spring 2013

The Maison Martin Margiela SS13 Boots

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I know it’s spring and I know my mind should definitely not be thinking about boots, but don’t you just love this pair of MMM ankle boots? They are part of the spring 2013 collection. I like how the understated design is completed by this subtle high heel detail that just takes it all to a whole other level.  It is definitely one of my favorite pair of boots that I have seen lately.

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Illustration by me

Photos via totokaelo.com

Eternal White: Stéphane Rolland Couture

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Winter is very soon coming to an end and I am happily looking forward to spring, as are the designers. Recently, the elites presented their spring haute couture collections and obviously I had to peek at each and one of them. There was something about Stéphane Rolland’s runway looks that immediately drew my attention. The sheer simplicity and the perfect tayloring were transported into a classic minimalistic perfection that centered on the two classic antagonist colours: black and white. You can see the collection here: wwd.com.

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I haven’t really covered any Parisian street style that went on during the haute couture fashion week, but Stéphane Rolland’s monochrome collection gives me the perfect reason to do so and point out the timeless vibe of white in outfits and elegant black details.

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pictures: runway photos via wwd.com/ 1st street style picture via allerretour.com/ 2nd picture via savoirflair.com

The Magical World of Embroidery, Christian Dior Couture

christian-dior-couture-atelier-vermont-embroidery-details-flowers-style-2013-4Last summer it was announced that Christian Dior Couture acquired the Vermont embroidery ateliers which were founded by Jean Guy Vermont in 1956. The next two haute couture shows that have followed, the fall 2012 show and the very recent spring 2013 one, have been a delightful expression of what these French ateliers master,  which is the art of handmade embroidery. “Here, everything is done by hand, from the first drawing on tracing paper to the transformation of beads, sequins, silk and organza, for the embellishment of Raf Simons’ designs. The work is exceptionally minute, so that each thread, each sequin is in exactly the right place. Hands do everything”.The online Dior Magazine has published a collection of “behind the scene” pictures, close-ups of embroidery details and the process of sewing.

Based on a modern perspective of the couture concept, Raf Simons has created a collection that centers around the idea of flower-women .There are heavenly handmade dresses, corsets and jackets that abound in thorough embroidery detailing. In this case, the flowers, the sequins and the beans are a magical tool for the house’s creative designer who creates a  fairy storylike atmosphere. The setting was carefully aligned to the positive and joyful theme by Bureau Betak.

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pictures via: dior.com