PARIS HAUTE COUTURE S/S 2013 – DAY 2

Starting the second day of Paris Haute Couture, we can say with certainty that the couture houses under la chambre syndicale de la haute couture did not disappoint.

The day started with an amazing and romantic walk down the runway with Chanel. It was a melancholic and moving collection. Though Karl may not be able to move mountains just yet, he was definitely able to recreate a forest at  “ Le Grand Palais” this morning – stunning the audience with another beautiful collection.

Later in the afternoon,  a marvellous collection by Armani Privé complete with perfectly tailored suits and vibrant colouring captured audiences. This show was a total eye candy!

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HAUTE COUTURE SS 2013 FASHION WEEK

From Versace yesterday evening, to Dior today, Haute Couture S/S 2013 fashion week has already proven to be full of stunning eye candy. Here are just some of our favourite highlights.

Iris van Herpen really won over our hearts. His collection was surprising, and very avant-garde. It made you take a second look, and open your eyes in awe. It was intriguing and left you wanting to see more.

We were also wooed by the romanticism seen in the Alexis Mabille collection, will chic feminine features and and soft, touchable colours. Dior was amazing as was to be expected, and we loved the fresh, colourful approach.

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PARIS: MEN’S FASHION WEEK REVIEW [DAY 1]

After Milan comes Paris – and we aren’t complaining one bit.

The day started bright and early with likes of Lucien Pellat Finet and Julien David. Mid day saw some of our favourite looks from Carven and John Lawrence Sullivan. Finally, day 1 of PFW ended with les pieces de resistance; Valentino, Lacroix & Raf Simons.

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We are loving all of the deep green and navy blue used in the Valentino show. The luxurious qualities were heightened by tying in fur and leather elements, and layering it with plaids in similar colouring. As seen at the Burberry show, pony hair coats are becoming a staple this season. There is not one thing that we do not love about this collection.

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Ok, so are jumpsuits making a comeback? Apparently so, at least at the Christian Lacroix show. An eclectic mix of houndstooth patterns, monochrome looks and what can only be called ‘painter chic’ made its way down the runway in Paris today. While we still aren’t sure if we love it, we certainly respect the innovation and wow factor. The question remains, will guys wear this?

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At first glance, you might think that this colour scheme was chosen for Spring/Summer and not Fall/Winter – but at BOXNOIRE, we’re grateful to Raf Simons for brightening things up a little! The pastel greens, raspberry reds and pops of purple were refreshing  and unexpected. The layering and subtle draping make these classic pieces stand out with a modern twist.

MEN’S FASHION WEEK: MILAN 2013 REVIEW

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The Milan show was filled with many obviously gorgeous male models, but a host of gorgeous and truly inspiring designs!  From Etro to Burberry, to Alexander McQueen  and Canali – we couldn’t help but fall in love with the rich jewel tones and velvet textures used this season.  We were also tantalizingly intrigued by wild animal prints found at both the Burberry and Etro shows. We believe, and it looks like all these designers agree, the F/W 2013 marks a time for men to start playing on the wild side. And we’re damn excited to see it on the streets. So boys, if you don’t have a velvet smoking jacket, you may as well stay home.

We’ve reviewed our favourite shows and looks of the season, featured below.

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We have one word for this collection, and it’s RICH! Ken’s Etro Winter 2013 collection was made for the adventurous, worldly traveler. Walking down the runway was a combination of gilded brocades and jacquards, golden orange velvet kimonos, tiger prints, collages of rococo swirls and animalism, paisley prints and tribal motifs, turtleneck velvet…and we could go on. While this may seem like a crazy, somewhat abnormal mix – everything flowed beautifully and it was easy to picture the ETRO man. This show was truly bohemian heaven.

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We all know that Burberry makes a strong stand, and this season was no exception. Christopher Bailey twisted the traditional and integrated new ideas to create a luxurious elegant look. The Classic Trench Coat can now be purchased in lustrous pony, or even latex if you’re feeling wild.

Fun prints also were walking down the runway at Burberry, where heart printed shirts reflected the theme of the collection. But no printed heart shirt can go without printed zebra. As seen with Etro, animal print is becoming the new menswear norm.

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If this collection was considered maybe a little showy and perhaps even creepy, it only helped guarantee that Burton’s debut onto London’s menswear stage was entirely memorable. Vintage, classics, tradition, military roots were all combined to create the soul of this collection. Pinstripes suits, patch working and layering velvets over silk dressing loungewear made this collection hauntingly unforgettable.

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For years, Canali has been bolder than many other menswear lines, daring to delve into deeper shades of hues. Fortunately, this season was now different! The season, there has been texture added to the mix of an exciting palette of jewel tones; petrol blue, plum, and brick which have all come together and created a wonderful union of riche coloring and texture. The image that comes to mind is a union between St Petersburg and Rome, to create effortless elegance and unique luxury.