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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2014


Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week comes to a close today and what a week it was! Unlike the seasonal Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer fashion weeks, this event gives major designers creative carte blanche. It is the laboratory of the fashion world. The styles are more artistic and experimental, but are certainly the crème de la crème of haute couture!

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite runways:

Armani Prive:

Shorts were a building block around this collection, as well as the color red. He paired shorts with fabulous haute jackets, often in red and black. Another key look of his collection was a netted head and torso. Models graced the catwalk with what looked like galaxies floating around their heads. The netting created an industrial/futuristic vibe.


The word couture implies “cutting” and “seaming”, there was none of that in this show. Everything was molded rather than seamed, making it “Haute Couture” without the “Couture”. The collection became Karl Lagerfeld’s playground as he mixed baroque with severe austerity. Once again, like Armani, we also saw silhouettes modeled after shorts.

Julien Fournie:

Ornate headpieces were par for the course here. Bold, chandelier-like creations swayed on the heads of models. Julien Fournie’s haute couture house only launched in 2009, but still his collection rubbed shoulders with the older, established fashion houses to great aplomb. On the brink of launching his first ready-to-wear line, he presented six looks from the line; something different for Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Jean Paul Gaultier:

The models on the Gaultier runway were striking in their pale, vampy pallor. The theme for the collection this year was very dark and almost gothic. His more inventive designs included sheer fabric, capes, and overall predatory sex appeal.

LA Fashion Week – Spotlight on West Coast Designers


Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic, fashion-forward cities in the world. Although LA Fashion Week isn’t as well-known as Paris or New York, it definitely still bears watching. Some of the most up and coming designers show off their imaginative creations, and many of the garments translate more easily to ready-to-wear than the bigger fashion weeks.

The trends were vastly different, with some designers opting for flowing fabrics and feminine lace, whereas others fully embraced leather and shimmering metallics. M the Movement featured accents of shiny black in shorts and jackets. Michael Costello, designer of Beyonce’s latest Grammys dress, showcased elegant fluid gowns.

There were also many more progressive spectacles. Kicka Custom Design wowed onlookers with elaborate Gothic-style, Victorian frocks. Furne One presented sophisticated, Asian-inspired apparel that hearkened back to clothing from the 1800s, but with a futuristic flair.

Nuvula continues this avant-garde trend with their apparel line. Their self-defined philosophy “merges original illustration, rebellion, poetry, theater, and a bit of madness”. And indeed, their designs look to be something out of a sci-fi comic, and happen to be made with sustainable materials to boot. But that is what makes Nuvula amazing. They walk the line between haute-couture art and wearable street clothing, and they do it masterfully. They try to reinvent fashion staples by partitioning a women’s silhouette in new ways. Refreshing, sensual, and compelling are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe their line.

The Tart Collection, on the other end of the spectrum, brings you West Coast cool with a dose of poolside glamour. Their line is full of classic style to look great at the beach or out gallivanting in the sun. Their apparel is quintessentially Californian, and transitions well from day to night wear. Heidi Klum, Kourtney Kardashian, and Katy Perry all have some Tart pieces in their arsenal.

Look out for our “LA Fashion Week” stamp on events all weekend to add a little West coast vibe to your wardrobe. We will be featuring Nuvula today, and the Tart Collection on Sunday.

Whether you’re into the surprisingly eclectic, or laid-back chic, BTR has you covered.

Milan and Paris Fashion Week 2014

That’s all folks! Both Paris and Milan wrapped up their fashion weeks with critical acclaim. There was never a dull moment as each head-turning, eye-popping style made its way down the runways.

Below, we’ve picked out our favorite trends for the upcoming season.

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Paris Fashion Week:

Leopard Print: Rawr! This wild print is back on the runways. Céline, Chloé, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy all added the flirty feline pattern to their lines. Whether the print graced a stunning jacket or dress, it definitely took the spotlight.

Pharrell Hats: The Vivienne Westwood hat that was the talk of the 2014 Grammy Awards has sparked a craze. The Paris catwalks were towered over by super-sized chapeaus. Both Gareth Pugh and Acne Studios hopped onto the bandwagon.

Dramatic Eyelashes: Underneath the big hats were creative and large eyelashes. Saint Laurent featured Twiggy-like, clumpy mascara on a double fringe of eyelashes. Alexander McQueen went feral with an animalistic eyelash/eyebrow combo.

Fringe: Not only an accessory of the Wild West. Roland Mouret’s ribbon skirts swished and swayed beautifully. Lanvin showcased thin, silk fringe for a perfect cocktail hour look.

Milan Fashion Week:

Corporate Masculinity: Suits with wide legged trousers and granite palettes were featured in lines by Antonio Marras and Armani. There was a particular gender-bending, minimalist feel.

Oversized Outerwear: Shearling, colorful fabrics, and volume. Models walked the runway completely cocooned for Alberta Ferretti, Prada, and Trussardi.

Embellished Detail: Milan saw feathers, applique jewels, and more. Marni showcased incredibly detailed feathered looks. Their runways were festooned with skirts and coats in full plumage.

Patchwork: New York and London Fashion weeks presented some fabric patchworking, and the trend continued in Milan. Simonetta Ravizza, Missoni, and Fendi all used patchwork in their collections. Fendi elevated the look to high fashion jackets, skirts, and coats; all layered.

Which of these trends are you most excited to mix and match? Are some just too out there for you? Let us know in the comments!

New York and London Fashion Week 2014

The New York and London fashion weeks are bastions of style that give us a glimpse of what trends we can expect for the coming year. Their catwalks provide us a platform to start planning some killer outfits.

We’ve picked out some of the hottest trends so that you can get a head start on this season’s wardrobe.


New York Fashion Week:

Urban Attitude: Alexander Wang, J. Mendel, and Michael Kors showed off some slouchy separates that were slick and sophisticated. These included utilitarian pieces like jackets and wide-legged slacks that could transition smoothly from the runway to the streets.

Reds and Pinks: Escada, DKNY, and Prabal Gurung were all about pretty pink shades, and bold reds. It’s definitely exciting to see vibrant, solid colors.

Sportswear: Break out your varsity jacket because sportswear inspired pieces are back in. Alexander Wang and Rebecca Taylor bombarded the runway with their transformation of a timeless style.

London Fashion Week:

Geometry: Christopher Kane put geometric shapes and textures into stunning use. Origami-style folds graced his dresses for an interesting effect. Roksanda Ilincic and Jonathan Saunders also brought shapes to the runway, but in a softer, non-monochromatic way.

Matching Layers: Burberry, Temperley, Peter Pilotto, and Giles featured ensembles with multiple matching layers. Burberry championed the matching scarf and coat combo. Peter Pilotto’s designs were masterfully layered without the prints feeling repetitive.

Folksy Fantasy: Earthy colors and textures were seen on the runway, including heavy wools. Burberry models wafted down the catwalk in subdued prints and floating fabrics. There was definitely a free-spirited and folksy theme.

There was one surprising motif that stood out at both the New York and London fashion weeks: sci-fi, and more specifically, Star Wars. Preen debuted a Star Wars collection in London, and Rodarte did the same in New York. Each designer put their own spin on the sci-fi classic.

Preen focused on Darth Vader and emblazoned the iconic mask on silk blouses. The stark contrast between the mask and the often feminine prints of each blouse was eye-popping. Rodarte diversified with prints of Luke Skywalker, the Death Star, Yoda, and more. These prints were featured on maxi skirts and paired with solid color, glittery tops. The Star Wars theme was definitely the “star” of the show.

Which of these trends are you going to rock? Comment and let us know!

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