Isa Arfen is Sarafina Sama’s line that in the beginning was a personal project. “I just made few one-size-fits-all summer dresses for my family and friends” says the London-based, Italian designer who worked for Chloe and Lanvin. She made the line official in 2012, finding her cheerful aesthetics in the society photos of Slim Aarons and Arfen’s two eccentric vintage loving aunts, who “always look totally comfortable in what they wear” she says. For SS14, Sama immersed herself into Paolo Roversi photos and Antonio Lopez fashion illustrations. The effect? Voluminous, artsy silhouttes in bright hues, as well as her first print, a giant eye peering out of the skirt. This girl is surely one to watch!
And this quote by Elizabeth Taylor defines best Celine’s AW14 jewellery- it’s big, shiny and it’s everywhere. Worn on sweaters, with dresses and as one-ear-earring, Phoebe Philo got splendour this season, if talking about the bling-bling. In reality, the designers go big this time with all those necklaces- Altuzarra had a huge metallic compositions tied around the necks; Givenchy gave coral branches; and Louis Vuitton (just like Celine) was all about the one-ear-earring, with a huge LV logo. And while it’s the International Women Day- the bigger bling, the bigger wow!
It’s all! The Paris Fashion Week ended, just like the whole fashion month… And as a beautiful ending, here is Christophe Lemaire’s AW14 for Hermes. And, yes, it’s great. A bit sophisticated, a bit masculine- but full of must-have pieces. Like that grey coat or those socks stuffed into the heels… I am really interested nowadays about Lemaire- his seductive, Hitchcockian style for women is romantic and truly Parisienne… And Hermes is the perfect au revoir towards the lovely PFW!
Miuccia Prada surely watched too much of Barbie before designing her collection for Miu Miu in Paris. The AW14 was so candy-flossy-barbie-girl-plastic-fantastic, that it’s simply impossible. But, well, it is. And those plastic shoes with a nail. They are killer. What’s more, some girlie embroidery was seen here too, with strong colours of pink, yellow and blue. There where those radiant PVC coats that are perfect for a rainy autumn day… A lot things happened here. And that’s totally opposite to the main Prada collection… I love it too bad.
So here we are. The excitment is gone. Nicolas Ghesquiere debuted at Louis Vuitton. The ex-designer of Balenciaga is the new ancestor of Marc Jacobs… And even wrote a letter to the guests (see the next pictures). But was it worth to put such ambitious, creative and independent designer to this powerhouse? In reality the collection looked unfortunately like a Balenciaga show (before Alexander Wang came to the house). But, much more tamed of it’s creativity. The clothes looked timeless, but if somebody of LV wouldn’t put the monogram belts and bags into the looks, it would be called out as old, good Balenciaga made by Ghesquiere. The collection felt a bit rock’n'roll (these slim leather trousers) and modern at the same time. It all looked wearable, and these prints really reminded me of something… But the biggest sensation of the show was Petit Malle, or the little trunk. As the name suggests, this bag was a miniature version of classical, Louis Vuitton trunk… and it looked cool. Like the collection. It was very Ghesquiere, but not too Louis Vuitton. It’s hard to say if I am yay or nay… and your opininon?