Sunday, June 29, 2014

Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 feat. Freja and the Maserati Boomerang


While I am somewhat ambivalent about the other images in Louis Vuitton's first campaign under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquière, Juergen Teller's photos capturing Freja Beja Ericsson and the ultra rare (as in, there is only one) 1972 Maserati Boomerang really capture the aura of luxury, edge, and exclusivity that Ghesquière has in a very short time restored to the storied French house.  The clean concrete setting surrounding a singular aged tree provides a stark contrast between old and new, perfectly mirroring Ghesquière's brilliant re-imagining of some of the most iconic pieces in French fashion history, from the classic Speedy to the LV travel trunk, now handheld and known as the Petite Malle.  Though the campaign as a whole lacked cohesion, "Series 1" is a promising start to what is rapidly shaping up to be fashion's strongest pairing.





What's New (Again) for Resort 2015


While resort and its fellow pre-season collections aren't necessarily known for producing truly innovative pieces - the in-between seasons, after all, are intended to fill more basic year-round needs in customers' closets - this current season in many ways has shown a revival of several trends that have been absent from the runways for quite some time.  In addition to introducing a few new silhouettes alongside these old favorites, Resort 2015 may also shockingly play out to be the tipping point revealing a new era soon to come.


That 70's Girl

While fashion may have recently turned its eyes away from the 80's and briefly toward the (too recent, in my opinion) 90's for inspiration, resort has shown a drastic shift toward classic 70's silhouettes - think pointed collars and wide lapels, stiff A-line shapes, and a super long and lean trouser.

Seen at: Gucci and Louis Vuitton


Sporty Stripes

Building upon the Australian-led sports luxe trend that has stuck around for the past few seasons, Resort's sports-inspired looks came in the form of oversized tops and wide floor-grazing pants emblazoned with bold multicolor stripes.

Seen at: Marni and Rosie Assoulin


Day Dressing

Cocktail dresses are now fully appropriate as day-wear, so long as they are paired with a clunky platform sandal or boyish brogue.

Seen at: Erdem and 3.1 Phillip Lim


Match Game

Matching dresses and coats were seen on several resort runways.  Most notably, Derek Lam offered a knitted two piece ensemble in a neutral space dye, which was also recently seen on slim turtlenecks at Rodarte Fall 2014.  Technically, three is a trend, but I am already calling the triumphant return of this 70's style staple.

Seen at: Derek Lam and Prabal Gurung


The Tea Skirt

Paired with a luxe knit and an unexpected flat, the classically feminine style has made a comeback in airy chiffon and lace.  Think more upscale grunge than the sweet circle skirts that have appeared these last few seasons.

Seen at: Rochas and The Row

 

Fringe Benefits

Has anyone ever opted NOT to use this particular phrase when referencing fringe on the runways?  I think not; however, this season's fringe is a little different, trimming heavier (almost woolen) pieces and imparting more of a cozy luxe vibe than the southwestern sexpot vibe that has been seen as of late.

Seen at: Christian Dior and Chloé


Everything Goes Evening

Evening wear got a quirky makeover for resort.  From tropical monkey "lace" on a sheer gown at Valentino to over-sized crystals trimming the collar of a fuchsia micro-mini at Marc Jacobs, it is clear that the black tie crowd is ready to step outside the (black strapless satin) box.  Resort, it appears, has broken the final barrier that once separated the kooky streets from the uppermost echelons of fashion.  Sure, we just saw sneakers at couture, but a (presumably) $20,000 monkey dress leaves no room for doubt that truly now, anything goes.


Seen at: Valentino and Marc Jacobs

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