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Back At It: The Key Pieces for Fall

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Whether you like it or not, fall is right around the corner. Yes, the warm weather will really be done soon, and we’ll all be back at school, work, and our typical routines even sooner. But who says that has to be a bad thing?

Everyone loves back-to-school shopping. And even if you’ve got your degree, you’re not exempt from the excitement of a fresh new wardrobe. You’ve already seen the hottest trends for fall 2014 and which pieces to buy for said trends, so now it’s time to focus on the specifics. Sure, a lot of your fall wish list might seem like a no-brainer, but it never hurts to revisit an old classic with a whole new twist. From your new it-jacket to statement accessories, a killer pair of kicks to the bag of your dreams, here are the top 10 key pieces for both girls and guys to snatch up this fall.

 

 

THE BOMBER JACKET

Photo courtesy Por Homme

Photo courtesy Por Homme

What would fall be without some new outerwear, specifically a freshened up bomber jacket? Part military-inspired, somewhat sporty, and 100% stylish, the bomber adds the perfect touch of laid-back cool to any look. Whether you choose an ultra-trendy shearling number or even a fun, printed variation, don’t opt for another denim jacket or basic hoodie this fall.

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL SAC

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Photo courtesy Elle

For all the students heading back to classes this fall, you’re going to need the right device to carry all of your books, stationery, and other academic essentials. One of the greatest things about everyone’s current streetwear obsession is the popularity of backpacks, which are way more useful than just a tote. A backpack’s not your style? No worries, there are plenty of other bags that are both useful and stylish, making your life easier and your ensemble more presentable this fall.

 

 

 

 

THE WHITE COAT

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Photo courtesy Ana Croswell

Whoever said that you can’t wear white after labor day is a potential psychopath. So, take that psycho away in a crisp, clean piece of white outerwear. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a coat; a cool jacket will suffice, too. Sure, it’s a little risky to invest in something white, as there’s always bound to be some food, drinks, or other elements ready to ruin your new purchase. But as long as you’re careful, you’ll be the proud owner of some white-hot cool weather attire.

 

 

 

THE BOOT

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Photo courtesy Tom & Lorenzo

When people get excited to break out their fall gear, it’s almost impossible to forget about boots. Sturdy combat boots are always a go-to, while many opt for a more sleek, minimal chelsea boot. And when it comes to eveningwear, ladies love the highest pair possible. There seems to be an unlimited amount of boots, all just as desirable as the next. Choose wisely.


THE SNEAKERS

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Photo courtesy Chanel

Yes, it’s kind of like overkill to keep talking about how big sportswear has been lately; you know it by now. And of course, this isn’t going to change come fall, so it’s time to ditch the pair of sneakers that you’ve been wearing all spring and summer. This time around, you don’t necessarily have to be super trendy. Instead, find a pair of kicks that will last you through all of the wild weather and beyond. Just like boots, there’s millions of pairs to choose from. But whatever you go with, just be happy that comfortable footwear is still in.

 

 


THE COZY KNIT

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Photo courtesy Elle

No, this isn’t the ugly Christmas sweater that your grandma made for you. It’s time to up the ante when it comes to your knitwear, especially since it’s already poised to be one of this season’s top trends. Whether you’re going for a sweater dress or a sharp turtleneck, you’ve got to have a killer sweater this season, period.

 

 


THE LEATHER

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Photo courtesy Hypebeast

Come on, you didn’t think we would forget about leather, did you? You can’t face fall without some new leather goods. A biker jacket is always an essential, though it never hurts to invest in a simplified version. Don’t think that jackets are the only pieces of the material we’re talking about, though. Leather pants are very much a thing, as well as skirts, shirts, accessories, and virtually anything else. Go ahead, dive into the supple material this fall.

 

 

 

 

 


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Tell us your favorite seasonal essentials and what you’ll be buying this fall!

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Shop the Trends

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Let’s be real, we’re in kind of a confusing point in fashion; the spring 2015 menswear shows only recently wrapped up, and the industry is currently in preparation for next season’s women’s fashion. Meanwhile, retailers are clearing out their current pieces from spring 2014. But regardless of all the things pulling our attention in different directions, the fall 2014 collections are finally upon us. Yes, it’s still hot out, and you could probably sweat just thinking about putting on a new leather jacket or shearling coat. However, the temperatures will be dropping before you know it. Not only do you want to be prepared for the cooler weather, but you want to be stylish while doing so. While trends shouldn’t completely dictate your wardrobe, they’ll definitely serve as useful guidelines when it comes to your fall shopping trip. Here are some of the fall’s top trends for both menswear and womenswear and the best items to match.

 

 

SUIT UP

When it comes to fall and winter, every guy needs to step up his suit game. And it shouldn’t be too hard, as classic tailoring is quintessential in a fall/winter men’s collection. But sharp tailoring isn’t just for the guys; these days, sleek blazers and matching trousers look just as nice on ladies. Meanwhile, coats, dresses, shirts, and skirts can be given a spruced-up, professional twist. Whether office attire or eveningwear, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of structure and elegance, all of which can outlast a single season.


MOD SQUAD

The swinging 60s always make a comeback every now and then, but for fall 2014, this return seems stronger than ever. With festive colors and patterns on otherwise simple silhouettes, there are plenty of fun sweaters, dresses, and other items at your disposal. These pieces go exceptionally well with simple shoes and accessories, by the way.


SHEAR GENIUS

Shearling could seem like a bit of an obvious trend for the fall/winter season, probably because it’s a truly timeless staple. However, these pieces are anything but basic. In more colors and textures than you could imagine, shearling makes its typical appearance on outerwear and shoes, though it also pops up on bags and other accessories. Bundling up for fall can kind of suck sometimes. Not with these chic shearlings.


TIGHT KNIT

Another cliché for fall, knitwear was also redone in a variety of inventive ways for fall 2014, because designers know that no one wants just a boring sweater. Sure, traditional knits were aplenty. But for those who crave a little more pizzazz, there were sweater dresses, capes, and more. Some labels even churned out some unexpected items – like pleated skirts or men’s shirts – in knitwear form. Looks like it’s time to throw away your ugly Christmas sweater.


WORLD EXPLORER

Some might say “gypsy” or “boho,” but we’re calling it as we see it: designers are getting a lot of random influences from all across the globe. The end result shows furs and textures alongside animal prints and other patterns. Layering is key for fall and winter, so if you’re going to do it, then why not pile on a variety of influences? Go ahead, tap into your wanderlust this fall, and be sure to enjoy the journey.


DANCING IN THE STREETS

Streetwear and sportswear were just as present in the fall collections as everywhere else they’ve popped up in the past year. Meanwhile, some designers were getting a little excited this season, meshing rave-appropriate attire with these urban elements. Wild hues and prints appeared on everything from sneakers to parkas and more. A bit over-the-top at times? Maybe. But one’s thing’s for sure: fall 2014 is about to be party time.

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The Top Moments of the Fall 2014 Season

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Photo Courtesy Vogue

Photo Courtesy Vogue

And that’s a wrap! In the blink of an eye, New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks have all flown by, while January’s fall 2014 menswear shows are already a thing of the past. Yeah, the fashion industry seems like it’s moving faster than ever, leaving us all in some sort of disoriented blur. However, there are still some moments from both the men’s and women’s shows that took place over the past couple of months that really stood out. Whether fashion shows spectacles or simply stunning pieces and collections, here are the top 20 best moments, items, collections and more from the fall 2014 season (in no particular order).

  1. Underrated Talents
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    The fall 2014 menswear shows brought a lot of impressive work from the world’s top designers. But some of the best looks came from relatively lesser-known labels. In Paris, 22/04 and Y Project‘s shows of both menswear and womenswear presented some wearable yet totally unique styles. The two labels shared urban aesthetics in ultra-luxurious materials and construction, making them noteworthy ones to watch.

  2. Givenchy menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Though underrated masters showed their skills, the big names were still on top of the game. For Givenchy, that game was basketball, which went surprisingly well with Riccardo Tisci’s Bauhaus inspiration. The master of street chic, Tisci created a to-die-for range of printed sweatshirts, sleek sneakers and awesome outerwear that will surely be on our wish lists this fall.

  3. Lanvin menswear
    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Photo by Boutayna Fartale

    Like Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Alber Elbaz and Lucas Ossendrijver got a little urban for Lanvin’s fall 2014 menswear collection. Featuring sneakers that will probably sell like crazy, amazingly sleek outerwear and graphic tops, all worn by an army of models with the coolest haircuts around, the collection was easily one of the best of the season.

  4. Spectacular Sportswear
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    Photo by Scott Shapiro

    In case the already-mentioned menswear collections – and a bunch of this season’s womenswear collections – didn’t get the message across, let’s put it simply: sportswear has been huge lately. From the shoes to the outerwear to the fabric and more, it seems like everyone’s getting ready to run for fall 2014. But what’s more important is the practicality and usefulness of this trend. Yes, finally, an explosive trend that actually mixes style with comfort.

  5. Vogueing at HBA
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    Photo Courtesy NY Mag

    While few things could ever top the step dancing routine Rick Owens used in place of a traditional fashion show last season, designer Shayne Oliver came pretty close this season. At the conclusion of his extremely urban Hood By Air fall 2014 ready-to-wear show during New York Fashion Week, a series of dancers from different houses and teams fiercely vogued down the runway. A dramatic show finale at the beginning of Fashion Month, it was definitely a refreshing and unique way to show clothes.

  6. Off to Brooklyn
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    Photo Courtesy AP

    Plenty of designers chose to step away from the typical New York Fashion Week venues at Lincoln Center, but no one would ever think to head over to Brooklyn. That is, until Alexander Wang decided to do so. Wang felt that Brooklyn’s Navy Yard reflected the mood of his collection, forcing industry insiders to trek over to the spot by water taxi (though it’s likely that a lot came by water taxi). For those who attended, the trip was worth it, as they got to witness one of the most impressive shows of the season.

  7. Team Simkhai
    Photo Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai

    Photo Courtesy Jonathan Simkhai

    One of the best moments during NYFW came from a single look, that being the logo sweatshirt shown in Jonathan Simkhai’s fall 2014 lookbook. Simply reading “Simkhai,” the oversized pinstriped top perfectly embodied his sporty-luxe aesthetic. We’re sure a lot of people will be team Simkhai this season.

  8. Diversity at Burberry
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    Photos Courtesy WWD

    This season unfortunately saw a substantial amount of shows with mostly white casts. While this lack of diversity is extremely upsetting, we do have to acknowledge those who saw the globe as the multifaceted place that it truly is. Cue Burberry Prorsum, where Christopher Bailey and co. cast a diverse cast that not only adequately reflected London’s multiethnic population, but that of the entire world. There are still several improvements that need to be made, but at least some people are finally living up to the truly global nature of the fashion industry.

  9. Moschino Madness
    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Tom + Lorenzo

    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Tom + Lorenzo

    It’s safe to say that Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino was a little over-the-top. From a manipulated McDonald’s logo to Cheetos and nutrition facts printed onto eveningwear, things went a little crazy. To many, the collection was so ridiculous that it couldn’t be taken seriously, while others proposed that this was the type of fun that fashion desperately needs. Regardless, one thing’s for sure: the kitschy gear will likely sell like wildfire.

  10. Iceberg
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    Photos Courtesy Style.com

    Dreamlike knitwear, perfectly tailored neoprene suits and pops of color? Yes, please. The fall 2014 Iceberg collection might have gotten lost in the midst of the Milan Fashion Week highlights, but this space-age fantasy was definitely one of the best ranges we’ve seen all season.

  11. Keeping Up with Kendall
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    Photo Courtesy Raannt

    We just talked about Kendall Jenner‘s rise to fame and the polarizing effect it’s had on many people in the fashion industry. But with the Kardashian-by-association walking for A-list shows like Marc Jacobs, Giles, Givenchy and Chanel, it’s safe to say we’ve got a new face to watch. If her latest bookings didn’t convince you, her support from LOVE Magazine’s Katie Grand will probably work up something to do the trick.

  12. Rick’s Ladies
    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Rick Owens’ latest presentation wasn’t as inspirational as last season’s dance show, but his appreciation for various types of beauty was just as great. Featuring young and old models of multiple sizes and ethnicities, the designer proved that there’s more than one look that fits into his edgy ensembles.

  13. Kenzo x David Lynch
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    Photo Courtesy Kenzo

    For their Opening Ceremony show in New York, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon literally made chocolate drip from the walls. So how did the team top their spectacle for the Kenzo show in Paris? By teaming up with legendary filmmaker, David Lynch, of course. Lynch is no stranger to designing settings, as his conception of Paris’ Silencio club truly showed his creative genius. The “Mysterioso” theme was conveyed through a maze-like runway surrounded by mirrors, while a large, distorted clay head stood in the center of it all. “He really designed the entire thing,” said Leon, mentioning that Lynch even contributed to directing the way the models walked. The director also created a 16-minute soundtrack for the show, adding the cherry on top of the surreal masterpiece that meshed fashion with a totally different form of creativity.

  14. The Chanel Shopping Center
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    Photo Courtesy Style Anywhere

    Though not a surrealist invention like that of the Kenzo show, Karl Lagerfeld’s “Chanel Shopping Center” set was definitely a highlight of Fashion Month. The designer transformed the Grand Palais into a supermarket decked out entirely with Chanel products, including Chanel spaghetti, produce and much more. Meanwhile, editors, models, Rihanna and others played around with the elaborate layout, making it a necessary fun time in the midst of the Fashion Week chaos.

  15. Chanel Sneaks

    Photo Courtesy T Magazine

    Photo Courtesy T Magazine

    In case anyone forgot, there were clothes that went along with the Chanel spectacle. And there were shoes, too, specifically some noteworthy sneakers. The sporty kicks showed up in Chanel’s latest couture show, and Kaiser Karl didn’t ditch them when it came time for ready-to-wear. Though there are plenty more designers who’ve mastered this style of footwear on a higher level, there’s no doubt that the Chanel sneakers are going to own the fall 2014 season.

  16. Vacuum-Packed
    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Photo Courtesy Imaxtree via Fashionista

    Back on the topic of sets, Iris Van Herpen got in on the elaborate action, too. The ambiance featured fully dressed models like Iekeliene Stange and Soo Joo Park shrink-wrapped in giant plastic bags, hoisted in the air in fetal position…yeah. Don’t worry, the girls were given oxygen through tubes, though their petrified facial expressions didn’t make things any less shocking. The feminine yet futuristic collection supported the antics, including the crazy footwear. A far cry from sneakers, heel-less seven-inch platforms with shin guards that wrapped around the backs of the models’ knees were designed in collaboration with United Nude. Who do you think had a harder time, the models in the plastic wrap or the ones navigating the runway?

  17. The Comeback Kid
    Photo Courtesy New York Times

    Photo Courtesy New York Times

    To put it simply, Nicolas Ghesquière won Fashion Month. The iconic designer’s long-awaited comeback as the creative director at Louis Vuitton was phenomenal, displaying an ultra-modern, hyper-luxurious collection of understated strength. There’s not much to be said, other than thank goodness Nicolas and his immeasurable skills are back in the design arena.

  18. Super
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    Photos Courtesy Imaxtree

    One of the highlights of Nicolas Ghesquière’s comeback collection was the top model cast; the show opened with another comeback, that of Freja Beha Erichsen, and the stunning Liya Kebede and Maggie Rizer added to the lineup. Season after season, we’re exposed to new crops of nameless, essentially faceless models who dominate the runways. But for the fall 2014 ready-to-wear shows, we got a fair dose of old supermodels, too. As Natasha Poly opened Prada, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, Anne Vyalitsyna, Izabel Goulart and Lindsay Ellingson joined the cast at Philipp Plein’s Milan show. Meanwhile, Balenciaga brought out ladies like Caroline Trentini and Mariacarla Boscono, who also appeared at Givenchy (alongside Karen Elson, nonetheless). Oh, and Gisele Bündchen closed Balenciaga, too…casual.

  19. Riri’s Reign
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    Photo Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

    Street style and celebrity fascination are two inevitable yet obnoxious elements of Fashion Month. Yet somehow, Rihanna mixed those two things perfectly during her time in Paris, and everyone was all about it. Whether doing menswear chic at Lanvin or baring it all at Balmain, @badgalriri really killed it in the style game this season.

  20. Lovely Lupita
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    Photo Courtesy Getty Images

    It’s the little things that count. Lupita Nyong’o sat front row at the Miu Miu show fresh off her Oscar win for best supporting actress. On the last day of Fashion Month, it’s likely that everyone else in room was feeling substantially more exhausted than Hollywood’s it-girl. Yet the gorgeous budding fashion icon and face of the label’s spring 2014 ads was as charming as ever, taking selfies with fellow attendees and politely introducing herself to everyone in her row. After a hectic month of fashion shows, this type of positive attitude is the best thing you could ask for.

Well, that’s all for now. Here’s to looking forward to more spectacular moments during next season’s shows!

Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

There’s Something About Kendall

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Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

Kendall Jenner at Givenchy. Photo: Imaxtree

The Kardashians are kind of everywhere, and to a lot of people, it’s kind of annoying. But then there’s Kardashian Klan member, Kendall Jenner. The 18-year-old had a noticeable presence during the fall 2014 ready-to-wear shows, and a few fashion industry insiders were definitely all about it.

Signed to prestigious agencies like The Society Management in New York and Elite in Paris, Jenner’s had the coveted support of super-editor Katie Grand of LOVE Magazine. While she wasn’t necessarily booking tons of shows, her appearances at Marc Jacobs, Giles, Givenchy and Chanel were certainly remarkable. And the most impressive part? Kendall blended in with all the other models perfectly, coming off as more than just a reality TV gimmick (though we can probably expect to see some mention of her runway work on an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians). However, even with Kendall Jenner’s top-tier casting and legitimate model look, some people are pissed off; the word “nepotism” has definitely been thrown around a few times.

“I hate it or maybe more just Kendall’s rise. The out right power grab of the Kardashian machine for girls that have no particular talent other than self promotion bothers me…I want them to go away and stop being welcomed to new opportunities…I think it is more kardashian entitlement hate than anything else,” says one commenter on the always blunt online community, Fashin.

This sentiment has surely been echoed, implying that Kim Kardashian’s relationship with Kanye West and Kanye’s friendship with Riccardo Tisci got Kendall her spot in the Givenchy show. But would Kendall’s “friends in high places” really be doing that much if she only walked four – albeit huge – fashion shows? Although we can expect it soon, she hasn’t yet had the chance to show her print potential in ads or editorials, so it’s hard to truly judge so early in her career. More importantly, even if Kendall Jenner is truly benefiting from her fame-by-association and elevated social status, she’s definitely not the first model to do so.

You know Cara Delevingne, right? One of the few models of the moment who shows signs of potentially bringing back the supermodel, some argue that Cara came into the game thanks to her family’s British socialite status. The same goes for it-girl Edie Campbell, whose mother was once a major fashion editor and stylist with tons of connections. Stella Tennant is said to have risen to fame courtesy of relations to the British royal family, while the privileged upbringings of girls like Dree Hemingway and Devon Aoki have been attributed to their success in the modeling world. And who could forget Lily McMenamy, the unique-looking daughter of supermodel Kristen McMenamy who’s been having her fair share of time in the spotlight in recent seasons? The list goes on. Though nothing has been proven to say these ultra-successful girls didn’t work hard to achieve their careers, they all come from similar situations to that of Kendall Jenner. Yet everyone knows them simply as models, all doing impressive work in their own rights.

Again, it’s hard to adequately pass judgement on Kendall Jenner before she does more runway shows and print work. While the Kardashian obsession is certainly questionable, Kendall’s been doing a decent job at distancing herself from the polarizing family and making a name for herself in the modeling world. At the end of the day, does it really matter how a model becomes a model? Sure, this type of rise can be seen as unfair, as these girls could receive an opportunity over many others who are struggling to make it. But what’s really important is the girl’s ability to perform. And for that reason, we can only wait and see what’s next for Kendall.

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PaRIH

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Courtesy The Citizens of Fashion

All eyes may have been on the runways during Paris Fashion Week, but if anything was noticeable off the catwalk, it was Rihanna’s omnipresence at the hottest shows. “Badgalriri” was taking the phrase, “the world is your runway” quite literally, looking better than ever in some painfully stylish looks. She owned the sporty trend with her sneakers at Chanel and her killer outfit at Givenchy, while she turned up in multicolored furs and luxe leathers elsewhere. And who could forget the provocative, sheer tops she rocked at the Jean Paul Gaultier and Balmain shows? No one else could come to a fashion show essentially topless and look as good, though no one could really pull off anything Riri does with the same level of immeasurable coolness. Whether going sophisticated, urban or overtly sexy, Rihanna proved why she’s been a front row fixture at Paris Fashion Week this season. Check out some of her best looks below!

At Miu Miu, wearing a Prada coat that debuted just days before in Milan. Photo: Getty Images

At Miu Miu, wearing a Prada coat that debuted just days before in Milan. Photo: Getty Images

At Chanel, the sneakers make the look. Photo: Getty Images

At Chanel, the sneakers make the look. Photo: Getty Images

Wearing a statement coat at Stella McCartney. Photo: BFA

Wearing a statement coat at Stella McCartney. Photo: BFA

Showing us all how to do the sporty trend the right way in Givenchy at Givenchy. Photo: Getty Images

Showing us all how to do the sporty trend the right way in Givenchy at Givenchy. Photo: Getty Images

Channelling her inner provocative Parisienne at Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo: Getty Images

Channelling her inner provocative Parisienne at Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo: Getty Images

Matching her look at Comme des Garçons with the inventive styles on the runway via an oversized leather coat and Adam Selman bunny ears. Photo: Stephane Feugere

Matching her look at Comme des Garçons with the inventive styles on the runway via an oversized leather coat and Adam Selman bunny ears. Photo: Stéphane Feugère

Ultra-glam at Dior. Photo: Getty Images

Ultra-glam at Dior. Photo: Getty Images

Adding luxury to her masculine-inspired outfit at Lanvin. Photo: Getty Images

Adding luxury to her masculine-inspired outfit at Lanvin. Photo: Getty Images

Rocking a safari-esque Balmain ensemble better than anyone could ever dream of. Photo: Getty Images

Rocking a safari-esque Balmain ensemble better than anyone could ever dream of. Photo: Getty Images

Clever coverage in Balmain at the label's party. Photo: BFA

Clever coverage in Balmain at the label’s party. Photo: BFA

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A New Day

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Where to begin?

One could start by stating what’s already known, that being Nicolas Ghesquière’s indubitable status as a beloved, often-copied, irreplaceable icon in the fashion and design world. After his departure from Balenciaga a year and a half ago, his absence from the Paris Fashion Week lineup left a hole in the hearts of many, longing for his one-of-a-kind creativity.

But today marked his long-awaited return, as the man who revolutionized the house of Balenciaga began his transformation of Louis Vuitton. Following Marc Jacobs’ 14 years at the helm, Ghesquière’s arrival at Vuitton was a far cry from Jacobs’ grandiose exit. He showed several of the beloved techniques that he mastered at his last Parisian design position, but everything was done in a remarkably fresh – and refreshing – manner.

The show kicked off with a burst of sunlight illuminating the Cour Carrée setting à côté to the Louvre. An equally missed face, Freja Beha Erichsen emerged in a black leather coat with a wide orange collar, which enveloped a clean off-white turtleneck dress. Navigating the runway in surprisingly conservative knee-high boots, the model proudly held the new Petite Malle bag. Essentially a miniature Louis Vuitton trunk, the probable best-selling item was one of Ghesquière’s subtle nods to the house’s multifaceted legacy. The overall look carried a 1960s mod silhouette, which was cohesively continued throughout the rest of Nicolas’ debut collection. This image was far from dated, though, as the multicolored patchwork leathers and pristine suede that adorned outerwear pieces were introduced in innovative, experimental ways. However, the designer’s wild experimentation was actually toned down a bit; though certainly not “safe,” the range was a far cry from the space-age phase Ghesquière went through between his spring 2007 and fall 2010 Balenciaga collections. Still, his mastery of every element of design implied the transcendence of Louis Vuitton even further beyond a mere accessories brand.

Eveningwear made an appearance, though definitely not in gown form. Instead, Ghesquière released a pair of looks with leather bodices and knit skirts, highlighted by hand-cut feathers. Louis Vuitton is the pinnacle of luxury, remember? High-end femininity married functional practicality via one look featuring checked blazer matched with leather jeans and a simple yet sumptuous rouge cardigan, while a white turtleneck, cropped black jacket and leather and wool blend skirt were shown in another ensemble. Said skirt was one of many, but Ghesquière’s coveted trousers made a comeback, too. A high-waisted pair went perfectly with a khaki jacket, while printed pants harkened back to some of the designer’s best work of the early 2000’s. To make things even more captivating, the cast consisted of it-girls like Julia Nobis and Malaika Firth alongside old favorites such as Liya Kebede and Maggie Rizer.

Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut at Louis Vuitton was easily one of the most anticipated moments of the fall 2014 ready-to-wear season, and he certainly brought a perfect presentation of understated power. Wearability didn’t trump creativity, as the acclaimed créateur will hopefully put this type of conflict behind him. Ghesquière essentially won Fashion Month, so to speak, and we can’t wait to see how he will continue to triumph at Louis Vuitton.

Check Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton in its entirety below!

All images by Monica Feudi via Style.com

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Rick Gets Real

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After what was defined as many as the show of the century, it was hard to imagine how Rick Owens could top his spring 2014 ready-to-wear step dance spectacle. Sure, his latest Paris presentation didn’t present the same level of powerful invigoration, but his themes held true. Whereas the diverse cast of his last womenswear show – both racially and in physical form – sent a strong message of appreciating all forms of beauty, he continued the idea via models of all shapes, races and ages. Current mannequins such as Alana Zimmer were joined by old favorites like Hannelore Knuts, while even more timeless beauties had their moments to shine.

Whether intentional or not, Owens’ latest statement declared that his signature capes, sumptuous leathers and intense sneakers look good on any woman. Meanwhile, his dark sportswear was perfectly conveyed through minimal whites, blacks and grays, as well as sinister burgundy carried on elegant draping.

Never mind the high-energy presentations or refreshing casting choices, Rick Owens always shows something worth talking about. Enjoy the full Rick Owens fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection below.

Feature image courtesy imaxtree via Fashionista

All photos via Style.com

Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

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Givenchy's autumn/winter 2014 show in Paris.

It’s been said before, and it will probably be said again and again, but fashion seems to be taking a turn towards athleticism. There have been hints of this trend for a while now, with sneakers, sweats and technical fabrics popping up here and there. But the spring 2014 menswear season is when things really took off, with designers like Frida Giannini at Gucci, Massimiliano Giornetti at Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim, Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein Collection, Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten and countless others throwing together ensembles that could’ve easily been sports uniforms. However, this wasn’t a one-season trend, rather the beginning of a fashion phenomena. Of course, the men’s styles began to spill over into the women’s collections. Sportswear even went to the extent of luxe trainers appearing in the couture collections of Chanel and Dior; you know a trend is huge when it permeates the one-of-a-kind haute couture track.

Continuing in several fall 2014 menswear collections, items such as anoraks and cuffed drawstring trousers were redone for the cooler months. As of New York Fashion Week, the trend was still going strong for ladies, too. What’s most exciting about the popularity of sporty styles is the statement they make. Instead of fashion dictating to the people, it seems like this urban sensibility came from streetwear itself. Sure, this invites plenty of gimmicky parody sports jerseys, obnoxious hipster interpretations and contrived street style bait, but it’s fascinating to see the trend properly executed by true design experts. It also doesn’t hurt that these aerodynamic, workout-ready silhouettes are done in optimum quality fabrics, reminding us that this is still fashion.

We can thank Riccardo Tisci for one, as his typically streetwear-influenced ensembles were some of the first to spark the marriage of high fashion to urban athleticism. Alexander Wang’s “New York cool” aesthetic helped push the trend further, and from there, plenty of other labels have quickly caught on. No matter who you attribute this style to, there’s no doubting that sportswear is all the rage.

Check out some of the best looks that fit into this hot trend!

Feature photo via The Guardian

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Collection of the Day: Iceberg

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Iceberg is easily one of the most underrated labels. For fall 2014, designer Alexis Martial showed a stunning space age collection during Milan Fashion Week, featuring unique styling and details on sharp silhouettes. Some standout looks included somewhat sporty sweatshirts garnished with brightly colored plastic squares, printed and pleated dresses and skirts, sleek suits created in futuristic neoprene-blended fabric and tops with subtle yet loud pops of color, concealed by sheer chiffon veils. Meanwhile, the brand’s signature knitwear was perfected, with chunky sweaters – many of which were enhanced with an astronautic silver foil – worn with geometrically pristine skirts. Still settling at the brand, Alexis Martial has a bright future at Iceberg.

See the full Iceberg fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection here!

All photos by Monica Feudi

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The Fall 2014 Trend Report: New York Fashion Week

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After the fall 2014 menswear collections, it seemed like the industry almost forgot to mention the noteworthy trends that came out of it. However, that doesn’t mean things went unnoticed; the luxe sportswear, standout checks and plaids, playful furs and shearlings and unexpected pops of color for guys reappeared for their female counterparts throughout New York Fashion Week.

While many of us were a little distracted by incessant blizzards and borderline-apocalyptic winter weather, designers at New York Fashion Week didn’t let a little snow stop them from showing off their best work. Sure, London Fashion Week is just now wrapping up, and we’ve still got Milan and Paris after that. But let’s not forget to keep an eye on some of the biggest trends to emerge from New York Fashion Week when examining the rest of the fall 2014 ready-to-wear collections.

 

All photos via Style.com; Feature photo courtesy of Harper‘s Bazaar