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High fashion traditional Romanian blouse by Valentina Vidrascu

Valentina Vidrascu is a Transnistrian born fashion designer with a both emotional and esthetic attachment for the Romanian traditional blouse that inspired many artists and designers before – it has been famously captured by French painter Henri Matisse (La Blouse Roumaine, 1940) and turned into haute couture design by Yves Saint Laurent (1981).

Valentina Vidrascu spring 2014 collectionValentina Vidrascu spring 2014 collection

Parisian couture meets Ottoman opulence at Dice Kayek

Reading about awards bestowed in the fashion industry you will stumble upon most interesting fashion labels. Paris based Dice Kayek masterfully blends Istanbul's cultural heritage with contemporary French couture. Launched in 1992 by sisters Ayse and Ece Ege, the Turkish label quickly gained its place in the competitive fashion world.

Jameel Prize awarded collection of Dice KayekJameel Prize awarded collection of Dice Kayek

Top trend for 2014: the textured sweatshirt

It seems far-fetched that no so long ago (and say that I’m not the only one in this) I wouldn’t have dared to get dressed in track pants and sweatshirts outside the gym club. However, at the moment, they are at the top of my shopping list; I just have to have them (or make them if I can remember how to sew). Due to those visionary high-end designers the sportswear staples have been revived to glam chic level: last year the baseball jackets and fancy drawstring pants were all over fashion magazines, this spring season the It-status belongs to sweatshirts and sneaker shoes.

Embellished sweatshirt trend shopping guide

12 most interesting dresses at the Oscars 2014

Along with her well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Lupita Nyong'o should win also the award for best look at the 86th edition of the Oscars held on March 2nd. That stunning pastel blue, pleated Prada gown, with a plunging V décolletage, complemented by gold jewelry and a diamond tiara, made Lupita the belle of the ball. Daring V neck was quite a trend at the Oscars 2014, several actresses sporting satiny bias-cut gowns reminiscent of Golden Age glamour.

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Silent Evolution by Chen Ariel Nachman

Taking inspiration from the Underwater Sculpture Garden in Cancun, Mexico created by artist Jason Decries Taylor, 27-year old Fashion graduate Chen Ariel Nachman designed a marvelous five-piece collection for his final project. Named Silent Evolution, the collection won him the Excellence Award for creativity and originality in fashion design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, an award in memory of Fini Leitersdorf.

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Leather sweatshirts trend fall-winter 2013

According to the biggest online fashion forecaster Trendstop, the reinvented winter sweatshirt is one of the top trends for this season, keeping its “dna” the simple crewneck silhouette and the rib-knit collar and cuffs while changing the traditional cotton jersey with modern materials: leather, fur and textured wool.

Leather sweatshirts trend fall-winter 2013

Denim trends: patchwork, decorated, distressed

A striking, more “rebellious” approach in denim trends is the patchwork style, introduced in fashion by Chloé spring 2010 runway show (a pair of patched blue jeans teamed with a denim shirt) and made popular by Isabel Marant’s fall-winter 2011 collection with her denim mélange pieces. For spring 2013 Phillip Lim continues this trend 'with three wardrobe staples: the jeans, the shirt and the short summer dress. The smooth finishings make these denim pieces look more like color-block prints. Paris-based creative studio Surface to Air also hop on this trend with more subtle pastel hues.

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Denim trends: all denim look

Designers paid attention to all-denim style sported by "it" girls and "off-duty" models and came up with comfy alternatives for head-to-toe look with modern versions of denim jumpsuits, overalls and rompers. They're already adopted by trendsetters as captured by the lens of street style photographers.

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Denim trends: from bleached to indigo

Resort 2014 collections show a wide range of denim pieces; resort fashion season is known for displaying wearable clothes, but it’s still a surprise that this universal fabric is considered so hip. The trends of 2013: double denim looks, bleached denim, denim work shirts are still going strong. Designers use more and more softer fabrics with denim appearance: chambray, lyocell and even silk at Jason Wu.

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Folklore inspired posh at Vilshenko

Olga Vilshenko’s feminine and polished designs are inspired by Russian cultural heritage and they outshine the ‘boho-chic’ labeling due to modern, smart tailoring and luxurious fabrics. Originally from Ural region of Russia, Olga Vilshenko took further her family legacy of custom making high quality garments by launching her internationally acclaimed namesake fashion label in 2009.

Vilshenko spring-summer 2013 collectionVilshenko spring-summer 2013 collection

BIYAN, a name for ethereal elegance

Browsing through Net-A-Porter’s new season offer I stumbled upon these exquisite garments signed by Indonesian label Biyan. It has a sophisticated-romantic style with elegant, fluid cuts covered in elaborate, stylized botanical silk prints and adorned with lavish embroidery and bead/crystal appliqué.

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Lele Sadoughi: modern treasures

New York based label Lele Sadoughi creates costume jewelry and bejeweled home décor items inspired by art, culture and traveling. Designer Lisa 'Lele' Sadoughi decided to launch her own label after a rewarding work experience as Jewelry Design Director at J.Crew and Tory Burch.

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When art meets fashion

When art meets fashion wonderful designs emerge. For spring 2013 season fashion creatives came up with painterly motifs by themselves or teamed up with visual artists to create stunning prints that make clothes look like wearable paintings. If you want to spend on fashion this spring than you should definitely invest in an artistically printed clothing piece.

Artistic prints: spring 2013 dresses

The fab team: fashion and technology

If you are fascinated like me by innovative fashion you might want to check out this recently opened show at Phoenix Art Museum called Digital Print Fashion. Opened on March 2nd it runs until July 14, the exhibition explores the fascinating creative ideas in digital printing, showcasing 40 revolutionary creations signed by contemporary designers including Mary Katrantzou, late Alexander McQueen, and Issey Miyake among others.

Digital Print Fashion Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, ArizonaDigital Print Fashion Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

The Beautiful People from Tokyo

One of my favorite collections for spring/summer 2013 belongs to the innovative clothing line of Tokyo-based label Beautiful People. Hidenori Kumakiri, a graduate of Bunka Fashion College, the Apparel Technology Department, worked as a pattern maker at COMME des GARÇONS and in 2004 founded Entertainment Ltd., an outsourcing pattern company. Beautiful People, as a fashion label for both women and men, launched in 2007 with a spring/summer collection. In 2011 Hidenori Kumakiri opened his first retail store in Omotesando, Tokyo.

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Mythical scarves from Gris Neutre

I don’t think I have seen lately something lovelier than these gorgeous silk scarves from Portuguese label Gris Neutre. Hermès, move over! Founded in 2010 by an illustrator-designer (Sara Bento de Castro), a fashion designer (Marisa Ferra) and an anthropologist (Joana Gonçalo Oliveira) under the “modest” name of Gris Neutre, this label offers luxury accessories of pure silk printed with elaborated imagery that celebrates nature and humanity.

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Sophie Hulme - a modern spin on classic

Young British designer Sophie Hulme gets her inspiration from the things she collects with a passion; living in a converted toy factory must help also for infusing more creativity into her designs. In fact she intends to brand her collections as collectibles by using every each season a distinct motif. For autumn/winter 2012 toy dinosaurs were replicated on patterned knits, lace embroidery and golden metal charms.

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Eudon Choi's geometric elegance

For Eudon Choi, Korean-born, London-based womenswear designer, the perfect winter coat should add instant elegance but also "offer a real sense of protection and be really practical". A trained menswear designer in Seoul Eudon started his international career after graduating London Royal College of Art's MA course in women’s fashion.

Eudon Choi fall-winter 2012 collectionEudon Choi fall-winter 2012 collection

The Spanish goodies: "Two Shoes"

What I want from a good pair of shoes is cool classic-updated looks, comfiness and lifelong durability ‘cos I’m in for an investment in the shoe area of my wardrobe. Well Spanish footwear label Deux Souliers seem to have read the minds of shoe investors like myself. Set in 2010 in Barcelona with creative director Nunu Solsona at the helm of the design team Deux Souliers (meaning "two shoes" in French) aims at combining high craftsmanship and innovation in a single design.

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The sculptural fashion of Madame Grès

If you happen to be in Antwerp, Belgium this winter be sure to check the gallery dedicated to an important fashion visionary at Mode Museum. Until February 10th, 2013, MoMu presents “Madame Grès. Sculptural Fashion”, an exhibition of the Parisian couturier’s designs.

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