Trends for Autumn Winter 2014-15 Part 4

Palazzo Pants or Culottes

So what are Palazzo Pants I hear you ask? Well they are wide mid length pants that appear to masquerade as a skirt. They are sometimes referred to as culottes and apparently Wikipedia says - The women's fashion industry commonly takes words that have historically been used as men's garments and uses them to describe an entirely different garment, creating confusion... Well now I am confused. So to google I went... Culottes is a French word first used to refer to knee breeches or tight trousers ending below the knee worn by upper class gentleman in the late middle ages. By the 18th Century culottes were standard military apparel. They then morphed into more of a similar shape in the Victorian era - culottes became a long split skirt for riding horses or gardening in. Which brings us to today; when all variations of wide, cropped trousers and trouser-like skirts have been lumped under the culottes banner.

I find this Autumn Winter 2014-15 trend very appealing because culottes/palazzo pants are practical and comfortable like trousers but still have the added swoosh of a skirt so you still feel very feminine wearing them. Palazzos/culottes were all over the Autumn Winter 2014-15 runways. So let's take a look at them in action and discuss how you can wear them!

Palazzo Pants on the Autumn Winter 2014-15 Runway

Delpozo Autumn Winter 2014-15

Delpozo Autumn Winter 2014-15

Derek Lam Autumn Winter 2014-15

Derek Lam Autumn Winter 2014-15

Karen Walker Autumn Winter 2014-15

Karen Walker Autumn Winter 2014-15

Kaelen Autumn Winter 2014-15

Kaelen Autumn Winter 2014-15

Palazzo Pants on The Street

As you can see in the Street Style photos below you can dress Palazzo pants up by wearing heels or for a more casual look you can wear loafers, slides or flats. The length of Palazzos all depend on your height. I'd suggest shorter pairs for short people and more billowing longer styles on taller people. Plus if in double just wear them in heels for extra height!

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Palazzo Pants Street Style

Do It Yourself! Palazzo Pants

Mint Crop Top, ASOS Australia, Approx $42.80AUD

Mint Crop Top, ASOS Australia, Approx $42.80AUD

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NIcholas Online Navy Stripe Coluttes, The Iconic, $350AUD

NIcholas Online Navy Stripe Coluttes, The Iconic, $350AUD

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Alexander Wang Pump, Nordstom, Approx $631AUD

Alexander Wang Pump, Nordstom, Approx $631AUD

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Klear Klutch, ASOS Australia, $223.65AUD

Klear Klutch, ASOS Australia, $223.65AUD

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3D Luxury Jewellery Rendering

Do 3D Image Renders Entice You to Buy?

I was browsing online and came across these 3D Rendered images for the global launch of & Sparkles a family business that wants to veer away from the current conservative luxury trade, by trying to forge a relationship between designer and customer. They boast unique designs & designers, made to order products, free world-wide insured shipping and a 101 day return policy. Plus the prices listed on their website include duties and taxes. So why was I left so cold?

Check out the images below - the jewellery featured on their website is all 3D rendered and there are very few photographs of models wearing the actual pieces. This reminded me a lot of real estate website property renders. You know when they create 3D images of buildings that aren't built yet to give you a sense of what the property you are looking at may appear in real life? I'm not really a fan of looking at these sorts of images myself however I do understand there is a need to advertise these yet to be built properties to generate interest.

The 3D renders below (while they are amazing 3D images) are all the same... Cold... Uninviting. They have no personality and the jewellery pieces all appear on the same grey gradient background.

3D Renders from & Sparkles.

So my question to you is - Do these jewellery images leave you cold? Do they make you want to buy these expensive luxury jewellery pieces? Or would you rather see warm real life product images of each piece on a human being before committing to a purchase?

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

& Sparkles Jewellery 3D Images

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Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

I took some time out at MBFWA to attend the Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann exhibition Reflected Glory. You can too it's Free at Carriageworks until the 11th May, 2014.

For those of you who aren't aware Romance was Born is a relatively new Australian label run by designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett. They met at East Sydney Technical College and have carved a niche in the Australian fashion scene with their outlandish designs and theatrical catwalk shows. They began showing at Australian Fashion Week in 2008.

This year as well as presenting a runway collection during MBFWA (shown on Tuesday 8th April, 2014) Romance was born partnered with the Australian artist Rebecca Baumann to present a collection of wearable artworks in an installation space in Carriageworks. The disco ball outside the door to the space along with the Romance was Born neon sign and balloons at the beginning of the exhibition are a quiet indication of what is to come when you step inside.

The dresses were all created to represent different types of parties or celebrations. The Mardi Gra, a funeral, the house party, a new years eve celebration, a sweet 16 and a christening. The pair were inspired by Baumann’s works and painted light pieces. When the pair were approached by Carriageworks they decided to create pieces that were over the top, things they would not have necessarily been able to create for a ready-to-wear collection. It was only natural that they invited Baumann to help them create a light filled reflective space to extend the outfits they had in mind.

Luke and Anna photographed reflective surfaces in high light to create the printed fabrics that were the starting point for these reflective creations. These prints also formed the basis for their RTW items for their MBFWA show.

The gold outfits shown in photo 2 and 3 were directly inspired by Baumann's gold wall of streamers shown at First Draft gallery in Sydney. The Madonna t-shirt that Luke was wearing when he met Anna is now converted into a trailing dress and bedazzled with clear sequins that makes one of the first pieces you see as you walk into the installation. This installation is a literal translation of reflection - both Luke and Anna are reflecting on their past.

Baumann's reflective pieces reflect her exploration of the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through celebration and ritual. Baumann’s work often utilises colourful festive materials such as confetti, tinsel, smoke, balloons and streamers, which are momentarily, and sometimes violently, brought to life by various mechanisms including fans, ball-throwers, clocks and detonators. All her works are meticulously planned and executed - you could hear that each reflective light-filled corner she created for the Carriageworks space was well thought out and deliberate.

The Romance was Born pieces are suspended from the ceiling and rotate on disco ball motors and the central 4 outfits spin above a rotating mirrored round platform covered with my favourite Baunmann piece. When you are in the installation it's easy to get lost in the colour and noise coming from this spinning platform. All in all it is a pretty immersive experience.

Photos by Sophie Vigors.

Check out the exhibition yourself.

What do you think of the photos below? Will you go to see the collaboration yourself? Can you see any period references in the Romance was Born outfits below? Comment at the end of the post!

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

Reflected Glory - Romance was Born & Rebecca Baumann

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