March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Fashion month is almost complete, with Milan just wrapping up their runway week. The designers of the Italian city took inspiration from the past and looked to eras like the ’40s, ’70s and even Christianity.
Take a look at my three favorite collections below!
3. Bottega Veneta
While it’ll always be sexy to show a little skin, layering up is a fresh alternative to leave a little mystery. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier turned to the 1940s as inspiration for the classic and sophisticated woman. With knee-length dresses, structured overcoats, dainty purses and perfectly curled hair, this collection created the frame for confident ladies everywhere. The clothing may look plain at first sight, but take a closer look and you’ll see Maier’s play with wool, pleat detailing and fun use of bright colors.
2. Dolce & Gabbana
Using religious themes in fashion can be a little cliche, but the Dolce & Gabbana duo knows how to make it work for their all-Italian brand. Steering away from their Sicily-inspired themes from recent collections, the designers looked way back into the Byzantine Empire for a bold and decadent runway show. The Byzantine art prints were beautiful and had a mosiac feel that made them look authentic. Also, the effortless combination of colors like ruby, gold, cream and ebony Keep reading…
March 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
Paris fall fashion week this season completely shocked me. I always look to the city of lights for the reveal of the coolest trends for the upcoming fashion season. But for Fall ’12, the city’s fashion week was an utter tragedy.
A disturbingly large amount of the collections (mainly from big name labels, mind you) were outdated, outrageous and just strange. Even my favorite designers disappointed me.
Anyway, it was quite easy to pick four favorite collections.
Here we go:
Newbie designer Olivier Rousteing has been doing a great job upholding the Balmain name after Christophe Decarnin’s depature, and his latest collection is no different. His collection was all about extensive detail with influence deriving from Elizabeth Taylor Faberge egg collection – cool right? I loved the baroque detailing combined with the modern-day leather accents that gave the looks a unique edge.
3. Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney’s fall collection was the epitome of effortlessly chic. The dresses were breezy, the coats were structured and the looks were playful and fun to look at. The brocade details were interesting and the glints of gold highlights made the looks feel rich. I also enjoyed the sporty silhouettes that the designer is known for – it was subdued hint to the upcoming London Olympics. It is a very polished collection that will suit any woman who is confident and flirty.
February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
London’s fashion week has just wrapped up with Milan now picking up the speed. I look to London for quirky and fun looks, but the Fall ’12 collections shown this season were surprisingly forgettable.
But I did find three collections that caught my eye!
(I’ve had a falling out with Burberry’s collections a while ago, so don’t expect that name to pop up here…)
3. Dion Lee
I’ve never heard of this label beforehand, but the futuristic cutouts, minimal silhouettes and stark colors of Dion Lee’s collection definitely piqued my interest! While the collection is body-conscious, it is not overtly sexual. For the designer to find and hone in that difficult balance is amazing.
2. Mary Katrantzou
From the 3-D like patterns to the immaculate and architectural construction, Mary Katrantzou’s Fall ’12 collection was very intense! The looks were all very risky but none failed due to Katrantzou’s immense talent of designing. I loved the original silhouettes she created; I can’t recall seeing them anywhere else. The intense color schemes packed a serious punch. This collection was strictly British, which I loved!
Read on to see my number one pick!
February 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
I reviewed my favorite collections (from nine through six) earlier, and now I present to you my top five collections from Fall ’12 New York Fashion Week!
Here we go!
5. Alexander Wang
It has been interesting to see how Wang has turned his brand from a downtown secret to a worldwide phenomenon. But this transition has not been easy, as Wang seemed to have lost his street-inspired edge. But his F/W collection reflected a hint of his past aesthetic, with its utilitarian theme and risky fabric use.
4. Theyskens’ Theory
This brand brings it season after season with seriously cool and city-ready pieces that any girl would kill to have in her wardrobe. This season’s collections adds a bit of glam with its glizty tops and metallic threads. It is very contemporary but in no way commercial; buyers will definitely eat this collection up!
February 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
This year’s Fall NYFW (unexpectedly) blew my mind! There were many collections that I was in awe of, from my regular favorites to a few surprises. I could not simply pick one favorite.
So instead of choosing my usual top four, I have a list of my top nine shows!
9. Kimberly Ovitz
With the current “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” craze, many have begun to associate darker, Gothic-inspired looks with Lisbeth Salander. But Kimberly Ovitz’s FW show was in its own individual element. The looks were very tough-girl chic; I would not want to mess with this clan of all-black wearing girls!
8. Cushnie et Ochs
With its clean cutouts, slivers of silver zippers and peek-a-boo slits, this collection definitely mastered a surgeon-like precision to tailoring. The looks are dangerously sexy but still elegant. The colors also packed a fun punch!
January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
As promised, here is part two of my (long overdue) jam-packed post of all the latest Pre-Fall ’12 collections!
Enjoy them below!
Band of Outsiders
This collection is classic Band of Outsiders – very “boy meets girl” timeless menswear-inspired pieces with a touch of feminine chic. It is also incredibly wearable; I would be surprised if buyers don’t eat this up!
Giles’s collection embodies the vintage style of its London roots, which is posh, tailored and saucy. But it interjections of colorful prints saves it from becoming too serious.