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Suede Parade On Spring 2015 Runways

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

You’ll look sensational in suede separates.

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Who doesn’t love a 1970’s throwback? The soft and devilishly delicate form of leather is scheduled to make a comeback come Spring 2015. Jason Wu’s best look was a showstopping, semi-seafoam green dress with a deep v and high slit.

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren sent out preppy but not prim suede suits in navy and forest green that I’m just dying to integrate into your workwear wardrobe. Derek Lam and Karen Walker had a more playful take, showing suede ensembles in pastel purple and sunny yellow.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

2015’s suede designs are distinctive not just in their hue and material, but in their modest formality. Altuzarra, Ralph Lauren, and Jason Wu created office-optimal suede dresses ready to revive weary working women and animate ambitious upstarts. The matching suede sets seen at Michael Kors and Derek Lam mix the structure of a suit with retro cheekiness to delightful results.

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

T Magazine of The NYT traced the linerage of next Season’s strong streak of suede:

The material was first spotted in New York at Derek Lam, but it really started to trend in Milan. At Gucci, the creative director Frida Giannini presented a boho-charged collection of floral, beaded minidresses, colored fur vests and the suede belted dress above, that looked straight out of the brand’s archives. Yesterday in Paris, the designer Claire Waight Keller introduced a similar silhouette on the Chloé runway: a shorter, belted jacket paired with shorts. And finally at Loewe, the British designer Jonathan Anderson used leather and suede heavily in his debut show for the Spanish luxury leather-goods brand — which peaked with this buff suede trench coat with wide-leg trousers. The bag reinforced the message loud and clear: suede is in.

Head to toe suede might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of ways to make this look modern and convenient for any girl on the go. Since suede is naturally a loose, thin fabric, you’re going to want to add form with clean lines and solid structure.

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: OLD MODELS

old-models

Lately it seems like everywhere we turn, we see models who are 60+.

It’s not that surprising, considering we’re living in an age where people are dedicated to broadening the definition of beauty to include more than just the blond-haired, blue-eyed, white-skinned, size-2 models that have run the show since the 60s.   From Rick Owens’ critically acclaimed step dance/runway show for SS14, to Aerie’s latest “Real” campaign, fashion is starting to accept new definitions of beauty.  It makes sense that that definition would include, ahem, “advanced” fashionistas as well.

 

old-models

old-models

Karen Walker’s past sunglasses campaigns have featured the women of “Advanced Style,” but she upped the ante this season and included the Kenyan artisans who actually make her wares in the campaign photos.  We’ve got to say, these ladies look fab in Karen’s pieces, and we think this campaign will boost sales in all categories.  Young hipsters will identify with the off-beat models, and mature fashion-minded ladies will be able to identify with the quirky designs, instead of saying “I’m too old for that!” (which we hear all the time with our clients).

 

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old-models

old-models

The Row, designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, has always skewed older.  Their luxurious pieces at crazy-high price points have been marketed towards older, successful women looking for high-end quality pieces that aren’t showy.  For Pre Fall 2014, the Olsens took things a step further and cast models between 40 and 60+ for the lookbook.  Linda Rodin’s shots blew us away; we hope we’re that chic at 60!

 

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old-models

old-models

American Apparel, always making headlines, just topped their latest “merkin” controversy with news of their new lingerie model: 62-year-old Jacky O’Shaugnassey.  The older model has posed for the brand in the past, but never in such skimpy styles.  AA and Jacky bare it all in their latest campaign, which features Jacky in a see-through lace bra-and-panties combo!  A bold move, but worth it: we see this campaign appealing to American Apparel’s current market and older clients that want to feel young again.  Kudos, AA!

 

Are you glad to see more diversity in ad campaigns?  What demographic do you wish would get more face time?