Tag Archives: Spring Summer 11

Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney, Queen of sartorial precision

4 Oct

In my mind, Stella McCartney represents razor sharp tailoring. She just nails it right on the head and this collection was no exception. It was the monochromatic, tone on tone trend that has prevailed in PFW but executed in suave, elegant tailoring. Makes androgyny look attractive.

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano’s Phantom of the Opera

4 Oct

For John Galliano, it was theather at the runway show, and quite the theatre given its location in the grand Paris opera house, Opéra Comique . When you get over his extreme quirkiness, Mister Galliano is quite the artist-designer and he masters the art of creating a theatrical performance with each show. His muse this time around was Mari Lani, an aspiring French actress in the twenties who conned high profile artists (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc) into painting her portrait – with the promise that the paintings would be featured in her upcoming film. When the paintings were completed, she took them, sold all and took off to the US.

Each look from Galliano’s collection took inpsiration from her paintings, with dramatic make up, hats and hair pieces. It is a refreshing take to the runway show if you don’t get caught up with the practical. At this point, with so many shows done, it has to take some drama to keep the fash pack engaged. But having said that, he had pretty wearable pieces beneath all the drama, especially the jewelled dresses towards the end.

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Paris Fashion Week: Transmogrification of a shirt at Viktor & Rolf

2 Oct

Viktor & Rolf definitely know how to give a runway show. After seeing their ‘performance’ for Fall 2010, I’ve been waiting to see what they’ll come up with for Spring 2011. And they sure did not disappoint. By the way, right now, i’m wearing my ‘fashion as art’ cap.

The collection told a story about the transmogrification of  a shirt. It started out as a white dress shirt, became a shirt dress, became many other things and ended up as a mammoth wedding dress. I can’t help but from grin from ear to ear about this collection. It’s amazing, taking a basic dress shirt and stretching its concept beyond the imagination. I mean, who would have ever made a connection between a wedding dress and a dress shirt?  I love these guys, the fashion world needs the Viktor & Rolfs, John Gallianos, Gareth Pughs and Hussein Chalayans. They take fashion to a whole different level and give us the goose bumps.

As for wearability…hmmm…that final wedding dress won’t be bad for my costume themed wedding.

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Paris Fashion Week: Futuristic fashion at Gareth Pugh

30 Sep

Think fashion aboard this super stylish spacecraft or what the fashion forward ladies will be wearing in 3012 and you have the picture of this collection. True to his cyber space, sci-fi style, Gareth Pugh’s collection was chock full of space gear. Fashion forward, über chic space gear.

The absolutely genius twist was his ditching the catwalk and showing the collection in an i-max style movie.

You can check it out on the link http://showstudio.com/collection/gareth_pugh_paris_womenswear_s_s_11

The collection is another blissful reminder that fashion does not have to make sense, at least not in this century. We don’t have to be able to wear everything the creative mind of a designer crafts, after all, fashion is art. Take a peek at some of the pieces in the gorgeous collection.

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Paris Fashion Week: Viva Balmain the rocker chic pro

30 Sep

What better collection to kick off my Paris Fashion Week fantasy with if not Balmain? It goes without saying that I am a massive fan of this signature rocker chic label. And Christopher Decarnin delivered an excellent collection, taking inspiration from the American flag, with classic Balmain sequined jackets, leather pants and ripped, grungy t-shirts.

I especially love the infusion of red, and the American flag is pretty cool for inspiration. Difficult to pick faves, the entire collection was super but hey, for what it’s worth… 

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It’s a wrap Milan, but just one last look

29 Sep

Milan Fashion Week has swirled to an end with great great fashion to remember, and check out in stores and on the fashion scene. Right about now, all roads, train tracks and air spaces lead to Paris for another week of gorgeous fashion. Can’t wait to see what Paris Fashion Week has waiting. To say goodbye to Milan, i took a look again at some of my favourite pieces from the collections I didn’t blog about.

There was a purity about all that white lace at Dolce & Gabbana, inspired by a bride’s hope chest when she’s packing off to her new life.

Dolce & Gabbana was inspired by a bride's trosseau

It was animal motif in all shapes, colours, styles and textures at Blumarine. Makes you look at animal print in a whole new way.

Blumarine worked some wonders with animal print

It was eclectic, candy coloured pieces and smiling models at Moschino cheap and chic. Someone had to get the fash pack to relax i guess. I like that it was fun, a  true reflection of the season. Touched on the bright colours trend too.

Like the retro silhouette of this dress

Tribal Tribal Tribal at Missoni.  Couple with LAMB at NYFW and we just might have a micro trend here.

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Milan Fashion Week: Sharp tailoring at Dsquared

28 Sep

This is one collection that is right up my alley. Preppy, sharply tailored jackets, geek chic, absolutely elegant. Viva Dsquared!

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Milan Fashion Week: Roberto Cavalli’s Exquisite Fringing

28 Sep

This SS 2011 marked Roberto Cavalli’s 40th year in business, so he rolled out the drums for a significant collection. It was fringe land, quite sultry, lots of cling and movement, snake skin, intricate beading. What stood out was the sheer craftsmanship that went into the collection. The sequins, beads and crystal detailing, all hand sewn. Another display of fashion as art. Will these would be worn in real life and who will wear them is a different discussion.

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Milan Fashion Week: Jil Sander dresses up the Tee

28 Sep

Inspired by haute couture, Jil Sander displayed an elegant twist to wearing the basic t-shirt. Also in line with the ‘bright colours’ trend that has taken the runways for Spring/Summer 2011. Love it because its different, fresh and vibrant. It does come across as stylish and chic, a sure head turner. Lets see if this takes off as mainstream fashion.

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MFW: Emilio Pucci

27 Sep

Great collection by Emilio Pucci, touched two of the recurrent trends: Seventies, floaty chiffon. Love this edgy yet ultra feminine feel you get with leather on chiffon. This was my best look

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MFW: D&G Flower Power

26 Sep

This is quite belated given this show happened early in the week, but it’s pretty and sooooo floral, had to put it up. Dolce & Gabbana’s D&G line is targeted at their younger customers, so the collection this spring/summer was young and playful. They literally brought a garden to the runway, it was flowers, flowers, flowers every where. On the clothes and on the set.

The best part for me were the maxis that closed the show, full, floral and floaty, very gorgeous.

MFW: Prada’s ‘Minimal Baroque’

25 Sep

Well Prada, this is one collection that does NOT make me happy. It’s somewhere between this androgyny and a bunch of clothes that do not quite flatter the beautiful, gorgeous frame of a lady. Miuccia says the collection is ‘brave, bold and obvious’ but sadly, they remind me of some of the sad wardrobe choices i made as a youngster. Try as i may because it’s Prada, i just wouldn’t wear any of them. Monkey and banana prints? Errr…No sir! See some of the fashion culprits

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Milan Fashion Week: Moschino

25 Sep

I really liked the Moschino S/S 11 collection. Bold, strong, sharp and crisp, never mind that most of the pieces in the collection were quite over the top. It was sartorial precision at its ultimate. It was like power to the stylish woman! Strong cuts and silhouettes, polka dots gone crazy, western appeal, bright reds and blues, a cute lil LBD thrown in the mix. Stands out on its own in the middle of florals, sheers and maxis, not bad for fashion diversity in Milan. My favs

Love this LBD!

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Milan Fashion Week: Fendi

25 Sep

Vibrant colour, lantern sleeves, unusual cut at Fendi. And this was one collection were the accessories did far more than complement the clothes, they stood out in glorious technicolour. Made a Fendi bag even more desirable. Gorgeous Gorgeous collection, girls will be spoilt for choice next Spring/Summer. My faves

Love the sleeves

It’s a girly girl’s world in Milan: Alberta Ferretti

24 Sep

Milan Fashion Week is sooooooo choc full of fashion delights for the girly girl. The collections so far have given me goose bumps, WOW! From Gucci to Alberta Ferretti to Prada to D&G, it’s a girl’s world come Spring/Summer 2011.

The Alberta Ferretti collection is breathtaking, lots of floaty floral chiffon dresses and the gorgeous delicate lace. There was a feminine, relaxed, down to earth feel about the dresses, made you feel like slipping into each and every one of them. Here are my faves

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