Our Favorite Looks from Paris Haute Couture Week 2014

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Fashion month is one of our favorite times of the year, but Haute Couture Week holds a particularly special place in our hearts. Why? Well, the fashions are more elaborate, extravagant and outrageous! This year we were definitely not at a loss for favorite looks because the designers really brought their talent to another level.

Atelier Versace Couture Spring Summer 2014

Atelier Versace Couture Spring Summer 2014

Couture Week was kicked off by Atelier Versace! Inspired by Grace Jones, many of the dresses featured silky draped hoods, flowing fabrics, and intricate crystal embellishments.

Elie Saab Spring Summer 2014

Elie Saab Spring Summer 2014

The Elie Saab show had our hearts aflutter. Inspired by artist, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, this collection was as light and floral as a painting. Pastels and small botanical embellishments reigned supreme, and each look bloomed with detail.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture spring/summer 2014

The Giambattista Valli Haute Couture show pumped up the volume, literally. The looks were flouncy, sculpted, and reminiscent of big candy-colored bows.

VALENTINO COUTURE S/S 2014

VALENTINO COUTURE S/S 2014

The looks at the Valentino show were one part wild and one part literary. Featuring golds and neutrals, each look was elegant and unique.

Which show got your vote for the most inspiring and elaborate? What about the most wearable? Sound off below!

Emerald Street Style

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In years past, Fashion Week was solely intended to showcase a designer’s collection. Now it has become a who’s who, and who’s wearing what in the fashion world. With the rise of social media outlets fashion week revolves around much more than the designers. Those attending shows now dress to impress ( fashion photographers that is) We at M&J can not handle how great some of the fashion selections have been. The D.I.Y options are endless; we’re already stocking up on fur, feathers, rhinestones and studs. Here is a recap of our favorite emerald green street style recaps from New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Week.

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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!

Paris Fashion Week: Evening Wear

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The evening wear showcased at Paris Fashion Week combined hard and soft looks. With peplum waists, feather detailing and cut-outs currently on trend it may not be too difficult to replicate these looks. The black and white based collections feature many tee length skirts paired with ballet flat shoes. This is a different approach compared to the clunky shoes dawned in years passed.

Here are a few of our favorite looks…

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Paris Fashion Week Inspiration

Each collection at Paris Fashion Week  gave us even more reason to yearn for a Parisian Chic wardrobe. Many collections consisted of slim fitting bottoms, short flared skirts and oversized tops. Noted embellishment choices consisted of fur, fringe and taffeta. Of the many designer showing this year, many anticipated Alexander Wang for Balenciaga. His avant garde style did justice to Balenciaga’s iconic demeanor.

Here are a few of our favorite looks…

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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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