Fairy Tale Glamour

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This AW14 Valentino added an aura of ethereal enchantment to the catwalk. They were not the only designer to take otherworldly inspiration this season. Alexander McQueen's nod to Game of Thrones had us all gazing in awe (Finally an excuse to adopt Daenerys Targaryen's hauntingly elegant and ethereal look on a daily basis). Dolce & Gabbana recreated a forest tale and Fendi's interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood left us wide eyed and bushy tailed and wanting more, more, MORE!

Creating a head turning look is not as hard as it seems. There are endless ways of interpreting the fairy tale trend and setting hearts racing. Search far and wide for luxurious and luscious fabrics, capes, velvet, lace, embroidery, and netting. Add a touch of sparkle and hey presto…the world is under your spell.
The season for fantastical fashion is fast approaching. Take influence from Dolce and Gabbana's A/W collection and recreate a forlorn and whimsical look with flowing fabrics and ethereal shades. To give your damsel in distress attire an edgier vibe add a bit of high drama with fur lined hoods and capes.
Once Upon A Time….
Seeing as the fairy tale is now making waves in fashion let's see how it all started. Fairy tales come in both oral and literary form, it is consequently hard to date the very first fairy tale as evidence of oral tale telling is hard to come by. Literary Fairy tales have captivated both adult and children's literature alike for centuries. If we take a look back at the history of literary fairy tales we are faced with a plethora of tales dating back thousands of years. The name fairy tale (conte de fées) was first coined by Madam d'Aulony in the late 17th century. The classic fairy tales we know and love today have largely evolved from age-old stories that have been retold time and time again.
How does a fairy tale differ from folklore?
Fairy tales can be distinguished from other folk narratives by their themes. Happy endings, love, good Vs evil, magic and enchantment are all characteristic of fairy tales. The lands they bring to life are inhabited by fantasy characters such as witches, fairies, giants, mermaids, elves and dwarves.
Legends on the other hand possess an element of truth and fables are characterised by moral undertones.
Damsel in Distress or Wicked Villain
It's all a case of good Vs evil. Are you inspired by Disney's most iconic villain, Angelina Jolie as Maleficent? Here at Rokit we were left in absolute awe and adoration for this iconic villain's killer style, sensuous shades and wickedly brilliant costumes. Or are you more of a pretty Princess Aurora? Aurora's look is charmingly innocent, natural and bohemian, adopting rosy hues en lieu of stronger tones keeps it super girly.
Capes and cloaks
As the days draw in and the temperatures drop we're reaching out for something new and exciting to wrap up in. Look no further, capes and cloaks have arrived on the scene and will add a sense of wonder to any wardrobe. Capes and cloaks stole the show at the likes of Valentino, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. Rich tones were characteristic of the capes and cloaks that adorned the runway. Dolce and Gabbana added a touch of crimson with ruby red fur hoods which screamed gothic revival.
Take influence from Little Red and let a cape or cloak consume you this winter. WARNING: Avoid tottering into any forbidden forests alone at night.
It's time you added a regal element to your wardrobe. Shamelessly adorn yourself in jewels this winter: because you're worth it, right? Along the runway at Dolce and Gabbana we saw glittering jewels encrusted on medieval hoods. At Erdem the audience were left gawking like magpies at the dainty dresses dripping in glimmering jewels. Celine's jewelled dresses made our hearts melt. Adopting jewels this season will keep your look as pretty as a princess with an added sprinkle of decadence.
Velvet was ever present on the AW catwalks, this season velvet comes in rich tones and earthy hues as we can see from Vivienne Westwood, Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci and House of Holland's collections. The rich decadence of velvet with an ethereal aura brings images to mind of chic fairy tale villains.
With a touch of Glitz and Glamour...
The fairy tale enchantment need not stop there. An element of glamour was brought to the runway which added a theatrical and out of the ordinary element to this season's ethereal trend. A smattering of sequins and glitter will bring any fairy tale inspired look up to date. Glitter boots strutted down Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen's runway - a little ode to Glam Rock!
Less is most definitely not more this AW14 so layer up and use a touch of magic to escape those winter blues this year, you are a fairy tale goddess after all! As your layers unravel revealing yet more sumptuous shades and decadent materials Prince Charming shall be cast under your spell.