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MFW COVERAGE: Mermaid stories and fairy tales

Good Sunday, my sweet readers! Fashion Week ended three weeks ago (a lifetime in Fashion terms). I had planned an entire schedule of runway reviews about Milan and Paris, then I found myself without internet connection for 18 days ( I blame it on the Italian phone company and their wonderful costumer service). Anyway, better late than never, right? And since I take my FW coverage way too serious, I am gonna blast you with catwalks and trends from Spring 2013 until my mission is complete. Today we start reviewing the Glitz and Glamour of Fashion Week, the beautiful city of Milano. Let’s get this runway started!

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Talk about wearable and fabulous. In fashion, almost every collection is composed by looks you can wear and looks that you can’t (unless you are Anna dell Russo, then you can wear whatever you want). When it comes to Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 collection, there wasn’t a single outfit meant just for show, everything was made for us mortals (well, mortals who can actually afford them). With an almost neutral color palette, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti sent a game of textures and asymmetrical hemlines down the runway. Between the creamy, snakeskin, the metallic fabrics and the leather, choosing a favorite ensemble would be nearly impossible (I’m rooting for the belted, python skirt with the shiny top). It was all so feminine and sexy, but edgy at the same time with all those laces and straps. A hint of S&M? Yes there was, but always keeping it delicate and demure. As for the accessories, as awesome as the garments: caged heels, gladiator sandals, sandal-booties (a big no, no for me usually, but for this babies, I’m willing to make an exception).

MOSCHINO

God bless Rossella Jardini for always granting us a fun breather on Fashion Week. For her Spring 2013 show, the Italian designer was all about optical illusion, short hemlines and her regular, colorful prints. Her inspiration was clear, in a sea of pop art and mod dresses it was all about the 60’s. The show opened with a series of black and white ensembles, then escalading into perky colors and fun patterns. There was a lot of leg flashing, double breasted jackets, stripes (big, big trend this season), simple and flirty mini skirts and even one or two crisp, white outfits.

As for accessories, it was all about sassy helmets, white paste sunnies (very Jackie O), PVC hoops and some serious glittery shoe porn. The groovy vibe was increased by the beauty: big, bouncy and sprayed half updos, shiny eye makeup with bright and happy lips. Our favorite part? The eyelet looks at the end, it was a refreshing finale for her heavy themed collections. We love Mrs. Jardini, because when she picks an inspiration, she is not afraid ob being too literal. A pretty escape from all those conceptual and way-to-serious designers out there.

ALBERTA FERRETTI

A collection worthy of a Queen of the Sea, an ocean nymph. So soft and ethereal one cannot help but be drawn to it. The color palette was an ode to the mermaid, a fantastic and mythical creature that was perfectly represented by Mrs. Ferretti for her Spring 2012 show. The mix of textures was almost harmonic: Chantilly lace, chiffon and silk merged together in the Italian designer’s creations. The lengths went from short and midi, to long and flowy. Among the sea of neutrals and sheer, a few shiny ensembles popped out. As for the gowns, the delicate fabrics were covered in what seemed like sailor nets (the glitter version, of course). It was all so poetic and romantic.

GUCCI

For Gucci this season, it was an unexpected turn from what we are used to seeing from the iconic, Italian brand. There was no trace of Frida Giannini’s powerful and seductive vixen, instead it was all about a bright and colorful lady. The show opened with some solid and bold pink ensembles, then there was royal blue, coral, turquoise, Chartreusse, Gucci’s signature black and to close it up, crisp white. The shapes were simple, but with a lot of movement (she payed a lot of attention to sleeves, adding ruffles, pleats and bubbles). The solids were contrasted with reptile print in different hues, from the classic cream python to pink and aqua snakeskin.

Other prints included 70’s inspired feathers in pajama-like ensembles. As for the accessories, simple dresses were embellished with same-colored, statement jewelry, sandals were part naked, par bondage and the sleek hair allowed the models to showcase some serious statement ear candy. As much as we respect Giannini’s decision to change direction, we have to admit we are more drawn to the sexy ways she is best known for.

BLUMARINE

Speaking of unexpected turns, we are always used to some pretty bold, over-the-top collections from Mrs. Anna Molinari. Remember Fall 2012 and the neon fur and the python print overload? Well this year, it was soft and sweet, mind-blowing soft and sweet. It was all so seasonal and romantic: flowy mini dresses, peasant tops, easy trousers with embellished tops, chiffon garments with crystal and sequin appliques, gathered skirts and a beautifully done dip-dye. It was a feminine delight, one I’d be loving to wear each and every single day of the week (when the sucky Winter bows goodbye).

LOOK OF THE DAY

Simple look, but always chic. A leather skirt is always a staple inside our wardrobes. Pair it up with a graphic sweatshirt (a must-have piece for Fall 2012) and you’ve got a winning combo. The cool and fun twist? A pair of solid ankle boots to pump things up. For accessories, sticking to black and gold is just what the Doctor ordered.

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA

We still have a bunch of reviews from Spring 2013. Bear with me, I’ll make it quick!

Happy Sunday

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Opening Ceremony, J. Crew, Chanel, Polyvore

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MFW Coverage: Remeber the Titans

@ Dolce & Gabbana's Metropol, Milano

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has come to an end, leaving my brain completely overloaded with runways, trends, shows and more. The weather is finally cooling off a bit, I wish my brain would do too but my blog’s to-do list is endless and I have to keep up (and speed up) with the posting. This is the last one from the MFW series, and of course we left the titans for last. Milan Fashion Week’s schedule is packed with some of the biggest names in fashion, legendary and that have been around for several years (or decades) now. I have given you Prada, Bottega and Versace, now I have for you the rest of the italian sharks. Let’s start our round-up with one of my momma’s faves:

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO S/S 2012

Color explosion suits just fine the classic Ferragamo woman. It was a collection that had Massimiliano Giornetti’s signature style all over, the elegance, the glamour and the slickness, but all of that with a twist. It was a tropical jungle, it was the clash of the colors, it was unrestrained but never over the top, always keeping it ladylike. The getaway collection was full of bold and fun prints, chiffon and slik. Everything was flashy, starting with that fabulous berry leopard print jumpsuit and the major color blocking usage.

The working girl image was left aside, leaving room for the one who jet sets across the globe or rocks the red carpet looks like no one else (mark my words, when the Hollywood awards season begins, a few of this gorgeous creations will be worn by some major A-listers).The color palette: bold, bold, bold… Bright pink and red, purple and electric blue. Our lust-worthy looks: those shiny pantsuits with the flashy tops and the colorful clutch, ADORO!

DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2012

Since the show, I have not been able to get that “Mambo Italiano” song off my head! This past seasons the italian duo has really been keeping up the good work. First came the white lace madness (one of the best collections for S/S 2011), then they filled the runway with stars and now it was all about the garden prints and italian cuisine. Eggplants, cherry tomatoes, red pepperoncinos and garlic, yes garlic made their way into the beautiful garments presented by Domenico and Stefano. It was another gorgeous homage to their Scilian woman, this time with a 1050’s vibe and a Sophia Loren inspiration. They always make the best out of their italian heritage. This boys are proud of being italian and not afraid of showing it, and we thank them for that!

The show was filled with prints and textures, sheer chiffon, lace and embellishments, even some garments made out of plastic. As always, D&G’s favorite girls, brazilian bombshells Isabeli Fontana and Iza Goulart walked the runway, alongside other stars like Abbey Lee, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Karlie Kloss. For accessories, you can’t help but smile at the garlic and pasta earrings. The footwear was beyond cute and the venue was spectacular. The finale: like no other!

GUCCI S/S 2012

Frida Giannini and her powerful women walked again the MFW runway, and as always, with great success. The italian designer showcased a collection with a simple color palette: black, green, white and gold, but the way this four colors were paired up was strikingly beautiful! It was an architectural collection: the shapes, the garments. Everything was perfectly constructed and everything had a reason. The collection started out with a series of jacket and trousers looks, escalating little by little into those stunning dresses in the end.

It was hard not to stare, it was impossible not to drool. It was the flapper girl reloaded, it wasn’t just about sexy, it was about strength and power. 1920’s reloaded, 1920’s to conmemorate the time when the famous italian house was born. It was all so rich, all so opulent and all so beautiful. Frida Giannini can never get it wrong, she continues to prove it.

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2012

It was lavish, it was rich, it was baroque, it had Roberto Cavalli written all over. The italian designer is famous for his extravagant and sexy couture. His woman was always been a wild one, one that is not afraid to show off, to go over the top and to turn some heads while she struts. He is the king of the urban jungle and this collection was no different from that signature style of his. It all started off dramatically as expected, with a serious splash of gold sequins, a reflection of the glamour and luxury in the collection.

Prints were everywhere, from the always present animal one to bright and vivid ones with a more boheiman vibe to them. Metallic and lace details, pantsuits and plissè skirts. It was albout the gold (funny take on Italy’s economic situation), the emboridery and the florals. Tuxedo jackets were all over the place in different textiles and textures, with trousers, skirts and even with long, elegant gowns. Mr. Cavalli gave us what is usually expected from him. The woman he portrayed: always strong and seductive, as always.

GIORGIO ARMANI S/S 2012

It was classic Armani and it was ladylike. The tailoring was precise and clean to perfection, Giorgio knows how to execute flawlessly. It was a collection full of light hence the textures and materials. The show was opened by the one and only Coco Rocha, the italian designer’s catwalk was the only one she did for the season. Cigarette pants with a slit down the hem, sharply tailored jackets, simple and silky strapless dresses and structured tops, all in soft and watery hues. For the finale, Giorgio Armani sent out three models, dripping in shimmery sequins. His guest of honor, of course, Princess Charlene of Monaco.

LOOK OF THE DAY

For our last day in the italian capital of fashion, my lovely Milan we had to go all out! And this beautiful dress from TOPSHOP is the perfect choice to do so. The spots, the shape and the colors give it an instant Old School glamour air. To give it a fun twist, a more casual belt made out of cord from Marni. To keep on twisting and having fun, this Vionnet leather sandals in pink and gold fall perfectly into place with the rest of our ensemble.

For accessories, the Miu Miu oversized clutch in black. The frame and the shape make it look almost vintage! And since we are going for some kind of vintage glamour, it’s the missing piece in our puzzle. For jewelry, a floral embellished crystal bangle and a pair of clip-on earrings. For a touch of drama, Essie’s Carry On from their latest fall collection.

For beauty, a simple updo with a high bun will do and light, natural, simple make up.

Remeber, for all the details on the look, check out my MFW LOOKS list at Fashiolista! Click here

Now that we are done with Milan, let’s move on to the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, PARIGI! Check back this week for PFW’s runway reviews and looks of the day.

Sweet kisses…

PS: Lots of surprises, new sections and more coming up on the blog! Don’t miss them!

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