[Fashion & Styling] Designers With Multiple Personalities

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F/W 14  top: Prabal Gurung | bottom: ICB, Japanese label helmed by Prabal Gurung since fall 2012

Prabal Gurung is about modern luxury, indelible style and astute sense of glamour, while ICB offers bold colors, eclectic prints and smartly tailored pieces for the adventurous, and slightly defiant girl.  

F/W 14  top: Alexander Wang | bottom: Balenciaga, French label helmed by Alexander Wang since fall 2013

Alexander Wang is praised for his great tailoring skills.  The design aesthetics are all-American urban cool, with a strong emphasis in knitwear.  The trademarks of Balenciaga are odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes.  Standard hour-glass need not apply here. Aside from their shared tailoring skills, Wang and Balenciaga's original founder- Cristobal are also innovators in their use of fabrics.     

F/W 14  top: Jason Wu | bottom: Jason Wu's debut collection for German label Hugo Boss

Jason Wu has a flair for the sportif, and a sophisticated dressiness that belies his youth (think gowns!).  His clothes were about power shoulders and aggressive femininity, though this season he seemed to have softened up.  It was a bit surprising that he was named creative director at Hugo Boss, known first and foremost for its menswear. However, Wu is notoriously ambitious and a hard worker.  In his debut collection, he demonstrated the brand's DNA- sleek and polished.  Perhaps, with time, he'll add playfulness to it while keeping the Boss core aesthetics.      

Paris Fashion Week ended yesterday, wrapping up another season.  There were so many talents and innumerable gorgeous collections.  Though, I couldn't help but wonder how designers like Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Jason Wu handle the creative designs for top fashion houses and their own labels so seamlessly.  Above, I have laid out look comparisons, do you see design similarities for F/W 2014 or are Wang, Gurung, and Wu the Sybil of fashion design?

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