Dramatic prints, dark tones and rich fabrics sum up the luxurious catwalks of New York Fashion Week. Many a designer pulled out all the stops to showcase their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections but in my opinion one stood out from the crowd.
Kicking off NYFW BCBG Max Azria, a fashion favourite with celebrities, displayed structured pieces with pastel coloured detailing. Oversized outerwear featured heavily in the collection creating layers and length. Accessories included knee high leather boots and large black clutch bags. An array of fur littered the outfits from furry snoods and collars to sumptuous muffs and scarves.
The use of lines throughout the clothing’s design added symmetrical elements to the already structured looks. However the designer opted for lengthy flowing skirts to balance the designs and add femininity. This aesthetic collection lit up the runway with beautiful, elegant and classy pieces certainly stealing the show.
The fantasy woman inspiring the designs of BCBG Max Azria appeared to ooze class, wealth and confidence. Monochrome is a her best friend but with a futuristic twist. Digital prints and luxurious textures complete the wardrobe of this everyday fashionista.
Will you dare to bare? This new Spring/Summer 14 trend is spiraling women into the summer spirit with sheer garments popping up across the high street.
It featured heavily on the catwalks of SS14, with Burberry Prorsum in particular, making quite the impression. The summer months give us all a chance to finally bare some skin following months of endless winter cover ups. Whether abroad or at home (chances are slim in Ireland) this trend can work for you as it is flirty, stylish and more wearable than you think.
Although it seems all is revealed through this sheer fabric, if the correct sheer print is picked you can still be relatively covered up. Sheer skirts are for the brave and an investment in suitable underwear to compliment the skirt is strongly advised. Pastel print sheer maxi skirts were rampant at Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/ Summer 14 show perfect for warm summer nights.
If you’re looking for a more subtle way in which to wear this trend then sheer stripes are for you. High street stores such as Topshop are beginning to add sheer elements to their ranges. Light jumpers with sheer stripe detailing are chic and flattering. ASOS are stocking sheer preppy ankle socks, a great summer accessory.
If you have to cover up try a sheer shawl or cardigan as a trendy alternative. So dare to bare in pastel shades this spring and leave wooly winter days behind.
Block colours, sheer detailing, textured pieces-the red carpet of the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards saw Hollywood’s finest echo major Spring/Summer 14 trends. The stylish and hilarious duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosted the awards for a second time at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. The wide range of designs chosen by guests created an air of elegance with a slight edge.
Amy Adams was just one actress sporting the block colour trend with a low-cut halter dress in two tones of red by Valentino. The deserving winner of Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for American Hustle wore her strawberry blonde locks up in a classy bun. A long dainty silver chain mirrored her dresses v-shaped neckline.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie added edge and a sultry element to the red carpet in a white Gucci dress. A thigh-high slit along with jeweled detailing made blonde beauty stand out from the rest.
Jennifer Lawrence received mixed reviews regarding her Dior haute couture frock. The prom dress style design was either loved or hated, either way the actress was pleased following her win for her comedic supporting role in American Hustle.
Vibrant colour blocking and sheer detailing in the dress worn by Maria Menounos combined two SS14 trends. Slicked back hair and simple accessories complimented the bright pink number by Max Azria Atelier.
Prabal Gurung had more than one design grace the coveted red carpet with Sandra Bullock’s dramatic yet creative colour block dress being one. The actress looked youthful and confident with a side ponytail and worthy nomination.
The cast of Girls certainly made a fashionable impression with nominee Lena Dunham wearing Zac Posen in daring yellow. Allison Williams followed suit in Alexander McQueen spring/summer which featured the texture trend.
This Autumn/Winter season the daring bold red lip has been cast aside and replaced with a darker hue-the berry lip.
Whether it’s a lip stain, stick or gloss wearing red of any shade is not for everyone. The statement you make is a bold one adding an air of confidence to your ensemble. The darker reds such as velvety wine and berry tones can be even more of a challenge as they add depth and richness to your beauty look. Don’t shy away however there are plenty of versions to compliment every skin tone and this petal stain could be your next big beauty love.
The catwalks of this season saw many designers opt for deep reds, dramatising the models pout. Once a big trend in the ’90s, berry is back with a bang. Both Vera Wang and Zac Posen gave their models either a gothic dark lip or a voluminous berry to accompany their Autumn/Winter designs. Prep your lips with a matte (not glossy) lip balm to ensure they are well moisturised. The colour you choose will then not stray from the lip line.
For lighter skin tones choose a red with a blue base. This won’t over power your complexion by being too dark, instead it will give you the perfect winter berry colour. If you have olive or darker skin then a red with a brown base is the way to go. Very dark skin tones can mix a brown or black liner with their colour also to further dramatise the look. For a vintage feel, go for romantic, deep hues with purple tones.
This trend is not only dramatic but also festive so build your lip colour as the build up to Christmas continues and make an instant impact.
America, campus, football, basketball, hockey and a bit of ‘swag’ all combined to create the ever growing trend that is Varsity. Whether it’s a daring snapback or a varsity jacket you’re wearing this season you will be one of many supporting the trend that depicts student life itself. Cool, casual and aesthetic is a good description of the jersey themed tops which Topshop and Penneys have in stock this autumn/winter.
A trip to Urban Outfitters last week made my day when I came across not jersey inspired tops but actual jerseys in dark purple and yellow trimmings. On sale for just €12 these were like something you would see in The Mighty Ducks. Remember that? Classic. Trust Urban Outfitters to get some memorabilia in. Varsity lets people who don’t like exercise, are not talented at sports or are simply a bit lazy to feel a part of a ‘team’. A non-existent one, but still.
She looked the epitome of class when two days ago Emma Stone stepped out in a Band of Outfitters suit for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo call. An autumn/winter 2013 trend taken straight from the catwalks where designers such as Jonathan Saunders, DKNY and Burberry Prorsum first set the ball rolling.
With this trend you can take it to the extreme with a slicked back ponytail and high collared shirt or else add femininity with a colour block blouse to tone it down but still make a statement. Emma Stone went for the paired back look teaming her suit with an open collared blue blouse and red heels by Kurt Geiger. The jacket is fitted while the pants are high-waisted and cropped giving the actress the appearance of longer legs. Her loose blonde wavy locks and round sunglasses keep this look cool, chic and wearable.
Cara Delevingne is another lady in the spotlight who sports this trend on and off the catwalk. For Burberry she showcased a very feminine see through pencil skirt with an animal print body suit. Although the materials are bold and risky the cut and tailoring were classy and modest. Yet another way in which to work this masculine trend into you’re wardrobe.
The androgynous trend is not just about channeling some masculinity through your outfit, it is also about feeling empowered as a working woman. No British celebrity does self empowerment through androgyny quite like Victoria Beckham. Her own designer range of clothing is clean cut and full of blocks of colour. It is meticulously tailored to look simple but striking. When it comes to putting a suit together she is her own inspiration. Do as Victoria has if you feel the suit jacket and pants teamed together is too much and pair your blazer with a structured A-line skirt instead. This makes the trend a lot more wearable for people who feel full suits just don’t suit them. Pun unintended.