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Pre-Fall 2017 womenswear is all about the bold and beautiful

This year’s Pre-Fall saw designers presenting a heady mix of aesthetics. Old and new, classic and modern, rough and soft – each inspiration denotes an idea of contrasting fluidity.

Aesthetically, they bridge the gap between narrations of the year’s main seasons. So expect a little of everything from Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter, plus a little extra.

Here’s a look at the Pre-Fall womenswear collections from five designer labels.

Balenciaga’s Pre-Fall collection walks the line between avant-garde and everyday elegance. It highlights a progressive yet pragmatic stance that has long defined the fashion house.

Features from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection are redeployed – from the treatment of bright 1970s swimwear-derived florals and body-hugging fabric, through to the small details forming signature links.

Underlying all of this is the reality of a living Parisian design culture with a narrative of its own. The inspirations are sparked from in-house life, street observation and the legacy of Cristobal Balenciaga.

Inspired by “the evening dresses that women used to wear to dine at the Ritz” – according to creative director Karl Lagerfeld, the Chanel collection focuses on a silhouette with a well-defined waist and flared skirts.

More than ever the suit expresses a new sense of modernity: straight-cut skirts alternating with Capri pants, as well as jackets becoming a spencer worn with a tunic or a bolero over a long dress.

The season delivers new ultra-feminine versions of the iconic Chanel jacket too. They come adorned with braids made from pearls or tweed roses, floral embroidery and plexiglas buttons.

Givenchy unveiled its Pre-Fall collection in Copenhagen, where the Vega concert hall (conceived in 1956 by Danish architect Vilhem Lauritzen) served as backdrop for classic, elegant pieces.

Designs range from tailored, masculine styles with couture finishes to lace evening dresses. Camel hues and soft shades are also enhanced with gold and yellow notes, referencing the warmth of Scandinavian woods.

Long, fitted-waist jackets over flared pants further mark the collection’s fashion spirit, which are animated with contrasting colours or saturated prints (optical mandalas or florals).

Versace’s designs present a mix of urban essentials in refined fabrics. Tweed is revolutionised with techno threads, for example. There is a new print combining baroque, animal and camouflage, as well.

While vivid swirls of Swiss lace decorate shirts and skirts – with the edges hanging free, large swirls like graffiti are intricately embroidered in silk threads onto a sheer tulle dress.

“I want to push luxury forwards, experimenting with new techniques and rich fabrics that elevate and energise the urban Versace look,” states chief designer Donatella Versace.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of the Dior women’s collections, was inspired by themes of “freedom” when designing for Pre-Fall. The pieces thus make up a wardrobe that encouraged individuality.

She turned the iconic houndstooth into an unlined jacket and swingy knit skirt, for instance. She also revived the black tassels used in a 1947 collection to punctuate the overleaf of a black dress.

As the fashion house so aptly describes in the press release: “Place art at the centre of one’s life. Express who one is through a series of memorable gestures. Be unforgettable.”Read more at:evening gowns | formal dresses

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The Season 10 finale of The Big Bang Theory ended with perhaps one of the biggest cliffhangers in the show’s history, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) going down on one knee to propose to Amy (Mayim Bialik). In a panel last Friday at Comic-Con San Diego, the TBBT cast talked about what was it like shooting Episode 24, “The Long Distance Dissonance.” In a recent interview, Bialik, meanwhile, teased that she can picture Amy saying either yes or no to Sheldon when Season 11 returns.

Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the show, shared, via USA Today, that it was very emotional seeing Sheldon finally propose to Amy. However, it’s not only Cuoco who got teary- eyed, Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) said that everyone started crying after seeing how far Sheldon and Amy’s relationship has come.

Even though the cast already knew what was about to happen, Cuoco recalled that everyone still went behind the camera for that one special scene. After all that the couple has gone through, Cuoco said that it made her tear up seeing Sheldon finally propose.

“(There’s been) so many years and so many relationships have transformed, and to see that be this pinnacle of the season, it was just really cool. We’ve all come a long way,” she said.

The Big Bang Theory fans know how long Amy has been waiting to get a proposal out of Sheldon. However, Mayim Bialik recently told Radio Times that she could actually picture Amy turning Sheldon down. According to her, she can definitely see Amy “saying no or yes.” Even if she has been playing Amy for seven years, Bialik said that she still has no clue what her character’s response might be.

Bialik said that her jaw hit the floor after reading the script for the Season 10 finale. Although excited for the next chapter in Sheldon and Amy’s life, she’s unsure if showing another wedding is necessary.

“I think there have been a lot of special occasions on the show already – several weddings and a baby. I’m not sure that we need to have a Sheldon/Amy wedding, but again, that’s up to the writers!” she explained.

Meanwhile, when asked how Amy will react when she finds out that Ramona (Riki Lindhome) kissed Sheldon, Bialik says she has no clue but can only predict that it will be one hilarious episode.

“She would either ask him to talk about it or tell him he never can!” she said.Read more at:prom dress | formal dresses uk

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Judge draws on European days

Nadia will return to where it all began and judge the award at Sheepvention this year, just a month after launching her first collection.

Originally from Darwin, Nadia moved to Melbourne in 2004 to study at Box Hill Institute. “I love wool, even though I’m from Darwin,”

she said.

“I moved to Melbourne and I was freezing and I discovered how warm wool is.

“It’s a beautiful fabric and fibre. Warm in winter and cool in summer and even good for active wear.”

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As a TAFE student Nadia made a wool-silk blend and wool-metallic blend dress to enter the awards at Sheepvention.

The evening wear was inspired by a photograph she had taken of moonlight reflecting on water in Venice.

She needed to learn how to do gold work embroidery to complete the corset.

“I had researched the techniques and I went to a teacher and said, ‘This is what I need to do,’ and she taught me. Traditionally gold work embroidery was done with gold-plated thread.”

The gown won Nadia a trip to Milan, Italy, where she stayed for six months, studying fashion design.

A friend helped her get in touch with the Vogue head office, where she was asked to be a casting assistant for Milan fashion week.

Nadia went on to an internship with Francesco Scognamiglio, who designed for Versace.

“I helped him in his showroom and I saw how real high fashion worked,” she said.

When Nadia returned to Australia she studied fashion design at RMIT University.

More recently she completed a stint in London, returning in August last year to work on her first collection, Lost at Sea, launched last month.

The collection is inspired by a visit to Malta.

“It’s a very wearable collection with a focus on craftsmanship,” she said.

“I’m all about slow fashion and being ethical, so it’s

only made to order. The collection is deceptively detailed pieces you can keep for 10 years.”

One piece of the collection is a wool blend top and Nadia plans to include wool coats and suiting in her winter collection.

As a judge at Sheepvention, Nadia said she would be

looking for good quality craftsmanship and innovative design.

“The clothes must be wearable, but must have flair,” she said.Read more at:cocktail dresses uk

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