Escapism is the desire to abandon reality and flee to the world of fantasy. A famous writer and literary critic John Tolkien regarded such escape from the actual world to “other worlds” as a positive thing, a source of consolation to people. Tolkien’s followers have been inhabiting the world he had created for many years now, identifying themselves as fantasy characters.
Albert Einstein used to say: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand”. A positive effect of fantasy on human mind has long ago been proved by psychologists. They state that due to such incredible stories children get a deeper knowledge of life.
Fairytales and fantasy play a crucial part in our lives: as a counter to modern civilization with its material gain and calculation they present to us a magical world of breathtaking adventures. The fact that “Hunger Games”, “Lord of the Rings” and other franchises of the same genre have millions of admirers in almost any corner of the world speaks of the longing to quit the daily routine even for a few hours.
Escape from reality can be achieved through literature or television. Fashion is another effective way to live in a fantasy world. Famous designers have succeeded in responding to the call of the day by creating Fall-Winter collections, permeated with the spirit of escapism. Czarevnas, forest nymphs, warrior princesses… With help of ethereal fabrics, amazing embroidery, natural leather and gorgeous fur Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Alexander McQueen have done homage to popular fairytales and fantasy films.
Enchanted wood by Dolce & Gabbana
A musical masterpiece by the great Tchaikovsky has accompanied the show of the new creation by Dolce & Gabbana – the Fall-Winter collection 2014-2015, which joined together design and folklore. The show looked like a patchwork of fairytales: princesses were followed by beautiful nymphs, squirrels, foxes and owls… The doors to this magical kingdom were opened by a golden key – a recurring symbol, which made the Dolce & Gabbana collection even more recognizable.
The fashion house introduced a great variety of clothing: long dresses of silk and chiffon with rich setting and embroidery, coats and capes made of brocade and cashmere, with big downy hoods. The various accessories of magical persons were also presented, such as coffret handbags, mittens and helmet caps.
The shoes were also worth mentioning: the designers got rid of high heels, replacing them with flat sole winkle pickers and high boots. Innovative and very practical!
Valentino — freedom to be yourself
“It’s important to give people the freedom to be themselves”, — said Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Creative Director of Valentino fashion house about a Fall-Winter collection. Ethereal fabrics, fine lace, magnificent embroidery – the Valentino garments for the new season appeared to be even more filigree than usual.
A beautiful evening part of the collection will be best remembered for butterflies, adorning full high-necked dresses and various capes. A swarm of these pretty little creatures could also be seen on the cloaks, which seemed to be the big trend of the season. Apart from butterflies, the garments were decorated with a whole miraculous garden: birds, lions, rhinos and turtles. The fantasy collection by these talented designers would make admirable clothing for true romantics, who are not afraid to be slightly off the ground.
“Game of Thrones” by Alexander McQueen
Each one who has ever watched an episode of the “Game of Thrones” has fallen in love with this series forever. Famous designers are no exception. The recent HBO sensation has inspired Sarah Burton, designer and Creative Director of Alexander McQueen fashion house, for a new dramatic collection Fall-Winter 2014-2015.
The show on the Fashion Week in Paris can’t be described in a single word. Models with white faces, thick black eyelashes and tight braids drew awe and admiration. A cosmic chill crept from the runway, even chiller than in the “Game of Thrones”, reminding everyone that winter is coming. A heavy mist and trunks of fallen trees have made the path of the girls extremely difficult.
The Fall-Winter collection from Alexander McQueen fashion house is a real picnic of wildling fur coats, layered trapeze-like skirts and flowing dresses, reminding a moss-covered surface in texture. The picture was intermingled with white rural dresses with open-work embroidery and sleeves caught neatly with a band.
Such is the dark fairytale, created by Sarah Burton in the spirit of the “Game of Thrones”. There is no doubt that many girls would like to put on a warrior look from Alexander McQueen.
Escapism is a modern trend with millions of followers. In the coming winter it will be even easier to escape into the world of fantasy with new collections by Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Alexander McQueen.