Milan Fashion Week: Gucci autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Firstly huge apologies for the delay in posting. During London Fashion Week I had the opportunity of attending lots of shows and parties / launches that I am desperate to tell you all about but first I wanted to get something online about Milan Fashion Week. 

Launching last Wednesday – the same day as London Fashion Week showed its menswear collections – a large list of both international and Italian fashion designers were all set to show. First up was Gucci who sent social networking site Twitter into a storm as editors alike tweeted about the fabulous plum carpet that was set up for models to walk down. The colourful flooring however did take reference from the collection with a nod to military style coats with brass buttons and a selection of velvet that was used throughout on skirts, dresses, trousers and all-in-ones. 

Evening wear was the pinnacle of the range where designer Frida Giannini worked her theme of modern day romanticism. Dresses flowed eloquently as models store down the catwalk in Oscar worthy gowns leaving sheer fabrics flowing behind them and ruffles and floral appliqués swathed across. 

With a black, berry, purple and green palette there was something for everyone and not forgetting the winter theme Giannini also threw in a few oversized (expensive looking) fur coats just for good measure. 

Winter hats and warm accessories

This season it seems to be all about the hats. Faux fur, trapper, cossack, knitted alongside beret’s, beanies, fedora’s, Trilby’s and floppy hats; these head-warming pieces are a must-have for any daring fashionista.

Topshop Trapper Hat £18; www.topshop.com

Topshop Trapper Hat £18; http://www.topshop.com

So today, when braving the elements at Somerset House ice-rink I decided to make an impromptu stop off at Dorothy Perkins en-route. I had been spying up a brown/grey fox faux fur cossack hat (£16) but was unsure of its size against my child-like pea head. However, working in fashion nothing fazes a stylist – especially a crazy trend – so I brought it. To my delight it fitted snugly and although I received some alarming stares on the tube, I may dare say that this could be the hat of the (Christmas) season.

So, to help you on your way when picking out the perfect head-attire then why not firstly decide whether it’s for formal or everyday use? A jewel-toned fedora, as sported on the runway at Gucci for autumn/winter 2011/2012, is perfect for office day wear and parties, with stores such as Accessorize.com selling a fantastic array.

However, for casual Sunday walks and daily styling why not opt for the faux fur trapper; these cute head pieces complete with pom poms and ties are perfect for the young at heart and have been seen in most stores with animal references; Topshop, H&M and Asos.com all sell amazing versions for less than £20.

Lastly if you are more of a fashion introvert and like to keep your headgear to a minimum then try a basic knitted beanie, these will not only keep your head warm and cover your ears but can also be dressed up or down for any occasion…

Milan Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 round up review

After a week long stint in Milan the fashion elite have finally packed up their bags and are heading for the last haul of fashion month in Paris.

Versace SS12 collectionWith this in mind we look to Milan to see what it’s taught us for next season and what are fashion mind set should be switching onto come spring. Unlike the first leg of our journey in New York there was no real hint of sport luxe at Milan, apart, of course, from Sportmax’s mainline collection.

Trends that were apparent throughout ranged from fun print clothing at Prada (red and blue Cadillac cars) and Dolce & Gabbana (tomatoes and chillies to name a few) to 1920s dropped hemlines at Gucci and Just Cavalli. Then there was the silk scarf, mostly used for handkerchief drop hemlines, or layering up all over at D&G. It was also a celebration for clashing prints which happened at just about every show.

Metallics were also big at Roberto Cavalli amongst others, alongside the aquatic themes at Versace and Giorgio Armani – whom both also produced Oscar worthy gowns. Donatella Versace may have shown a more fun side opting for coral, starfish, seahorse and mermaid prints with crystalized pieces but at Giorgio Armani the look was more elevated and grown up with precision tailoring. Floral prints and embellishment were also key at Antioni Marras and Prada showing off a new type of 1950s swimwear, however unlike London Fashion Week, tones were kept generally more muted in monochromes and pale pinks, alongside cerulean and indigo blues with dashes of red, green, yellow or vibrant purples.

Jil Sander, MaxMara and Gianfranco Ferre went for a more minimalistic tailored style whilst Emilio Pucci, Just Cavalli and Etro showed a folklandish and festival approach to dressing. One other main trend that was apparent and had been since New York was collar-less jackets and coats as seen throughout the shows.

Apart from the shows at Milan there was also a certain fashion buzz around design house Gucci. Not only did the Italian brand throw a lavish star-studded party to celebrate their 90th anniversary but they also decamped the who’s who of the fashion elite from Milan to Florence for the opening of the label’s museum. Costing just 6 euros to enter, with 50 per cent of the funds going straight back into a fund to help the city of Florence and their economy, the museum is set to host a back log of historic Gucci collections including its Flora print, sporting legacy and more.

Milan Fashion Week opens: Gucci spring/summer 2012

Gucci Shop in Wien

On Wednesday as London Fashion Week said goodbye to its last collections for menswear , Milan Fashion Week also opened to show its spring/summer 2012 collections.

Amid rife and rumors that Gucci had requested staple models hours before shows started in London, designers spent most of its short-lived fashion week in a chaotic panic.

It all started with Marc Jacobs whose design team had lost important time during Hurricane Irene when it hit the East Coast of America. Having to push his show back made everything drop out of sync, and models were left waiting till the last hour on Friday – when the London shows started – in New York to see whether they were still being cast or not.

Then came a further blow on Friday as major Italian brand Gucci, and creative director Frida Giannini demanded a pre-casting request in Milan. Models were expected to fly out for the casting, then fly back Saturday to meet with Giannini again if they were successful and stay over for fittings the next day. This then created a mess because models were pulled from shows without designers being told, or just not turning up to fittings.

This comes as no surprise though as for years London has been fighting against time schedules with New York and Milan, being squeezed of hours/days each and every season. This time however it seems that the UK based designers and model agencies have had enough and are threatening to boycott London Fashion Week if the British Fashion Council does not step in and intervene.

However, from London to Milan Gucci did kick off in style yesterday with Giannini’s chosen models adorning dropped waist flapper dresses drenched in gold fringing and beading with copious amounts of black satin. The look was 1920s flapper girl met with bellhop attire for day wear that was reminiscent of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Art Deco style lines were used throughout the collection, alongside floaty chiffon dresses and tops, worn with skinny piped black trousers dressed with gold buttons on the ankles. Drop wait tuxedo-style jackets with smart gold chain’s attaching them were also paired with monochrome trousers and tops worn with statement quiff hair and dramatic dark eyes. Green and orange hues also appeared throughout: one thing is for sure though Gucci’s opulence will continue no matter what the economic downfall may be.

Milan Fashion Week continues this week with catwalk shows from designers such as Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Prada.

Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 trends: handbags

This season handbags are looking big and bright.

Gone are the dark hues and instead are an array of styles and trends, with bags spanning from day-to-night that encompass colour, size and different handles.

Mulberry Taylor bag

Mulberry Taylor bag

For autumn/winter 2011/2012 when purchasing a new handbag it’s not about what label you are carrying but how you carry it. Oversize day bags are held close and tight to the curve of the body with no room for letting your grip go – as seen at 3.1 Philip Lim. Miu Miu, Celine and Dries Van Noten, whom all opted for classic doctor bags and oversized clip purses with a forties theme in fur and dark leather hues.

Back-to-school favourites – satchels – also made a comeback in the form of Valentino in a gorgeous nude palette whilst Sportmax opted for a bright sapphire jewel tone with matching gloves.

From oversized to mini, designers also incorporated a collection of small but perfectly formed miniature handbags that could easily work for a day-to-night move. Mulberry added celebrity glamour in plum and bright green hues with their Taylor and Bayswater mini bags (already seen on the likes of Eliza Doolittle), whilst Dior and Ermanno Scervino produced chic quilted diminutive bags: Louis Vuitton’s monochrome mini bucket bag was almost too cute to look at but for practicality Tory Burch and Gucci’s miniature satchel bags in jewel tones and vibrant colours would work well for any occasion.

However, for evening, Roberto Cavalli and DKNY both brought in a perfect minuscule clutch bag with palm holdall, perfect for those packing light, with enough room to throw your phone, keys and lipstick into.

Gucci autumn/winter 2011 at Milan Fashion Week

Frida Giannini opened Milan Fashion Week yesterday with a stellar collection for Gucci’s autumn/winter 2011/12 season.

View the collection here

Daywear seemed to be reminiscent of 1940s starlets and harked back to designs shown in The Black Dahlia (2006), and consisted of fur stoles in an array of bright and muted colours, fitted knee-length skirt suits and cinched waists, topped with trilby hats with feathers in tow. A nod to the 70s also appeared with models adorning pussy-bow blouses, patent and snake skin boots. Large mohair coats also made an appearance, proving that trends from New York and London were sticking trans-atlantic

The colour palette moved from plums and navy blue to jewel tones in vibrant ruby-red, blue teal, sapphire, canary yellow and emerald greens.  As the evening wear ensued these vibrant tones were put into effect showing models in chiffon flowing halter-neck Oscar worthy gowns, that showered a cascade of silk flowers across the shoulders, whilst the models modesty was covered up with large knicker-type-hotpants underneath in the same hues.

Hair was kept minimal in sleek low pony tails with centre and side partings, whilst make-up was a bit more avant-garde with deep red gloss lips and muted eyes.

A fabulous collection to kick off Milan Fashion Week.

J.Lo (and kids) help launch Gucci’s new children’s wear range

Singer, actress, ambassador, and all round performing full time mother, Jennifer Lopez, has stepped back into the limelight with a serious agenda. 

Campaign images have been released of J.Lo and her adorable twins, Emme and Maximilian, on Malibu beach as part of Gucci’s  latest venture; a new children’s wear clothing line.

However, the agenda may not be so straight cut as it initially seems, as this is actually part of Gucci’s latest act to help children in Africa via UNICEF, with their announcement of donating $1 million to UNICEF’s ‘School for Africa initiative’.

And, as agreed Gucci have already donated the first $250,000 of the pledge in Lopez’s name – as she was already fully involved in the UNICEF initiative; hence the agreement for the campaign images. 

The collection is due in store in November and incorporates Gucci’s strong equestrian heritage with more casual pieces, and can be brought in two age ranges from 0-24 months and 2-8 years old.

Classic pieces that will be incorporated are listed as romper suits, vests, t-shirts, jumpers, leather goods, accessories and more. 

For more info log on to www.gucci.com