Why is Santa so hot right now? While we were shopping for cozy, stylish coats to help us survive the Winter, we couldn't help but notice that this year (and the Fall 2013 season, in particular), some of the world's most loved designers created looks fit for Mr. Claus himself. Unconvinced? Just look at what Santa's not-so-little helpers have been wearing on the runway.
Welcome to the Wild, Wild West — by way of Chanel! When Karl Lagerfeld dropped the fashion community into Dallas, TX, for the annual Métiers d’Art show, the expectation was a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.
On that promise, Karl delivered with a prairie-inspired collection influenced by Americana. With rich tweeds transitioning into Southwestern tapestries and worn-in denim, looks were accompanied by suede boots, lariats, cowboy hats, feathers, and fringe as far as the eye could see. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and it doesn't get bigger than Karl's take on the Lone Star State.
Prepare to swoon! The Temperley Pre-Fall 2014 brings us everything label is known for, including a plethora of pretty lace trims, art deco details, chic tailoring, cool jumpsuits, pops of colour (especially pink), and dramatic gowns. There are also peekaboo panels, '70s-inspired prints and shapes, full-length skirts, and leather biker jackets, plus a stunning white pleated gown that will no doubt make its way down the aisle worn by a very lucky bride at some point. Click through to see the collection in full.
With fashion collections running the full range from experimental to ethereal, there's always one man we're excited to hear from: Zac Posen. The designer reliably turns out figure-flattering, sophisticated, feminine pieces . . . and don't even get us started on the gowns!
This grouping is no different, with heart-stoppingly beautiful formal dresses and tailored skirts and dresses that the chicest woman you know would rule the office in (and then rush to reservations at the poshest restaurant in town). Click through and see them all here.
You'll notice an array of varying textures in Francisco Costa's Pre-Fall 2014 collection for Calvin Klein. The designer wanted to impart a feeling of warmth, playfulness, and above all innocence, and he did that by using light shades of gray and pink. Cashmere, alpaca, and wool gave the offering its softness, and a few oversize wooden buttons injected a sense of whimsy into jackets that would have otherwise toed the line of this brand's minimalist bent.
But that's where Costa's designs set him apart — the details. A look at the full collection here in the gallery.
For the fourth edition of the "Les Envies" capsule collection for Nina Ricci, designer Peter Copping kept it simply sweet and wearable. With touches of lace, a delectable cherry print, and styles that go from day to night, this is a collection meant for the woman on the go. No wonder that the models featured in the lookbook for the collection are actual real women, with careers ranging from actresses and students to businesswomen and journalists. Don't you feel more Parisian just looking at them? Click through to see the full Nina Ricci "Les Envies" Fall 2014 collection.
Giorgio Armani's One Night Only celebration in New York on Thursday night featured a retrospective showing of some of the best work he's created for his couture collection Armani Privé. And if there's one thing to know about couture, it's that it's all about the details.
In that spirit, we're taking a look at some of the gorgeous detail shots we saw at last night's show and all of the beading, sequins, floral embroidery, and shirring that made it possible. Get up close and personal with some of Armani's best work, here in the gallery.
Few things are lovelier than an Oscar de la Renta bridal collection, and for Fall 2014, he didn't disappoint. It was business as usual for the iconic designer, who employed classic silhouettes — mermaid, ball gown, column — and fabrics de rigueur; think lace, satin, and tulle.
Giving Fall's floral motif a go while bucking the season's trendier talking points (like color, cocktail dresses, and embellishment), de la Renta stuck to what he does best: pretty, expertly designed dresses.
For a vintage-meets-modern bridal hair and makeup look, direct your attention to Jenny Packham's Fall 2014 Bridal Fashion Week collection. Inspired by the Belle Époque (French for beautiful era) of the early 20th century, makeup artist Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier created a romantic, dreamy palette. Models' cheeks were flushed with three shades to achieve the perfect glow: Second Skin Cheek Colour ($25 each) in Barely Pink and Rose Petal, followed by Peach Whisper on the apples of the cheeks. Lips were done in mauve and beige tones using Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 each) in Pink Blush and Peche.
For the hair, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu created a mystical, ethereal updo full of voluminous curls. After applying 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse ($6), models' strands were blown dry using a Mason Pearson brush. Hair was then spritzed with Platinum Strength Heat Protection Spray ($6) and curled using a smaller iron near the neck, a medium barrel from the ears to the crown, and a one-inch barrel on top. Each curl was set with pincurl clips. When the hair was cool, Syfu removed the pins and teased models' strands into texturized faux bobs. A few spritzes of finishing spray, along with sparkly hair accessories (on some models) from Packham's line, completed the fanciful style.
Above the waist, the Fall 2014 collection was classic Carolina Herrera: ladylike, demure, crisp, and just plain pretty. Below the waist, that's where things changed. Taking a modern departure from her mermaid skirts and ball gowns, the iconic designer shortened her hems for dramatic results.
Herrera's first collection to consist entirely of cocktail and tea-length dresses was intended to supply "unique options for every event surrounding a bride's wedding, from rehearsal dinner to the reception," she said. With 10 silhouettes that ranged from Bianca, a jewel-encrusted, illusion-neckline party dress, to Bettina's just-above-the-ankle floral appliqué design, brides will have no difficulty finding occasions to wear these feminine numbers.