From Elie Saab in Paris to Valentino in Rome, Haute Couture Week sent its share of lust-worthy pieces down the runway. We’re counting down just some of the top trends of the season to give you some inspiration for glamourous nightwear.
Where: Elie Saab
Nobody does glamourous nightwear like Elie Saab and this season offered a generous helping of sexy gowns and mini dresses. Extreme attention to detail and meticulous tailoring made this collection one of our favourites of the week.
One shoulder dresses
Valentino went back to its roots in Rome where Valentino Garavani himself founded the couture label in 1960. Views of the Piazza Mignanelli set the perfect atmosphere for the summery clothes and accessories to follow. Our favourite? The one shoulder dresses which were inspired by Ancient Rome, equipped with golden wreaths and gladiator sandals.
Where: Jean Paul Gaultier
What could be more Parisian than a striped shirt? Jean Paul Gaultier took it back to basics this season with what he knows best. Stripes were found in tights, the lapels of blazers, skirts and even fisherman caps.
Where: Atelier Versace
Donatella Versace took the couture label to the next level by embracing the best parts of the 1970s – maxi dresses and platform heels. The colour palette remained true to Versace’s style in soft pastels and silhouettes.
With a star-studded ensemble including Kristen Stewart, Stella Tennant, Lara Stone and Cara Delevingne, the casino quickly took it’s form in true Chanel style. The bouclé jacket has become an icon, ever since it was created by Coco Chanel herself in 1954. Karl Lagerfeld continues this traditional each year and puts his own quirky spin on an old classic.
Images via Style, Now Fashion
Every gal needs a good pair of boots to get her through those colder months. This fall, the boots – like the clothes – are wild. Sixties-mod styles dominate, but there is no shortage of quirkiness if you’re brave enough. Be inspired by these fall runway looks.
Knee-high and thigh-high boots
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of knee-high boots, like Valentino‘s wide-legged, heels – perfect for both day and night occasions. However, we also love Alexander Wang‘s fresh, modern take on the style, with his low-heeled, tri-toned thigh-highs.
On-trend with the popular mod look, are these Lanvin (left) and Gucci (right) boots with square, block heels. Blue is a popular color this season, as is the tan leather.
Textures and prints
Snakeskin patterns and reptile textures are hot – just see Tom Ford and Gucci (left-right). However, Valentino is also making waves with his colorful retro-print ankle boots (pictured top).
Straps, buckles and laces
Adornments of all kinds were seen on the fall runway, but my personal favorites are the Isabel Marant stiletto boot, and Louis Vuitton‘s tan ankle boot with a patent finish.
Flat and casual
Calvin Klein showed a range of sporty sneaker-boots at his show, but the velvet-textured Doc Martin replicas are the street-friendly winner. Also loving Rick Owens‘ boots/tights/sneakers combo shoe.
Images via Elle/Vogue/Glamour
Valentino, one of the leading European luxury brands has collaborated with Cash & Rocket to put together a collection for charity. Net-A-Porter will supply the pieces with 20 per cent of all proceeds going to three foundations: Shine on Sierra Leone, Sumnandila and OrphanAid Africa. The capsule collection named Rouge Absolute Signature will be featured all in red, including leather shorts, ankle boots, bracelet, sneaker, leather motorcycle jacket and clutch. The range coincides with Cash & Rockets annual road trip event raising money for underprivileged children.
The British women’s philanthropy organisation will kick off the initiative this year with a full schedule across Europe, bringing together 70 fashion, arts and finance directed women in 35 red cars driving a total of 2318 kilometers. The women will journey across the beautiful cities of London, Geneva, Paris and Venice. Representatives Selita Ebanks, Daisy Lowe and Christina Hendricks from Valentino will join the road trip along with creative director Maria Grazia Chiruri. The tour is in its third consecutive year and begins this week with the goal to double 2012’s $250,000 figure.
Cash & Rocket founder Julie Brangstrup stated:
“While our road trip promises to create long lasting memories and make new friendships our clear aim is to raise global awareness and funds for those women”.
There is no doubt 2014’s charitable drive will bring much success, Cash & Rocket are proud to be leading fashion luxury brands in the right direction. Providing these inspiring labels a platform to promote elevated innovation to the female consumer. This organisation assists with labels connecting with new markets and increased brand awareness through the power of social media. They have successfully empowered women since 2011 and hope to support them now and in the future.
High-end fashion has really been given an environment where creativity can combine with compassion to make a difference and support a worthy cause.
Images via valentino.com and www.facebook.com/cash&rocket
By Amy Miller