Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014

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Fashion Month is over for this season! That means that all of those gorgeous models can relax, and maybe have a foot soak after all of their runway walking, and designers can a breath a sigh of relief for, like, a minute. Here are some of our favorites from the last week of Fashion Month, Paris Fashion Week !

Chanel Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2014

The Chanel show was probably one of the most talked-about this week! The supermarket setup was unique and the pieces were injected with some fun color during a notoriously desaturated time of year.

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

The looks at Louis Vuitton were slick and modern. With the whimsy and fun of spring over, it’s time to get real and warm. We loved the sleek lines of the collection, and those navy leather pants are on our WANT list until next winter.

Hermes Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

The styles at Hermes played on the menswear-vibe with over-sized coats and baggy pants. We loved the use of leather too.

Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

Sometimes it’s hard to integrate runway pieces into your everyday wardrobe, even if they are from the RTW lines. Not so with Miu Miu’s offering for Fall Winter 2014! From hooded jackets to adorable quilted skirts, we can’t wait to wear these styles!

Alexander McQueen FallWinter 2014

 The Alexander McQueen show took our breath away. The looks were reminiscent of an old Grimm brothers fairy tale: dreamy, dangerous, and dark.

Which collections had your vote this week? What about this month? Let us know!

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!

Hightlights from Paris Fall 2011 Fashion Week

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By Blerona

Fashion week in Paris was amazing, all the designers out did themselves as usual.  Besides the wonderful collection from Chanel the show itself was very theatrical and dramatic, with its fog-shrouded forest on a bed of still-smoldering scorched earth. The collection was filled with jackets, coats, distressed denim leggings, caps, and boots each item looking as if they had been moth-eaten or tattered.  Collete’s collection was filed with detailed lace, beaded embellishments, and crystals. Her collection was full of beautiful pieces; my favorite was full knee length dress with the beautiful trim detail. (upper right photo).  Elie Saab has always been a favorite of mine and this show was no exception.  Of course he had amazing details of lace and beaded. Colors included gray, dark red, and abstract multicolor print. Emanuel Ungara was filled with lace, beaded trim, leather and sequin. There were many lavishing pieces on the runway from strapless black jumpsuit with long-sleeve lace underlay to a sculpted domino sequin embroidered gown.

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Collette Dinnigan

Elie Saab

Emanuel Ungaro

Upcoming trends: Accessories for Fall 2010

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By Blerona

Ready to start shopping for your 2010 Fall Accessories, check out what’s new on the runway and what is still sticking around for another season!

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Winter Fur Accessories, At the more luxurious end of the market are natural-dyed furs (faux and real). Try mixing hair lengths for added contrast, the prominent pelts are long fox fur, tufted rabbit and smooth mink.

In Number Order: 1. Chanel, 2. Michael Kors, 3. Just Cavalli, 4. Thakoon, 5. Oscar De La Renta, 6. Dolce & Gabanna , 7. Oscar De la Renta

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Sequin Accessories, This season low on prints and patterns, instead designers have played with a surface texture and embellishment.

In number order: 1. Issa, 2.Marc Jacobs, 3. Dolce & Gabbana, 4. Louis Vuitton

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Jewel Accessories, After too many seasons of studded accessories, we finally see a move towards more elaborate embellishments as jewel and beaded surfaces come into play for winter.

In number order: 1. 4.1 Phillip Lim, 2. Issa, 3. Bluemarine, 4. Oscar De la Renta, 5. Lanvin, 6. Mark Fast

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Gold hardware – Although we are finally seeing a move away from studding, gold hardware is still evident at designer level, more than likely continue in retail also. Instead of studs though we are seeing gold filigree work, charms, dangling pendants, and coins.

In number order: 1. Dolce & Gabbana, 2. Dolce & Gabbana, 3. Moschino, 4. Alexander Mcqueen

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Miltary – Here’s a trend that taking off in menswear also. The military boot is key item for women this winter. Look for sheepskin linings for an on-trend aviation direction, or try gold buttons for a vintage look. Key colors black, navy and khaki in leather or canvas materials.

In number order: 1. Reed Krakoff, 2. Burberry Prorsum, 3 Burberry Prorsum, 4. Moschino, 5. Mary Katrantzou

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Novelty – Characteristic heels will always have a place at designer level, usually used in fashion shows to help create the story, but many novelty are also appearing on the streets.

In number order: 1. BCBG Max Azria, 2. Balenciaga,  3.Dsquared, 4. Basso & Brooke,  5.Dsquared,  6. Sophia Kokosolaki

Fall 2010/11 Couture

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By Blerona

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This years Fall 2010 Couture Catwalk has beaten every other catwalk collection this season alone. Couture designers such as Valentino, Elie Saab, Chanel, Armani Prive and much more graced us with beautiful works of art with every model that walked on the runway, taking us into another fantasy land. The look for Chanel’s collection was themed towards a heavyweight daywear meets Byzantine-inspired sundower dresses. Some colours included dark palette of camine red, espresso, inky blue, faux nude, and aqua blue. Some details on the runway, notched v-necklines, asymmetric buttons, embroidery, floral appliqués and crystal beading. Main accessory were jeweled cuffs and buckled metallic belts.

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Elie Saab’s beautiful collection was themed around ballgowns, and Oscar winners and all those that tread the tapis rouge (red carpet). Some key items in the collection included one-shouldered dresses, thigh-split skirts, and full-skirted gowns with layers of semi-sheer for light touch. Trims seen in the collection included heavy and elaborate beadwork, all-over sequins, paillettes, floral embroideries on sheers and goddess drapes.

Elie Saab

Jean Paul Gaultier’s look themed towards art deco vamp, complete with red lips, and smokey eyes. Silk, satin charmeuse, cashmere knits, Chantilly lace and velvet fabrics were used. Trims included pleated leather, feather fringes, black sequins, all-over paillette patterns and fur trims.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Christian Dior resembled a hothouse bouquet inspired by nature, still-life photography and flowers. Key items included fitted jackets, ruffled necklines, and dramatic red-carpet gowns. Vibrant brights such as daffodil yellow, cornflower blues, poppy red, fuchsia pink, cool aqua tones and sharp contrast of black and white were used in the collection.

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Giorgio Armani Prive’s collection reminded us of the iconic 1970s Charlie Girls. Key items in the couture show pantsuits, cape-sleeved sheath dresses, and skirt suits with flared peplums. Details and trims included all-over sequines and pailletes, polished wood buttons, leather buckles at the neck, three-dimensional beaded domes, and brooch-like fastenings with gold-horns.

Giorgio Armani Prive

Paris Haute Couture Week Spring/Summer 2010

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By Blerona

With Paris Haute Couture Fashion week at an end, here are just some of the fabulous designer couture pieces from Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani Prive and a huge favorite Elie Saab. These designers each had their own theme taking the viewers into another world with their summer couture catwalk.

Other designers at the Paris Haute Couture shows included, Anne Valerie Hash, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino.

 

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Giorgio Armani Prive

Christian Dior

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Elie Saab

Paris Spring 2010

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By Milton

The runway shows from the Paris Spring 2010 collections were full of surprises and as expected, beautiful clothes.  Some of these included Alexander McQueen’s short dresses, with digitally printed reptile patterns and shoes that were simply amazing; while Valentino’s short party dresses in soft tones like pale yellow, rose, gold and nudes made from very sheer fabrics such as tulle, organza, chifon and lace. They were very different from the house’s tradition. Chanel’s show took place on a huge barn inside the Grand Palais, with a flirty country look.

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Paris Couture: Autumn/Winter 2009/10

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By Milton

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Givenchy (Above)

 Here are some highlights from the first round of the Paris Couture shows for Autumn/Winter 2009/10. Haute Couture is French for “High Sewing” or “High Dressmaking”.  Couture collections are defined by the quality of materials used, custom tailoring, and intricate by hand needle work.  A single piece in the collection can take a designer any where from 100 to 1000 hours to create, it’s all in the details.  All though today fashion houses generate profit from their ready to wear collections, couture collections allow the designer to exhibit excellent artistry, setting the tone for ready to wear fashion while earning recognition for the design house.

 A common theme through out the first round of shows was streamline tailoring and over the top embellishments. Chanel’s collection was full of bejeweled and feather trims, Giorgio Armani Privé was also full of beautiful bead work and perfect tailoring with pantsuits and red carpet dresses. Riccardo Tisci also stuck with the strict principals of tailoring in his collection for Givenchy, mixed with exotic Moroccan inspired shapes, and more modern looks using studs, spikes and chains.  Although it appears that this may be Christian Lacroix’s last couture show, the designer did not miss a step with his Autumn/Winter collection.  The collection was flawless with a perfect mix of draping and fitted tailoring and the Byzantine inspired embroidery details were icing on the cake.

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Giorgio Armani Prive (Above)

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Chanel (Above)

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Christian Dior (Above)

 

Details from the Resort 2010 Collection

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By Milton

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Chanel (Above)

Many times, small details are the ones that give life and personality to a garment. Too often, we overlook these details and don’t realize how embellishments can make a piece look beautiful.

 To demonstrate this, I picked 7 looks from the Resort 2010 collection. They have different kind of embellishments and they all work perfectly. Notice how without the embellishments, they wouldn’t look the same or they would probably look dull. Most of them utilize sequins plus a different element such as beads, crystals or mirrors.  Others, like the look from Zac Posen, use beautiful buttons and ribbon. You can also make any piece you already own special, just find the right embellishments and have fun being creative with them. 

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Alexander Wang (Above)

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Diane Von Furstenberg (Above)

 

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Marc Jacobs (Above)

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Oscar De La Renta (Above)

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Zac Posen (Above)

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Marc by Marc Jacobs (Above)


From the Runway to the Streets

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By Roseann

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Earlier this month Chanel presented the Fall 2009 collection at Paris Fashion week. Lagerfeld stayed true to many design elements that are so classically Chanel, while adding his own soft touch. The Chanel runway exhibited an array of ruffled collars, sweet pleats, and cuff treatments. The embellished cuff really stood out to me, and I realized that this would be easy to incorporate this look into my own closet using an old shrunken jacket.

To get the look you will need:

  • 1 to 2 yards of pleated lace (36194), this depends on the measurement around your sleeve, take this measurement and multiply by 4. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
  • 1 yard of pleated lace (2387) Use the measurement around the sleeve and multiply by 2. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
  • 1 yard of cotton grosgrain   Just a note that I used grosgrain to complement the material of my jacket (corduroy). M&J Trimming carries many different types of ribbon and other trims that may be used.

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Instructions:

  1. Begin by choosing a jacket to embellish.
  2. Then take the measurement around the sleeve. I took the measurement 5 inches from the bottom of the cuff. I like the look of it when the actual cuff of the jacket is exposed.
  3. Cut two pieces of the longer lace the length of the sleeve measurement. Cut 4 pieces of the shorter lace, and two pieces of grosgrain adding one inch to the measurement.
  4. Next mark the cuff at desired measurement chosen. Again I used a 5 inch measurement.
  5. At your markings begin to pin the longer lace down, followed by the shorter style. These two pieces may be stitched one on top of the other using a sewing machine if you prefer.
  6. Hand stitch the laces to the jacket sleeve. If your sleeve is wide enough a machine may also be used.
  7. Pin the another piece of the shorter lace around the cuff with the binding pointing down and the ruffle of the lace pointed towards the shoulder.
  8. Hand stitch the lace to the jacket.
  9. Take one side of the grosgrain ribbon and fold over ½ inch and tack down. Pin the ribbon over top of the lace to hide all bindings. Start with the raw cut end at the sleeve seam, then around the back to the front so that the finished end lays over the unfinished end and is pointing toward the back of the sleeve.
  10. Hand stitch the ribbon to the sleeve at each edge of the ribbon.
  11. Wear, enjoy.