Good Monday, my sweet readers! FWNY is on and better than ever. In this four days of A/W fashion, we have already seen an amazing display on the catwalks (I’m a little behind on my reviews, Winter cold is my excuse for slacking off). And as trends begin to surface and thousands of 6 feet amazons strut the runways in some fabulous designer creations, this Mexican chick is ready for the first review round-up, directly from Milan.
CREATURES OF THE WIND
We’ve seen just a few shows so far, but we are already sure about one of the strongest color tends, RED! Last A/W season was all about ice, it’s only fair this one they give us fire. I wasn’t familiar with this small brand going on big, but boy was it a pleasant surprise. The Chicago based duo presented us with a total of 23 looks, all different from each other and each with a life of its own. A mix of delicate embroidery, colored leather, stripes and squares, but above all, perfect construction and beautiful shapes. Their insipration: The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies book, an Episcopalian minister’s collection in the of his parishioners’ supernatural tales. Shane Gabier and Chris Peters are definitely two to watch, bravo!
Sheer, leather and THE peplum, three elements that were all over Peter Som’s magnifique collection. Four main colors, a shimmering white, elegant black, jewel green and red. A flawless but effortless execution, the peplums played the part of an architectural detail.
Although some of his pieces may reminisce prior catwalk shows (the see-through skirts peeking out can be compared to Riccardo Tisci’s for Givenchy A/W 2011), he definitely put his own twist on them and made them his. His fashion display of this season was very different from what we have seen from him before. It was an unexpected turn, but a much appreciated one.
He made us fall in love with his S/S 2012 collection ( I still dream about THE pink number). Now with his A/W 2012 show, it’s official, we are going bananas for this man’s creations. He is definitely one of the young designers that keeps on growing, and growing with each season. With a clear Chinese inspiration, his looks ranged from military chic (chinese army, hence the red and green shades) to beautiful and crafty embroidered pieces ( Chinese royal dynasty comes to mind).
The key elements: fitted pencil skirts, a gorgeous display of capes, prints and textures and a touch of fur. I still can’t get over that army green leather coat, it’s my dreamboat. Kudos to Mr. Wu, because he always delivers and his deliveries keep getting better and better with each season.
He may be from California, but there’s nothing californian about his collection. It can be described as sophsiticated with an edge, a big edge. The designer described his inspiration as: “A perfect woman in an imperfect situation. She’s well-kept but dangerous.” The dramatic hair and make up played along perfectly with the collection’s feel and mood. A wide variety of colors in his palette, and also textures: from feathers, to jacquard, to leather and even some fur, a girl has a lot to choose from.
The neutral color palette was a predictable move for the Helmut Lang show, what we did not expect were those hints of rust red the designer duo sent out the runway. But the shades were not the only consistent part of this collection, the sleek chic silhouette was there too. Nicole and Michael Colovos are certainly walking the cocky and confident road and it suits them just fine.
It was all so architectural but with a flow. Asymmetrical cuts, funnel neck jackets, tigh-high boots, explosive lava-like patterns and that drool-worthy creme cape were among the elements Helmut Lang presented on the runway this season. Overall, a hit out of the ballpark!
RAG & BONE
It was layering at its best, like the puerst form of art. It all looked so effortless and at the same time, perfect. Asymmetrical garments with stripes, cinched at the waist, were all over Rag & Bone’s A/W 2012 collection. With a slight vibe from India and their perfect tailoring, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright presented us with wonderful fashion, we will be lusting after next season.
Tapestry, pantsuits, and blanket capes, all paired up with some fab ankle boots and loafers. The beauty was simple and natural, as were the hair waves. It was beyond cool, and every girl loves some cool in her closet.
LOOK OF THE DAY
It’s cold outside but I’m feeling rather floral. Today’s look represents just what I’m all about. Pastel and flower ensembles are my drug, and lately I have a witness for green bags. Let’s start with the skirt, I chose a skater one in beige from Nasty Gal. The fit and the shape make it really chic and really cute. I tucked in a pussybow blouse in classic rose from ASOS. For a layering effect, I added a metallic jumper from H&M (seriously, run out the door and go get this garment, it’s a perfect companion for this coming season). For coverage and to give the outfit a little bit of a laid-back vibe, a twill, floral jacket from See by Chloé. Maybe, by looking at the image, you might think the legs are a little bare for the cruel temperature outside, but no. This lovely, pale pink tights are from TOPSHOP. For the shoes, with this ensemble, you can’t go wrong with some fabulouss high-heeled brogues from the Fergie (yes, the chick from the Black Eyed Peas, didn’t know she had a shoe line but styles are good and prices even more so).
For the bag, green purses are so happening right now. This lovely style is from Golden Goose and you have seen it before on this POST. For the hands, one of my favorite accessories of all times, beige fingerless gloves and a kitsch watch from River Island. For teh final touch, Chanel Le Vernis MAY for your nails.
I am running a little behind, but I promise to make it op to you. Tomorrow we will have reviews for Mr. Wang, Mr. Gurung and Mr. Altuzarra. That’s a lot of work! I better get my beauty sleep!
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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