Ulyana Sergeenko’s Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Show Was a Lesson in Russian History

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The incredibly talented Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko came at us full force but with a ready to wear touch for the Couture fall/winter 2016-2017 Paris Fashion Week show. Off the bat we already can point out that fringes in the stringy, soft swaying manner are to be a huge hit on the runway and a trend to be looking for when creating your own day or nightwear.

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

The designer’s creations often take us on a tour of Russian history and over the past nine years we have seen motifs that point towards everything from the Orient Express to the Soviet architecture of St. Petersburg, among many others. She has incorporated traditional ornamentation from Russian minority groups as well as bringing us now to something less traditional and closer to the heart, fashion statements from the childhood seen in the somewhat utopian ‘60s Russia.

It is definitely worthy of praise when a designer can take elements of her own world and recreate it into a wearable piece of artistry, weaving into every strand the love for country, memory of days gone and hope for a better future.

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

While the Ulyana Sergeenko Couture fall 2016 collection is rather toned down, that is not a bad thing at all; Sergeenko brings in new sensibilities and an emphasis on the professional instead, lovingly including everything from tweed pantsuits to sporty Lurex bodysuits sporting her brand symbol. She goes for the overtly sexy with the inclusion of garters and thigh-high hosiery, while it remains clear that showing off the breasts under a thin layer of cloth is still very much in the couture agenda.

We don’t really understand the girdle-garter combination, nor the bared breasts, but the collection for the most part is all about Soviet Russia and there is little we do not love about that. After all, art, high fashion and history make for a pretty impressive combination when done so correctly.

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

What we probably notice best towards the middle of the collection is the use of natural motifs, ranging from mountains overlooking the seas to deer among the trees, playing with the warm and the cooler hues to create pieces that even Babushka would be proud of. We see botanical imagery as well that inspired the jacquard that subtly appear on the skirt suits, while the country’s colder weather is easily the statement of the collection once we notice the very traditionally thick ribbed knit tights that pooled at the knees and ankles.

Those loafers, though are probably the highlight of each creation and very much embody the red diploma receiving schoolgirl who enjoys working hard on her grades in university. Native handiwork is also apparent, along with the highly time consuming mosaic furs that are fully reminiscent of the Soviet needlepoint, humbly found in the homes of the people who resided there in the ‘60s especially.

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Then again, those high necked column dresses are probably what will be showcased most on the red carpets in the coming days so that is certainly something to be watching for. Overall, a very good collection from our Russian favorite!

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 Collection

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See All the Womenswear Looks from Balmain’s Menswear Spring 2017 Show

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Presented on Saturday in Paris, Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain spring 2017 menswear show hit it big indeed, with It personalities in the fashion world rocking both the catwalk and the front row. As promised, Rousteing also showcased a jaw-dropping selection of the womenswear spring 2017 looks, with models Sasha Luss, Cindy Bruna, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Joséphine Le Tutour strutting down the runway.

Balmain Spring 2017 Womenswear Collection“The beauty of the girls has to be matched with the boy. There’s a very definite beauty with the girls. They’re all very different, and they’re from all over the world. It’s very democratic in that way. But there’s a beauty and a confidence and a sexiness about them. And we really wanted to match that with the boys;” Jess Hallett, Balmain’s London-based casting director told Vogue, giving us a glimpse of what designer Rousteign looks for in a runaway show.

And if the beauty of the girls had to match the style of the boys, music literally played a huge role in capturing the collection’s main theme too. A live orchestra performed some of Phil Collins’ and Seal’s biggest hits form the Eighties and Nineties.

Although being not purely/solely Eighties/Nineties-inspired in style, both the women’s and menswear line-ups featured characteristic details from those decades, such as sheer and denim appliqués, floor-length airy gowns and cut-outs on the shoulders.

Balmain Spring 2017 Womenswear Collection

The women’s looks were ultra colorful and never boring, which is something both the Eighties and the Nineties had in common although in different ways (while multi-colored rainbow patterns were a must in the Nineties, the Eighties focused more on multi-colored retro prints and bright color-blocking motifs).

For this reason, the Balmain’s spring 2017 women’s looks feature both vibrant solid-colored ensembles, such as the shocking orange maxi dress, and mini dresses with sheer embellishments that got colored with a more modern, if not even sophisticated version of the tie-dye print. Nineties-inspired skimpy crop-tops got combined with sinuous high-waisted maxi skirts with side slits, the color-blocking orange and blue patterns of which are super covetable.

Like some of the men’s proposals, the womenswear line also focused on warrior-like, street-style outfits: an off-the-shoulder top combined with billowy khaki trousers and a wide belt cinched at the waist perfectly captured this style.

Balmain Spring 2017 Womenswear Collection

Asymmetrical gowns got paired with zig-zag-patterned kimono cardigans, denoting Olivier Rousteing’s passion and forethought on proportion. Besides matching the women’s and men’s proposals with one another, the designer put a great emphasis on the importance of balancing the figures either with embellishments, such belts, or geometric colored patterns on the fabrics, never missing the chance of giving an almost theatrical dynamicity to the entire collection.

Lastly, aside from a very few total black and total white staples, all of the women’s (and some of the men’s too) proposals featured tassel adornments either on the waists or necklines, which draw our attention to the astounding accessory line he created for spring.

Balmain Spring 2017 Womenswear Collection

Balmain Spring 2017 Womenswear Collection

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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Fall 2016 Makeup Line

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MAC Cosmetics and Ariana Grande have joined forces for the second time already to produce something unique and ultra-flirty as far as makeup goes. The MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 makeup line for fall 2016 is set to debut at MAC Cosmetics and Nordstrom in the beginning of September, 2016, and comes to turn you into the Barbie doll of your dreams.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Comprising a lipstick and a lip-glass in a juicy pink shade, the collection will instantly add that kittenish, glammed-up touch to your fall looks, urging MAC’s customers to “Be a doll, and go glam!” What’s more, all the proceedings from the product sale will be donated to M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which has raised $425 million so far!

Perfectly embodying Ariana’s feline style, MAC’s new lip line looks way too pink and sweet to be ignored. While the 22-year-old songster wanted to channel her ‘bad gal’ side with her previous collection, this one truly captures her doll-like essence.

In the promo image, Grande is wearing her signature cat-eye makeup paired with the bright matte lipstick and a high ponytail, trapped in a real-life dollhouse, which is naturally painted in pink. Even Grande’s outfit is pink! Pink overdose, you might call it!

It’s kind of a tradition for MAC to announce a new fashion and beauty icon as its Viva Glam ambassador each year and to produce such mini-collections that stand for such a great cause. Previously, the brand has teamed up with Madonna, Lady Gaga, RihannaMiley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, just to name a few.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipstick ($17.00) (Limited Edition)

While her first lipstick creation for the cosmetics brand was quite edgy and dark, Ariana’s fall lipstick comes in a bright orchid pink shade with a matte finish to instantly jazz up your gloomy fall looks. We want to own every single new color our favorite MAC lipsticks come in, especially when they provide that desirable matte finish that’s perfect both for daytime and party wear.

This color is meant for self-confident women, who want to instantly make a statement without trying too hard. Match it with a barely there neutral eye makeup to walk out the door looking radiant during the day, and if you strive to create a more eye-catching effect, dare to layer it with the new lip-glass for a luscious finish on your pout!

• Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 – Deep cool pink (Matte)

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Fall 2016 Lipsticks

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipglass ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

While Ariana’s lipstick color is much energizing, she has managed to achieve the perfect balance with the lip-glass color, which is a delicate neutral mauve color that will look amazing both when worn alone or in combination with the bright pink lipstick. It comes to provide a lovely opaque finish, while the color looks pretty wearable on a daily basis.

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Hugo Boss Resort 2017 Collection Is About Perfect Tailoring

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We always look forward to seeing beautifully tailored pieces from Boss’ each showing, and since resort collections have been underway, we have been eagerly waiting to see how tailoring was able to translate into the world of luxury travel. In recent seasons, creative director Jason Wu has been restructuring the boundaries that the label generally falls into, so we are seeing how uptight tailoring plays with relaxation. For the Boss resort 2017 collection, we are given the perfect balance that shows Wu’s new aesthetic working with the signature proper tailoring that only the Boss label can provide for us.

Hugo Boss Resort 2017 Collection

For his last fall collection for the brand, Wu added in some femininity via embroideries and floral prints for the décor side, while the overall designs of the pieces were softened by way of peplums, draping, or other curves added in throughout. So, we were expecting to see some of those stylish ideas coming forth for the resort collection as well, and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

The overall line focused more on the tailoring than the feminization, but the lovely aspects like some of the pattern and color decisions were evident as well. It seems Wu is still working out the kinks of balancing his style and the classic Boss design aesthetic; he was appointed back in 2013, so we’re sure that balance will be reached and there will be a sense of cohesion between lines in a few seasons.

Now, for resort, one might expect more flowy details to remind us of the beach and of a getaway travel destination, so Wu deciding to focus more on the Boss tailoring this season in particular was a bit of a surprising choice, but one not without its benefits. Sometimes a trip to such a destination is about both business and pleasure, so in that regard, Wu seems to have been designing for the businesswoman and what she might like to wear between exotic business meetings.

This adds a bit of fantasy and luxury to the everyday professional wardrobe, and with the sharp tailoring you could wear these smart pieces anywhere in the world to a meeting, a business encounter, or any office setting and have that powerful professionalism that can make a woman feel a bit sexier or more powerful in general as she goes about her average workday.

Hugo Boss Resort 2017 Collection

Hugo Boss Resort 2017 Collection

But some of the styles were less practical than others, giving way to style a bit more than utility. The classically tailored suitcoat dress with long fringe, for instance, might get in the way during someone’s day to day business, but it does add a modern and chic twist to the signature Boss garment – so you have to take the pros with the cons, if such a statement would be in the way for you.

Yet, the slim-fitting dress with a cinched waist and the same length of fringe is indeed a more practical use of the embellishment, since it is bound to stay a bit closer to the body, and a whimsical addition like that is more expected of a dress than a suitcoat in general.

So Wu may be showing some inconsistencies in his design aesthetic for Boss from season to season, but hopefully that will be worked out in due time, so we can all have a clear image of what the Boss woman has become under this designer’s direction. Right now he is at least bringing in some aspects (like the lovely green color) so we can see how things are progressing, so perhaps he is onto something consistent after all.

Hugo Boss Resort 2017 Collection

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Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

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Everyone knows that high-slit pencil skirts are Joseph Altuzarra’s signature design, which translates really well on the commercial side of his luxury ready-to-wear designs. The garments sell well on the floor, and if it’s not broken, why fix it? For the Altuzarra resort 2017 collection, the designer gave us that staple slit in a few of high-knee length skirts, and also a short slit in a miniskirt, which was a rather surprising, modern and youthful update to the design. A lot of the garments in his collection were a balancing act between mature sophistication and youthful sexiness, all in a great rendition of a ready-to-wear collection for the everyday, modern woman.

Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

“I didn’t want ‘a huge look,’ but things women want to wear every day,” said Altuzarra in an interview withVogue during the showing in the designer’s showroom on Thursday morning. It seems this designer chose to go a more commercial route for his resort designs.

There are no set boundaries for what a designer should create for this mid-season showing; some opt for luxurious and exotic line, some use it for their creations that wouldn’t fit into a set seasons, and others still just use it as an outlet for more ready-to-wear clothes for their customers. Altuzarra is one designer who goes for the last option of the three listed, as he said in his interview, and as showed in his line.

Some looks were made clearly for sophisticated women, while others took youthful, cool trends and turned them into something a mature, sophisticated woman would love to wear. The latter might seem like a bit of a contradiction, but Altuzarra pulls it off in a fabulous way.

Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

But the Altuzarra resort 2017 collection also wasn’t created totally out of the blue. Many of the techniques and details were pulled from his past collections but were implemented in new ways. Pulled from hisspring/summer 2015 show based on Rosemary’s Baby was Altuzarra’s houndstooth pattern, which came this time in the form of many silhouettes: a full houndstooth pantsuit, the black and white slitted mini (paired with an ankle boot of the same pattern), and other garments as well, interspersed throughout the whole collection.

Also from the past was his successful spring 2016 tie-dye patterning, here seen on skirts and dresses. He has decided to use the resort season to showcase some of his best work from the past few years, in ways that women will want to wear in 2017. Because, as he said to a group in his showroom in similar fashion to his statement with Vogue, “…it’s really important to think about pieces that might not be ‘Fashion’ with a capital F, but are pieces you really want to wear every day that are super easy, that feel really good.”

With his strong yet strategically simple collection, that point was emphasized over and over again through the clothes themselves.

Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

Altuzarra Resort 2017 Collection

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Rochas Resort 2017 Collection

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Sensuality and innocence are the feelings and sensations Alessandro dell’Acqua wanted to evoke with his newestRochas resort 2017 collection, which could be regarded as ethereal, feminine and almost mystique, indeed. For the upcoming cruise season, Alessandro dell’Acqua, whose debut Rochas fashion show took place in February 2014, is both celebrating the house’s roots and revamping its hallmarks with his seductive uber-feminine take on fashion.

Rochas Resort 2017 Collection

Dell’Acqua’s women are strong, confident and independent, with an attractive sensual femininity, which often leads the designer to veer off from the brand’s heritage to a more glam-rock kind of fashion. For this reason, the Neapolitan fashion designer often showcases a neutral color palette that mainly features blush, white, beige and light gray tones, aside from a few total-black ensembles. And his signature delicate hues are to be found in the Rochas resort 2017 collection too, which however manages to highlight dell’Acqua’s artisanal skills with rich, more opulent shades.

Balancing innovation with tradition, as well as texture with the richness in colors (like many of his contemporaries, he doesn’t leave anything by chance, choosing the fabrics depending on the color/pattern scheme utilized), dell’Acqua focused on billowy figures and layered silhouettes, interrupting the airy lines with clean-cut coats and knee-length classy pants that gave the collection a slightly tomboyish allure.

Rochas’ infamous 2/3-length coat is, of course, present in the line too and, surprisingly here its length got translated to most of the skirts too. As for the pockets on the skirts the French fashion house became famous for, dell’Acqua geometrically attached them on the cozy coats instead.

Matching blush blouses create an interesting tor-sur-toneffect with the coats, leaving it up to the fabrics and textures to create a pleasing contrast (whilst the coats were made of a warm wool material, the blouses feature a sleek silk material).

Rochas Resort 2017 Collection

As for the slightly brighter ensembles, dell’Acqua had fun experimenting with both floral patterns and bold blue color touches, the ultimate expression of which features an oversized, heavyweight floor-length matte blue maxi dress that somehow manages to accentuate the figure adding dynamicity to the collection, despite being meant not to hug the curves.

When it comes to the botanical prints, Alessandro dell’Acqua used them to create both Seventies-inspired off-the-shoulder dresses tight at the waistlines, and Eighties modest dresses with squared shoulders. Although differing in styles, all the dresses feature common frilled and pleated details, put either on the hems or sides.

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