Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas must be one fun guy, because he sure knows how to bring the fun to the runway. It’s a ‘Get This Party Started’ collection. A disco party collection, full of color and sparkle that would make the 1980s very proud. Take a look at the Milan Fashion Week disco, and I dare you not to love it.
Delicate. Vintage. Feminine. Three words that come to mind, inspired by the delightful Spring/Summer 2014 collection presented on day four of Milan Fashion Week by Roberto Cavalli. It’s a collection that celebrates the 1920s with such artistry and spirit that I’m ready to start start doing the Charleston. There’s also snake skin, but in a soft and gentle way we’ve never seen it before. Gorgeous gorgeous collection that’s has an air of great ease. It’s relaxed glamour that ditches the bright neons of the Just Cavalli show of day two in favor of a much lighter palette. Seriously think I’ve fallen in love.
It’s interesting to see snakeskin done in a way that’s quiet, not loud. Usually snakeskin is done in bold looks, but these are very relaxed. I love the desert-esque pallete of the first range of looks. And then a muted lime green comes in for a splash of color that’s every bit as much fun.
Taking the route of the very well-traveled trend of black and white, Roberto Cavalli somehow veers in the direction of uncharted territory full of intricate beading, spidery necklaces, and soft woven fabrics that at times take on a Native American inspiration.
And just like that, Roberto Cavalli has revealed another collection that’s utterly flawless. I don’t know how they do it, but boy do they do it.
If you like shimmer…I’d definitely check out the full collection because the way these clothes reflect light while in motion is really breathtaking.
All photos credited to Vogue.
Versace took the spotlight at Milan Fashion Week Friday to present a collection full of spectacular pieces…with wide variety! Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Or zippers, pastels, flowers, and biker-tees…oh…my! It wasn’t a perfect collection, but was full of looks that proved the Versace spirit is still very much alive and well.
So let’s start with my absolutely favorite pieces of the collection, these beautiful bouquets of flowers!
It’s like Donatella crawled around picking up a floral print off the cutting room floor of an Erdem showroom (in a good way). It’s not something I would’ve expected out of Versace this season, but these (to me) are definitely the strongest looks of the collection. They do what Versace does best, and take a romantic look and flip it upside down to have a whole lot of attitude. Bravo! And I love those shoes!
Another look that is very classic Versace are the exposed zippers in these black numbers:
We’ve seen Versace do this before. It worked then and it works now. I really love when Versace goes all rock-girl on us!
I don’t love when they go all rock girl in pastels however…
These are strange. The belly chain works for me in the black exposed zipper looks but is a major flop for me here. In theory I like the idea of pastels with a dark twist but I just don’t think this is the most effective way to do it. And I think they definitely should have paired these dresses with the black platforms you see with the above looks. The shoes and the dresses are way too matchy matchy for my taste.
Versace did get pastels right though in these looks that darken them up without the excess chain-baggage.
These are styled to perfection with the chunky black heals and large buckled, black belts. Where they aimed (and missed) in the pastels with chains, they hit right on the head with these. But, hey it’s a trial and error process sometimes and better to try, fail, try again, and get it right…than to never try at all. (As cheesy as that sounds it is really true!)
Denim also played a large role in this collection in a range of looks that I really did like a lot. I even like the controversial chain in the center look. It works really well in this case.
And last but not least, let’s just gander at these really amazing t-shirts. These gals are ready to jump on the back of a Harley motorcycle and ride into the sunset. The lace detailing on the pants is one of my favorite looks of the whole collection. I wish we saw that done more because it has a really cool effect, like high fashion faux tattoos.
Overall, while the collection did hit a few speed bumps, it was classic good Versace fun. And who doesn’t love that?
Let me know where you weigh in on the great belly-chain debate (I don’t know why I keep calling them belly chains as they adorn many other body parts than the belly). I’m curious to know if you think pastels and chains are a good mix.
All photos credited to Vogue.
Day 3 of Milan Fashion Week has arrived upon us so quickly in this swift September month of fashion. How fabulous September 2013 has been thus far. But in this month of textiles and lace, we’ve yet to taste the rustic charm of a bohemian rhapsody until Etro took the spotlight with their signature paisley in a collection that’s the perfect combination of the country and city girl. The collection itself was birthed at the country home of Veronica Etro, where she revisited the vintage prints of 1940s look-books of the brand, started by her grandfather. You know what they say, what goes round is sure to come around again…and Veronica felt it was time to reintroduce the prints to today’s modern woman in this fantastic hybrid collection that will satisfy country and city gals alike.
Never one to shy a way from a bold color, these are my favorite pieces of the collection. But as a whole, this is definitely one of my favorites of this season. Each look begs to be looked at, but in an non-ostentatious way that’s inviting to the eye.
Plus, what better time to go Bohemian than summer when tight, heavy clothing is the furthest thing from your mind while sweltering in the summer heat. This is a collection that’s cool in every sense of the word.
What do you think of this collection? I hope you love it as much as I do!
All photos credited to Vogue.
In a grand gesture of spring cleaning, Milan Fashion Week has kicked aside the black-and-white that was so prominent in London and New York in favor of spring collections bursting with color. But no collection celebrates color as well as Fendi. Day 2 had some mighty colorful competition in Just Cavalli and Prada, but the relaxed feel of this collection is soothing to the eyes and definitely to the body. So sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular collection that honors the spirit of the warmest seasons in the coolest way. Fendi.