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Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2014

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Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2014: Nothing said “new Couture customer” like Giambattista Valli’s collection tonight. Imagine the Alhambra Gardens. A girl wakes, maybe she’s still dressed from the night before, maybe she swathes herself in a striped sheet or slips into her beau’s pj’s. It’s bright so she puts on sunglasses. Her head hurts. She wraps it in a napkin from the champagne bucket. And she goes for a walk in the garden. There’s a dry, warm wind, blossoms are blowing, they cloud her…

A pretty picture, and Valli did it justice on his catwalk. Valli visited the gardens years ago and filed the memory away for access at the right moment. It was the eclecticism of the Alhambra that appealed to him, the mix of Moorish and Spanish. That mix was entirely sublimated here, but there was still a feeling for the heat of the gardens, for the richness of the flowers, and even, at the end, a monochrome catholic strictness as a kind of cleanser before a finale of skirts fluffed into an extravaganza of feathery tulle. “They’ll be the best-seller,” Valli announced confidently, because they would lend themselves so well to weddings.

“The secret of my girls is that they’re always eccentric,” he said before his show. “They don’t playit. They are.” So you could say that there was eccentricity in a skirt in pink fluro lace laid over a striped body. But the strength of this lineup was that Valli didn’t, for once, actually cater to that waywardness. Skirts were pencil thin and below the knee, and right away that gave the collection a long, elegant, grown-up line. They were paired with crop tops, tanks, or a capelet situation that Valli liked. In the case of the full-skirted frenzy of the finale, he used tiny piped pajama tops as a counterpoint.

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Fendi Peekaboo Leather Calf Hair Tote

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Fendi Peekaboo Leather Calf Hair Tote
Fendi Peekaboo Leather Calf Hair Tote
Fendi Peekaboo Leather Calf Hair Tote: Exclusive to Net-a-Porter.com, Fendi’s iconic ‘Peekaboo’ tote is a love-forever design that fuses flawless craftsmanship with playful details. Made in Italy, this smooth leather bag opens to reveal a printed calf hair panel with a signature orange-eyed ‘buggie’. It has more than enough space for daily essentials – fill it with your wallet, documents and tablet.
Fashion 101: Established in Rome in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi, this eponymous Italian luxury brand is renowned for its impeccable craftsmanship and timeless design. For spring ’14 , Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi celebrated a modern translation of the brand’s DNA, combining artisan skill with new innovative techniques, resulting in a collection where femininity, form and functionality are in a constant dialogue.
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Maison Martin Margiela Couture Fall 2014

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Maison Martin Margiela Couture Fall 2014: The surrealists used to play a game called Exquisite Corpse, in which each artist would contribute an element to an image, fold it over, and pass it on to someone else who would then add his or her bit with no knowledge of what had been done before. At the end of it all, there’d be some screwball composite that would inevitably betray an unpredictable internal logic.

What better analogy for the house of Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal collection is there than the Exquisite Corpse? The recombinant elements of today’s presentation strung together a grab bag of extraordinary bits and pieces that ultimately composed “a collective memory of Haute Couture” (or so claimed the show notes). But, typically, it was not the grandeur but the detritus of Couture—the fabric offcuts, the embroidery samples—that the collection celebrated.

Artisanal’s modus operandi is alchemy: Turn a bagful of bottle tops into a shimmering skirt, stitch a handful of embroidered Van Gogh irises into an exotic sheath dress, and collage swatches of cashmere collected at trade fairs into a caftan. Or sew a mess of coins “sourced in various dressing-table drawers and from flea markets across Paris and Brussels” onto a flimsy wrap of fabric to make a jingly-jangly gypsy skirt. The ingenuity was enthralling; the fetishistic detailing of every hour, every bead or sequin slightly less so than usual, perhaps because the collection itself felt a little thin to begin with. It may be simply that the novelty has worn off. Or else the clothes themselves were less enthralling, more arbitrary than before. That was definitely the case with the lobster embroideries and the aluminum “I Love You” party balloon re-created as a crystal bustier.

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Lou & Grey Concept Store

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Lou & Grey Concept Store

This weekend, I had the opportunity to shop a little bit for an upcoming summer trip and discovered the gorgeous new Loft’s line, Lou & Grey that recently opened its first concept store in Westport, CT. The store is beautifully decorated, clean and modern, with lots of art, that in contrast with the white walls and floors, makes you feel like you are gravitating through a clothing gallery.

Even though the store was super busy,  their amazing manager Kathy, allowed me to roam around the store and take all the pictures! How can they keep the store so neat with so many customers and yet help them all? I really don’t know, just ask Kathy and her wonderful crew!

 

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With my trip in mind, I started by picking a few summer staples and headed to the fitting room. First up? A pair of linen shorts that I can wear all day long (available in such beautiful colors that it was difficult to pick only one), followed by a criss-cross tank that I know it will be my vacay essential (got it in several colors). When it comes to dresses, a striped one is a must-have and this blouson tank was a match made in heaven. Last but not least, for a good layering piece, a cardigan is a wardrobe essential and because even during the summer can get chilly at night, this whisper cardigan is so lightweight, you might just forget it’s on!

 

 

The Lou & Grey collection features knits, sporty and loungey soft-dressing pieces in a pale color palette, leggings, tunics, slouchy linen T-shirts, fly-away cardigans in neutral colors and textures that readily mix with other casual sportswear.

They also have a curated collection of third-party vendors with products that are very focused on craft, including organic beauty products, jewelry, shoes from different brands and a wonderful library with amazing books with a staff selection of page-turners that you will love! No wonder they are all about #theampersand, which you will see all over the store. &&&!

 

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If you don’t live around the area, I definitely recommend you to check out the collection that is available at Loft stores and on LouandGrey.comI’m sure you will fall in love with the brand instantly, the same way I did!

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Valentino Couture Fall 2014

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apping it all off backstage atValentino today, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were talking about the Pre-Raphaelites, who themselves exalted all things classical. The goddess gowns on the runway were 21st-century interpretations of 19th-century interpretations of Roman togas.

Paired with gladiator sandals that laced up to the knees, the dresses also signposted two of the week’s other relevant themes: youthfulness and ease. The Valentino designers have always loved a long, fluid shift. In the past they’ve read as noble or nun-like. Here, tied at the waist with long lengths of leather ribbon, they looked like innocence itself, or innocence on the verge of being lost.

That caveat aside, the collection was lovely. Romantic, but with a nice sense of rawness. Credit goes to the sandals, the leather strapping, and the naive, almost rustic quality of the wool and leather embroideries. The gold and black sheaves of wheat on a white wool dress were simple but striking. Hand-painted daisies on nude organza were subtler. Which isn’t to say that Chiuri and Piccioli neglected the lavish. On the contrary, a coat in gold lamé embroidered with pearls, paillettes, and silk thread was as opulent as anything on the runways this week, and the same is true of a tulle toga embroidered with yet more pearls and crystals.

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