Chris Peters and Shane Gabier called their Spring 2014 collection for Creatures of the Wind "Hail Hyperborea," but for a collection named after an idyllic and mythical Greek island, there weren't nearly as many tropical prints as you might expect. Certainly there were lots of decorative elements in the shapes of flowers and other plants, and sure, the clothes came in shades of rose red, petal pink, and a light blue that evoked the color of the sea and sky. The shapes, like boxy jackets and ankle-length skirts, evoked the styling of the '40s, but the materials, like silk lamé, mesh, and nylon, made this offering entirely modern. Hyperborean, even.
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Trish Summerville is one of Hollywood's biggest costume designers, having outfitted Rooney Mara for her turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and now Jennifer Lawrence for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films. We spoke with Trish yesterday ahead of her big night being honored at the 2013 Style Awards, held right at the beginning of Fashion Week. Trish took us behind the scenes of some of her big-screen work and also dished on her new Capitol Couture collection for Net-a-Porter.
On Allie: J.Crew shirt and necklace
Marissa Webb's Spring 2014 show was ripe with styling tips to be mined, whether easy tricks to shrink the waistline or a cheeky take on borrowing from the boys. Jauntily knotted obi belts gave tops a peplum feel while defining the silhouette, and moto jackets kept voluminous blouses in check. Menswear had an appearance, too, with monochromatic button-downs and skinny ties being worn under a corset-top minidress. Whichever side of the style spectrum is your fancy, she presented something to please.
See all the photos and video of the collection here.
We have wanted to give bear hugs to Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra ever since they launched their line in 2004. But with a Spring 2014 collection that was as cozy as ever, we couldn't want to wrap our arms around them more. From muted tones to cardigans paired with below-the-knee skirts to the silkiest of pajama dressing (yes, it's clearly still happening!), this roundup felt effortless. But of course, they still gave us wow moments with blurred plaid prints, bright orange suits, and colorblocking that went from front to back instead of the traditional top to bottom. And if all that wasn't exciting enough, the duo debuted their own bags and shoes — wedges and flats that look as comfortable as the clothes. If that were possible.
Maison Martin Margiela's much-talked-about collaboration with Converse recasts the shoe brand's classic kicks with a bit of the French fashion house's avant-garde styling.
The partnership takes Converse's timeless shoes (the Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops and the Jack Purcell sneakers, to be exact) and covers them in a coat of white paint. Over time, the paint is supposed to chip off to expose one of four colors (white, black, blue, or red) underneath. Both shoes will be available this month and will retail for $200.
"The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling," the house said in a statement, "a sort of poetry. With the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself."
After a successful stint launching J Brand in 2004, Susie Crippen left the company for some "me" time, traveling to haunts like Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and India. After all that globe-trotting, she realized how much she missed creating clothes for women to wear and came back to her Los Angeles garage (truly!) to get to work.
She's now back at the helm of another ready-to-wear label, this time the eponymous Crippen, and cranking out clean pieces that will strengthen anyone's wardrobe. You're guaranteed to live in it all — when designing, she was inspired after looking at old photos of herself and realizing she was wearing the same thing again and again (and again) and wanting to give them fresh updates. With Fall wardrobe updates on the brain, we were eager to chat and find out the pro's stance on a few key fashion positions.
Everyone has fashion fever right now, including Elle Decor. The October issue is the annual fashion issue, and Joseph Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera, and Francisco Costa are three of the fashion greats that were photographed in their favorite rooms at home. It's always thrilling to see private spaces, especially when they are such a reflection of a designer's work. As Carolina Herrera says, "Whether assembling an outfit or a room in your home, it's always a question of a good eye, discipline, knowledge, and taste." Indeed!
Joseph Altuzarra on his bedroom: "It combines 19th-century ornamentation with modern, urban rawness. . . . This room is like a hidden gem in the city."
Carolina Herrera on her study: "I based it on one of my favorite rooms in the world, in Sweden's Haga Palace."
Francisco Costa on his library: "I often find myself in this room in the middle of the night flipping through books and discovering so much. For me, reading is like going on vacation."
For more of fashion's biggest names in their favorite rooms, visit Elle Decor.
Richard Chai gives a master class in modern femininity for Spring 2014. This sophisticated lineup isn't the kind that comes buttoned up — who says polished has to be structured? With easy proportions, fluid hemlines, and a runway full of flats, it's certainly not Chai.
Instead, Chai says polished can be a little bold with bright poppy hues making a splashy debut first in stripes, then taking over easy dresses, palazzo pants, and double-breasted jackets. But maybe more integral to this collection, Chai reminds us that polished can feel entirely casual, too. His effortless layers — a breezy tunic or dress thrown over pants and finished with chic flats or strappy heels — is a far more sophisticated alternative to sweatpants or t-shirts, though we suspect it's just as comfortable, too.
We can hardly believe we're saying it, but Fall is just around the corner. Thankfully, the transition into cooler weather has been made that much easier (and more beautiful!) due to the stunning designer campaigns. Whether they're the surrealist scenes of floating Chanel models or more intimate shots of J. Mendel's luxe toppers, there's an overwhelming feeling that Fall will reinvent the word excitement.
Even the quieter images capture a sense of intrigue — like Cara Delevingne's curious campaign for Mulberry (her costar is an owl) and her appearance in Saint Laurent's campaign, where her seaward gaze can only be described as wistful, keeping us pointed to the cooler months ahead.
Get a look at all the campaigns, here in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Jennifer Michalski and John Soper
Max and Lubov Azria returned to their youthful, easy-to-wear roots with the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2014 collection. If last season was all about layers, this one was about lightening the load — an ideal never more evident than with one of the show's early looks, a khaki sleeveless trench dress. Spread across a neutral palette (think lots of chambray and a continuation of the brand's love of black and white), the models showcased pops of life with snake-embossed leather skirts, watercolor floral prints, and embroidered tulle tops. Anyone can be BCBG, and this show proved just how effortless it is.
See all the photos and video of the collection here.