Rihanna new face of Emporio Armani ad campaign

The singer Rihanna in AMA'S red carpet

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Pop sensation Rihanna may have lit up the stage (literally) on her latest LOUD tour, but it now seems when the tour comes to a close in a matter of months the singer will be posted on billboards across the world as the exciting new style icon for Emporio Armani.

Riri is set to model jeans and underwear showing off her famous curves in Armani’s autumn/winter 2011 collections.

The Grammy-award winning star won’t be the first though, as she will follow in a long line of sexy A-list stars to front the campaign, taking over from actress Megan Fox and also carrying on the scantily clad demure poses of David and Victoria Beckham, which was then passed onto Cristiano Ronaldo and more recently tennis champion Rafael Nadal.

Images have already been shot in New York by Steven Klein – who has previously shot erotic voyeuristic images of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for Dolce & Gabbana.

Be sure to watch out for the images come September…

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Erdem collections for H&M?

Prince of prints, fashion designer  Erdem Moralioglu has been mentioned at the new designer du jour to collaborate with high street chain H&M, but, is there any truth in the matter?

“It’s come up so many times, but I’m just too focused on my own collection at this point,” he commented. “It takes up all my time! But in the future, down the line – who knows?”

The Canadian-born designer, 35, who has worked for the likes of Diane von Furstenburg in New York before launching his own line in 2005 has also been hotly tipped to be designing the dress of the century – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but is that all just smokes and mirrors too?

“I mean, any mention like that is just a huge compliment,” Erdem told Fashionista. “It’s so flattering! I will say that Kate is very beautiful.”

I suppose with Sarah Burton from McQueen and various other designers being mentioned we’ll just have to wait and see.

SOURCE: Vogue.co.uk

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…

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.

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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.

New York Fashion Week: DKNY and Donna Karan A/W 11

One designer, two shows; each on completely different ends of the fashion spectrum.

DKNY A/W 11

DKNY A/W 11

DKNY wast the first of Donna Karan’s collections to be shown at New York Fashion week.  Named ‘New York Mods’, the young, casual collection begun with sharp tailoring in blocks of white, black and grey.  The mod theme was carried through with striped sweaters, crombie coats, peter pan collars and porkpie hats.

There were beautifully cut capes which sat delicately on the shoulders and two genius reinvention of the puffa jacket; red ribbed knit and insanely bright pink and orange houndstooth print.

The collection was hugely wearable and the off-beat colour combinations made for interesting looks, I can definitely see some uptown New Yorkers wearing these looks come Autumn.

Donna Karen on the other hand was in an entirely different league.  The collection evoked the old-fashioned glamour of Hollywood icons, with a palette of smoke-grey, dove blue, blush pink and taupe.

Donna Karan A/W 11

Donna Karan A/W 11

The neutral colour scheme meant that real attention could be paid to the shapes and drape of the garments.  Every look had a nipped in waist, sometimes cinched in with a skinny belt, draped dresses hugged the figure and pretty blouses were paired with luxurious mohair pencil skirts.

The lady-like looks were accompanied with neat top knots (very Grace Kelly) tonal tights and court shoes, along with long fur-trimmed gloves and pearls made by jeweller Erickson Beamon.

The collection finished with some show-stopping evening dresses that wouldn’t look out of place on the Oscar’s red carpet.

New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang A/W 11

The fashion world’s new darling, Alexander Wang, showed his Autumn/Winter 11 collection on Sunday to rave reviews.

Alexander Wang A/W 11

Alexander Wang A/W 11

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of American Vogue were on the front row as his decidedly cool collection marched down the catwalk.

The show consisted of neoprene ponchos, fur bomber jackets, leather drainpipes and fur-lined sweaters in a sleek colour palette of black, grey, white and blush pink.

Wang then moved onto conceptual evening wear with oversized tuxedos and sheer, androgynous shirts, followed by feminine maxi dresses made out of satin ribbons slit to the thigh.

This extreme sportswear collection almost poked fun at the fashion industry and it’s love for all things luxe and decadent, by using the finest fabrics and furs in a sexy, tough-girl way on biker jackets and ponchos.

It was a brilliant combination of high-end luxury and urban sportswear, seen in merino wool hoodies with functional zips and quilted jackets with tailcoats.

Outfits were worn with fur-covered sandals, metallic ankle guards, and high-shine loafers mixing the soft, feminine textures with a hard, urban edge.

The show was a great success ahead of the opening of Alexander Wang’s new flagship store in New York next week.

View Alexander Wang’s A/W 11 collection here

By Vanessa Woodgate