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The Creative Process – Simplified

Designer's Creative Process

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Pre-Fall in 3D

Pre-Fall 2014 fashion shows are hitting the runway, and the first ubiquitous trend I am noticing is a mix of raised textures.  Chunky laces, fur trims, 3D knits and small-scale pleats and ruffles pop from the garments’ surfaces to create a tactile effect.  A play of light and shadow here suggests feel of wearable art to these emerging collections.

From Style.com:

Akris

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Burberry Prorsum

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Fendi

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Just Cavalli

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Tory Burch

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Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear

Spring 2014 fashion weeks are in full swing, and we are seeing some new trends and shifts in silhouettes yet again.  The majority of designers are presenting full, boxy, baggy silhouettes and separates consisting of a crop top and midi-skirt.  So, far I’m not impressed.  Overall, the images has lost an edge of femininity, and the loose fitting styles with square shoulders and chopped body-line don’t flatter the female wearer.

Here’s a more comprehensive list of trends I’ve noted so far:

baggy pant; loose, square tops; lattice work; pajama stripes; cross front top; loose shirtdress; square shoulder; knee length skirts; moto jacket; men’s jackets; asymmetrical wrap skirt; small geo patterning, digital webbing; button front cardigans

More to come…

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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:

Alexander McQueen

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Sea

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See by Chloe

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Valentino

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Zuhair Murad

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