Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
Fashion Week is many things (including but not limited to: celebrity sightings, lust-worthy looks, drop-dead gorgeous models), but scary, it’s typically not. However, for the spring/summer 2014 shows, a handful of designers chose not to succumb to the usual springtime theme and instead sent down looks that readily call to mind zombie brides, extraterrestrial creatures and more. Thom Browne toyed with ‘insanity’ for his collection, furthering the idea with ashen makeup, smeared red lipstick and wildly teased whited-out hair. And thanks to the fine handiwork of makeup artist Pat McGrath, 15 eerily masked models took our breaths away at Givenchy. Just in time for Halloween, we rounded up 10 frighteningly fashionable looks plucked from the runways, including Comme des Garcons, Gareth Pugh and Louis Vuitton. Click through for some spine-tingling inspiration.
The clasp of a necklace is the least intriguing part — that’s why for spring 2014, designers decided to ditch the closure and keep neck wear open-ended. Think of it as a new take on a cuff: simple to throw on and open to endless design interpretations and styling possibilities. How many pieces can you really team with a poncho or a bralette? And even though there are no strings attached, these collar-clinging necklaces aren’t going anywhere. Emporio Armani and Dior took an asymmetrical approach to keeping the piece in place by performing a balancing act with beads and an architectural arrangement while others used artful extras as anchors: Chanel employed monumental pearls, Edun used clear-cut faceted stones, and Altuzarra put gilded coils to use. All of which prove that some things are better left undone.
(Left to right: Chanel, Emporio Armani, Edun, Dior, Altuzarra)
Amid the parade of spring/summer 2014 looks, we spotted a handful of pretty white creations that swept the runways, including a brilliant white embroidered Ralph Lauren number, an intricately sequined-feathered Tadashi Shoji gown and a subtle floral-accented Marios Schwab. So what’s the takeaway here? Wedding dress shopping shouldn’t be limited to bridal lines. Click through to see all the gowns we plucked from Fashion
Week Month that had us saying “I do.”
All shows are special in their own right, but it’s common knowledge that the ones at Paris Fashion Week trump all, taking the runway routine to extraordinary new heights. They’re bolder, badder and just bigger. Case in point: Raf Simons turned a garden upside down at Dior, stringing chandeliers of foliage through an arbor-like set. Rick Owens flew in step dancers (aka real women) for a dance battle on the catwalk. Jean Paul Gaultier transformed his into a Dancing With the Stars reality competition that included a Vogue-ing Karlie Kloss Madonna-style and Coco Rocha dancing as Danny Zuko in a Grease performance. For Marc Jacobs’ last show as creative director for luxury label Louis Vuitton, he created an all-black set that comprised elaborate elements from his previous shows, like a carousel, fountain, and escalators. And let’s not forget about the memorable fashion either. Karl Lagerfeld meshed art and fashion when he drew inspiration from vintage paint swatches for Chanel, while Hedi Slimane gave us sharp-shouldered pants suits for Saint Laurent. At the end of each day, InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary reviewed all the shows and picked her top spring/summer 2014 looks. Click through to see which ones made it to the top of her list.
Marc Jacobs exits with a bang! As his last Louis Vuitton show as artistic director, Jacobs didn’t disappoint. InStyle Market Director Wendy Wallace called the elaborate spring/summer 2014 show “stunning.” The blackened set included a carousel, escalators, a fountain and a hallway of closed doors, “all referencing past sets of his most famous and memorable collections. Showgirls in mourning was the elegiac theme,” said InStyle Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary. After 16-years at the helm of the legendary luxury house, Jacobs will be concentrating his efforts on his own brands. One thing’s for sure, Louis Vuitton will never be the same.
Plus, see which celebrities sat in the front row at Paris Fashion Week:
If Balmain’s Ready-To-Wear Ensembles Are Out of Your Price Range, You Can Give Your Strands a Runway Twist With Their Hair ProductsSep 30, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
Talk about a couture coiff! While Balmain‘s runway pieces aren’t in everyone’s fall budget, the label’s hair products used backstage at their Paris Fashion Week show are within reach. To create the effortless waves seen on Karlie Kloss and the rest of the models, hairstylist Sam McNight took a minimalist approach, working with each girl’s natural hair texture to impart a lived-in feel. Balmain’s Texturizing Salt Spray and the Argan Moisturizing Elixir ($23 and $31; balmainhair.com) were used where needed to give each girl a relaxed, lived-in look, and for an additional piecey effect, McNight worked the Magic Move Soft hair paste ($30; rickysnyc.com) into the ends. We’re obsessed with the surfer-chic texture Balmain’s Salt Spray creates, and the Argan Elixir is great for all hair types, leaving strands soft to the touch with a glossy shine. Find Balmain’s hair products at balmainhair.com, and with the prices starting at $23, these couture pieces won’t break the bank.
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We traveled with InStyle Style Director Melissa Rubini to London and Milan—and now, onwards to Paris! Fashion Week in the City of Light is halfway over, and so far, we’ve been given a front-row pass to this year’s most anticipated shows, thanks to Melissa’s discerning eye. She has documented all the sights (including, of course, one of the most historical landmarks ever, the Eiffel Tower), her favorite spring/summer 2014 looks and more. Click through to be whisked away to Paris with Melissa’s latest photo diary. Missed the other cities? Re-live London Fashion Week (parts one and two) and Milan Fashion Week.