Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week

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Red and black were the main colors that took over the runway on Wednesday when the Marchesa fall/winter 2015-2016 collection took to the stage during the final batch of the New York Fashion Weekshows. It was all about a dark, sensual elegance that glorified roses and brought a flush to a woman’s cheeks with their incredible designs. There was a certain Old World sophistication to be found among the line, as the label gave us one red carpet gown after another. The show began and ended with black numbers covered by red floral pieces, while throughout the collection we were given the option of going light grey, white or purple as well. There was something about the manner of dress and styling that was so entirely Twenties Great Gatsby-ish that we were kept completely enthralled as the models stepped onto the catwalk one after the other, particularly when taking into account the beautifully coiffed short shorn hairs of the ladies on stage.

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Last year was their 10th anniversary and now they are back on the New York Fashion Week runway. Marchesa, that gorgeous brand specializing in high end women’s clothing, was established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig and has become a favourite for many a Hollywood star to grace the red carpet. We are talking Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Olivia Wilde, Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Miley Cyrus, Kate Hudson, Rihanna, Eva Longoria and so many more! In the US, Marchesa is only sold in high-end department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Named after 20th century eccentric Italian heiress Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino Luisa, her famous statement that she wants to be a living work of art has inspired the modern designers to truly follow in those steps and make each woman they dress a living work of art. And a work of art they have created indeed!

There seemed to be some allusion to an opium dream as well, with the bright red poppies calling out to those who would listen. There was swinging lace present in half the collection, while ostrich feathered ruffled also made the cut. One piece even had a series of crystal ropes dangling, making it a perfect red carpet piece for the lucky celebrity to found it beyond captivating. It was truly a dreamy piece, something that inspired thoughts of Alice in Wonderland in a more realistic setting.

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

High cut slits and low plunging necklines definitely found their way into the collection as well, ensuring Marchesa is not left behind on the latest trends. We even saw a dress made wholly of tulle, as if a woman is engulfed in a grey cloud of wonder. The trouser combinations caught our attention as well, particularly the silver and white fringed option with the halter top and black satin waist. Each piece had a touch of sexy without overly doing it, while also managing to look spectacular on the runway. We cannot wait to see which stars will decide to wear Marchesa over the next few months!

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Marchesa Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

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Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week

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The Boss Women fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented on the New York Fashion Week runway began with a strong start, showing off the label’s signature colors and really making the viewer feel like she is attending a Hugo Boss show. The navy coat with the orange lining was draped over the navy and orange midi length dress, complete with a slit down to the chest and another that has been trending since the spring shows going up the center of the hem. All this was completed with a short fringed haircut with blunt bangs, and the feet clad in knee high latex boots. The second piece showed off the fabulous slit of the dress under the coat of the first, while the black velvet gloves over the elbows looked positively stunning, making this a great dress to go out in for the night.

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Moving on into the jacquard and then the black looks, we fell in love with the ultra-feminine designs on a long sleeved midi length dress with a high collar and half boots lined with orange, before moving on to the rest of the black numbers, including features of the plunging V neckline and strappy looks across the chest that made the dresses look even more choc than it would have. Those elbow length gloves, which appeared often enough, took our breaths away.

Jason Wu, named as the Art Director of the German fashion house of Hugo Boss in 2013, has been overseeing the entire women’s wear range. The Taiwanese Canadian fashion designer has taken his inspiration from the concept of strength this time around and produced a collection that is the envy of every artist in the industry. He has certainly taken things to the next level with this compilation, ensuring the audience and the average woman can relate with the way these models present themselves. Each piece of garment speaks sophistication, but it also screams smarts, intelligence and ability. It is a woman’s way of showing the world that she is a capable individual with her own ideas and a will to succeed. She doesn’t need to show off too much skin, she doesn’t require men’s praises. What she commands is respect and each piece here ensures that respect is not washed away in a matter of moments because the dress did not match the mind of the wearer.

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

We love seeing the orange reds appearing across the line-up, while the grays and blues add a touch of softness to the otherwise bolder looks. So many of the grey dresses are simply delicious; eye candy that is hard to imagine our closets without. While some of the outfits in matching colors appear to be a little too boxy, that is made up for with lovely tailoring and the others that follow which show off more of the woman’s silhouette. The deep V plunge of the neckline on the pantsuit reminds us of Jennifer Anniston’s bolder looks of late, while the sequined dresses do much to capture the attention while still remaining subtle against any background. Wu’s done an amazing job with the collection and the Hugo Boss line will probably find itself sold out of quite a few of these ready-to-wear items.

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

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The Spring 2015 Couture Accessories We Crave

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week spring 2015 is a wrap and we fell head over heel in love day in and day out as the runways were bustling with the latest in creative designs from incredible minds. The gowns took our breaths away, the wedding dresses literally threw us for a loop and the trends that were set on that catwalk will certainly linger in our minds and influence our manner of dressing until the fall/winter couture fashion shows come along to inject us with a second dose of bewildering fashion serum for the year. As spring inches closer every day, we are beginning to have cravings… cravings for new accessories and headpieces that will have us falling in love with ourselves, let alone enchanting the world around us. Of course, none could say no to that bit of fun either. Below, we present some of the coolest spring 2015 couture accessories, shoes and handbags that you might want to invest in!

The Spring 2015 Couture Accessories We Crave

Since watching Paris Fashion Week haute couture spring and summer 2015 fashion shows, we have come to realize that many of the top fashion houses treated us to incredibly chic headwear, footwear and accessories that will captivate simple with their utterly chic, sophisticated or whimsical looks. As such, it’s clear that while the actually dresses may not be attainable for the average individual, the trends that were set can easily be followed to ensure we look like we are fresh off the runway ourselves.

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2015 Footwear

Some of the most beautiful numbers on the runway were part of the Christian Dior collection, a French fashion house founded back in 1946. Creative Director Raf Simons has astonished us with his choice of footwear, however, though it has also served to please our palate when it comes to haute couture. While some believe that he’s looked backwards on this one, as opposed to creating something more futuristic, we do beg to disagree. After all, those latex boots, either at half or thigh-high length, have often been a common trend among futuristic sci-fi fashions as well. Those bright lacquer pieces are positively striking, and offer stability with their clear colored heels. Instead of being plastic, it’s created by a metal grid. While the shoes may appear to be too much for everyday practice, the fashionista in us cannot wait to at least see some of the It girls and celebrities donning the latex and taking to the streets for some fun times. They are certainly a fashion accessory that Dior’s made us desire with a great passion.

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Dior Couture Spring 2015 Shoes

Chanel Couture Spring 2015 Headwear

The Chanel line presented just a few days ago is still fresh in our minds. The audience swooned with the drop-dead gorgeous designs showcased, and totally fell in love with the mesh veils and tulle covered hats. From the straw hats with the black tulle swirling about as if it’s a beekeeping hat, to the knit fitted designs with spatters of floral patterns, the hats of Chanel were such that we cannot help wanting to own at least one or two examples. Most of the models were also adorned with mesh veils covering the eyes and the top of the nose, thus reminding us of the Giambattista Valli looks we so adored. Plus, each knit hat has such different funky designs that we’d have trouble choosing the best fit for us! Chanel always manages to inspire warmth in our hearts for the brand.

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Chanel Couture Spring 2015 Headwear

Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2015 Headpieces

The whole Giambattista Valli collection presented during the first days of the Fashion Week in Paris consisted of models wearing polka-dotted veils covering half the face, secured into place with a thick grosgrain ribbon tied over the top, with a very feminine bow on top. While the actual hair was tied low in the back as a ponytail, the creative designer ensured that even that part of the body was dressed in couture. In combination with the dresses worn, the whole look was both dynamic and demure. Black bows and veils have thus become the must-have accessory so dearly craved for a look that’s both sophisticated and adorably chic.

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2015 Headwear

Giorgio Armani Prive Couture Spring 2015 Jewelry

Incredibly talented Italian Giorgio Armani has officially presented a fashion line that leaves us begging for more. The haute couture fashion created by the 80-year-old genius appears more ready-to-wear than haute couture, despite its appearance during this week. Needless to say, we’ve been mesmerized and have not failed to notice that the major trend of this line was in the form of jewelry; to be frank, in the form of massive drop earrings that are mostly circular in shape. Some even appear to be in the form of dreamcatchers, which seems fitting with the overall theme of gentle nature. Not all the models were wearing these items of jewelry, but most certainly followed the trend and will most probably be causing a boom in disk earrings sales.

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Armani Prive Couture Spring 2015 Jewelry

Viktor & Rolf Couture Spring 2015 Hats

Think country harvest when it comes to the hat trends set by Viktor & Rolf, the Amsterdam based fashion house established in 1993. While the dresses were all about the flowers of the seasons, the straw hats woven in funky designs definitely captured the attention of all those watching the runway. Short straws, long straws, straight to the side or diagonal to the chest, every single model walked out with a straw-woven hat that makes the whole collection absolutely impossible to forget. Who does not want to be shielded from the scorching sun as they toil the earth or simply walk the streets at midday?

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Viktor & Rolf Couture Spring 2015 Headwear

Maison Martin Margiela Couture Spring 2015 Collection

While other fashion houses focused on the headwear, we found the shoes to be the biggest trend that we covet from the Maison Martin Margiela couture spring 2015 collection. It was those sumptuous two-face feels that captured our hearts and our imaginations, showing off the naughty and the nice at once. Whether as half boots or laced platform heels, these gorgeous pieces are simply to die for… literally. After all, the theme of the show did seem to center around decay. Quite typical for this label, in any case, but those black and white combinations have stolen our hearts.

Spring 2015 Couture Accessories: Maison Martin Margiela Couture Spring 2015 Shoes


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Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

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The Spanish clothing retailer described as a “Spanish Success Story” by CNN certainly deserves a round of applause for the gorgeous Zara spring/summer 2015 collection that has us wishing we were actually born in the ‘70s to see their original cuts. Grossing over 7 billion in Euros a year, Zara is known as one of the fastest product developers in the industry, requiring only a month to get it launched and in stores despite the 6-month overall average. This allows for immense turnover, as well as the showcasing of 12,000 new designs a year. That’s an amazing number and Zara is an amazing brand in of itself. It is a fashion imitator company that does not transfer fast fashion production to low-cost countries and utilizes a strange strategy of zero advertising, instead opting to open up new stores. Zara’s approach to business is mind-boggling and definitely enjoyable to witness, while each new season we await for the latest in designs to be unfolded. As such, we are exceptionally delighted to find that the new Zara spring/summer 2015 campaign features a country feel, full of suede and maxi dresses, halter tops and sheer designs. All that makes Zara so incredibly attractive is now seen through this particular collection as it stays true to the 2015 fashion and accessories trends.

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

Quite Similar to Chloe, the first maxi dress on the list is a lightweight number in dark red, reminiscent of dried blood. It’s sheer enough to show off a silhouette while not so much as to give away the look of every curve on that body of yours. There’s a deep V plunge at the chest, coming down to just below the bust and showing off a sliver of the skin from each breast. It is kept in place by a string tied at the neck, while feathers of different birds are tied to string toed to the bow at the neck. The sleeves are large and puffy, tied at the wrists with string, while the hem slides across the floor with a cut-out at the front, showing off the feet clad in gladiator sandals. It’s a great look overall and one which we are quite a bit envious of.

The new blouses seem to come in suede, in snakeskin and soft lightweight fabrics, in floral prints and simple color blocks. We have the deep V-plunge at the neck as well as the halter-top, while some are even wraparound designs that are tied at the side of the waist and show off no skin at all. There’s no sleeve and long sleeve in this group of choices, while it’s pretty clear that the tops are not meant to be fitted, but instead fall freely against the body. That is probably a great choice in itself as this year appears to be all about freedom and comfort in movement.

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

We also see some pirates rescuing ladies in distress, the long, flowing maxi dress in a pale teal color and the ruffles at the sleeves implying innocence. There’s something very Peter Pan and Wendy about this duo, with the lovely rich girl still in her sleeping gown abducted by a pirate woman who wears strappy gladiator sandals, a velvet sleeveless overcoat and a shirtdress with puffed sleeves and a pretty white necktie that barely skims the tops of the thighs. It’s almost as if we are in a dream here and the characters of famous novels come into play. You can imagine why these pieces would captivate us, with their Shakespeare meets Disney style inspirations.

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

Zara Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign

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River Island Spring 2015 Collection

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The London headquartered high street fashion brand known as River Island is an absolute favorite among many and theRiver Island spring 2015 collection has been awaited with much anticipation. Operating in a number of worldwide markets, River Island as we know it today was born in 1988 and never looked back. It is, essentially a family business, run by Bernard Lewis, who came up with the original idea back in 1948, selling fruits and vegetables alongside the wool from a Nazi-Luftwaffe bombed-out site in the East End of London. Today, we are more than happy to see how fast and how well it has grown, especially when we so enjoy flipping through the latest in River Island’s spring and summer 2015 collection.

River Island Spring 2015 Collection

The River Island spring 2015 campaign stars Latvian model Ieva Laguna and Jamaican Model Kai Newman. The images themselves were captured in Palm Springs, California, so it certainly is all about bringing in the sunshine to the lovely pieces within this collection. We are seeing denim on denim looks, white lace maxi dresses, black fringed and embroidered shawls, crop tops and brimmed hats, large circular sunglasses and lots of strappy sandals.

Here, we’re talking about how sexy a simple black and white color blocked ensemble can look when it’s fit right to the figure and made to look positively classy. Those long shorts with their high waists are perfect for the women, who prefer to add length to the legs, while the keyhole cut-out in the black and white crop top is at the perfect location, showing off skin below the bust instead of above. Add a nice leather jacket and gladiator style high stiletto heeled sandals to the mix and it is a gorgeous set that’s been pulled together.

Since the spring weather often requires one to keep dressing up warm, the mustard yellow colored fancy coat with its pretty silver buttons and matching belt might be just perfect, especially when coupled with a white and yellow little snakeskin handbag. Ankle strapped light golden heels can be added to the mix for a perfect combination. We love the look, especially the inclusion of snakeskin in there, which is also seen in some shoe models that have been paired with white lace dresses.

River Island Spring 2015 Collection

River Island Spring 2015 Collection

Long legs are a must throughout this year, and instead on focusing on leggings and cigarette coupes, we have the slightly flared bottoms on long, high wasted jeans that are paired with stiletto sandals for added effect. The gorgeous button down blouse here is a navy color, so while not a denim on denim ensemble, it certainly gives off that vibe. Adding golden jewelry helps brighten things up, while a lighter blue handbag with black and white tassels offers a nice contrast while keeping true to the color base. Hoop earrings are a great choice, especially with the hair left down in silky waves.

River Island Spring 2015 Collection

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Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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As always, the Roman clothing company that is so revered for its designs has set the bar rather high at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week runway show presenting the mind-blowing ValentinoCouture spring/summer 2015 collection inspired by love and showing a unique blend of the modern and historic, something which has defined Valentino’s jaw-dropping designs for years. It was in the 1960s that Valentino ventured into international waters, and bringing his designs to Paris certainly catapulted him to fame. To date, there have been 12 distinct Valentino perfumes created as well. It was in 1968 that Valentino scored the brand’s biggest triumph in the all-white dress collection. From Jacqueline Kennedy to Elizabeth Taylor, Farah Diba to Princess Margaret, Valentino couture became a must for the wardrobes of the world’s best-dressed. The international experience of the fashion house certain translates into this year’s haute couture fashion show collection, wherein it appears that a trip around the world in the ‘80s days has been the main inspiration.

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli certainly have outdone themselves, presenting such a magnificent array of designs to choose from, viewers are left dumfounded. The focus appears to be on foreign royal houses and the traditional attire of the courts combined with a touch of modernity. Before delving into historical costumes, the Valentino Couture spring/summer 2015 collection begins with a beautiful modern black velvet number, complete with a deep plunge at the neck and a butterfly style look, the wings extending over the shoulders and onto the back. It is a long gown, simple and without any embellishments to take away from the epic proportions of the design. This one is easily seen as a red carpet favourite, especially when coupled with fringed bangs and left bereft of any jewellery that may normally adorn the arms, neck, ears and any other part of the body.

Each piece in the collection is of a unique design, as if inspired by a different city, a difference culture and a whole different race. The length of the hems vary with each piece, the colors used keep changing. The patterns are never the same between pieces, but in terms of prevalence of trends, we see much in terms of wine reds; we see piece after piece that presents embroidery and prints akin to the Eastern European national traditions. Some even appear as if painstakingly woven rugs have been turned into cloth. We even end up seeing an open midriff or two, set against twin sets of floor-length skirts and cropped high neck and long sleeved tops. Matching pairs of shoes certainly take the cake, while the crimson cape brings more of a regal air to the ensemble. In terms of hair and makeup, the latters is kept to a minimal design, while the former is scraped back in a textured updo, nothing frivolous but certainly not as strict as may have been expected.

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

What we see a lot of throughout the Valentino Couture spring/summer 2015 collection show, other than the crimson coloring and the Eastern or Oriental style designed embroideries is the sheer aspects on so many of the pieces, as well as the immense amount of velvet that’s used. Lace is also always an option, while the necklines range between two extremes: either they are extreme deep V plunges or they are high and ruffled, as they were centuries before. Of course, we do see strapless pieces and simple crow-necks as well, but the extremes are more intriguing to watch. It does, however, appear as if there’s a timeline transition, with changing designs reflecting different points in history, until the last of the 47 gowns seems to reflect modern day intricacies, patterns and fabric choice. Those olden designs would look splendid if worn by the right person during awards ceremonies, however, much more so than the modern numbers.

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Valentino Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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