Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Fendi’s Spring 2012 presentation was full of playful, ladylike pieces within this classic yet modern collection.

I loved the stripes and the colourful embroidery which featured on many of the looks.

Models swayed down the runway wearing mid-length dresses, suede trench coats and boyish blazers with cut-away cold shoulders.

We also saw lightweight leather jackets, samurai shoulders, tailored blazers, fur vests, cool blue shirts, loose-fitted pants and hooded jackets.

Towards the end of the presentation, Karl showcased sheer black dresses with twirl designs.

These dresses would be perfect for a balmy evening whilst on vacation, or a daring diva on the red carpet.

Key accessories included multi-coloured strappy sandals, sunglasses, fur-trimmed clutches and perforated leather shoulder bags which also double up as totes.

The models’ tresses were teased into Betty Draper-esque bouffants.

Front Row: Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Favourites: Red striped jacket and skirt and cold-shoulder striped dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Minka Kelly, Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, Taylor Swift, Roxane Mesquida, Giovanna Battaglia, Karolina Kurkova and Rose Byrne

Celebrities fell in love with MaxMara this year, so I was eager to see which pieces they could possibly be picking from the Spring 2012 collection.

On a colour palette of neutral shades of sand, coffee, aqua blue, gold and ivory plus white and black, MaxMara presented mostly lightweight daywear separates with gold hardware accents.

We saw cocoon dresses, tight-fitted colour-block knit dresses, leather shorts, rompers with clear panels, bomber jackets, cropped leather jackets and strapless jumpsuits from this sporty, utilitarian collection.

I particularly loved the drop-waist dress with a leather panel which seemed to be held together with gold accents that looked like staples. This look was paired with pedal pushers as many pieces were.

If you are looking for something which is simple and chic that doesn’t follow the Spring 2012 plastic or floral trend, then these pieces would be perfect for you.

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Key accessories included satchels, lace-up wedges and shades.

With a sunkissed glow, the models sported twisted dreadlocks.

Favourites: Aqua blue crepe dress with panelled center and sand drop-waist dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Zoe Saldana, Maggie Q, Anne Hathaway, Carey Mulligan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Tilda Swinton, Michelle Monaghan, Elle Macpherson, Karolina Kurkova and Diane Kruger

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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

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.

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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

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.

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




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