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Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 Takes a Cue from 18th Century France

History repeats itself and it certainly isn’t uncommon to find fashion trends resurfacing every so many years.  Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 takes inspiration from a strikingly familliar silhouette from the 1700s for their 2014 couture collection.  Panniers, a hoop frame worn under gowns to provide an exaggerated hipline were all the rage in France in the 1700s.  Introduced in 1710, the pannier grew in width over the years, reaching the widest point in 1740.  For comparison, here is a painting of Marie Antoinette in a court dress with very wide panniers.

Marie Antoinette Court Dress with Panniers

Now, let’s take a look at the Dior Fall 2014 collection.

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Raf Simmons interpreted 18th century historic dress for the Dior collection.  The structured bodice, typically corseted in the 1700s, paired with a billowing skirt makes quite the impact.  Personally, I love his translation and I expect to see this silhouette popping up in the bridal market.

Interesting Fact:  French doors were created to accommodate the women wearing this style of dress.  They couldn’t fit through the doorways!

What do you think?  Love it or hate it?


Image Credit:  Women’s Wear Daily.  View the full collection here.


NY Fashion Week: Alice + Olivia Spring 2014

Alice + Olivia offered notes of delicate lace mixed with bold patterns in full length ensembles and the occasional mini skirt thrown into the mix.  Models looked classically elegant in long circle skirts, some with a hint of midriff showing.  In my opinion, there was a mix of 1950s and 1960s inspiration for this collection.  All images via   Follow the link below to see the full collection.


Alice + Olivia Spring 2014


Alice + Olivia Spring 2014


Alice + Olivia Spring 2014


Alice + Olivia Spring 2014


Alice + Olivia Spring 2014

The last dress is my favorite.  It has a whimsical, 1930s appeal, but I’ve always been a sucker for chiffon.  Check out the full collection here on

What do you think about Alice + Olivia for Spring 2014?

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Trend: Fall 2013 Leather in Clothing

As we near mid-August, fashion week is around the corner.  We’ll be seeing the looks prepared by designers for Spring 2014, but what I’m wondering is how the Fall 2013 runway looks will be sold and translated into other price points for the coming Autumn.  Here are two of my favorite looks using leather in clothing from the Fall 2013 collections.

Leather in fashion is on the rise (either real or faux).  Look for it in jackets, vests, pants, dresses, and panels/inserts paired with fabric (see above).  Personally, I love the look!  See more Fall 2013 runway looks at


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