H&M Goes Boho – After showing a runway collection in Paris last season, fast fashion giant H&M opted to do an intimate presentation for the spring 2014 season. The new outing features a rock n roll, bohemian inspired aesthetic. “I love the personality at H&M this spring. Style is about expression and creating your own personal wardrobe. New, urban tomboy essentials and boho separates allow today’s woman to become their own icon,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design. The silhouettes and details are “hippie chic” with a focus on fringe, ruffles and lace in deep midnight blues and blacks. Check out more previews from the spring collection below.
Givenchy Gypsies – Inspired by gypsies of Southern Italy, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci presented a fall 2012 haute couture collection of intricate beading and detailing. Evoking the spirit of house founder Hubert de Givenchy, the autumn season focused on structured shapes in earthy tones of chestnut, ocre, terracotta and rosy red. Despite the influence of Hubert de Givenchy, Tisci kept the collection thoroughly modern with the incorporation of sandal boots, sci-fi style visors and sweeping capes.
Birds of Paradise – Riccardo Tisci delivers heavenly creations for Givenchy’s fall 2011 haute couture collection. Modeled by Mariacarla Boscono, Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, Caroline Trentini, Izabel Goulart, Zuzanna Bijoch, Iselin Steiro, Saskia de Brauw and Kasia Struss; the ivory gowns of romantic chantilly lace, airy feathers and gauzy silk tulle show structured yet delicate workmanship.
Givenchy’s spring 2011 couture showing gives way to another presentation this season with ten looks by designer Riccardo Tisci. Unique to the showing was a cast of all Asian models including Shu Pei, Ming Xi, Tao Okamoto, Hye Rim Park, Fei Fei Sun, Liu Wen, Jiang Xiao Yi, Ai Tominaga, So Young Kang and Du Juan. Perhaps the casting can be attributed the Eastern influence of the collection found in the delicate folds, structured shapes and warrior like headpieces inspired by Japanese artwork.
Rich autumn colors of orange, brown and red hues dominate the pre-fall collection from Diane von Furstenberg. Experimenting with color and proportion the clothing features the designer’s signature pattern work and wrap dresses with above the knee cuts.
Bridging the gap between spring and fall, the pre-fall 2011 collection from Michael Kors juxtaposes easy silhouettes with bold color blocking. Light on prints, the line focuses on pleated skirts and leather accents. In addition to sophisticated shapes, a few pieces take on seductive drapes with high slits and sexy cut outs.
Givenchy’s fall haute couture collection garnered a more intimate gathering this season with a special presentation consisting of ten looks with ten models. Riccardo Tisci, the label’s creative director, said of the change, “I want to make couture even more special than it is, and not just another catwalk show.” Gone are the black ensembles and dramatic makeup which are replaced with neutral shades and ornate details of lace and fringe. Topping off the look are sleek silhouettes and tailored jackets.