.

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Staying away from the floral motif, Lanvin uses a diagonal windowpane mesh in his slim shouldered tank creating a clean mono-tone web that contrast the small-scale organic black and white mesh-like pattern on the pants.

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