The beauty of Haute Couture

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Haute couture has existed for more than a century and since its origins in Paris by english couturier Charles Frederick Worth, it has managed to remain the most luxurious way of fashion making. Haute couture intended to be an exclusive kind of fashion; constructed 100% by hand (without the use of sewing machines), made with luxurious fabrics and tailored specifically for the client. It was a dream come true to the ladies of that era since the garments were one-of-a-kind. Some of the most important couturiers of the time were Gabriele “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Jeanne Lanvin amongst others.

The word haute couture transmits a sense of luxury, distinction and perfect quality to the viewers no matter if it was created in the eary 1900’s or today. The skill of creating haute couture is not easy since its time consuming and a budget is not relevant when creating the garnments. At first, each couture piece was created for a specific client but today they’re mostly designed for the runway and they’re looked as pieces of art rather than just clothes.

Since haute couture requires hard work and a limitless amount of money to be created, its existence has been decreasing over the years. Nowadays, the term haute couture is protected so very few designers can call themselves couturiers. Despite of the hardness of the craft, several designers like Elie Saab, Valentino Garavano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Giambattista Valli (to name a few) have emerged to be known as the couturiers of this century.

The modern day couturiers still manage to communicate the same ideals of the creators of haute couture but without forgetting to adapt the trends of today. Another element that’s been introduced today at haute couture collections are the runways that create an ambiance that matches perfectly with the outfits which wasn’t used before. But no matter the time of creation, haute couture was and will always be distinguished by its way of creating dreams out of a piece of clothing.

Written by: Rita Arevalo

So without further do, here are some of my favorite looks (it was so hard to chose just a few since they were all incredibly amazing!) from the Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture collections. Hope you enjoyed my post and I wish you all a good weekend!

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All images from: Vogue.it

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Magic sceneries at the SS 2014 Paris runways!

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Paris fashion week is known for showing some of the most luxurious brands in the fashion market and this season they impressed us not only with amazing clothes but also with greatly made runway sceneries that created the perfect ambiance to show their newest spring collections.

This season, designers used different ideas to create a magical illusion inside the runways that would blend along with their collections. One of them was the Chanel runway, which was filled with different sculptures and paintings (all related to the brand). The runway made you feel like you were in a modern art gallery. Even the models makeup, the prints and accessories that Karl Lagerfeld opted for made a simulation to abstract paintings.

Louis Vuitton also caught my eye for its fantastic clothes and scenario. The runway was not your regular one; the collection was showed in a two-floored place, the models were lifted through a vintage elevator that lead to a pair of electric stairways which they used to get to the first floor. In the 1st. floor, there was a black carrousel and fountain. The whole scenery and clothes were black, the lights were dim and it was simulated a world of luxurious dark fantasy.

The collection was memorable not only for its extravagant looks and scenery, but because it was the last one with Marc Jacobs as their creative designer.

There were lots of other amazing brands that created extraordinary runways. From Hermés to Christian Dior, this year’s spring PFW did not only include beautiful clothes but also had runways that helped to give the spectators a vivid look inside the designers’ visions and inspirations.  To see some of them, keep scrolling down.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you a great beginning of week everyone!

 To check out some of my favorite looks of PFW click here.

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Images from: Style.com, Vogue.it & Pinterest.com

Review: Pastel fever at the Spring 2014 London Fashion Week.

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This year, London Fashion Week happened from September 13th. to the 17th. and it brought us the best of the British fashion. From emerging brands to the classic ones, we got to see the always innovative british designs and most importantly; the upcoming trends for the new season.

The trend that caught my eye because of the several amount of times that it was seen were the pastel and light colors. Pretty much all of the LFW was full of them. The clothes, accessories and even some runways were inspired by the flowery pastel colors. The lightness of the fabrics gave the clothes even more freshness and made them look perfectly adequate for the hot days of summer. For the accessories, the pastels were also mixed with metallics to give them a futuristic vibe.

Antonio Berardi, Ashish, Burberry Prorsum, House of Holland and more served as the perfect example of how pastels, according to british designers, will be the must-have color of your spring and summer wardrobe! Keep on scrolling to see some of the best british designers that added the pastel trend to their collections. Have a great beginning of week everyone!

To check out my favorite LFW looks, click here to see my Pinterest board: Best Looks of SS ’14 – London.

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Christopher Kane:

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Matthew Williamson:

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Paul Smith:

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Peter Pilotto:

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi:

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All images from: Vogue.com

If you’ve made it this far, comment in the comment section below which look was your favorite!! Xx, Rita.

Review: Street style luxury at the DKNY Spring Summer 2014 Collection.

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The 90’s edgy but sporty style served as the main inspiration for the SS ’14 DKNY collection. This year marked DKNY’s 25th. anniversary, so the front row was full of A-listers, not to mention their amazing line-up of models. From Joan Smalls opening the runway, to pop sensation and fashionista Rita Ora finishing it with a complete DKNY look. The brand served as the perfect example of how color and texture can blend beautifully with the comfort of the street style look. There was a simplicity in each piece which was useful for the final result of the outfits since the models didn’t looked overwhelming nor overdressed.

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This season, DKNY went back to its New York street luxury style roots in a fierce way. The collection had a diverse gamma of t-shirts, flowy dresses and skirts, sporty jackets and sneakers, and the classic DKNY jeans. The color palette was a mixture of neutrals with pops of orange, turquoise, lavender, and yellow. The accessories had a major role for the collection since it was the caps, running sneakers, leather backpacks and bags that created the sporty chic ambiance. A sleek pony tail and an orange lip gave the models a sense of freshness and lightness.

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Even though there were several trends incorporated to the collection, the one that standed out the most was the DKNY logo prints making it the must-have of the entire collection.  This season, DKNY showed its bold and sleek style through sporty and fresh garments and gave us a reminder of how perfectly a new yorker mixes the streets with the high fashion life style.

By: Rita Arevalo

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I’ll leave you with some of my favorite looks of the DKNY collection. If you wanna check out the entire collection, click here. Let me know in the comments below which looks were the ones you liked the most. Have a great day everyone!

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Images from: Vogue.com

Review from the Dior Cruise 2014 collection

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Modern silhouttes and an energetic lightness which still managed to be sensual and feminine has to be the perfect description for the Christian Dior Cruise 2014 collection which took place in Monaco, in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival . Creative designer Raf Simons played with fluid dresses and evening gowns, cropped tops, Dior’s iconic T-bar jackets and various types of summer pants in which he managed to represent the modern day Dior woman at its best.

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The whole collection had a sense of fluidity by playing with see through fabrics like chiffon, silk, satin and lace; which Simons had not use before and even said that it was a challenge for him to work with. From pants to dresses and scarves, lace was what predominated the most making it the must have of the entire collection. The color palette was influenced by metallic hues carefully combinated with dark and bright colors like black, navy blue, yellow, tangerine and peach. There were also asymetric cuts mixed with florals and abstract prints which proved how opposites attract.

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The accessories had a futuristic vibe that could be seen in the metallic necklaces and bracelets, ombré clutches and bags, oversized reflective sunglasses and the metallic pointy strap heels. Simons designs were playful and sporty, but more importantly  they are living proof of how he keeps giving the classic brand a breath of innovative air.

Written by: Rita Arevalo

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I’ll leave you with some of my personal favorites and please let me know in the comments below which outfits did you liked the most. If you want to see the video of the whole collection check out my previous post. Have a great day everyone :)

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