22.09.11

No. 21 Spring 2012

Thanks to Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and several top editors, I have become slightly obsessed with No. 21.

After looking for it everywhere during New York Fashion Week, I was excited to learn yesterday that it’s stocked in Fenwicks on Bond Street.

The No. 21 Spring 2012 collection combined feminine and masculine pieces to present a totally wearable collection.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s masculine looks included a blue-collared light blue shirt with tapered pants. An oversized top was paired with blue embellished shorts. A sweater was paired with silk boxers and we also saw printed pyjama-like ensembles.

The sexy feminine looks included a cropped knit sweater layered over a blouse which was paired with a check pencil skirt. Bralets were paired with pencil skirts alongside knee-length printed skirts, striped cardigans and a selection of dresses ranging from daywear to evening wear.

The colour palette consisted of light blue, black, white, camel and bronze.

Key accessories included long chains with leather pendants, aqua drop earrings, gold and silver embellished pumps and iPad-thin clutches in plaid and python.

I loved that they played my favourite song during the finale: Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield.”

Favourites: Blue top with blue sequin shorts and plaid skirt paired with layered top

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Bosworth, Zoe Saldana, Ginnifer Goodwin, Megan Fox and Camilla Belle

22.09.11

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2012

Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2012 presented a collection full of signature pretty feminine dresses with a modern twist.

I have loved the tribal influences this Spring. We’ve seen them at Donna Karan and Michael Kors, and now we see them at Alberta Ferretti as the designer presented African-inspired prints and tropical colours.

We saw a lot of sheer dresses with sexy cut-out panels. The Ferretti woman isn’t normally this sexy, but I loved the new direction.

Besides the sheer dresses, models walked the runway wearing coat dresses, lightweight jackets, crochet skirts paired with khaki shirts, knitted dresses, slip dresses, skirt suits with a flounced hem, tropical print dresses, tropical print chiffon skirts paired with sheer shirts, and beautiful draped dresses.

As the show was coming to an end, one of the models stepped onto the runway with a long black chain. At first I thought it was a dog lead, but she was actually dragging a black fringe back along the runway.

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There were many other bags presented during this collection. They were colourful and beaded with thick woven shoulder straps which the model wrapped around their wrist.

Other key accessories included satin strappy sandals.

Models sported wet-look tousled waves, neutral makeup and sun-kissed skin.

Credit: Images belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards

22.09.11

Gucci Spring 2012

Frida Giannini was inspired by the early-twentieth-century Art Deco era for the Gucci Spring 2012 collection, which kicked off Milan Fashion Week yesterday afternoon.

Drop-waist shift dresses were the key indicator of the 20s inspiration. The Art Deco lines could be seen via the blazers paired with silk blouses and tapered pants.

After seeing so many pastels and floral prints, this collection sticks to its sleek formula by presenting looks on a colour palette of gold, black and white with pops of green.

This collection also served up colour-block looks, cut-out swimsuits and animal prints, but the real treats for me were the last few dresses which swished down the runway with their beaded and fringed details.

The collection was perfectly dubbed ‘Boyish meets Girlish.’ I loved the mix of feminine and androgynous looks. I can see Diane Kruger wearing several pieces in that respect.

Key accessories included T-bar ankle strap heels, rectangular clutches with enamel tiger heads, python shoulder bags with gold chains and gold tassel details, flat sandals, rigid bracelets and trophy rings, jewel belts with buckles that resemble crystal brooches plus chic sunglasses.

Pat Mcgrath created a jet-black rimmed eye using Max Factor’s black kohl pencil and Max Factor cream shadow Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow in Onyx Smoke. The eyebrows were bleached and the lips were nude.

The John Frieda team pulled back the models’ hair into two voluminous, tucked-back ponytails. The finishing touch was a black streak applied to blonde hair and a gold streak applied to black or brunette hair.

Front Row: John Legend with girlfriend Christy Teigen and Yang Mi

Favourites: Fringed drop-waist dress and strapless drop-waist dress with fringed bodice

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton, Eva Rachel Wood, Ana De La Reguera, Bonnie Wright, Leighton Meester, Rachel Weisz, Eva Mendes, Liv Tyler, Camilla Belle, Zoe Saldana, Tilda Swinton, Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett, Emmy Rossum, Kelly Rowland and Maggie Gyllenhaal

03.03.11

Sergio Rossi Fall 2011

The one thing Milan has over the other fashion weeks are the shoe presentations.

It’s like being in a candy store surround by all those sweet delights.

As you know I’m on a constant mission to see more interesting heels on the red carpet.

Sergio Rossi’s Fall 2011 collection reassured me that shoe manufacturers are making heels in colours other than black and nude.

Francesco Russo’s, Creative Director of Sergio Rossi wants to enveloping the female foot, elongating the leg and elevating the body; enhancing the perfect silhouette.

He was inspired by night butterflies, carnivals and harlequins hence such a fun and colourful collection.

The key feature was the twirl design on the majority of the shoes which provides an identifiable signature for this collection.

My favourite piece from this collection was the green, red and purple ankle strap heel above, as it reminded me of a Venus fly trap.

The fur trimmed sandals seemed to spark a lot of interest, so these could be really big for Fall.

It wasn’t only shoes which were presented; clutches and chokers both with a butterfly motif were on display.

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Sergio Rossi collaborated with Alexander Fury, Fashion Director of Nick Knight’s award-winning website SHOWstudio.com to create ten cinematic studies of the Sergio Rossi Fall 2011 collection. You can view the videos at SHOWstudio.com.

03.03.11

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2011 collection was inspired by the 80s power dressing woman.

We saw sexy pinstripe double-breasted suits, masculine cut jacket with pointed lapels, body hugging pencil skirts, tailored pants and belted dresses in gingham, check, stripes and houndstooth. They dominated the runway on a grey, white and mostly black colour palette.

The body conscious collection was so beautifully chic.

Apart from the suits we also saw some beautiful winter white coats and black leather trenches.

At night the power woman changes into a dress with a plunging neckline accented with Swarovski mesh and lace detailing or sumptuous bustier dress with embroidered patchwork details.

Key accessories included top-cap pumps, gingham, houndstooth, striped and tweed pumps plus clutches and shoulder bags.

Favourites: Leather trench with gingham lining and houndtooth top with white pants and white coat

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Jane Fonda, Sharon Stone, and Frieda Pinto

02.03.11

Emilio Pucci Fall 2011

I really enjoyed the change of direction from this Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 collection.

The sexy flowing dresses and kaftans were replaced by uber sexy fitted dresses.

Peter Dundas went from concentrating on legs via thigh-high splits and minis to focusing on the bust as breasts heaved over tight corseted tops.

Either way Blake Lively will be happy.

The presentation gave us rock n’ roll elegance with the sexy twist.

We saw bold prints and baroque embellishments on form-fitting bodices and dresses.

Chic daywear included velvet riding coats with leg of mutton sleeves, tailored riding pants, puff-sleeve jackets, jacquard jackets, A-line skirts and feminine lace blouses.

I loved the inclusion of several classic signature Pucci prints.

The finale included some of the sexiest looks I have seen all fashion week.

Green goddess dresses with embellished asymmetrical sleeves and the final look had a sexy bejeweled bodice which I would love to see on Angelina Jolie.

Key accessories included Tyrol hats, heeled hiking boots, leather clutches, suede shoulder bags and signature sexy sandals.

I loved the messy plaits which I’ve dubbed the ‘Pucci Plait.’ I wonder which starlet will work this style into their red carpet look.

Front Row: Anna Wintour, Poppy Delevigne, Eugénie Niarchos, Anna Dello Russo, John Taylor

Favourites: Green gown with embellished sleeve and black tuxedo jumpsuit with lace back panel

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, Megan Fox, Fergie, Kylie Mingoue, Rihanna, Beau Garrett, Angelina Jolie, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Zoe Saldana

02.03.11

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2011

Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2011 presentation focused on playing with layers to create a futuristic version of the Cavalli woman who looked like she was out to fight an apocalyptic war.

The tough Cavalli warrior woman wears metallic bodysuits, Fox fur vests worn with long dresses or feather jackets worn over short dresses, laser-cut leather jackets, feathered necklaces, long skinny pants covered in metallic embroidery in shades of gold, silver copper and iron, layered with mousseline dresses.

Maxi skirts, school-boy waistcoats made super-feminine by nipped waists and cuts, layered over chiffon dresses and chiffon blouses which are also paired with masculine blazers.

Cavalli’s beloved animal prints were used in this collection but in a dark and moody fashion with tribal accents.
Rich textures including python, velvet, and fur were presented alongside lighter more feminine fabrics like chiffon floaty maxi dresses accented with feathers.

If you are worried that no red carpet gowns were presented, don’t be because Cavalli usually creates a special red carpet Couture collection which we will no doubt see during Cannes and Venice Film Festivals.

Front Row: Kelly Rowland, Anna Wintour, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Black velvet blazer paired with maroon ombre animal print dress and copper metallic top paired with animal print pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Megan Fox

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27.02.11

Jil Sander Fall 2011

The Jil Sander Fall 2011 collection felt sportier in comparison to Spring.

Raf Simons still played with bright colours and most looks had volume; skirts, coats and dresses.

But it wasn’t all about volume. This ski wear inspired collection presented us with a lot of body-conscious looks.

We saw a lot of black in this collection, but it served to enable the bold red, royal blue, yellow and green looks pop on the well lit venue.

I also loved the winter floral pieces which really stood out.

Some of my favourite pieces from this collection included the cocoon pieces with the arms lined up perfectly with the pockets.

The models were styled with conical hair, red lips and blue eyeshadow.

Minimalist went maxi on this occasion. The normally poker faced fashion crowd couldn’t help but raise a smile during this presentation.

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The key accessories were two-tone clutches, totes and wedges.

Front Row: Anna Wintour

Favourites: Teal cocoon dress and mustard 3/4 length sleeve dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Tilda Swinton

27.02.11

Emporio Armani Fall 2011

The Emporio Armani Fall 2011 collection featured all black looks with pops of colour coming from two Mongolian lamb fur jackets.

With the inspiration being, ‘The Spy’ Mr Armani presented many textures, shapes, styles and cuts to ensure that there was plenty of variety.

We saw a selection of elegance pieces including classic chic blazers, collarless blazers, jumpsuits, floor length coats, capes draped over shoulders, fitted maxi skirts and pants which had the pockets on the outside.

Mr Armani layered many looks. Silk harem pants which were layered with skirts and fitted dresses were paired with slim pants.

Key accessories included black caps which the ‘Spies’ hid behind. Kitten heels, totes, leather shin-guards paired with flats.

The cutest accessory was a dog one of the models carried which was kitted out in an Armani jacket. The pooch was a natural as he/she seemed unfazed by the bright lights and loud music.

Pops of colour came via the Mongolian lamb fur bags in purple, green and blue.

Front Row: Tina Turner and Ricky Martin

Favourites: Mongolian lamb fur jacket paired with sequined top and tapered pants and asymetrical jumpsuit

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Emily Blunt, Natalie Imbruglia, Monica Bellucci and Jodie Foster

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