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  2. Stedeljik (at Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

     
  3. SUMMER BLACK 

     

  4. Zeynep Kartal AW14

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    A collection saturated in jewel colours, Zeynep Kartal’s offering for AW14 (and her LFW debut) was one that delighted the Fashion Mode girls. Androgyny was left at the door – the leading ladies hit the catwalk.

    Classic Hollywood glamour was channelled, combined with an architectural take on Neo-Gothicism and Art Nouveau (inspired by the designer’s milieu in her Manchester home).

    Velveteen blue, deepest burgundy, teal, pewter, contrasting ivory and black, and dazzling metallic shades merged in a notably autumnal colour palette. The rich hues were brought to life by a variety of textures; intricate lace hand embroidery, sumptuous velvet finishes and metallic applique all screamed exuberance. Elsewhere, racy crepe georgette, ravishing mesh and luxurious silk were seen on the sultry designs.

    Iconic women of Hollywood, from Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly and Lois Wilson, served as fascinating muses. The looks were feminine and sensual, from a bridal-worthy gown to a ravishing semi-nude leotard, via directional two-piece suits and cocktail length dresses. The female form was continually accentuated through plunging necklines, nipped in waists and sequins, which fiercely caught the light.

    A divine show-stopper of a collection, the opulent looks were complemented by burgundy lipped models with dramatically bouffanted hair.

    The stand-out design? A delicate cream floor-length twisted tulle coat, which accumulated Kartel’s Gothic revival inspirations, and was paired with a gold glitter one-piece in a flourish of excellence.

    Fashion Mode recommends paying close attention to Zeynep Kartal’s inevitable rise. Unadulterated sparkle is having its moment. 

    Originally posted on Modezine 

    Images from Vogue

     

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    Joao Melo Costa and Luis Buchinho

    Represented by Blow PR, the two emerging talents Joao Melo Costa and Luis Buchinho presented their SS14 collections in the extraordinary venue, The Portuguese Embassy, Belgrave Square. After a champagne reception, both UK and Portuguese press took to their seats.

    Costa was first to show, with a collection “dynamic and tridimesnional” – his London debut. Taking inspiration from a story of change and travel, happiness and fireworks, the first looks were sleek and simple. A neutral colour palette of charcoal grey and all white was interspersed with metallic accents on cuts which were loose yet feminine. Echoing this spirit, the models sported sexy bed hair and minimal make-up with low-key appeal. A palette of brights was then introduced with coral, red and, of course, this season’s pink. Subtle print was seen on oversized tops, loosely tailored trousers and shirts, followed by shimmering embellishment on the third and final phase of the collection.

    Showing beneath the chandeliers of the Portuguese Embassy straight after Joao Melo Costa’s show, Buchinho also made his London debut this season, departing from Paris Fashion Week. Femininity was redefined by Luis Buchinho through strong silhouettes, graphic elements, colour blocking and mixing textiles. The looks were timeless and classic, with a contemporary spin in the form of unexpected colour. Jungle and forest greens clashed brilliantly, with azure blue and monochrome seen elsewhere. Both flowing draped designs and structured sharper pieces were presented; the continuity remained in the elegance not the shapes. To complete the look, models’ hair was secured in smooth ponytails by L’Oreal Professionnel, at once chic and modern.

    With Costa’s collection providing fresh, summery, seductive yet casual looks, and Buchinho’s offering strong silhouettes for the aspirational women, here are two very different designers which London will be sure to see more of next season.

    - See more at: http://fashionmode.co.uk/2013/09/lfw-ss14-portugal-fashion/#sthash.Jq3KpmVa.dpuf

     

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    Slicked back hair, neon bright eyebrows and purple lips – on day two of London Fashion Week, Alessia Prekop’s self-titled SS14 collection hit the Fashion Scout runway on models as striking as their outfits.

    The contemporary womenswear designer takes inspiration from modern architecture and edgy street style, the latter reinforced by the soundtrack of fierce, heavy beats throughout the show. Prekop’s signature soon became apparent; an appreciation of exaggerated silhouettes, luxe casual-wear and unconventional geometry.

    The colour palette of choice revolved around powdery pastel shades of pink and lilac with outlines in black and cream. The prettiness of the defining colour scheme was juxtaposed with androgynous cocoon shapes, contrasting clean lines and grunge infused leather panelling on selected garments. A high level of craftsmanship was evident in every piece, which Fashion Mode were pleased to learn is due to the entire collection being made in England. Each look had attitude, from the precision pleats on oversized jackets to half wet-look fitted straight leg trousers, via daring flesh baring ensembles with peplum tops in romantic peach.

    Materials ranged from raffia, silk and wool crepe, all with alternative luxury detailing such as exposed seams and ruched elements. We also spied interesting jewellery pieces giving added personality including single triangular droplet earrings and stacked rings. We thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic and multi-layered showcase.

    - See more at: http://fashionmode.co.uk/2013/09/lfw-ss14-alessia-prekop/#sthash.foJEB95G.dpuf

     

  7. Belle Sauvage AW14

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    For Belle Sauvage, AW14 means unapologetic colour, attitude and the femme fatale.

    Titled ‘Paris Cats after Midnight’, Fashion Mode learned the collection focused on the iconic Parisian woman during the war.  The designer duo fused the Parisian woman’s style and mystery as they became “the embodiment of a new feminine elegance whilst part of the essence of prêt a porter women’s wear.”

    The influence of Parisian nightlife was evident through an upbeat, youthful colour scheme that saw an aggressive mix of tomato red, black, gold and a stand-alone pearl white patterned piece. Powerful yet playful, digitally printed motifs of lipsticks, chains, and of course, cats, made their mark throughout the collection. To reflect this rebellious offering, models sported heavily painted faces from glossy bee-stung red lips to striking white eye-liner, adding to their fierce glare.

    Fashion Mode admired designs which transcended specific occasions, be it a scarlet red gown, shorter dresses, wildly printed leggings or structured crop tops. A military touch was injected into the collection as models’ wore helmet-like leather hats, with gold chains and black beading only adding to their fearless charm.

    Referencing the dark and seductive edge of French femininity, Belle Sauvage chose napa leather, faux furs and silk duchesse with stretch chiffons to convey their story.

    Shockingly bright and certainly not understated, Belle Sauvage is a label to look out for next season. 

    Originally posted on Modezine 

     
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  10. @caitlmac #mua

     
  11. Athens to Mykonos (at Blue Star Ithaki)

     
  12. Eva Green - Madame Figaro - February 2014

    (Source: sylviagetyourheadouttheoven, via indtl)

     
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  14. Krakow, Poland, at dusk

     
  15. Happy birthday perfect