July 2, 2014

Legends of the fall… A manual to 2014/2015 trends!

With the new collections from Armani, Versace, Missoni, Gucci, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Oscar de la Renta, and… all the others knocking at our dressing’s door it was, if not necessarily adequate, most certainly imminent to remind ourselves, in this second day of the hottest month of the year, why the runways of Milan, Paris, London and New York have made us believe there actually is life after summer!

Colours – Chloé, Gucci, Versace, Dior, Emilio Pucci, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino

And how not to have faith in a bright future when the colours palette of this next fall and winter embraces with a clear passion for light both pastels and bold vibrant colours and while the most applauded star of the catwalks was red? Optimistically adding to the mix are also hot pink, deep emerald, orchid mauve, honey mustard, neon orange and reflex blue!

Fabrics – Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Céline, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana

The materials are in their turn reasons for joy, even mystery. As we smoothly pass from the delicacy of fine, fluid and transparent silks and veils to the comfort of knitwear. Is further encouragement necessary? Still needing to believe that the cold season will warm up our hearts? Shearling was the unexpected element of FW14/15 and yet branded itself as a clear-cut trend – from Gucci to Céline and Louis Vuitton. And opulent furs were supreme in the collections of Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.

Shapes – Valentino, Gucci, Céline, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Marni, Céline, The Row, Chloé, Chloé, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli

But how about cuts? What sounds more energising than a 1960s vintage brought up to modernity? We have textbook examples from Gucci, Valentino and Miu Miu. Maybe the funky spirit of juxtaposed trousers and skirts is even more playful than the geometric, oversized style we’re bound to love? And if nothing still managed to convince, Chloé, Burberry and Cavalli bring to the table strong arguments in the form of robe coats and a tremendous variety of ponchos and capes.

Prints – Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Sportmax, Tommy Hilfiger, Emilio Pucci

Prints, inserts, embroideries… This is the real realm of play and, for fall-winter, one of fairies. With Dolce & Gabbana in the enchanted forest, next to Valentino, Givenchy, Marni and Louis Vuitton in storybook worlds with flowers and populated by birds and animals. Another fairytale, be it, saga, apparition are the geometrical patterns of Nordic inspiration that Tommy Hilfiger, Pucci and Burberry have put forward.

Standout pieces – Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Chanel, DKNY, Giorgio Armani

But is it that in the midst of this universe of colours, tailorings and patterns there’s still place for star-pieces? Of course! Some of them, high boots with carefully crafted details and made out of exotic skins or metallic materials have been obvious standouts on all the catwalks. Others, the sneakers, surprisingly put forward by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel are already stars that have descended into the street. And not last nor least, even the first and foremost star of fall 2014 is, as always, the long anticipated and wonderfully original chromatic of Giorgio Armani. A fantasy of greys and burnt greens like an oasis in the middle of winter.

 

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