10 Best Looks of 2014 – Landofpod

What better way to kick off the New Year than by reminiscing upon the triumphs of the last? 2014 has been an amazing year for me, both personally and professionally, but more importantly, it has been an even better year for fashion. Looking back at the year, I hadn’t realised just how many outstanding looks there had been and although a tough task, I’ve manage to find my top 10 looks, which I have blogged about throughout the fashion frenzy that was 2014. So, have a gander through and see my top picks, and remember – if there are any looks which haven’t made it make sure to let me know – I might not have even seen them!

P.s. These are in no particular order – it was tough enough to dwindle it down to 10, nevermind rank them even further.

Let’s begin with one of the best – Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling at the 2014 Met Gala. There’s nothing to say but, “J’adore!” This is how every person on the entire planet wants to look one day.

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Another person who stole the spotlight for me at the Met Gala was Emma Stone. She wasn’t the top of everyone’s best dressed lists, but I fell in love with this gorgeous, pink ensemble and as I’ve posted about on https://www.facebook.com/landofpod I am loving the side-braid at the moment.

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Next on my list I have a very chic, very sexy, yet quirky look from Jill Stewart‘s collection. I just love the juxtaposition of the grunge styling and the perfect symmetry of the pieces and if I was a girl, this would definitely be the way that I’d like to dress!

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Following up, we have a completely different aesthetic with Amal Almuddin gaining worldwide style attention in this stunning pant and top ensemble which she wore to her civil ceremony with George Clooney. This is the epitome of chic, style and class and I don’t think that there has ever been a more perfectly put together outfit.

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Going to another runway show, this Monique Lhuillier dress just caught my eye. I don’t know why, but the combination of the model and the dress just draw my attention and even when I saw looks that I almost preferred, this one still won every time. The almost ice-skater-esque dress is beautiful, flirty and pretty whilst maintaining its class. Basically, it’s pretty, it’s stylish and I like it 😛

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Without a doubt, Lupita Nyong’o stole the show at the 2014 Oscars is her mesmerizing Cinderella inspired gown. The deep plunge, the volume of the skirt, the Nairobi blue colour and the perfect head-band all add up to not only making this the fashion focus of the 2014 Oscars, but, in my opinion, also making it one of the most iconic Oscar looks in recent history.

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2 more slightly grungy looks which I adore belong to Emma Watson and Margot Robbie. Again, although not a look that was loved by everyone, Emma’s 2014 Oscars Vera Wang dress, punk accessories and red lip made me fall in love with her all over again. Personally, I love the direction in which Emma has taken her style and I think that this depart into the grunge world suits her to the tee. Also, she’s always going to look poised and elegant in everything that she wears – she just oozes class.

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Also going down a darker route is Margot in this white and black gown. The black sparkled cut-out on the side along with the smokey eyes and sultry hair all add to Margot being a complete sexpot at the The Wolf of Wallstreet premiere. I defy anyone to try and outdo Margot for sex appeal here.

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The 2nd last look of the post is this ethereal strapless gown by Elie Saab. I spotted this back in February and automatically fell in love. Fell hard in love. This whimsical nature that this dress emits is stunning and the structured, latticed bodice just adds to it all perfectly. What I love even more about this dress is that when I saw it I said that it would be worn by a young starlet as it is just so beautiful and a mere few months later Lily Collins stole the show in it.

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The final female who rose to the occassion for me in this year’s fashion stakes is Sarah Hyland. Sarah is a 100% winner for me in this crop top and skirt combo which she wore to the 2014 Emmys. The crisp white and bold orange look beautiful and chic together and then her nude make-up and big top-knot finish it off to perfection. Look at the beauty here:

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So there you have it, my 100% top 10 picks of the 2014 fashion world! Please let me know what you think and tell me if there’s anyone else who should’ve made the cut.

Also, the new red carpet season is just around the corner so to keep up-to-date with the fashion of every award show make sure to follow Landofpod and to like my facebook page.

Thanks for reading guys 😉

Author: Pádraig Power.

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Favourite Red Carpet Looks.

This year’s highly anticipated Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has arrived and, even with the noted lack of Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, it did not disappoint. With Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and our very own Hozier performing, along with the best known Angels such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr in their midst the show was as wonderful as ever. What I’m more interested in in this post, however, is the red carpet style shown at the event. Have a glance below at my favourite looks of the night:

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First and foremost we have Taylor Swift, my best look of the night. Proving that you don’t have to be an Angel to soar above the rest, Taylor stole the show in floor-length, white gown with a sheer patterned top and a slit to the Gods. She looks amazing here, and so do her boobs!

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Next we have Alessandra Ambrosio looking ever the vixen in this figure hugging, bondage style dress, showing that although she is one of the oldest Angels, she is still one of the sexiest.

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Candice A also looked AMAZING on the night. This usually would not be the kind of dress that I would go for, but when you’re at a Victoria’s Secret event and you are blessed with that body and that face then why the hell not? Bringing ice-skater realness into the mix, Candice oozes sex appeal.

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Lindsay A also look gorgeous in a sheer black number with a thigh high slit. Believe it or not, but most of these looks are my favourites because they have more fashion and are a lot more demure than what most of the party-goers decided to don. I know that it’s Victoria’s Secret, but there’s never an excuse to wear so little clothing and look so tacky as some of them did on the night.

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Perhaps a tad mish-matched, but Olivia Palermo shows us that you don’t have to show too much skin to be sexy and powerful.

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Jourdan Dunn – cool and chic.

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Although not the best hair and make-up in the world, Jac Jagaciak is wearing a stunning skirt and top combination here. This is something that, if you have the figure for, I would entice every girl to go buy!

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Taylor rocking it again in a sexy mini.

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No idea what this girl’s name is, but this is a cute, flirty way to do cut-outs without overdoing it. Definitely a look to keep your eye on if you want to break out of your style barriers, but don’t want to dive straight into the deep-end.

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Although not a huge stand-out, I just love this picture because Miranda is owning it. She is a Victoria’s Secret veteran and she looks so comfortable and mature, which to me is super sexy.

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Finally, I have Mel B in this menswear inspired look. Looking mature, clean, crisp and chic she wore the perfect look for her on the night.

Let me know if you have any other favourites and/or if you liked or disliked this post.

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Author: Padraig Power.

#TrainwreckTuesday: 18/11/2014

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We all know Lorde for being weird, wacky and wonderful (whether in a good way or not is up to you), but here the 18 year old has taken the biscuit. She is rarely ever stylish to be fair and is definitely known more for her cool, somewhat dark music and deranged dance moves than her fashion etiquette, but there is no excuse for this. None. 

This over-sized tuxedo look literally has nothing going for it. It completely swaps her and is so poor. It looks like, instead of picking up a tux from a major fashion label, the songstress borrowed her clothes from a Biggest Loser contestant – pre competition. The overall look is a disaster, with the pants winning the award for most outrageous fashion catastrophe. They genuinely look like what a sumo wrestler should be wearing. The only thing that I actually kind of like is the red lip. She should use that again in the future.

At least she wore it to The Hunger Games premiere though – here’s hoping that Katniss got a clean shot at it with one of her fire arrows 😉

What do you think?

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Author: Pádraig Power.

Keira Knightley: Red Carpet Evolution.

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Talented actress, striking beauty and fashion icon: the three things which instantaneously come to mind when one thinks of London born actress, Keira Knightley. The accomplished actress has proven her talent in a number of roles which have undoubtedly made her one of the most respected young starsof our generation. Not only known for her acting prowess however, the 29-year-old has also won the hearts of many a fashionable fellow and has become a designer darling, palling it up with the likes of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, along the way.

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Although it almost seemed like Keira was always destined for stardom (with parents like actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley) she began young and had to work at honing her craft in order to become what we now know today. The same can be said for her fashion. Unfortunately, the young Brit did not get off to a very good start, and surprisingly, she still gets it wrong sometimes! Let me take you through her fashion journey and show you how she evolved into the beauty that she is today.

And for the sake of chronology, I’m going to start right at the onset and work my way through beginning with 16-year-old Keira in 2001. Here, the young starlet made her red carpet debut at the ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ premiere and, to everyone’s dismay, it was atrocious. Granted, she was only 16, but there is no excuse for this severe lack of taste! I’m going to take a leaf out of Drake’s books and ‘start from the bottom’ with those God-awful flip-flop inspired heels and horrific boot-cut leather pants to match. Amazingly, it got even worse from there, with a completely sheer, black laced top revealing every inch of the teen’s stomach – at least she’s wearing a bra. The hair and make-up are also terrible with the make-up being pale, the blush too pink and her hair just too blah. Have a look for yourself:

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Knightley continued her dodgy path in 2002 at her own premiere for ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. This was her first role that grabbed media attention, but unlike her fantastic acting reviews, the same cannot be said for her style. Granted, it’s an improvement, but she is still far, far off the mark. Again, Keira chose a black, sheer number showing that she had not learned from her first mistake. It is slightly better, but the plunge is too low and she is showing off too much of her stomach. Her hair and make-up does look pretty on the bright side.

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2003 was a year of ups and downs. Although still making numerous atrocities, Keira finally began to show promise during the year  – a welcome change! She did begin horrifically yet again, however, with a combination of tasteless, stomach-less, tops, ill-fitting corsets and boot-cut jeans… We get that you have amazing abs, but it’s style that we want to see, not your stomach! Needless to say her ensembles were getting a bit tiresome at this stage.

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Fortunately, she then began to show us a glimpse of what she could do, beginning with these two looks. The first is merely OK and has a lot left to be desired, but compared to what we’ve seen so far it is a step in the right direction (it is kind of like a 12 year old’s Christmas outfit though). The second look, however, is the first in which we can she the beauty that graces our screens today. Here, at the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean‘ afterparty, Keira looks pretty in an understated, flowy white gown with simple embellishment along the bodice. Paired with her barely-there make-up, pulled up hair and perfect accessories it is by far the best that the star has looked so far.

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Following this path to success, Keira continued to show signs of improvement in 2004. She definitely took a step back from the white gown above, but all in all was a better than before. This year, she seemed to begin to find herself and between keeping it pretty and edging up her look, but she still had not found a look which was quite right. The look on the left is pretty, but from the waist down is horrible and the dress on the right is a bit too tight and just not that nice. All in all she made some steps in the right direction though so I can only be happy with her 2004 style chapter:

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Although I did say that she hadn’t 100% hit the nail on the head as of yet, I do think that her outfit at this Asprey event was pretty damn close – she looks beautiful (asides from the horrific shoes).

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The next stage of Keira’s fashion career is a controversial one, but for me it’s a backwards step on her behalf. This is the stage which I like to call, “The Posh Totty Phase.” In 2005, Keira decided to stray from the demure, elegant path which she was beginning and veer into the realm of Golden Goddesses. Here, she tries to be more sexy by delving into fake tan and long blonde hair. While succeeding in maintaining a fashionable appearance and looking gorgeous, I just don’t think that it’s right for her. I don’t deny that she looked beautiful, but compared for what was to come it wasn’t the path which I would choose for our star in the making. She is only 20 though and let’s face it, what young girl doesn’t want to feel sexy at that age?

(Sidenote: she also found a bizarre obsession with ugly black-cropped jackets and ill-suited accessories).

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Matthew Williamson (left) and Calvin Klein (right).

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I do think that she absolutely nailed it in the black fitted gown below though. 

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Hervé Leger (left and right).

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Changing her style YET AGAIN Keira decided to ditch the sex appeal look and revert to a more elegant aesthetic the year later, but to continue with the trend of the article thus far, didn’t kick off to a good start. Let’s begin with one of her most famous gowns; the melted gold inspired Gucci gown that she wore to the London premiere of ‘Pirates of The Caribbean II – Dead Man’s Chest’ in 2006. In this look, it seems that Keira is trying to bring more fashion into the fold while still remaining sexy. Alas, it is an out-in-out disaster. Of course, her face looks pretty and so do her arms and the dress to an extent, but the major fiasco here is the extensive lack of fabric in her chest region. As we’ve seen above, this is far from strange territory for the actress, but this has to be the worst for me. We know that she is naturally slim, but this look makes her look ill and is certainly not something to try and attain… It’s all just a bit too much:

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The next look isn’t bad… just not good enough! The white dress is very pretty and it hints at the periodic style which fits Keira like a glove, but the black flower does the Chanel garb no justice. She does look whimsical and striking and most people seem to love this look, but all in all, it is all a bit meh for me.

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Finally, however, also in 2006, her transformation to style icon began! Keira kicked off her long awaited renewal in a strapless Valentino gown at the Golden Globes and with gorgeous hair and make-up and (I can’t believe I’m going to say this) perfect accessories, the British beaut shone.

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Finishing on her newly found high, all eyes were on the Oscar nominated star in her wine Vera Wang gown and although she didn’t take home the trophy, she cemented her place as a sophisticated, stylish woman. The gown itself was a bit rigid for me and I also don’t like the necklace. In fact, this look is not one of my favourites by a long shot, but there is no denying that it was a show-stopper at the time and was a look which got her noticed by fashion eyes everywhere.

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Although 2006 brought us the beginning of her true evolution, it was 2007 which was the breakthrough in my eyes. In 2007, Keira varied her look from grungy, to pretty, to periodic, to new age and I loved every second of it. Asides from the odd clothing chest chasm, she hit a home run with every one, showing that she doesn’t just wear fashion, but she has style.

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Chanel (left and right).

Lastly, without a doubt my favourite look from the star so far. Keira is head-to-toe perfection in this Erdem ensemble  – showing that some of the best designers are close to home.

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2008 wasn’t quite as successful, with Keira donning some frumpy looks and others which were just a bit strange, but overall she maintained traipsing along with her head held high and her heels at the go. I’m going to start with my favourite of the year here and work my way down.

My without a doubt favourite is this stunning Chanel jumpsuit which is utterly timeless. In fact, the ever so stylish Sienna Miller was with Knightley at the same event and Keira knocked her out of the park – which definitely shows that she had found her fashion gustos!

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Keira also stole the show with her next three looks, two of which are Chanel and one which is Valentino. She shows us how important it is to stay true to your favourite designers and truly became a fashion darling. If you guess which look is belonged to which fashion house you’ll get some brownie points 😉

On the left, we have Keira in a straight cut black mini at the New York Screening of ‘The Duchess’, followed by a goth-inspired strapped, black garb worn to win her Best Actress award at the Elle Style Awards, and finished off in a tiered, silver, metallic gown at the 2008 BAFTAs.

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The looks that I didn’t quite like during 2008 are the three below. Unfortunatley, I just find the first two frumpy/lack-luster and the third, an Alexis Mabille Haute Couture frock, although technically fashionable, isn’t my cup of tea.

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2009 appears to be a year in which the Hollywood star strayed from the spotlight with only two looks that I could come across. One of these was simple and chic at the Chanel Spring/Summer Haute Couture show in Paris and the other was a major flop, something which the star had seemed to get away from for a time, in a Chloe suit.

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Another year which isn’t horrible, but isn’t anything to write home about either was 2010. She looks pretty with a new bob and has a general more grown-up heir about her, but something is lacking overall, although one look is breathtaking. Have a glance at her 2010 looks here:

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Erdem (left) and Chanel (right).

The first is possibly her best of the two with a fresh, clean aspect adding some rejuvenation to Keira’s wardrobe which is just perfect and although the second is very nice, I think that it would look much better if it was tailored just a tad bit more to her body. A little bit of definition would go a long way in my opinion.

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Valentino (left) and Rodarte (right).

Following up are these two looks. The first is just not nice, in any way, but particularly with all of the fuss going on in the top half of the gown and then the second is pretty, but a bit too snooze-inducing for my liking.

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Her final 2010 look is one that I can’t decide on. I don’t know whether it is sexy and sophisticated in a way which only Keira could pull of or whether there’s a tad bit too much going on for the brunette beauty. What do you think?

In 2011 she once again found her footing and showed us how it’s done with an array of modern and vintage-inspired pieces. Beginning with these two stunning nudes which illustrate how to do grand, couture and give a more sexy silhouette in the same fashion genre. These are by far my two most beloved of her 2011 looks:

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Valentino (left) and Elie Saab (right).

The looks above were followed by two much more modern ensembles, one of which is clean cut and geometric and the other which has a bold, modern print, something which we rarely see the now style-queen in:

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Roksnada Ilincic (left) and Mary Katrantzou (right).

The last look which I’m not 100% about is this head-to-toe black ensemble in 2012 which is pretty, but I feel is a tad bit overdone. I think that with a different pair of shoes instead of the suede the Nina Ricci dress would be that little bit better.

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Now, I know this is going to sound just a tad bit crazy, but between the years of 2012-2014 there is not one outfit of Keira’s that I found which I do not like, scratch that – love (asides from what the look above of course)! I don’t know if she got a new stylist or sacked the old one and decided to go solo, but everything that she wore was impeccable. So, instead of talking about them and breaking them down, I’m just going to show you my favourite Keira Knightley looks of the past three years. Yes, there may be quite a few, but trust me, they’re worth a look.

2012:

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Erdem (left) and Valentino (right).

 

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Elie Saab (left) and Burberry (right).

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Erdem (left), Valentino (right).

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Simone Rocha (left).

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So there you have it, the red carpet style evolution of the fabulous Keira Knightley (yes I know that there are some looks not from the carpet… I just couldn’t help myself!). It’s pretty needles to say, but Keira has 100% earned her status as a fashion icon, she is the epitome of style, class, chic and that little edge that sends her above the rest.

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For more style evolutions check these out:

Emma Watson: Red Carpet Evolution.

Emilia Clarke: Red Carpet Ready.

Margot Robbie: Red Carpet Ready.

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Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection.

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It is fair to say that Karl Lagerfeld is a legend among men in the fashion world and his latest collection is keeping in trend with his fashion triumphs. In Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel collection he played around and pushed the boundaries even further by creating a supermarket catwalk in which the models donned sportswear inspired outfits and showed how you can be both casual and chic. This quirky theme paired with models such as Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner brought the style hit to not only the high-fashion market, but also to a more broad consumer market, making this runway even more of an overall success.

Lagerfeld’s Autumn/Winter collection displayed numerous themes and various styling. One theme which was evident was drawing attention to what is arguably the sexiest part of a woman’s body, her waist. This was shown in different ways by both showing bare midriffs and also using outfits which cinched in the model’s waists. Not only has this been shown in Chanel’s newest show, but it was also a major theme in their Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection making it clear that this is a Chanel stamp and distinguishing the brand from the rest. Another aspect of Chanel’s collection which I absolutely adore is the use of embellishment to create stunning iced pieces which glisten effortlessly down the runway, making a simple, yet very effective statement in any outfit.

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Three more powerful themes in the collection were Lagerfeld’s use of knitwear, space-inspired leggings and bold, colours and patterns. With knitwear being a key focal point in the majority of Chanel collections this wasn’t anything new or too exciting, but what made the knitwear theme succeed is that special execution which can only be accomplished by Lagerfeld himself. Although possibly an odd choice, the use of space-like leggings added yet another touch of individuality to the collection and helped to brighten up some of the more dull looks showcased. The final theme in the collection which impressed me the most is the colour and pattern usage displayed on the day. Lagerfeld presented numerous outfits which played with the primary colours yellow, blue, red and green which if possible added yet another depth to the successful show. Although I don’t necessarily like how many of these pieces were paired on the runway and would argue that in some cases the styling of the patterns and colours were a bit too gaudy for my liking, I have to say that on analysis I think that most of the pieces, if styled carefully, could work amazingly in the real world (asides from the God awful green and blue leggings). All of this paired with slicked back hair, trainers (also seen in their Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection) and trainer boots has led to this collection being an overall winner for me and most definitely for the iconic brand itself.

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So there you have it guys, my review on Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection!

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