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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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