Saturday, 22 March 2014

On the Pulse of Fashion

After all the catwalk shows it's time to look ahead and try to figure out what's coming up in terms of shapes, colours and fabrics. Bear in mind fashion trends are becoming increasingly fluid, so this is my own edit and interpretation of the collections for Autumn/Winter 2014-15. 


Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Valentino
Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Valentino


For me, it's not only about expressing feelings and ideas but also about the simple pleasure of wearing something elegant and beautiful wherever life may take you. Having said that, I have to start with otherworldly pieces, significant in their message of transformation, mystical transcendence and love. 


Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and J. Mendel
Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and J. Mendel


Maybe we're starting a period of spiritual maturity so much needed in a world stricken by political upheaval. Love is definitely the answer against self-centred attitudes and short term vision, it's important to consider future generations and what we're building up for them. 


Valentino, Lanvin and Balenciaga
Valentino, Lanvin and Balenciaga


Let's not leave everything to politicians, do we really care about all those we come in contact with, despite living with so much speed? It's impressive the amount of people who rush in the morning literally running to catch the next train, often bumping into each other, without realizing it would be enough to get up ten minutes earlier to avoid causing stress. 


Balmain, Gucci and Emilio Pucci
Balmain, Gucci and Emilio Pucci


If we were fortunate enough to grow up receiving love it's our responsibility to share it with the world around us. Caring is the best protection against aggressive attitudes just as coats are the best we can wear to shield us from cold temperatures. Looking at next season's collections, there are plenty of amazing pieces with colourful fur either as an adornment or second skin. In terms of colours, midnight blue, yellow and dark red seem to be key.


Etro, Vivienne Westwood and Gucci
Etro, Vivienne Westwood and Gucci


It's impressive how some designers still manage to connect with their creative energy despite the pressure to produce so many collections per year. Matthew Williamson has created an amazing black and white dress and other designers were also inspired by this timeless colour combination.


Givenchy, Mathew Williamson and J. Mendel
Givenchy, Mathew Williamson and J. Mendel

Night and day, darkness and light, contrasting forces are always dynamic and when balanced in sync can take us beyond fixed viewpoints. The burning heat of passionate energy was tangible during Roberto Cavalli's show, when the catwalk was literally on fire, in a magical circular display.


Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Givenchy
Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Givenchy

There's no time to get stuck in activities that are not fulfilling but focus in whatever we find ourselves doing with the same carefree attention of an artist. Maybe the future is not about fighting to succeed but to surrender. But my selection wouldn't be complete without a bit of sparkle... 


Emilio Pucci, Antonio Berardi and Matthew Williamson
Emilio Pucci, Antonio Berardi and Matthew Williamson


It's impossible to finish this catwalk edit without the party vibe. Shimmering fabrics and figure hugging pieces are simply fabulous to go out and have a good time. "Can you dance to my beat?"