29.09.11

My Milan Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

I’m in Paris for the final stop on the Spring 2012 tour bus, so here are my highs and lows from Milano.

Here are my top 11 looks from the shows I attended. If Zoe Saldana’s stylist is reading, please dress her in that stunning Ferragamo dress above. I beg you. *Sings* “If I had one wish…..”

HIGHS

Top 5 Shows: Ferragamo, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace & Alberta Ferretti

Best Production & Best for Top Models: Dolce & Gabbana

Magic Moment: Watching Anna Wintour almost knock a security guard to the floor as she made a mad dash to leave after Dolce & Gabbana. Had she been 10lbs heavier, he would have hit the deck.

Funniest Conversation:
Me: I saw Abbey Lee Kershaw and Karlie Kloss at breakfast this morning.
Bryanboy: WHAT?? They eat?
Me: Yes, of course they do.
Bryanboy: I bet they don’t eat any of that fried sh!t.

Dolce & Gabbana: I had previously requested Dolce & Gabbana, but this season I got my first invites. They not only gave me invites to both shows, but they also gave me front row seats. I was also granted access to the VIP room and backstage.

Biggest Topics of Conversation:
1. Arizona’s strange walk. (Conclusion: It looks strange because she has shorter legs than the other models.)
2. Why wasn’t Karlie Kloss in the Versace show? She would have killed it. (Conclusion: she must have been obligated to attend another show.)

Vogue Italia: They featured my Topshop jumpsuit as the Look Of The Day during Milan Fashion Week.

Karlie Kloss: Abbey Lee Kershaw (who is hero worshipped by the other models), Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss were all at my hotel. I have a mild obsession with Karlie Kloss, so I was chuffed to discover that she is really nice in person. The same can’t be said for Miss Naomi Campbell Jr.

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28.09.11

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012

Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2012 collection was dripping in gold.

A gold sequin jacket opened the presentation and several more gold looks followed.

Many designers have included drop-waist dresses in their Spring 2012 collections and we saw it again at Cavalli.

A stylist told me that celebrities are not too fond of wearing drop-waist dresses, but, with so many on the runway, I wonder if any would be tempted to jump on this trend.

We saw many of Cavalli’s signatures: animal prints, tailored suits plus black sequin tailored jackets, fitted and wide-leg pants and multi-coloured print blazers.

The presentation ended with a selection of embroidered gowns; the gold one paired with a white blazer was particularly breathtaking and red carpet worthy.

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Key accessories included leather belts, gold cuffs, crocodile clutches, totes and platform wedges which some of the models struggled to walk in.

Favourites: White pants suit and gold embroidered gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jessica Alba, The Kardashian’s, Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson

Credit: Style.com

27.09.11

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012

Giorgio Armani’s Spring 2012 collection included exquisite tailoring and luxurious fabrics which we’ve come to expect from the design house.

Mr Armani was inspired by a mother-of-pearl to create his colour palette of blues, greys, silvers and greens, using fabrics that have an iridescent sheen and the lightness of a feather.

Coco Rocha started things off wearing a cowl-neck top paired with a printed jacket and pants with a slit on the side.

Collarless blazers, wrap skirts, satin jackets, day dresses, cocktail dresses, chiffon blouses and calf-length skirts were presented.

The silhouette was loose fitting or body skimming to flatter the feminine form.

For evening wear, the glamour factor was taken up several notches with shimmering, mostly strapless, gowns with crescent-shaped bodices.

Key accessories included clutches, snakeskin shoulder bags, printed obi belts, strappy sandals, totes and oversized hats.

For the finale, three models wearing the same embellished strapless gown slowly walked the runway with their arms around each other. They embodied The Three Graces, goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity.

It was a perfect (and quite emotional) end to a beautiful presentation.

Favourites: Asymmetrical dress with a printed skirt and light blue strapless satin gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cate Blanchett, Jodie Foster, Tilda Swinton, Hilary Swank, Catherine Zeta Jones, Eugenia Silva and Zhang Ziyi

Credit: Style.com

27.09.11

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012

After the standout houndstooth prints for Fall, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Spring 2012 collection presented exotic tropical and animal prints in jewel tone red, purple and teal green, which lit up the dark venue.

Colourful chiffon strapless, one-shoulder and halter dresses in knee-lengths and tea-lengths were presented alongside blazers, jumpsuits and plaid suits.

Sexy gold lame and embellished cocktail dresses provided plenty of sparkle on the runway. I would love to see the third dress above on Zoe Saldana.

The final few looks consisted of red-carpet-ready gowns. My favourite was the red one-shoulder gown which I would like to see on Angelina Jolie.

The models’ tresses were given the movie siren look with wavy locks swept over one shoulder.

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Key accessories included leather shoulder bags, crocodile clutches and silk scarves tied around the waist.

Celebrities often wear Ferragamo pumps on the red carpet. This season, the designer presented bi-colour strappy sandals which would perfect any look.

Front Row: Karen Mok and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Purple and red embellished dress and red one shoulder gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Minka Kelly, Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, Jessica Chastain, Demi Moore, Asia Argento, Uma Thurman, Gemma Arterton, Bonnie Wright and Selma Blair

27.09.11

Missoni Spring 2012

Missoni’s Spring 2012 presentation provided a typically vibrant and colourful collection.

Signature knits were transformed into gorgeous flamenco/gypsy inspired looks with dramatic ruffles and light layers.

Once again we saw midriff-baring looks which signal we should start those ab crunches now.

Key accessories included floral accented sandals, fringed necklaces, tinted sunglasses, fans, fold-over clutches and studded sun hats.

Front Row: Margherita Missoni

Favourites: Ruffled bikini and blue ruffled asymmetrical flamenco dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Margherita Missoni, Olivia Palermo and Joy Bryant