Versace Fall 2011

The Versace Fall 2011 woman is strong and sexy – as always.

The military inspired collection included tailored coats, fitted dresses with swirls and snakes set into dresses, coats with furry sleeves, feathered dresses, leather jackets paired with flared leather skirts and the finale gowns had trains decorated with feathers.

The key accessories included open-toe lace up boots and leather totes.

Front Row: Poppy Delevigne and M.I.A.

Favourites: Haltered beaded gown with feathered train which I see as an Oscar worthy gown and yellow feathered mini dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, January Jones, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Ciara, Elizabeth Hurley, Michelle Yeoh, Charlize Theron, Cheryl Cole and Tinsley Mortimer

Credit: Video courtesy of Bryan Boy


Blumarine Fall 2011

The first 19 looks at Blumarine were black, white and grey.

Just when I was going to ask for a refund on my cab fare, the Blumarine I know and love burst into life on the runway.

The models stormed the runway wearing bold primary colours of orange, purple, teal, blue and yellow.

Blumarine presented a clean minimalist collection with clear-cut lines.

I was surprised that no animal prints were used in this collection, as Anna Molinari has never met a leopard or zebra print she didn’t love.

A-line dresses, tunic over flared pants, ribbed turtlenecks, pea coats, trenches and a selection of lace dresses in various colours and lengths will surely keep the Blumarine girl very happy.

Key accessories included shopper bags, ankle strap heels and knee-high boots.

Favourites: Orange lace dress and purple funnel neck ensemble

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Paris Hilton, Monica Cruz, Katy Perry and Fergie


Gianfranco Ferre Fall 2011

Whilst many reports have focused on the fact that the Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2011 was watched by their new owners, we’re here just to focus on the most important thing – the clothes.

We’ve seen colour extremes from blacks and navy to hot pink and neon yellow on the runway for Fall, but at Ferre we saw plenty of ice ice baby.

Icy whites, greys and silver looks were presented alongside some black, navy and sand coloured looks which was such a huge departure from the more colourful looks of past seasons.

The surprisingly minimalist collection included sleek silhouettes, tailored coats, tapered pants, coats with multiple colours, fur sleeveless coats.

The final selection of looks showed that Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi haven’t lost any of their sparkle as the beaded dresses and gowns made their way down the runway.

Key accessories included calf length boots, ankle boots, pointy pumps plus suede, crocodile bags and leather bags with a shearling panel.

This is a fabulous wearable collection, but I found myself saying “Hello Celine, ” during several points of this presentation.

Favourites: Sleeveless fur coat paired with white pants and white dress paired with beige leather top

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Kate Bosworth, Kate Walsh, Tilda Swinton, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron


Moschino Fall 2011

The Moschino Fall 2011 collection was styled by Anna Dello Russo who was seated in the front row at the show this morning.

Usually Anna dresses in elaborate colourful looks, but when she’s working she dressed demure (for her) and opts out of wearing exuberant hats.

That honour went to Hanne Gaby Odiele who wore a cardboard cut out rose hat and Coco Rocha of course was handed the chicken hat.

Only Coco Rocha can work a chicken hat on the runway and make us think….hmmm “that’s a good look.”

The collection was typically Moschino fun yet still has a lot of authority, which is why Michelle Obama is such a huge fan.

The models walked the runway wearing menswear inspired looks with officer hats, replacing the cowboy hats of last season plus cummerbunds in various colours wrapped around the waist.

The playfulness continued as the lining of some of the menswear looks which was floral and keeping in tune with the theme of the collection.

Apart from the menswear inspired black and gold lame looks which dominated this collection, we also saw palazzo pants, classic skirt suits, satin dresses, floral mini dresses, dresses with ruffled peplum.

Key accessories included cat-eye glasses, clutches, bags and open-toe lace-up booties and gold jewelery.

Favourites: Floral print dress with ruffled neckline and peplum plus gold lame shirt and palazzo pants paired with navy sweater

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Katy Perry, Leighton Meester, AnnaLynne McCord, Fan Bing Bing, Diane Keaton, Zoe Saldana, Diane Kruger and Sophia Bush

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Soundtrack: Need You Now – Cut Copy


My New York Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Here are a few highs and lows from my week at New York Fashion Week. It’s comes later than usual due to my server crashing on Monday and Tuesday.

Below are my top 11 looks from the shows I attended in no particular order, but the Oscar de le Renta dress was my number 1 favourite look for Fall 2011.


Funniest Conversation:
Friend – Shall we go to Vacca
Me – Isn’t it too early to be drinking?
Friend – No Vacca, Domenica Vacca
Fits of hysterical laughter

Favourite places to eat: When I had the chance Fred’s at Barneys and The Standard Grill.

Brad Goreski: As you know I had lunch with friends who invited Brad Goreski. I was super excited to meet him and I was so touched that upon being introduced to me that the feeling was mutual. Seeing Brad get beyond excited as the picture of his client Jessica Alba in Atelier Versace at the BAFTAs appeared on his Blackberry was so cute. It’s good to know we are the same red carpet fashion obsessed person.

Best celebrity sighting: Patti la Belle, who played a short set at The Box

Random celeb sightings: Helen Christensen on Hudson Street entering her home. A blonde Evan Rachel Wood causally walking past me on Broadway. Bumping into Brad Goreski after he had finished styling a shoot on Mercer Street. Will Farrell at the Standard Hotel. Read More…


Fendi Fall 2011

The Fendi Fall 2011 collection intends to keep us very warm with thick luxe materials like wool, fur, suede, leather and shearling.

All the pieces looked comfortable and relaxed.

I love the Fall colours I’m seeing here in Milan. Fendi presented a rich colour palette of jade, mustard, cherry, violet, teal, black and burgundy.

I found the rosette and fur details on the front many of the looks really interesting. They looked like ruffled and furry bibs.

We also saw high-waisted trousers, multicoloured leather, fur collars on shirts, shimmering blouses knitted fur coats and pencil skirts.

Karl teased us with some back-to-front looks. Some dresses felt like they were back to front, but I particularly loved the shearling/suede coat which was worn inside out. You have to love Karl’s sense of humour.

The collection was very contemporary yet strangely it also had a 70s retro feel to it which seems to be the trend for Fall 2011 Milan Fashion Week.

Key accessories included bags, Mary Jane heels with a contrasting heel, coloured tights and coloured frame sunglasses.

Front Row: Bianca Brandolini d’Adda and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Fur vest, ruffled blouse and tapered pants plus inside out shearling coat inside out

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rachel Zoe, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dasha Zhukova, Kate Beckinsale, Carey Mulligan, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, and Katie Holmes


No. 21 Fall 2011

Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No. 21 collections are receiving a lot of celebrity attention at the moment, so I was keen to check out the new Fall 2011 collection.

The sweet yet sexy collection would shift from blouses and pencil skirts to dangerous plunging necklines on a peachy, buttercup, metallic silver, pink, white, black and grey colour palette.

We saw lady-like secretary dresses, shimmering sweaters, sweater dresses, plunging necklines, a pastel blouse paired with metallic pencil skirt, cute cardi’s, cigarette pants, boxy feathered jackets and lace dresses.

The feathered and laces look caught my attention. The feathered looks had plenty of movement on the runway, whilst the lace looks had a sultry innocence about them.

This was a beautifully simple collection with wearability, sex appeal and personality.

Key accessories included orange earrings and t-bar pointy pumps.

Favourites: White short sleeved dress with feathered skirt and lemon lace dress with pink waistband

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