Monday, February 10, 2014

Fashion Week: Illusion and Capes Create Magic

We are nearly half way through fashion week and it doesn't take long for trends to emerge. Here are three trends that you can expect to see on the street and in pages of your favorite fashion magazines this coming Winter.



Magical Illusion
Sheer panels give winter's heavy designs a suggestive edge, without revealing too much. These strategically placed pieces of illusion lighten up heavy winter looks with a glimpse of skin. We love how they are paired with heavy velvet, taffeta and heavy layers of fabric. In the looks above, Donna Karan draped a see-threw layer over a band top and mini sort, Dennis Basso lightened a heavy skirt with a bodice of jewel detailing over illusion and Tadashi Shoji lightened heavy embroidered velvet with a deep v-neck of sheer.

The Cape in All Sizes
A cape adds a bit of drama to almost any outfit. For winter, capes come in all shapes and sizes. The only drawback is looking like you are dressing for a duel. Wearing a cape is a grand gesture within itself and should not be over accessorized. Look for versions that are tailored and sleek. Above Monique Lhuillier capes what would otherwise be a normal shift dress, Reem Acra adds drama and tames a silver lame dress with a mid-length cape and The Row added a maxi-cape to the neckline of a basic sweater dress.

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