Thursday, October 23, 2014

INSPIRATION Jil Sander SS||2011... Dsquared SS||2015

One of my favorite Raf Simons for Jil Sander collections is the SS||2011 one in which he explored his talent for ultramodern couture, which we enjoy to see in his collaboration with Dior. That season he sent down the runway a very glamorous yet understated styling by mixing a long peplum skirt with a simple white t-shirt [left]. Dean and Dan Caten for SS||2015 confirm that blending couture with casual is indeed a great idea [right].

Saturday, October 11, 2014

INSPIRATION Missoni FW 2014||15… Burberry Prorsum SS||2015

Missoni's 'Strategic Naturalness" collection for FW 2014||15 was filled with countless beautiful material experimentations of geometric patchworks and knit-intarsias. One eye-catcher was this 100% cashmere dress with an ultramodern color and material blocking design, that brought together different ribbed knits and a Palladiana marble motif [left]. Another visually similar pattern has been proposed by Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum SS||2015 on a light linen dress [right].

Friday, October 10, 2014

INSPIRATION André Courrèges 1968... Louis Vuitton FW 2014||15

There was a hint of a Courrèges feeling in the FW 2014||15 collection of Louis Vuitton. The Nicolas Ghesquière's debut collection for the French maison had certainly an understated and retro look. One outfit that stand out was a mini skirt dress with an Aztec-inspired pattern turtleneck upper part, adorned with leather details [right]. The André Courrèges outfit from 1968, showing a beautiful Marisa Berenson photographed by Jeanloup Sieff, certainly could have been an one of the inspiration images [left].


Please welcome this seasons new creative directors at...

John Galliano
Nadége Vanhee-Cybulski
(ex The Row)
Guillaume Henry
(ex Carven)
David Koma

Sunday, October 5, 2014

INSPIRATION 'Rythme Coloré" by Sonia Delaunay 1946… Junya Watanabe SS||2015

Junya Watanabe's 'patchwork madness" collection for SS||2015, presented a few days ago during PFW [right], was a playful homage to the Orphism art movement. In particular there were some similarities to the 'Rythme Coloré" painting of Sonia Delaunay from 1946 [left]. Sonia Delaunay was primarily known as an abstract painter and colorist, yet she also greatly contributed to fashion, interior design, film, theater and textiles. Together with her artist husband Robert Delaunay she started the Orphism, or also called Orphic-Cubism, art movement. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

INTO THE SAME IDEA... Céline and Stella McCartney SS||2015

The British design duo strikes again. There are only a few cases, I can say by now, in which we will not find similarities between the collections of Céline by Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney [click here and then click here for other examples]. Somehow the two manage always to have one or two outfits in the collection that kinda look alike. Let's remember that both have worked previously for Chloé, first together and when Stella took of to start her own label Phoebe took her place as creative director. This time for SS||2015 they both thought: sleeveless knitwear styles in light hues with peekaboo holes on the waistlines, Céline [left] and Stella McCartney [right].

Thursday, October 2, 2014

INSPIRATION Valentino SS||2002... Dolce&Gabbana SS||2015

When choosing a quiet generic theme, like the Spanish folklore of flamenco and bullfights, it does not come as a surprise that this latin inspiration has been explored previously by other designers. One example is the SS||2012 collection of Valentino [left, Caroline Ribeiro photographed by Steven Meisel] that shows similar aspects to this Dolce&Gabbana outfit of their newest collection [right].