Monthly Archives: February 2011

Giorgio Armani at MFW2011

Giorgio Armani brought Milan Fashion Week to a triumphant close here today with a lyrical homage to female beauty which ranks as possibly the best show of his extraordinary 35-year-career. The 76-year-old designer’s collection was a passionate display of his devotion to fashion and the exquisite workmanship which can be wrought by human hands.

The soul ‘diva’, Tina Turner, long a fan of Armani’s work, watched from the front row, as the collection, for next autumn/winter, played out in a palette of black, silver and the palest, pastel-rose. Armani called the collection one ‘that cleverly emphasizes the beauty of the body, but never flaunts it.’

He introduced a new trouser shape, slightly flared and with a cuffed, kick-flare, just above the ankle, the better to show off the embroidered booties and soft suede sandals. He played with poetic proportions, as in a tiny bodice, or sculpted jacket, matched with an egg-shaped skirt, often worn over the trousers. Precious weaves, opulent embroideries and innovative textures lent a radiance to the designs, each one more detailed and astonishing than the last.

 

Dolce and Gabbana at MFW2011

Next up was Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana with their D&G AW11 collection, which was nothing short of shocking colour. With neon orange, yellow, pink and green hues amidst pop-art blacks and whites, the clothes came alive to the beat of Madonna’s Strike A Pose soundtrack. And strike a pose the clothes did indeed.

With an undeniable Eighties influence, the collection may not be to everyone’s taste, but with high heeled Converse trainers, colourful Perspex letter necklaces, Lycra letter-printed leggings and T-shirts and full chiffon dresses, all of which were emblazoned with the same colourful patterns, lacking in vibrant energy this collection certainly was not. Although it didn’t score very high on the wearability scale, it’d go down well if you’re planning on a rave next season.

 

Gucci at MFW2011

On the subject of Gucci…

Kicking off Milan Fashion Week AW11 on Wednesday was luxury label Gucci, and with a distinctive Seventies vibe, the fashion house went down an ultra stylish storm.

With a much more wearable collection of cropped wool peacoats, bulging polo necks, fine wool flared trousers, green suede shirt dresses and leather knee-high boots teamed together to make a highly sophisticated entourage of outfits.

Meanwhile the peacock- inspired colour palette of emerald green, bold blue, rustic gun metal grey and burgandy hues took centre stage for next season’s autumnal attire in the form of velvet tailored jackets, silk jumpsuits, snakeskin print pencil skirts, wide-brimmed fedoras, pussy-bow necklines, leather separates, and furry shrugs and shawls aplomb.

 

The Ultimate Fashion Accessory – The Fiat 500 by Gucci

Italian car giant Fiat and top fashion house Gucci have rolled out the ‘500 by Gucci’ at Milan’s Fashion Week.

The special edition of Fiat’s iconic 500 car marks Gucci’s 90th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of a unified Italian peninsula.

The ‘500 by Gucci’, a citycar whose pricetag starts at around 17,000 euros, was custom designed by Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director.

The car is distinguished from the regular Fiat 500 by a green-red-green stripe common to many of Florence-based Gucci’s luxury fashion items.

The 500 by Gucci will be displayed in Geneva for 10 days starting March 3 and showcased in London, Paris, Tokyo and other cities.

The car will be sold online from April 1 to June 30.

 

London Fashion Week – It’s a Wrap!

The last day of London Fashion Week started out brightly. In Mary Katrantzou’s fifth season, she stayed true to her signature dresses (structural and accentuated at the hip) and paired them with patterned tights in different colors and long sleeve shirts. The multiple patterns on each look ranged from floral to koi fish to Oriental vases. Alongside these dresses were more wearable velvet pants, shirts and jackets in rich browns and reds.

Elsewhere, Marios Schwab showed red leather bustier dresses, a perfect knee-length leather skirt with large silver buckles at the pockets, quilted puffer jackets cinched at the waists and chic black sheaths decorated with white pearls. The longer looks, like a black chiffon skirt, were toughened up with open-toe lace-up booties and S&M-looking belts.

Meadham Kirchoff’s dramatic show had their male and female models come out all at once in “Children of the Corn”-like synchronicity. There were layers of black knit dresses, over white knit tights, wool apron smocks, sheer pleated skirts, a heavy red cardigan over a shredded white T-shirt skirt, knee-high socks, witch hats, large bows in the hair and wooden rosaries. It was uniform, theatrical and beautiful.

Trend Alert: London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2011

London Fashion Week belonged to the new generation as the digital-age designers dominated the catwalks and cyberspace with dazzling displays of creativity. While Vogue editors-in-chief from seven countries, international fashion commentators and buyers watched from the front rows, the world was watching “live” on the internet.

Burberry streamed its show live to 150 countries from a digital screen in Piccadilly Circus. Commuters got daily updates on screens at more than 60 stations on the London Underground. People without show tickets chilled out at the open-air café on the cobblestones at Somerset House, LFW’s fashion HQ, and watched the catwalk action live on an outdoor screen.

The buzz of high-tech activity was more than matched by the technical virtuosity on the catwalks. Christopher Kane engineered a liquid-look plastic into the seams and contours of his slimline sequinned and crocheted dresses. Mary Katrantzou gave Italian knitters nightmares as they laboured to translate her digital prints of Fabergé eggs and Meissen porcelain into cashmere and Lurex jacquard knitwear. Giles Deacon based a dramatic print on Paul Delaroche’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey . Holly Fulton sprinkled her New York-skyscraper prints with pearls, metal and pleated leather.

Stars out for Westwood fashion show

Matt Smith and Girls Aloud members Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding were among the stars to turn out for Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week show.

Sarah sported a dramatic new brunette look, while Doctor Who star Matt took to the front row to watch girlfriend Daisy Lowe on the catwalk.

Tennis star Boris Becker, singers Paloma Faith and Boy George, artist Tracey Emin and Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie, were also spotted in the crowd.

Dame Vivienne, wearing a ballet inspired outfit, waved to her fans and applauded the models at the end of the show.

She said before launching the collection that she had no plans to retire despite her age.

She also put paid to any suggestion she might design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress – seeming to suggest the royal bride-to-be is not stylish enough for her.

The fashion icon, who said the theme of her show was the Royal Family meets Alice in Wonderland, said: “I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton but I have to wait until she kind of catches up a bit somewhere with style.”

She laughed then added: “Sorry. I’m not going to say any more, that’s it.

“When people ask me where she’s going to get the dress from – she’s definitely not going to get it from me, or I would have heard.”