By Jo Phillips


JUST as Autumn’s central theme is down-to-earth simplicity, so the season finds its decorative outlet in native motifs, touch me textures, oversized shapes and handicraft raw finishes.  The mood may be primitive but the detail is sublime with dark undertones. As Cent team wraps up the ethnic-tribal trend. What do you think ?

Alexander McQueen AW14 takes us to the spooky stables of the Garde Républicaine. Where models are transformed into owls, skunks, moths & wolves. Fur coats, hand-cut feathers & embroidered organza,  McQueen takes you to into a dark Gothic fairytale.

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Fendi AW14 made girls look like fury flowers pinned to the corsage. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by Billie Holiday’s song “Violets for Your Furs.”  Coat dresses, mesh dresses, crocodile leather collars & wolf-look patchwork fur pieces all added to the sense of whimsical.


Roberto Cavalli AW14 was inspired by griffins, dragons & other mythological beings. The whole collection is filled with tiger embroidery, alligator/reptile skin & leopard prints, exploding in silk, tapestry knits, leather and other luxurious fabrics.  Cavalli made his costumes extremely wild!


Vivienne Westwood AW14 collection influenced by looking back in history (big help by V&A museum), creating mid-nineteenth-century work of Charles Frederick Worth. The collection is filled with tailcoats, leg-of-mutton sleeves, full-skirt tulles and crop tops. Vivienne Westwood created her own environmental military uniforms to fight the good fight with the hint of Andes, Peru.


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