Today’s round up includes Fendi and Prada.
FENDI MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
In yet another over-the-top, fur-filled spectacle, Fendi delivers a severely opulent collection fit only for the most decorated. How else could we label this compilation that revolves around one particularly crucial accomplice – a miniature furry Karl Lagerfeld doll. This must-have accessory goes hand in hand with Fendi’s of the season boxy purses. The brand famous for its attention to outerwear continues to command the rules with metallic quilted waistcoats, tweet, leather, patchwork print bombers, and oversized everything. The styling pyrotechnics included bonded mesh pockets on skirts and jackets, billowing sleeves, diaphanous pleats, as well as translucent layers. Karl Lagerfeld describes the collection as “brutal, poetic and full of bonded mesh”. In reality it was much more than that – it was uncomplicated, wicked, and rich in every sense of the word.
By: Andrea Mestrovic
Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea
PRADA MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
Miuccia Prada has never been one to chase a trend or tread along the lines of being overtly sexy. Instead, she goes with her gusto and produces significant and artfully inspired pieces – with this season nodding to German avant-garde culture – that tend to make us think while excessively pushing the boundaries. Lucky for us, while she provided all of the above with her new collection, this season was simultaneously far more wearable than the others that came before it.
To start with, sheer chiffon shifts exposed the models legs and bodices, trimmed with feathers or flowing silk they were then typically swallowed up by overgrown outerwear proposing “opposites attract” types of ensembles. Piping played a key role throughout the collection, highlighting individual pieces by outlining seams on everything from blazers to cut-out dresses with gold threads, leather and excessive trims of thick shearling and heavy wools. Vibrant fur coats of gold and royal purple made a luxurious splash as they lay over conservative loose fitted silk dresses while the shoe of choice was a t-strap sandal (innovatively recreated, of course) bringing a lady-like appeal to even the barest ensemble. Busy art-deco prints and excessive layering of tops, school-boy sweaters and knee-length skirts came off decidedly chic and easily palatable providing “act 2” with extraneous amounts of separates that will both sell well and keep us hopelessly dreaming for “act 3” come September.
By: Jillian Magenheim
Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for multiple fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz