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Spring 2014 collections are still hitting runways. Take a look at our favorite looks from Balmain in Paris.

Each city’s fashion week has a feel of its own. New York’s imcomparable street style, Milan’s sex appeal, and Tokyo’s high art. The Paris woman always walks the line between elegant and carefree. This year’s shows had plenty of contrasts… Dries Van Noten mixed linen and gold, and Rochas showed gorgeous confections of sparkle and organza paired with decidedly strange flat shoes.

Above: Two looks from Rochas Spring 2014. Get the look at right with the Gathered Maxi Skirt from our Golden Hour collection.

Below left: The Dries Van Noten finale. Below right: Balmain.

Balmain loves a tough girl. Strong shoulders, studded mini dresses, and shapes that get a woman noticed. This collection for Spring 2014 is considerably softer. Soft pinks, baby blue, and bright white lightened up the house’s signature shapes.

Big, flouncing ruffles were all over this collection. The Pleated Mini Skirt is right on trend, with a flared skirt that hugs at the waist and flares out below the hip. Balmain showed a similar skirt in a nubby textured houndstooth, proving that this is a great shape for texture play (like sequins!).

My other favorite at Balmain was this candy striper pink outfit. Note the strong peaked shoulders in the most feminine sheer pink check. Get the look of the sailor front skirt with the Kasia pattern. Just shorten the length and draft a long rectangle to add a kicky pleated flounce. The look on the right is another fun juxtaposition. Big 80s buttons, blown up digital houndstooth, and a ladylike palette of blue and white.

The Paris shows are so full of inspiration. Structure, luxury, and relaxed beauty. Everything you could want for (next) Spring!

Happy sewing,
Mandie

Fabrics shown from MoodFabrics.com.

4 Comments

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    Sep 28, 2013, 11.48 AMby Debbie Allingham

    Love the pleated skirt – it’s exactly the same as one that Burda published in Miss B in the late 80s/early 90s. I made is as a teenager in tartan and wore it to death! Is it wrong that I don’t feel too old to wear it again (slightly bigger size required!)?

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    Sep 28, 2013, 02.32 AMby RJMCreations

    the skirt reminds me of the new Chanel, shorten it, add a long lining and matching signature jacket for Fall should be my next project.

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    Sep 27, 2013, 04.33 PMby heidilea

    I am really liking the Balmain stuff! It’s my favorite this far for the season. But, it could also be that I am contemplating the Little French Jacket sewalong….

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