25.09.12

Versace Spring 2013

Donatella Versace presented a subtle collection for Spring 2013 as she toned down the in-your-face uber-sexy looks (which I always enjoy) for a more bohemian vibe.

The show opened with lace-accented pieces, some revealing the models’ toned abs. We also saw mini dresses paired with low-slung studded belts, crop tops, shorts, drop waist dresses, sleek blazers, leather jackets, oversized shirts and cropped pants.

Towards the end of the show the bohemian vibe really came to life with a selection of tie-dye pieces with loose silhouettes billowing down the runway.

The last eight gowns with the slashed cut-out details, gold accents and thigh-high splits pretty much had Jennifer Lopez’ name written all over them, but she will have to fight Lea Michele for them.
Key accessories included sexy strappy knee-high boots, strappy metallic sandals, leather clutches and silver fringe details.

Front Row: Christopher Kane

Favourites: Drop-waist long-sleeve dress and blue tie-dye vest with shorts

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele and Milla Jovovich

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25.09.12

Just Cavalli Spring 2013

Just Cavalli’s Spring 2013 collection was presented during Milan Fashion Week on Friday.

The designer opted for lots of colourful prints, going light on his favourite print, animal print.

Majolica, floral and tropical prints dominated this collection. I loved how Cavalli incorporated a fresh twist by often mixing the prints. On paper it would sound garish, but on the runway it worked.

The wearable collection of floaty chiffon dresses, biker jackets, drop-waist dresses, printed jeans, denim vests, cropped tuxedo jackets, sweaters, printed tees, silk shirts, fitted pants, sheer skirts and uber-sexy mini cocktail dresses would make for great red-carpet and street-style looks.

If it wasn’t sexy, it was edgy and cool, which is perfect for those young Hollywood starlets.

Key accessories included ankle-cuff sandals, knee-high open-toe boots, totes, slouchy messenger bags, and studded clutches.

Front Row: Azealia Banks, Solange Knowles

Favourites: Sequin sweater with chiffon skirt and white beaded mini dress

Who I Can See Wearing This Collection: Solange Knowles, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevigne, Azealia Banks and Kate Bosworth

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21.09.12

Casadei Spring 2013

After the food, and fashion, the next best thing about Milan Fashion Week is the shoe showrooms.

Yesterday Casadei presented its Spring 2013 collection. As this brand is favoured by the likes of Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz and many more, I was keen to see what heels these ladies will be bringing to the red carpet very soon.

The ‘Blade’ model, which was Cameron’s go-to shoe for a while, reappears for spring with an even sharper appearance.

I love the animal-print model encrusted with diamante details and the python T-bar strappy sandals, plus the ‘Blade’ (in suede) has also been revamped with an ankle strap.

Another model had a Plexiglas heel which creates the illusion of an invisible heel.

Among all the sharp high heels was a blue kitten heel, which we could see on the likes of Nicole Kidman.

Casadei worked closely with Prabal Gurung to create two silhouettes for his Spring 2013 collection. The result: a sleek acetate-and-steel wedge with a degrade effect that comes in white, gray, black or red.

Which is your favourite?

21.09.12

No. 21 Spring 2013

Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No. 21 Spring 2013 collection was feminine with a boyish edge.

We saw sheath dresses, wide-sleeved tops, shirts and dresses, double-slit skirts and wide-legged cropped pants, with clean lines in boxy, oversized shapes.

The colour palette was mostly black, white and blue with pops of red, purple and nude with a playful harlequin print featuring on pieces towards the end of the presentation.

For those who like to sparkle, Alessandro presented some glittery Swarovski crystal-embellished dresses for evening wear, with one dress embroidered with what appeared to be bottle caps.

Key accessories included zipper pouches and satin pumps.

Models sported hot red lips and centre-parted hair swept back off their shoulders.

Favourites: Black lace dress and blue tank top and white skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Rooney Mara and Liv Tyler

20.09.12

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2013

Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2013 show started with a mood video of crashing waves before the first model took to the runway with wet-looking hair, wearing an ivory-fringed long-sleeve dress with a light chiffon underlay.

It quickly became clear that Ms Ferretti had created a beautiful underwater world where she entranced us with more beautiful ivory beaded and fringed dresses. We then dived deeper into the collection were she unearthed some ocean-blue and marine-green delights including high-shine liquid gowns which looked like a mermaid had just emerged from the sea.

The highlights included a succession of stunning gowns draped with fishnet-like overlays shimmering with paillette embellishments, which looked like water drops, chiffon tops with trains fluttering down the runway plus dresses with intricate embroidered details that, on closer inspection, resembled sea anemones and coral reefs.

Among the red-carpet-worthy gowns we saw shorts, Chantilly lace-embroidered tops, cropped pants, blazers and a beautiful coat.

Key accessories included beautiful beaded drawstring bags, Alexis Bittar jewels and silk ankle-strap slingback heels.

Front Row: Anna Dello Russo, Alessia Marcuzzi and Franca Sozzani

Favourites: Nude gown with a net overlay and nude chiffon top with black lace embroidery paired with black shorts

Who I Would Want To See Wearing This Collection: Ariel from the ‘Little Mermaid’, Maria Sharapova, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Berenice Marlohe, Keira Knightley, Lea Michele, Olivia Wilde, Olga Kurylenko , Zhang Ziyi, Eva Longoria and Diane Kruger

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20.09.12

Gucci Spring 2013

After Gucci’s luxuriously dark-hued Fall 2012 collection, Frida Giannini lit the runway with a selection of bold tropical colours and vivid prints for Spring 2013.

Inspired by the works of Richard Avedon and Gian Paolo Barbieri’s historic photographs of their female icons, the show opened up with hot-pink dresses and pant suits, some with large ruffles and bell-shaped sleeves.

That wasn’t the last we saw of the ruffles as they decorated a majority of the looks.

On a colour palette of electric blue, ocean blue, aqua blue, grass green and citrus yellow, plus some sumptuous snakeskin prints, Giannini presented a tunic dress, shirt-jackets, silky pyjama-like printed tunics and pants, cocoon-shaped mini dresses, coats with bell-shaped sleeves and maxi dresses, both sleeveless and long-sleeved.

Some of the standout looks included choker necklaces which offset the equally opulent bejewelled earrings.

For the evening, the mood turned to black and white with more ruffles, open backs and plunging necklines.

Oh, how I can’t wait to see this collection on the red carpet – it was made for divas like JLo and those sexy white dresses would great on Kate Hudson.

Key accessories included patent leather ankle-strap sandals, oversized shades, chokers, earrings, cage sandals with ankles accented with the signature horse bit, booties and shoulder bags.

Front Row: Charlotte Casiraghi, Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Dasha Zhukova and Livia Firth

Favourites: Printed ruffle dress with choker necklace and white plunging gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: JLo, Zoe Saldana, Li Bingbing, Florence Welch, Padma Lakshmi, Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek, Camilla Belle, Eva Mendes, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, Gemma Arterton and Anne Hathaway

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