The Spanish heritage was the leading influence that we spotted during the New York fashion week of S/S 16. You can tell how most designers were inspired by Spain. All the collections debuted had somehow a similar trait in terms of modern romance, refined ruffles, vibrant crimson , and lace . There were also a mix of floral prints and forms of design embroidery. Here is a 3D Embellishment seen in Oscar de La Renta fashion show that is predicted to be the next uprising trend.

Details of the 3D Embellishment from the SS 2016 runway. Copping created a very luxurious finish on Spanish inspired fabric adding a whimsy soft touch.

Details of the 3D Embellishment from the SS 2016 runway. Peter Copping created a very luxurious finish on Spanish inspired fabric adding a whimsy soft touch.

As seen , in Paris, London ,Milan and New York fashion weeks a lot of trends are emerging this upcoming season but the most common one was the Embellishment. Oscar de La Renta and many other designers adopted this trend such as Christian Dior , and Prada.

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Left: Prada SS16 , Right: Dior SS16

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This season the old stitching technique of embellishment was spotted in most fashion shows. Most Designers such as Oscar de la Renta , Dior and Prada all had this featured in unique fabrics and adorned with precious stones to give a youthful look. This altered the definition of modern romanticism, also making a whole outfit a multi-wear for day and night.

Embellishment techniques were known from the 1920s using threadwork . The idea of sewing pearls , jewels (gold/silver) onto a garment is an old one and was practiced before the renaissance period and has remained popular till this day. The 3D embellishment adds elegance and sophistication to any simple outfit and will be appealing to only those who enjoy glamour and sophistication. After the renaissance period the embellishment techniques evolved in terms of trimming , beading and couching , and most important is that you have the creative mind to a design a beautiful piece.

A 1950 embellished dress by Cristobal Balenciaga

A 1950 embellished dress by Cristobal Balenciaga

This type of rich sewing was always in style but in the fashion industry there are some essential factors required to make it a trend. In 1955 , when seen Grace Kelly the American fashion icon wearing this yellow gown, here came the rise of the embellishment scene. Obviously it’s all in the finishing and details that make a gown special and a woman lavish.

Grace Kelly , a fashion icon as seen 1955

Grace Kelly , a fashion icon as seen 1955

Fabrics and 3D embellishment are a great duo, together they add a new essence to the outfit. The most ordinary embellishment stitches , whether created by hand or machine can be made beautifully with different beads and buttons. The only advantage to machine use is the speed of it getting done with simple stitching, but with embellishment such as bullions , that require knotting , it has to be done by hand. Finally, we come to look at the social and environmental sustainability , since the machine is taking over hand work detailing , we should be aware of this hand-made craft and keep it alive in case we face unpredicted problem while using sewing machine . If we dismiss such profession and depend only on the machine the economy will be affected by the people who lost their job, causing social issues to rise in the horizon.

Finally , let’s hope the predicted trend mentioned , get to hit everywhere , we just need to wait and see what celebrities are yet to wear .

Image courtesy (by Order):

1.Oscardelarenta.com

2(left): Prada.com , (Right): Dior.com

3. Moniquelhuiller.com

4.Copyright © AFP / Albin-Guillot / Roger-Viollet – Cristobal Balenciaga. Digital image. http://www.catwalkyourself.com/fashion-history/1950s-1960s/. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2015. <http://www.catwalkyourself.com/fashion-history/1950s-1960s/&gt;.

5.https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=embellishment+grace+kelly&term_meta%5B%5D=kelly%7Ctyped. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.pinterest.com/pin/99079260527073302/&gt;.

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How many fashion shows you attended took your breath away where the whole collection is stunning , but yet wearable? Very few, however, when it comes to the the prominent Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta its an “exception”. He was known to be giving woman power by dressing them with his regal designs. As a designer, he had an eye and taste for what women are after; he believed they should feel feminine, comfy and chic all in the same time. In the 1960s his turning point was when he dressed Jacqueline Kennedy the first lady at that time, and by then in 1965 The Oscar de La Renta House was founded.

The designer at the end of a 1997 show in Paris.

The designer at the end of a 1997 show in Paris.

The Dominican Republic born Fashion designer lived in Spain and Europe for a long time, which seems to show so much in his dresses creation and choice of garments, very soft and classic. He had so much pride to his hometown once stated “My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come from”- my island. In his early years of design in the 1960s,De la Renta used unique color, fabric and embellishment which made his collection so popular in that period and remained iconic to this day. He often referred to his tropical background and vibrant color of the island as a source of inspiration for his unique designs.

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In October of 2014 Peter Copping Joined the Oscar’s Fashion House as creative Director. He proved to share common design traits as the Co. founder where he included 3D embellishment, ruffles (inspired of flamenco dress) and feminine waist cut.

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Elegance, outgoing, and old style glamour is exactly what springs to mind the moment I got to watch the Spring/Summer 16 runway show which took place in New-York there was something impeccable about the collection. During an interview Copping stated he was searching for modernism whilst have a hint of history for the upcoming Season. A cultural heritage has been truly embraced in this collection, which showed classical Spanish signature , that he thought would be a kind tribute to the founder, such as implementing lively colors (vibrant crimson) ,flamenco dresses, lace , tulle , vibrant jewel ,and studded espadrilles. The brand seems to stay true to its identity, rich heritage and its all time reference which was Traditional Spanish costume. This made the designer grow in design but in the same time implement a new era gesture of “casual chic” to the fashion house.

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I personally loved the whole collection , and thought that Copping did a great job by taking the house fashion line to another level of young ,and contemporary while conveying a deep reference point of the fashion house by designing delicate garments with a Spanish romantic twist. He involved the need of nowadays woman lifestyle by adding a bit of ecstasy, where an innovative wider young generation will be captivated , thus style will start to evolve with time further than what we predict in the fashion world.

*Images courtesy of Oscardelarenta.com

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THE HOUSE OF DIOR S/S 2015

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Loved the fashion show venue!! the setting , attire and the vibe it got … the attire theme style was a mix of the 50 , 60’s with a modern twist sophistication.Very liberating and live.
Great job Raf Simons.I simply want the whole Dior gowns collection for my upcoming wedding party’s season(I WISH)!.

Enjoy the beauty of Dior Haute Couture

Much love,
Nora


harrods vogue live

While checking my e-mail , earlier today I got from Harrods about this exciting news of the first fashion live catwalk (Vogue Festival) taking place in March with association with Harrods, in support of fashion talents and street style trends.The fashion extravaganza weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March at London will feature must-see speakers – including Céline Creative Director Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton, Russian fashion editor Miroslava Duma and legendary designer Valentino Garavani – plus inspiring interviews, panel discussions, trend talks, workshops and the debut of the Harrods Live Street Style competition. The competition is basically about stepping into the fashion catwalk live posing with your street style in front of family and friends and the top 20 photos with the most likes on Instagram ,ofcourse are tagged (#HarrodsLive or #VogueFestivalis) .The Winner then will spend £1,000 Harrods Gift card since it will be in association with HARRODS. Don’t Miss out on this Live fashion event ,again you never know you might be the winner 🙂
Good luck to the Public winner in advance , and hope to be there!

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It’s the season of fashion shows, designers showcasing their latest designs on New York , London and Paris runways . Well known to be the top main fashion cities in the world. As usual I always need an evening dress this time of year since a lot of occasions are on its setting , the best thing to get your ideal piece is to watch those fashion shows . Those are so far my picks of the best designer’s dresses of 2013 fashion shows in NY Zac Posen and Marchesa

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ZAC POSEN DRESSES

Marchesa

Marchesa

 

Best wishes ,

Noon

 

 

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