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Ethnic Ambiguity

Two strikingly complex, distinct collections that stood out from the masses of Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear shows were those of Alexander McQueen and Valentino.  On top of the intricate beading, patterning, textures and bold colors all mashed up in these shows, they were both memorable due to the beautifully ambiguous ethnic styling shown.  Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen captures an ancient Mayan, Subsaharan, Mesopotamian-feeling of geo-patterning, cut-out chest plates and feather accents, but these doesn’t allude to one particular culture or era.

The following images are from www.alexandermcqueen.com:

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Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli similarly do not nod to one particular time or place in the world but rather combine repeating swatches of jewel tones and gold set on simple black frocks that call to mind a rich Byzantine or perfect fairytale Eastern European country town.  There’s even a flare of Native-American/ancient Roman princess.  From www.valentino.com:

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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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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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See by Chloe

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Valentino

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Zuhair Murad

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