Spring Forward: Carine Roitfeld For Harper's Bazaar
By Jessica Eritou
Carine Roitfeld teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld for the March issue of Harper's Bazaar which will be shown internationally in each of its 29 issues. Well-known models like Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Karolina Kurkova make appearances in this spread showcasing the Spring 2014 collections.
The editorial features energetic and illustrative shots either outside at night or with a brightly colored background. Each of the models has a certain Mod, 1960s makeup or hairstyle which has been a trend for quite some time. What is remarkable, however, is that this is very unlike what we are seeing from New York, Paris, or Milan Fashion Week in 2014. Most of the makeup is very natural, with an emphasis on brows. Roitfeld's editorial for Spring is entirely different.
The prominent pale pink we've seen throughout Fashion Week also appears in the spread, shown on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with her classic cable-knit cashmere sweater and conservative oversized vest, both by Dior.
Karolina Kurkova is posed wearing a minimal black and white school girl style dress, similar to what Hedi Slimane did a few seasons ago for Saint Laurent, but the Ralph Lauren Collection mades the dress more wearable and not so juvenile. Done in a predictable black boot from Louis Vuitton, and accessories by Prada (turban excluded), Carine Roitfeld could have pushed this look a bit further for something not so expected.
The ongoing tuxedo trend with womenswear is ever prominent with the Saint Laurent jumpsuit on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Carine paired the piece flawlessly with an ultra feminine leopard print punk evening bag for an effortless look.
The constant use of turbans and mid-length skirts for the rest of the shoot perhaps predicts what will be in stores for Spring. While some might have an issue with turbans and its culture appropriation, the mid-length skirt will be a hit for sure breaking away from the short dress trend of the last few seasons.
Naomi Campbell in a less-than-exciting printed dress from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci in a dark alley. Although the dress appears to have sequins, it does not show off the way it should as it gets lost in the overall composition of the night sky. Also, it should be noted that this is the only shot in which Campbell is featured.
In the finale of the shoot, Prada's popular graphic fur coats are shown on a triad of models with playful sport tube socks and sandals.
Overall, it is evident that there is still a fixation on sports and athleticism for Spring 2014. Runway RTW looks can be quite different from editorials, but the overall aesthetic is more relatable from what we have seen on the street, rather than the runway.
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