(Fall) 2014: Butterfly Patterns in Fashion

Butterfly Patterns in Fashion; The butterfly theme started at the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Show for Spring 2014. All outfits had something to do with the little, colorful insect. Hats, prints, shapes you name it, Mr Gaultier had turned it into a butterfly. At Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli also used the butterfly as an inspiration source, well into the Pre-Fall season of 2014. At the Fall 2014 shows the butterfly was seen at Valentino, Givenchy and Les Copains

(images via style.com/ from JPG Couture Spring 2014 via fabsugar)

About the butterfly: “A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly’s life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea). All the many other families within the Lepidoptera are referred to as moths. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, 40–50 million years ago. Butterflies exhibit polymorphism, mimicry and aposematism. Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies (e.g., Harvesters) eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.” and in fashion…(via)

View Mimi Berlin’s review on the Spring Couture 2014 shows HERE on this blog

More animals (birds) for Fall 2014 Ready to wear on this blog

Fein China

Fein China, Real life porcelain statuettes!! A fashion editorial photographed by Phil Poynter for Garage Magazine no 6 (spring/summer 2014)

creative director: rachel feinstein/photographer: phil poynter (serlinassociates)/stylist: katie grand (clm)/hair: tamara mcnaughton (home)/make-up: ozzy salvatierra (streeters)/manicure: honey (exposure) models: julia nobis (dna), esmeralda seay reynolds (next), nastya sten (society) and rachel feinstein/(images via hayinstyle and visualoptimism)

More Prada

As we stated earlier on our blog, there is a constant feed of fashion shows nowadays. We decided not to keep track of season’s anymore but just put up what we like, when we like it. The very tasty advertising Campaign for Spring/Summer 2014 caught our fancy and at the same time the beautiful Prada women’s wear show for Fall/Winter 2014 did as well.

Prada Fall 2014 menswear on this blog

More Prada Spring/Summer 2014 on this blog

Huge Street-Art-Faces at Prada

Huge Faces, women’s faces to be exact. They covered the walls at the Prada Runway show for Spring/Summer 2014. These faces also covered some off the dresses and bags (duh). What a lovely idea, we at Mimi Berlin do like our comic books! The murals were made by street artists: El Mac from the United States, Mesa from Spain, Gabriel Spencer from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, Jeanne Detallante from France , and Pierre Mornet from France. We also found some images of actual street-art-faces made on buildings by RONE. Comparing the faces made in and outside shows us that there is no real difference in effect.

That was the whole point at Prada. The story behind the fashion show is one of street gangs and powerful women. “Because she works in fashion, it’s easy to forget how political a creature Miuccia Prada has always been. Continue reading

Spring 2014 Couture Shows

The Couture shows, 17 in total for Spring 2014, were held in Paris from January 19, 2014 through January 23, 2014. It must be SO much fun to create a couture collection. The models seem to be real life White Barbie Dolls: peplums, drapings, sashes and bows anything goes. The lack of detail or otherwise the enlarged detailing: yards of rich fabric pulled through yet another yard of embellished cloth. Just like one has to do when making tiny Barbie Doll clothes. With that in mind; flashy in-your-face-materials are very important because of the fact that their exclusivity is not to be missed: lace, glass-fibre, brocade, fur, feathers are perfect to start with. The extreme opposite is the next step, as seen at Christian Dior and Viktor & Rolf. They made use of high-tech, ultra flat and paper thin, muted materials to create a very quiet, almost naked (not nude) look. The choice of colors: black, gold, white, pink and pastel, all traditional and catering to the taste of the average women (customer or not). For both colors and fabrics anything shimmering goes; just as long as it’s useful to make the Princess Dreamworld come to life.


At Sciaparelli the Vintage Barbie Doll feeling was enlarged because of the retro fifties outfits and because this show seemed like a fashion-history-lesson in a nutshell. (which also can be done with barbie dolls but that’s an other story). Mr Lagerfeld put emphasis on the waist-line at Chanel. He also created a roller skating barbie doll, including accessories: a little pouch and knee protectors trimmed with silver, cute! The designs of Viktor & Rolf and at Maison Martin Margiela tell a different story than the Princess one: We can imagine they always tried out markers and scissors on their dolls when they were young: Both couture houses hid the faces of the models and used Tattoo-inspired images.

(all catwalk images are from style.com)

What is Haute Couture?  Haute Couture: refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is fashion that is constructed by hand, without the use of machines from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. A Haute Couture garment is often made for a client, tailored specifically for the wearer’s measurements and body stance.Considering the amount of time, money, and skill that is allotted to each completed piece, Haute Couture garments are also described as having no price tag – in other words, budget is not relevant. Each couture piece is not made to sell. Rather, they were designed and constructed for the runway, much like an art exhibition. In France, the term Haute Couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris based in Paris, France.

Walter van Beirendonck & Richard Lindner

Walter van Beirendonck & Richard Lindner do fit well together in the spring/summer season 2014 for men.

(Images from the runway show by Walter van Beirendonck from style.com/Images by Richard Linder via wikipaintings.org)