Jumpsuit of the Day: Azzaro Fall/Winter 2011 at Paris Fashion Week

The hottest jumpsuit brand right now seems to be Azzaro. At Cannes last month, Spanish actress Paz Vega  arrived on the red carpet of the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” premiere in one of the brand’s jumpsuits, and soon after, Rachel McAdams wore an Azzaro Fall/Winter 2011 jumpsuit to the after-party of the “Midnight in Paris” premiere in New York City.

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The brand showed its Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection at Paris Fashion Week

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Jumpsuit of the Day: Viktor & Rolf at Paris Fashion Week

Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf showed the world their Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection during the first week of March at Paris Fashion Week. As they walked down the runway, models looked as if they were marching to battle at first, with their rigid,  heavy-duty black garments and red painted faces. As touches of femininity were shown in pleating, floral prints and carefully crafted ruffles, it became evident that models were showcasing a look that fought for a  glamorous-yet-macabre sense of empowerment in fashion.

This jumpsuit is no exception. Its single feathered arm is reminiscent of a Black Swan-esque Natalie Portman fighting to be the best dancer, trapped in a delusional and horrifying state of mind. The perfectly tailored pants meet the fitted top with the use of a shiny, black, almost weapon-like belt, and the model’s red war-paint is reflected in her bright red pumps. Though the net insert adds punk appeal and attitude to the garment, perhaps it could have done without it altogether, and remained a one-shoulder piece.

More images from the Viktor & Rolf F/W 2011 RTW runway show can be viewed here.

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Jumpsuit of the Day: Akris at Paris Fashion Week

Akris jumpsuits at Paris Fashion Week

Designer Albert Kriemler showcased the brand’s Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection on March 6th at Paris Fashion Week. The Akris clothing company was founded in 1922, and started out making only simple kitchen aprons. It is now the largest Swiss clothing producer in the world. Kriemler used a variety of both rich and subdued shades in his fall colour palette. Golds, browns, blacks and maroons were used in conjunction with soft greys and creams.

These two jumpsuits are very similar, and were part of the PFW collection. Both have halter necks, however one is a turtleneck halter and is a cream colour, while the other is more grey. Though this is a Fall/Winter collection, these jumpsuits are perfect garments for one’s spring/summer wardrobe. The loose-fitting material falls beautifully, creating an effortlessly elegant overall look. The belts give shape to the garments, hinting at the feminine figure, and can be worn at the hips, or at the waist.

Click here to view more pieces from the Akris F/W 2011 RTW runway show.

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Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Trend: Skirts with Fringes & Feathers

With the close of fashion weeks for the Fall/Winter 2011 season, the time for trend forecasting is complete, and runway analysis is well underway. While leather, velvet and colour-fading fabrics have been declared as trendy materials this coming fall season, it looks like fringes and feathers will be the “it” embellishments. Designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris created gorgeous gowns and dresses with fringed and feathered skirts.

Cushnie et Ochs, Lela Rose and Oscar de la Renta at NYFW

Cushnie et Ochs and Oscar de la Renta used black feathers to give full-bodied skirts to their pieces in New York, while Lela Rose combined grey feathers with sheer fabric to spruce up a white draped top. 

Holly Fulton (LFW), Aquilano.Rimondi (MFW) and No.21 (MFW)

In London and Milan, designers opted for cream-coloured feathers and fringing. Aquilano.Rimondi and No.21 gave their pieces dropped waists, while Holly Fulton’s sits slightly higher.

Hakaan, Alexander McQueen and Barbara Bui at PFW

In Paris, designers used dark feathers and fringes to give their outfits attitude and edginess. Hakaan used navy blue to create a micro-mini fringed skirt, while Alexander McQueen arranged feathers to form an A-line shape.  Barbara Bui on the other hand, gave a metallic look to this outfit by combining a short fringed skirt with a leather waistband.

Whether girly and flirty, or edgy and sexy, it’s no doubt that feathers and fringes add volume and character to ordinary skirts and dresses– expect to see plenty of plumage embellishments on party dresses for the rest of 2011!

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Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Trend: Velvet Pants

Designers at fashion weeks last month showcased their Ready-to-Wear collections for the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 seasons. While some covered their models in bright colours and luxurious leathers, others opted for a less vibrant look– velvet.

As usual, designers brought forth an expected dosage of velvet tops and dresses…but they didn’t stop there. Audience saw tapered trousers, harem pants and the signature F/W 2011 bell-bottoms make countless appearances in velvet– a somewhat unconventional fabric for pants. Nonetheless, it added luxury, comfort and style to a great number of fashion week outfits.

Kelly Wearstler (NYFW), Marc by Marc Jacobs (NYFW), Emporio Armani (MFW) and Georgio Armani (MFW)

In New York, designer Kelly Wearstler gave velvet a unique, preppy spin by pairing pants with a blazer and Converse high-tops. Marc Jacobs on the other hand, created a velvet suit outfit, for the working woman who is also a fan of the vintage look. In Milan, Emporio and Georgio Armani stayed chic and stylish with their velvet ensembles.

Emanuel Ungaro, Haider Ackermann, Nina Ricci and Givenchy at PFW

In Paris, designers showed velvet pants in shades of sapphire blue, burnt red, dark teal and army green, in every style from high-waisted bell-bottoms to slim-fitting riding pants.

It can be certain that this coming fall season, celebs will be experimenting with velvet pants that may lay outside of their comfort zone of Juicy Couture velour!

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Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Trend: The Fade Effect

The last few weeks of the winter season can be excruciating…who wants to make the effort to dress up, only to go out side and tackle the cold weather, heavy winds, ice rain and black slush? Staying in and browsing through fashion week photos to spot trends is so much more favourable.

The fade effect is a subtle style that many designers portrayed in their collections at fashion weeks in New York, Paris and London, by using dark shades to fade into light hues, resulting in an overall tie-dye appearance.

Lela Rose (NYFW), L'Wren Scott (NYFW) and Sharon Wauchob (PFW)

In New York, this style was shown simply in both a long, flowing gown and a calf-length dress that appeared on the runway, while in Paris it was embellished with texture.

Matthew Williamson, Clements Ribeiro and Kinder Aggugini at LFW

In London, Lela Rose used the technique to give character to a fur jacket, while other designers combined the fade effect with printed fabrics.

Stay tuned for more Fall/Winter 2011 fashion trends!

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