Red Carpet Fashion Awards

For the Antonio Marras Spring 2013 presentation we were seated around tables offering coffee and iced sponge cake, much like a wedding, so I expected a parade of bridal-esque gowns to take to the runway – especially when the show opened with the wedding march playing in the background.

I was wrong.

Models snaked around the tables in dresses, cocoon coats, jackets, shorts, bustier tops and vests in floral prints, patchwork, tweed, and camouflage or bouclé fabrics.

With nearly everything embellished with Swarovski Elements, the models sparkled as they took to the runway.

This collection will appeal to those starlets who aren’t afraid of colour and prints.

Key accessories included colourful pumps and slingbacks.

Models sported pale faces and kohl-rimmed eyes with their hair styled into a messy French roll updo.

Favourites: Jacket with printed shorts and floral print cape with matching skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Carey Mulligan, Rashida Jones, Michelle Obama, Hannah Simone, Nicola Roberts and Whitney Port

Credit: Style.com

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

Credit: Style.com

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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

Credit: Style.com

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?

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




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