Temperley London Fall 2016 Show Brings Mermaids and Pirates to LFW

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Alice Temperley’s oeuvre is all about elegant, playful, coquettish, cheerful, flirtatious woman – all rolled into one. And the Temperley London fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW line unveiled yesterday made an enlivening replenishment to the list bringing about the naughty essence of a woman. To achieve her goal the British designer tried her wings in the pirate lifestyle successfully interlacing it with alluring and magnetic mermaids and nymphs living deep in the ocean and coming out of the water surface only to intoxicate every living soul.

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“She’s very elegant and as playful as before, but she’s just a bit naughtier this time,” the designer said. “She sort of tells the story of a very young and fresh mermaid who goes a little bit dark and pirate-like and then comes back as a mermaid in the end.” Her brain-child sailed right through the Caribbean Sea running across a marvellous mermaid at times assuming a mannish pirate disguise, at times going back to her fragile mermaid spirit.

The contrast dreamt up was really lovely and inspiring all impregnated with white, cream, baby blue, lilac, lavender, blue-grey and rust shades. The pirate theme and the designer’s idea to garner all the tattoos of her friends, gave her carte blanche to create a bevy of pieces with prints and motifs galore ranging from aromatic roses, forget-me-nots, cherries and swallows holding loads of ribbons in their beaks to seafaring-worthy anchors, jellyfish, seahorses and words “LOST AT SEA” peeping in between. There were also many leopards waylaying, the tattoo ideas of heart locks, stars and dice having inspired Temperley mostly.

The amalgamation of all these images on a single look was at times bringing forth a real chaos and a watchful eye to figure out what is what like that tulle flowing dress with center slit replete with myriads of flowers, a couple of swallows and fish, while the hem sheltering a jellyfish free-swimming through the waters. The chaotic milieu was everywhere whether we looked at a midi illusion dress, a black cape, a black midi dress + knitted sweater combo or an amazing silver grey baby-doll dress with layered bell sleeves.

The sailor-inspired froggings on cropped corduroy jackets, midi skirts, capes, vests and even on diaphanous fabrics were the starting point in turning a fragile mermaid into a vigorous and naughty woman, which kicked it with even higher gear when a series of pirate suits came to arena – pussy bow white shirts with long puffed sleeves teamed with slouchy pants and cropped jackets or vests. Alas, there weren’t any swords, rifles or flintlocks for more tableau to marvel at!

Ethereal gowns, the forte of Alice Temperley, were of course in attendance starting from a white cotton dress with many ruffled layers, a blue maxi flaring dress knee-deep with flowers, a black diaphanous one with many layers and with many green-lilac-lavender floral embroidered embellishments, and finishing with an amazing bunch; we heard those wedding bells clearly enough and got the eyeful of bohemian bridal dresses in white, silver grey and powdery pink shades demonstrating Temperley’s delicate handicraft with gems, sequins and beads.

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Chanel: Chapter 14; The Vocabulary Of Fashion

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In an ongoing series of short animated films to give those outside the rarefied world of Chanel a better of understanding of what the French luxury house does today and how that’s related to Coco Chanel and its history in general, Inside Chanel is also one of the few things I look forward to online whenever a new chapter is launched.

And with the launch of Chapter 14 (which also happens to be my favourite so far, by the way), I felt the urgent sense to do up this blog post for the benefit of everyone reading this website. Why? Because this chapter that’s titled The Vocabulary of Fashion will become your best guide as far as knowing all the iconic essentials that make Chanel what it is today, from detailed explanations of how the 2.55 bag came about to Coco Chanel’s reworking of a nun’s habit into the little black dress she made popular and even trivia like why the front of their two-tone shoe is black.

Yes, all that and more is beautifully explained (and illustrated) in this short 3 and a half minute animated video that no hardcore fan (or someone that’s new to the world of Chanel) should miss out on. Now excuse me while I go re-watch it again. And again. And again.

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Alice + Olivia Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – NYFW

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When fashion meets literature, only good things are about to happen. Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia’s creative director and self-proclaimed vintage lover knows that and isn’t afraid to let herself get carried away by a good book whenever she finds one. For her Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week, Bendet couldn’t help getting viscerally inspired by Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel City On Fire.

Alice + Olivia Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW - NYFW

“I was reading that book City on Fire, and I just became really fascinated with that moment. New York City was financially bankrupt, but culturally, it was exploding,” she later declared, revealing the collection’s main protagonists – New York and the Seventies.

Bendet’s choice to celebrate New York isn’t, however, only linked to Hallberg’s book, as the fashion designer is feeling a significant and worrisome change of direction within the city’s cultural life, and is determined to bring it back: “Right now, we’re watching so much creativity leave New York—every artist or musician is moving to L.A. was craving that moment when it was all right here.”

Besides its New Yorker settings, City of Fire whisks its readers back to the Seventies, catapulting them in a city literally divided between the good and the bad, as on the one hand bankruptcy and gritty criminal gangs were taking over a city, where never-seen-before artistic and music movements were relentlessly flourishing. Among them, punk rockers, hippies and hip hop artists were surely helping many suburban kids and young adults escape from New York’s criminal, yet quite magnetic side, making the Big Apple one of the world’s most influential cultural centers.

Bendet perfectly managed to merge her desire to let New York thrive again with her passion for vintage clothes, serving a strong lineup that is destined to overwhelm us with its bright colors and fancy silhouettes. Both the hippie and the punk rock movements got involved in this FW 2016-17 rtw collection, as the fashion designer particularly enjoyed intertwining the two main themes together mainly utilizing a well-tailored mishmash of different patterns.

“When I started Alice + Olivia, all of my inspiration photos were of my mom in these amazing bell-bottom pants. I wanted to go back to that era…of rock ‘n’ roll, of empowered women,” she told WWD, emphasizing even more her willingness to celebrate women. “If that’s not a girl power moment, I don’t know what is.”

And her lineup is indeed for a strong independent woman, who has fun playing with different styles, cuts and even color-blocking motifs. From bold green to blue, from yellow to red and of course black, the lineups really has it all, and isn’t afraid to use it.

As for the lines and cuts, Bendet made sure both boho-chic and the glam rock styles had their time to shine, meaning that she managed to treat us us both to layered maxi gowns and mannish suits, alternating flared-sleeve coats with asymmetrical curve-hugging mini dresses and even studded jackets.

Paisley motif, animal prints and floral patterns adorn most of the retro proposals, taking advantage of Bendet’s colorful mind. Thanks to her great attention to details, the collection also delivers unique accessories that are just the icing on the cake, as they better define and emphasize each look with an even stronger boho-chic or punk rock allure. With all the sinuous cuissardes boots, animal-printed handbags and big hats we could rightly state less is more was definitely out of her wheelhouse here.

It doesn’t however mean she doesn’t enjoy minimalistic forms of art from time to time: one of the collection’s key pieces is a long-sleeve geometric-print gown inspired by American minimalistic painter and printmaker Frank Stella, whose works were greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.

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LOUIS VUITTON MEWS BAG

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Looking for a convertible bag that can easily transform from office to an exotic holiday weekend such as the Caribbean? Well darling, you’ll find the answer in the Mews tote bag from Louis Vuitton. Probably LV has heard the pleas of many women and the Mews bag is the end result.

Flawless and impeccable in all its angles, the Mews tote bag just combined chic and sporty all at the same time. It is made with the luxurious Damier Ebene coated canvas so no wonder if it looks expensively intimidating from a distance. It also features smooth cowhide leather trim, microfiber lining, toron handles, golden color metallic pieces, removable and adjustable leather shoulder strap, keybell, padlock, double zip closure for added sense of security, double smartphone pocket, inside flat pocket and 4 protective bottom studs. This tote bag is perfect for the office for you can stow several items such as your iPad, smartphone, notebook, make up kit, wallet, and car keys.

During the weekend, you can however transform it into a travel-sized bag where you can put your bikinis, aviator, sun cream, and tanning spray all at once. It has the following dimensions: 15.0 x 14.6 x 6.7 inches (L x H x W) and retails for $1820 USD or €1320 euro.

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Vivienne Tam Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – NYFW

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World peace! You don’t hear that only in beauty pageant competitions… not anymore. In fact, it’s becoming a very in-demand notion to play with, and so Chinese-American designer Vivienne Tam has started the journey of presenting the world peace in her own designs. Her new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection was recently presented at NYFW, reminding the audience about the beauty of prints and cross-culture references.

Vivienne Tam Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW - NYFW

Tam mentioned, “I’m a designer, but really, it’s about sharing the culture of the world, bringing cultural harmony.” Whether these looks were harmonious or not, there were definitely a few pieces that would conquer the hearts of everyone, regardless of cultural belonging.

Tam’s inspiration is not focused on her own cultural background, but stems from her travels in Central Asia, Russia and Turkey. Impressed with the richness of patchwork and embroidery, she incorporated her favorite details into her new designs. And the ancient Silk Road, which was once a hotspot for trade (including fabrics, dyes and precious metals) always has a lot to offer to modern-day designers.

Ethnic prints took over our wardrobes last year, and they still continue the invasion. Whether they belong to the many nations who lived on the territory of current Turkey or are a result of the extravagant Russian culture, they blend incredibly in the cocktail with modern practices.

The hemlines, of course, were kept according to the cultural standards – knee-length and maxi only! Tam’s most favorite technique was the ikat, the process of dyeing the yarn for creating patterns when weaving, a very old and complex practice, now being reborn on the New York’s most glamorous runway.

It’s not suitable for the taste of a clean-cut fanatic; the Vivienne Tam fall 2016 collection is for the expressive characters that can handle prints from head to toe… not an easy task.

This multi-colored ethnic inspiration was combined with the season specials like leather and lace. Hints to ancient carpets, Eastern iconography, incredible silhouettes and architecture stand by the newest fashion offerings to the average New Yorker.

Most of the NYFW fall/winter shows we’ve seen so far were all constructed with similar color palettes. Whether it’s the over-popularity of the prints or just a unison in color choices, Vivienne Tam’s new collection was not an exception. The colors were very earthy – warm browns and blacks. There were also a few flashy colors that added spice to the winter atmosphere. Just as Pantone’s latest report had predicted, red is going to be a trend.

Tam’s collection started with screaming reds and maroons, ranging from dresses to tops. The darkest shades appeared in all-red outfits or dresses and tops, while the sharp vibrant red was decorating the prints throughout the collection.

This is Vivienne Tam… chic and cultural, sophisticated and comfortable. Unique pieces of design that not only open new perspectives on fashion, but also on the inspirations behind them.

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50+ BAGS ON THE ARMS OF NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FALL 2016’S CELEBRITY ATTENDEES

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