Posts Tagged: Milan Fashion Week

Oct 09

That’s a wrap Milano


Azzaro displayed a virginal elegance on the catwalks this season with lovely bright whites. Accents of gold hinted at a Grecian inflluence. Overall the show was clean, crisp and warm when colours where on display.

Balenciaga.jpgThe devil is in the detail with Balenciaga this year.  Just when you thought you had seen everything a designer can do with jeans Balenciaga go and shake it all up again. They presented us with a biker style twist to the jean and every girl in the audience instantly wanted to buy a Harley to straddle for the ride home. The whole collection seemed to have a “grown up tomboy” feel. See girls, we don’t always have to grow up and graduate to dresses.



Christophe Decarnin once again scored for Balmain with a great ode to military officers everywhere.  I want to live and die in this new collection.  I’ll take the lot.  Of course we owe so much to Christophe. I believe he is responsible for bringing back the defined shoulder that every designer is displaying this season. It’s brilliant – and awesome for every lady larger than a size zero bottom.  And for yet another season he showcases the feature head and shoulders, haha, above the rest of the crowd.  Besides the obvious influence of military uniforms it is apparent that perhaps Decarnin was watching ‘Mad Max’ a little too often when sketching the new collection. Love it! I hope a glossy does a feature in a Spring issue in the middle of a desert somewhere. These clothes would look killer with sand thrown around them (although the stylists are cursing me now as no one will want to clean those garments after that photoshoot).  
From the moment the first long leg stretched out on the runway I was in a time warp back to my teens watching “The Neverending Story” movie. How much does the nude attire and slicked back hair remind you of the Princess that must be named? Fantastic! Although the show was centred on warm neutral colours, the designers were clever and just twisted enough to make them stick out in your mind. The playsuits were my favourite, with jodhpur-like pockets at the hips. The whole show was rather ghostlike and delicate. Where Bruno decided to embellish, on his beaded dresses for example, he went full force. It seems he works in extremes. We love dramatic designers!

RUE.jpgDraping, embellishing, ruffling and structuring…those were the ideas taken to new levels at the Rue du Mail show in Milan. I think we will see all of these things done to new extremes in Paris but for Milan I was happy to see the designer experiment with these devices to create new necklines. A good show. We’ll keep an eye out in February for what comes next.

Vandevorst.JPG Well that’s the latest and greatest from Milan folks. Now on to Paris for some pret-a-porter baby!

Sep 09

Feed me Fendi


Ah Fendi…another closet staple. Always the go-to dresses for a classic look that also makes a modern statement.  A catwalk of subtle nudes shook the hearts of bystanders. Chunky espadrilles were given another life with six inch glossy platforms and sensuous fabrics that caressed and flattered the ankle. The bags were what we have come to expect from Fendi – fantastic. But really it was the clever dress designs that made me take my hat off to Karl. A great deal of emphasis is still placed on the shoulders this season with glorified footballer’s shoulder pads and cleverly draped fabrics.       

Sep 09

Just go with the flow

etro.jpgThat’s the motto for spring. It’s loose and comfortable and we are seeing it strut down the catwalk with every passing day.  

Etro has always had a mother earth-meets-couture kind of vibe and this season is no exception. Dresses are loose, trousers are slung low and colours are warm. But this is only the start of the show. Veronica Etro switches things up in the middle with the waist dramatically cinched with wide belts. Although the midriff is restricted, fabric flows freely on both the top and the bottom. The body is able to move about with only one area crying out for attention.  Veronica may look dwarfed next to her gigantic runway models but this little lady packs a serious punch. I am already looking forward to spring and have a new motivation to sticking with my running routine…let’s just say bras aren’t really part of the Etro game plan for next season so I have some work to do!

Sep 09

Camp Counsellor meets Prom Queen on the edge…

I think that’s a pretty accurate description of what was seen at Dsquared in Milan this weekend….and I loved every inch of it.

Dsquared is known for its outrageous takes on fashion but this is pure and utter genius. A girl in a poofy purple gown, beer bottle in hand and a trucker hat on her head is the highlight for me. It doesn’t get much better. It’s only heightened by the fact that the clothes are actually phenomenal.

Perhaps that is the point of such unlikely pairings…not even wearing a rag on your head or a hat resembling a beer helmet can detract from these stunning designs.  One more thing before I go…I never imagined in my lifetime I would see a wilderness girl in a black floor length gown with a black leather silver studded rucksack – LOVE IT!

Sep 09

Absolutely Amazing Armani


I’m speechless. What a fantastic show! My favourite of his to date. Giorgio….there are no words. The blue hues, the silk fabrics, the sequin detailing and sculpted shoulders. You can do no wrong. Tradition and modernity come to life together on the catwalk before our very eyes as we watch the fabrics move. Even the models walked with a fresh new swing in their step as the beautiful clothing allowed for a newly realized confidence.

Sep 09

A Well Dressed man…



Ok so I thought it was about time to give the male species a bit of attention here as fashion certainly isn’t for females alone. 

The first day in Milan was centrally focused around men’s fashions and if you thought there were some crazy sights on the catwalks for New York and London you should have seen some of the catastrophes strutting their stuff on the catwalks in Italy. 

That’s not to say I wasn’t enjoying the view because what girl in her right mind doesn’t enjoy the sight of a man with the body of a Greek god strutting his stuff with no shirt in sight?  But those aren’t fashions that are applicable to the every day male. 

Above, I have chosen looks I believe are easily translatable for city life. Looks that will make you stand out for being chic and fashionable, not because you look like a space oddity.  I will admit that they are classic in nature with slight modern twists put in place by the designer, but why mess with something that works?  Any man stepping out in the outfits above is sure to be noticed…and dare I say, desired.


Sep 09

Light and Airy at Moschino


moschino.jpgWhile watching the show I couldn’t help but repeat the phrase ‘cheap and cheerful’ over and over in my head. The reason this comes to mind is of course because of the name of the line – Moschino Cheap & Chic. It is definitely chic but doesn’t look at all cheap and this is what I love about Moschino.

Rosella Jardini has fun with fashion. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and she knows her audience.  I loved this year’s show. When the world seems really grey from not only the weather but also the current state of the economy, you can guaranteee that Rosella is going to brighten up your day…the pink backdrop on the catwalk was evidence enough of that!  And this theme carried through with every piece that swanned down the runway.  The main emphasis seemed to be on monochromatic bases with bright pink or red splashes. The dresses were either mini or maxi, nothing in between. Ruffles reigned and wrap styles followed close behind.

A show I could have spent all day admiring!

Sep 09

Product Prada


prada.jpgPrada’s show in Milan was, frankly, disappointing.  I am a huge fan of the label and will jump at a Prada dress if given the chance. But if this is the designer’s take on the modern woman I’m not sure I want to be placed in that category. Saying that, however, I felt that there were two or three dresses that saved the show. Her silk floral and patterened dresses will undoubtedly be seen in glossies in the coming months. It’s hard to criticize a legend and Miuccia is definitely a legend in fashion. So I will just say it was not my taste this time around. I look forward to seeing what she presents in February.

Sep 09

Albino’s exotic safari


albino.jpgIf this is Albino D’Amato’s idea of going on safari I want to sign up for the next skip through the African jungles. The designer presented us with sensual fabrics, soft hues and draping detail this year in Milan.  He wasn’t afraid to use sheer and light material to create great folds on his models.  The result – amazing dresses that look comfortable while also exotic and rare. His pairing of delicate textiles with chunky jewellery is a theme expressed in both London and New York and it looks to be a must for all in spring of next year.

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