Accessories are often the best part of an outfit. You can wear the simplest monochrome ensemble and transform it into the trendiest outfit with some extra details. And we have to let you know that spring 2019 will be all about standout accessories of all types. Paris Fashion Week brought so many trends in the jewelry, hat, and eye-wear departments. Check out the statement accessories to shop in Spring 2019.
Today the fashion world mourns the loss of another giant. Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, the founder of the luxury fashion house Givenchy, died at 91. Everyone’s favorite French designer and genius passed away on Saturday, the family announced. Hubert established the high-end brand back in 1952 and worked his way to the top. His immense talent, discipline, and creativity made him one of the most popular designer names in the history.
Givenchy revolutionized the luxury fashion in many ways. He is the first-ever designer to launch a high-end ready-to-wear collection. Hubert debuted his first couture line in 1952 right after founding his fashion house. It was only two years later when the designer introduced the RTW concept. During his career of fifty years, Hubert got to dress an array of iconic women including Jacqueline Kennedy, Jane Fonda, Princess Grace of Monaco and many more. He sold his brand to LVMH in 1988 but kept the position of creative director until 1995.
Hubert was succeeded by a number of up-and-coming designers after his retirement. Alexander McQueen, Ricardo Tisci, and John Galliano are just a part of the popular names that designed for Givenchy over the years. Tisci kept the position from 2005 to 2017 and brought back the old recognizable shine to the French fashion house. Last year Clare Waight Keller made her debut as a creative director of Givenchy.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great man and artist I have had the honor to meet and get to know since my appointment at Givenchy. Not only was he one of the most influential fashion figures of our time, whose legacy still influences modern-day dressing, but he also was one of the nicest most charming men I have ever met. The definition of a true gentleman, that will stay with me forever.’- Clare Waight Keller expressed her sadness.
The iconic designer was a part of the industry for over fifty years, and in that period of time, he brought an array of fresh changes that will always be remembered. Best known for his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, Hubert’s work is the definition of Parisian chic and elegance. Audrey was his long-time muse and source of inspiration. The two collaborated for over four decades, both on her personal style and her film outfits.
Thanks to his genius mind, we all learned that even classy designs can look fun and sophisticated. Hubert de Givenchy might not be among us anymore, but his work and influence will stay eternal.
Kering, the giant conglomerate of high-end goods, teamed up with London College of Fashion to release the first-ever digital course in luxury fashion and sustainability. The company put their best sustainability specialists to collaborate with LCF in creating an all-access online programme, that will educate and help young, emerging designers. The whole point of the launch is to accent the importance of finding alternative eco-friendly sources and using them properly.
The renowned luxury company stands behind brands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and many more. Most of its fashion houses already announced that they will go fur-free in the near future. According to Kering, it will be a six-week course, available for everyone who wants to sign up and learn more. The primary goal is to influence all the designers, who are already a part of the fashion industry by helping them implement sustainable principles in their future work.
“We actively work with our houses to craft tomorrow’s luxury via our 2025 sustainability strategy but also wish to contribute to the evolution of luxury fashion as a whole, by sharing our expertise with industry counterparts and educating future generations. Today I am proud that Kering’s partnership with London College of Fashion takes a new step, making education accessible outside of the classroom with this the world’s first open-access digital course on sustainable luxury fashion.”- explained Kering’s CEO, Francois Henri Pinault.
The online course ‘Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World’ is the first digital one in the world of its kind. Thanks to Kering’s efforts in making the industry a better place, they will influence a large audience in many positive ways. We are talking about MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), meant to educate through real examples drawn from fashion houses such as Stella McCartney, Gucci and more. During those six weeks, all of the participants will be able to follow different podcasts, activities, movies and more. In order to stimulate talented designers, Kering and LCF made the six-week programme accessible online from mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.
Recently, Kering was rewarded with the acknowledgment as the most sustainable fashion conglomerate in the world by Corporate Knights. The company and London College of Fashion already set up a platform, where applicants can sign up and follow the daily activities of the online course. It was constructed in a way that participants can access it at any time, all they need is an Internet connection. The official start date is April 9.
Photo Credit: Kering
The reason why fashionistas love the pre-holiday season is the drops that make their holidays sparkly and shiny. Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen is on a mission to put all eyes on you without all the glitters and sparkles. For her Resort 2018 collection, the designer was inspired by the aristocratic glamour. While most designers lately paid tribute to the past several decades, Sara Burton went centuries back.
It was the Chatsworth visit and the “House Style” exhibition of the aristocratic Devonshire family that left her in awe. Their wardrobes were on display and Burton couldn’t take her eyes off of the spectacular ensembles. That’s how the show-stopping Alexander McQueen spring collection was born. Right there, those centuries-old pieces inspired Burton to make one of the most beautiful Alexander McQueen collections ever made.
For Resort 2018 collection Sarah Burton imagined what would young girls do if they would found themselves in a room full of clothes from their predecessors. She added a modern twist to the collection with the sheer details and the two-piece sets. The floral print and embellishments had a central point in the Resort 2018 collection. The embellishments were attention-grabbing and intricate. You could see them on gowns, tops, and knitted sweaters.
Besides the embellishments, Burton focused on the silhouettes. There is everything from romantic ruffles and uneven hemlines to confident almost masculine cuts and power shoulders. She used the trendiest of them all – the check print to manifest her idea of power dressing. The Alexander McQueen Resort 2018 collection offers business trench coats, power blazers, and office-approved trousers.
On the other hand, there were feminine insanely beautiful gowns that carried the glamour of the past centuries with a dose of contemporary vibe. One of the highlights was the two-piece dusty pink gown with a voluminous semi-embellished skirt and cropped embellished top. In the past ladies wouldn’t bare their tummy, but now millennials would. So, Sara Burton made sure to adapt these vintage-inspired pieces to the preferences of her young and modern clientele.
The great news is that nobody has to wait to get their hands on the Alexander McQueen Resort 2018 collection. The pieces are being delivered to the fashion houses’ stores right now. In this busy world of fashion you usually have to wait months for the collections to become available to purchase, but now you can treat yourself in this very moment.
Sarah Burton is an innovative mind who loves a dose of eccentricity. Her Spring 2018 collection for Alexander McQueen was based on blooming gardens. And in that beautiful floral symphony, Sarah included edgy vibes by adding metallics, leather, and plaids.
Burton’s collection has a huge dose of optimism. Sarah’s home country is her inspiration. Her wild spirit has traveled to many amazing places all over England, and each trip stimulates new ideas. The theme for the Alexander McQueen Spring 2018 came very unexpectedly. Sarah and her team were on the way to visit a house in Great Dixter when they noticed breathtaking bloom gardens. The designer is a big nature lover, and these mesmerizing gardens were just the thing she needed. Once they came back, the whole office was decorated with pictures from the idyllic views and the new collection was born.
“So many terrible things happen in the world. We should celebrate people and fashion and creativity. I wanted to celebrate beauty and femininity. I wanted to do an uplifting collection.’- Burton said.
The English gardens were transformed into designs, in such an enchanting way that only Burton could do. The designer while creating also thought of the influences of sun, rain, and wind. Her detailed and quality craftsmanship came to life once again. Starting from intricate embroidery, romantic ruffles, grunge elements and tailored suits, she managed to pull it all off.
The power of preservation, and creating pieces that will last led to another interesting segment of the collection. English aristocrats are known for wearing their country clothes for ages until they fall apart. They also keep old dresses and elegant gowns in the family for many years. That is how Sarah came up with the deconstructed designs. It was exactly one of those segmented trench coats that opened the show. You could notice deconstructed jackets and even dresses that perfectly depicted the English village history.
The night ended with an array of beautiful, elegant dresses, in vibrant colors and striking prints. Voluminous organza gowns with embroidery were paired with flat studded boots. That is the delicate beauty of Sarah’s designs. She has a special way of making two completely different directions work in a stunning final look.
And it wasn’t only flowers and glamour. There were unique pieces made of gingham, plaid and even leather. Sarah Burton once again managed to overpass everyone’s expectations by combining different worlds into one great Alexander McQueen Spring 2018 collection.
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The most daring piece in fashion, the catsuit, is making a huge come-back. It might be a very bold choice, but it looks amazing. This sexy one-piece has been around since forever, but it became popular in the 90s. Lately, a lot of high-end designers are making catsuits a part of their collections. Alexandre Vauthier, Miuccia Prada, Versace, all of them showed mesmerizing one-pieces in their latest collections. Starting from the Queen of the catsuits, Jennifer Lopez, to Halsey, here are some of the most popular one-piece looks worn by celebrities.
Thanks to Bella Hadid, catsuits are popular again. The younger Hadid sister made an unexpected choice for this year’s MET Gala. Bella, convinced by Alexander Wang appeared in a bold catsuit by the designer himself. The custom-made piece featured beading from head to toes and a deep plunging back. Hadid wasn’t sure whether this was the right choice since everyone tends to wear glamorous dresses for this event. The fashion risk turned out to be a huge success, and one of the most talked about moments of the night.
Kristen Stewart is another celebrity who made a huge throwback to the 90s. The actress looked sensational in a strapless sequined catsuit for the Chanel Fall 2017 Couture show that happened in June. Kristen is a known rule-breaker in fashion, but somehow everything she wears looks amazing. Same thing happened with this risky combination. The sparkling catsuit didn’t need any accessories, so Stewart wore only a pair of sunglasses and simple black pumps.
Another very popular catsuit is the one that Cara Delevingne wore for the Movie Awards in 2016. The supermodel and actress looked stunning in a black one-piece by Balmain. Cara finished off the look with a pair of pointed black heels by Jimmy Choo and Hoorsenbuhs jewelry.
Since the day the Duchess of Cambridge entered in the royal family we fell in love with her impeccable style. Her discreet feminine fashion expression is an inspiration to many fashion-forward moms and business woman.
Let’s take a moment to admire Kate Middleton‘s best style moments.
Polka Dot Dress
Kate looked astonishing in a Dolce & Gabbana polka-dot midi dress and beige Victoria Beckham bag.
Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, took a cue from the medieval times to create the Pre-Fall 2017 collection. This great artist created an amazing collection inspired mostly by the British sculptor and artist Barbara Hepworth. Just like the Fall line, the Pre-Fall one strongly accents the power of women.
Burton said she found the inspiration for this line during her trip to Cornwall, a county located in the far southwest of England that is rich with ancient churches, stone circles, and beautiful views. Most of her collections are rooted geographically, and she finds a perfect way to intertwine this with her imagination and Britain’s history. During her trip, she used the landscapes of Cornwall and Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures to create an empowering line of clothing.
These innovative designs show a lot of medieval details that highly resemble medieval heraldry and armor. It seems like the clothes were made to emphasize women’s power, their self-determination and the warrior inside of them. The collection is romantic and strong at the same time. Sarah took her team to Cornwall to embrace the power of the past, and to create a line of clothing that can be worn today.
The end result is astonishing. Burton found the perfect way to honor Alexander McQueen‘s work, while also adding her personal touch to the pieces. The line includes black leather corset belts and gloves. Some of the dresses are magical, soft and gentle, made of embroidered chiffon, while the others are strong and a bit dark, silver and black to resemble shining armor. The knitted dresses with a sheer material are perfectly combined with leather to look even more powerful. There is also a great contrast when it comes to the coats. The blazers are long and elegant in calm tones, while the coats are massive, leather or fur, most of them in dark colors.
Vivid colors are not very present in the line. There are mostly calm and nude tones or dark and gray ones, almost all of them combined with a lot of leather accessories. The necklaces are large with a big stone placed at the center and resemble a necklace that Barbara Hepworth once wore. The huge stone is also present on the sandals with carved out heels, while the boots have a simple design, both flat and heeled.
Photo Courtesy: Alexander McQueen