Milan Fashion Week: Moschino and Just Cavalli autumn/winter 2012/13 collections

Funnily enough aside from showing on the same day at Milan Fashion Week (Friday 24 February) both fashion houses Moschino and Just Cavalli had a lot more in common than they would probably both like to admit. 

For autumn/winter 2012/13 both designers showed an amazing array of bright colours and huge 1960s references in their collections. 

Statement colour and sass was injected at Moschino whose cheeky showings of marabou  feathers on dresses were contrasted against ski pants with cropped jackets alongside matching miniskirt suits in pillar box red, sapphire blue and mustard: all extremely well executed tailoring throughout. Sequinned evening dresses paraded at the end whilst a cute selection of monochrome pieces were also thrown in. 

At Just Cavalli designer Roberto Cavalli’s collection used an assortment of muted camel and stone coloured tones and prints – synonymous with his younger diffusion line – as art deco drop waist style mini-dresses were paraded down the catwalk. As well as the tailoring on jackets there was also lame leggings and trousers complete with chiffon dresses and bobbled jumpers – all perfect for the younger trust fund generation. 

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

When I first saw this collection last week I couldn’t help but think there was pieces missing from Austin Powers wardrobe due to the psychedelic and harlequin prints used. However, the more I see it, the more I think that Prada’s colour clash is a perfect pick-me-up for winter. 

Suits in orange, beige, blues and chocolate consisted of three-quarter length coats or jackets with slim fitting cropped trousers alongside sleeveless tunic dresses (worn with trousers underneath), which were split up the front – all in mosaic prints. Aside from this there were also block colour suits in bright orange and navy blue as well as crop tops and skirts with side ties.

Aside from the aforementioned there was a selection of black staple pieces ranging from workwear to evening wear; all with geometrically arranged stones blazoned across. Models also adorned dip-dyed hair extensions in a variety of colours with heavy eye make up. Fab and fun, this is one collection that will surely be filtering into high street stores soon. 

To view the collection click below

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2012/ready-to-wear/prada/full-length-photos

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.

D&G autumn winter collection at Milan Fashion Week

An explosion of colour hit the Milan catwalk for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s diffusion D&G line yesterday afternoon. The (Dolce & Gabbana) design duo’s autumn/winter 2011/12 collection was a world away from the boring camel hues we saw last winter (well, still this winter if you count the weather outside), and threw a hyper colour injection out that was bright enough to warm up any fashion editor with S.A.D on the front row.

Leggings, furs, slouchy blazers, tees and tube dresses – mid length – all adorned the catwalk paying respect to 1980s New York street style – and worn the world over.

This 80s edge continued with models in perspex alphabet jewellery and printed clothing; crop jersey T-shirts that were oversized and cut-off just above the waist, printed message T-shirts (a la Henry Holland – although no slang provided) and a flurry of fluro neon colours and sneakers-turned-high-heels. Sadly there was no homage to the Jackson 5’s hit ‘ABC…’ – instead, it was Madonna’s Strike A Pose…very apt indeed.

Katie Holmes causes a storm at MaxMara autumn/winter 2011 show at Milan Fashion Week

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After she was selected as MaxMara’s ‘Face of the Future’, from the 2011 Women in Film awards – Katie Holmes obviously wanted to show her support by attending the MaxMara autumn/winter 2011/12 collection, shown earlier this morning in Milan.

View the collection here

As a swarm of paparazzi exploded around her, Holmes partook dignified and gracefully adhering to the requests of the press, after recent spells of allegations spread across the media a few weeks back that she was in talks with her father to divorce her actor husband, Tom Cruise, and seek custody of their daughter Suri.

As Holmes attended her first ever MaxMara show she strode in from backstage wearing a chocolate asymmetric jumpsuit with knot tie at the shoulder, and camel jacket, and gracefully poised herself on the front row as the show began.

The collection was a mix of silver, grey, camel and black hues. Large checks (as seen in NY and London) ensued on jackets, skirts, and maxi dresses whilst long lame gold strapless dresses were held together by a strict corset-style top.

For daywear grey trench coats appeared with short fur lining, and fitted leather jackets to the waist were cinched-in by buckled belts and worn with leggings and a fur snood to add simple yet chic look; whilst cow print skirts and suede tube tops added a retro feel.

All in all a wearable winter collection which gave a classic, luxurious vibe for all…