Oh darling-dear Coco, it’s been a while since our thoughts has last intertwined. And by “a while”, I mean a while’s time enhanced by the change of seasons.
Yes, November, the notorious month where fashion tends to steal some of Mother Nature’s finest prints and vibrant colors. Spring once again seizes the imagination of designers with its rich colors and organic shapes hidden in floral silhouettes. With the summer air starting to nibble on the heels of spring, the fashion industry is preparing for its most exciting and festive season. While the rest of us are inhaling spring and preparing for summer’s arrival, the “fashion bee’s” are passionately transforming their spring-inspired ideas into honey-golden garments. Tropical prints, floral patterns, pastel shades and fresh-cut shapes are all being manifested on the pages of newly spring-inspired magazines. Gradually clothing boutiques are stocking up fresh styles and trends born from runway’s spring-revival. I always find it mesmerizing how fashion, season-after-season, never stops creating new possibilities. With autumn’s dazzling presentation of multi-mixed textures and monochrome looks, it seemed impossible to think that spring would be able to top such statement pieces (for instance Giambattista Valli’s puffed-up ombre skirts or Chanel’s preppy palette-fun prints and Haute Couture Silhouettes ), but reflecting on what New York fashion week had to offer, we’re all in for a big surprise.
Spring has always been my favorite season. This is not just because of my intense love affair with flowers, but also because of the golden opportunities spring has to offer. Spring, being the season of change where all that was once bare and cold now is blooming in vibrant life, Elle South Africa joins in the purifying process by welcoming the heels of their new editor, Emilie Gambade. At first when the news came to me that my ultimate idol of life, Jackie Burger, were to be leaving her post as Elle editor, I was devastated, doubting the future of Elle, the future of South Africa’s fashion community. But to my surprise, Emilie Gambade seems to have more than just pixie dust up her sleeve. I sense a hint of diamond dust.
A few days ago, calmly collected within my happy place (the duck-green chair in my room, planted in a spot of sunshine), I repeated my monthly ritual by simpering on a cup of black coffee while inspecting my newest Elle. It was then when the editors’ letter tripped a switch in my brain. In this particular issue, Emilie Gambade reflected on happiness. It might be slightly clichéd topic as it is one of the many things we daily preach ourselves about, but so there must be reason to all the go-abouts.
In life, everybody, admit it or not, is on a constant search to discovering the ideal of life. This milestone event is partnered with happiness. Once happiness is harvested within one’s soul, it is easier to discover what truly defines one. This letter left me feeling inspired to embrace all the opportunities spring has to offer. It made me realise once again you are in control of your own destiny. Happiness is not a deserved treat for those who choose work hard and fake love, it is choice ruled by the gift of life. Let no one stand in your way of happiness and let no one ever take it away from you. Your happiness it worth far more than anyone’s opinion. They’ve got nothing on you.
So dear Coco, I challenge you to passionately fall in love with spring. Where you go, wear your soul, what you do, do it spontaneously and what you say, say it with meaning. Don’t be afraid to make impulsive decisions and experimental changes, life’s too precious to for living in stationary luck. Move to the edge, take a leap of faith and wear that printed dress. Thank your stars for leading the way and thank God for giving you another day. And if you have to wait for something to bloom out of you, then wait patiently. If it never does bloom out of you
then just do something else.
by KARL LAGERFELD
The Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear show transported us to a typical Parisian boulevard miraculously erected under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, where 80 models casually strolled past the “boulevard Chanel’s” facades while donning the collection’s myriad looks.
The collection is decidedly optimistic and rich with a variety of propositions that Karl Lagerfeld used to set the tone right from the start: these Chanel women are free-spirited and daring; they progress far beyond mere social norms; they are independent, modern and active, in the very image of Gabrielle Chanel. Firmly rooted in their day and age, they walk the streets of major cities with long, confident strides.
With their tweed pantsuits accessorised by vibrant silk neckties, these professional women are a perfect blend of masculine and feminine. Their elegant, comfortable style is inspired by menswear with double-breasted blazers and boxy jackets, cuffed wide-leg trousers and flat boots. The base remained feminine however, through a palette of vibrant colors (orange, pink, purple, blue, green) and flamboyant prints (florals, watercolor prints) interpreted on blouses, neckties and scarves, as well as boots and loafers. The skirt suit was paired with printed fabric boots; soft, flowing blouses were punctuated with a pointed, elongated collar, and a tennis stripe adorned generous cuffed bermuda shorts to give them an urban flair. Open derby shoes closed by an ankle strap appeared in gold and black leather, black and white leather, as well as black satin versions. Chanel’s iconic colors of black, white and navy served as the foundation of this easy-to-wear wardrobe.
From long tweed coats lined with printed silk to military-inspired khaki suede jumpsuits, a sailor stripe knit that is as fresh a look in the city as it is at the beach, gauzy blouses, lace and dresses embroidered with small scale-like tiles interspersed with tiny flowers, summer of 2015 will focus on the winds of freedom that blew during the years 1968-1970. The whole collection is a play on proportions, layering and transparency. Immaculate white blouses with wide collars are cinched with a gold belt to give the bermuda short a feminine touch.
The collection’s accessories added a whimsical, humorous twist to its message of freedom: clutches were stamped with messages like “Féministe mais Féminine” and “Make Fashion not War.” A new bag incorporating all of the codes of the Chanel jacket (tweed, braid, buttons) made its debut with soft leather handles that allow it to be worn over the shoulder or tied around the waist.
From manipulative silhouettes to exquisite beading, Paris Fashion week once again succeeds to never disappoint. Fashion Week kicked off with a fabulous start on Sunday, the 6th of July resulting in a fierce fashion fever to hit the globe. Designers continuously had us on the tip of our chairs staring and gawping at the spectacular masterpieces being showcased.
With awestruck eyes and defeated expectations we give a great, big salute to all the designers, photographers, media, street style divas and especially the organizers of this eventful week for giving fashion the opportunity to thrive.
Paris Fashion Week 2014 was a week filled with monumental moments worthy for being stated. Here are some of these golden moments that had all of the fashion world gawping in silence:
Giambattista Valli reincarnated last seasons pajama-styled tops with flamboyant breathtaking full skirts.
Christian Dior wooed the crowd with a series of romantic Renaissance-inspired pannier-styled silhouettes that later evolved into futuristic slick jumpsuits and gold-embroidered coats.
Zuhair Murad VS Elie Saab
It simply is not possible to choose between these two designers. Both Murad’s and Saab’s collections showcased some of this season’s most astonishing evening wear. From cut-out silhouettes to fur collared silk gowns, every girl dreams of owning one of these beauties.
Jean Paul Gaultier:
Themes: Vampira;“An elegant vampire in a luxurious jogging suit,” was how Gaultier described his fall couture show. Conchita Wurst (Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014) who closed the show.
Trends: Dark and Mysterious, Sexy; Couture Jogging Suits; Mink; Hoodies; track pants; A-line gowns.
Colors: Black, Blood Red, White, Slate Gray and Gold.
Bouchra Jarrar presented a slick and elegant collection. Full of mystery, this collection reflects the sophisticated style of Jarrar’s inner Parisian: the detached, skeptical of trends, and fixated on developing the refinements of a chic, tomboyish uniform. Everything she does evolves from the biker jacket, the trench coat, and tailored pants, with which she’s developed signatures—the flourish of her asymmetric lapels; the scrolled peplum attached to a cinched-in belt; diagonal zippers.
Azzaro created a neat, sexy and mysterious collection by playing with simple cut-out silhouettes en shapes.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for..
The trophy for most memorable moments goes to…
None other than CHANEL!
Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collection, Silhouettes, was a show filled with excellence and exquisite taste begging for attention and to its desire, it certainly received way more than deserved. Karl Lagerfeld sure knows what he is doing (not that anyone has ever doubted him). Chanel showcased a wide variety of outfits each with its own unique and respectable beauty. Fine detail and tailoring manifested the classic and passionate style of Chanel. Bejeweled and beaded garments had the audience bedazzled. Karl Lagerfeld closed the Chanel presentation with the pregnant model Ashleigh Good at his side, the fashion set began to wonder if the big-belly thing was poised to take shape as a new look.