haute couture spring 14

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The stunning Maria Borges wears a fairytale-esque gown painted with tones of bluey violets and pretty pinks in the shape of flowers which were carefully illustrated to make the dress look a piece of art, specifically inspired by that of 19th century painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; from palette, to canvas, to material it shows how beauty is truly timeless. The volumous dress also featured floral applique, shimmering gems and an elegant trail of tulle making it the perfect princess dress and my favourite from the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

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Flutter Fashion: It’s no surprise that the beauty of nature has heavily influenced runway collections throughout time, whether it be through the fragility and delicateness of flowers and feathers or the rustic yet charming quality of woodland animals (most recently depicted by Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2014) and autumn leaves, designers are eager to portray mothernature in an even more enchanting light by revealing the true intricacy and rareness of the ordinary things we see everyday. My favourites, butterflies, are often used; their dainty wings and hypnotising patterns lead to the perfect motif for making any piece extra magical. Shown here (from left to right): Paper silhouettes at Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Spring/Summer 14, symmetrical shoe detail at Alexander McQueen S/S 11, powder pink lace neckpiece at Valentino Haute Couture S/S 11, and tiny feather pieces on the trail of dress at Valentino Haute Couture S/S 14.