Lookbookers were all about pretty bright shades and fab accessories while attending shows at Milan Fashion Week! Check out our favorite outfits from the streets of Milan!
Irina is wearing a pretty periwinkle sweater and a clean white tulip skirt.
Ivana is laid back in a graphic sweatshirt and comfy flats!
Irene is a picture of perfection in a flashy green metallic top and fun printed shorts!
Martina twirling around in candy pastels, photo take by Olaf Pignataro.
Dip dye hair and YSL for Nicoletta!
Chloe Sterk wearing an Emporio Armani suit and Nelly heels.
Italy has always had a flair for the dramatic and this season – anything goes. Designers had a hoot creating fantastical fairy tales and tongue-in-cheek collections that are anything but subtle. From Cavalli’s sea of flames and D&G’s journey into the woods to ridiculous antics pulled by Moschino, Milan’s theatrics remind us to have a little fun, engage in some creative storytelling and to not take fashion (or life!) too seriously.
On both the streets and the runway, we see trends in (1) luxurious and colorful furs of various animals and textures, (2) 90s pop culture and neon colors and (3) balloon silhouettes, layering puffy coats or top-heavy pieces over skinny pants.
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From Gucci, we see a generous dose of 60's glamour and 80's mod – possibly an echo to the James Franco documentary The Director screened in Paris this January. The film explores the rise of creative director Frida Giannini, whose polarizing 60's floral line launched her to commercial glory in 2004. Pinned as “boyish romanticism” by Giannini, fluffy chubby furs of all textures – from curly teddy bear shearing and goat hair to beaver and mink – were draped over slimming and sleek lines for a balloon-like silhouette.
The models kept it mod with snug peacoats, cat-eye makeup and pastel mini-dresses with knee-high go-go boots. Taking a starring role was The Jackie, a squashy shoulder bag often worn by Jackie Onassis during the decades inspired by the collection. Full of flirty, fondant shades and poppy pastels, the Gucci woman will be wearing a soft palette of baby blue, sage green and mustards this season.
Thanks to Jeremy Scott, fashion’s most evolved connoisseur of junk culture, McD’s reconfigured golden arches into the iconic Moschino logo became a Milan Fashion Week social media staple. That, along with the groan-inciting late entrance of Rita Ora and Katy Perry, made for a drama-filled albeit ingenious and entertaining debut.
For his first collection with Moschino, Scott gave the line a post-modern pop fashion treatment. Described as “a mutant hybrid of Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel,” he poked fun at the timeless Parisian brand in every way you could imagine, twisting around Chanel iconography, and taking their consumer culture cues of yesteryear (Lego clutches, make way for the McNugget bag!) to an entirely new level. Not only do we find his tongue-in-cheek play on fast fashion and high-street branding quite brilliant, but appreciate the nostalgic nod to the happy-go-lucky 90's. Quite simply put, we’re lovin’ it.
While Roberto Cavalli’s premiere show made a controversial splash with foreboding water and fiery flames, his new little sister line Just Cavalli takes us to a place that’s a bit personal and a little closer to home. Drawn from his native Florence, the focus of this collection was the “the inestimable value of the Florentine Renaissance’s artistic patrimony through the lens of Cavalli’s contemporary creative vision.”
True to his vision, every piece had collaged images of medici statuary and marble stripes reminiscent of the arches in Santa Maria Novella and all sorts of renaissance architecture. Flashes of neon bisecting photo prints in broad brushstrokes modernized the collection, while staying on trend with bulky tunics over skinny pants. Flits of fringe on fur totes add a touch of both flair and luxury.
From graphic print florals and roomy, oversized pieces to clever ways of mixing complementary textures and contrasting bold jewel tones, Londoners certainly know how to stand out from the crowd! Here’s our LFW street style series captured by our friends Zhi Wei and Amy Marietta!
We are loving Alexander's eggplant coat!
Charlotte looking loving in a simplified floral top by Steven Tai and shoes by Kat Maconie.
Pipina wearing a Max Mara coat and Asos jeans.
Lady in red!
Beautiful dark florals and an emerald skirt to match her eyes.
Camille in McQueen and Alexander Wang.
Amy Marietta in a playful Karl sequin dress by Mua Mua Dolla.
London Fashion Week’s latest collections pay homage to both the nation’s eccentricity (taking subtle queues from the 60's and 70's) and its heritage (particularly the flourishing art scene of 1920's Britain). A sense of boldness and independence took center stage, surrounded by dances of whimsy, playfulness, romance -- and a little mystery.
Major trends we saw for AW14 include (1) bold and whimsical floral prints, (2) oversized coats on elongated silhouettes and (3) androgynous contrasting of textures and patterns, mixing just the right amount of edgy masculinity with soft feminine elements. Explore our favorite looks from the collections below.
Where would London Fashion Week be without iconic Burberry Prorsum and edgy Brit beauty Cara DeLevingne? Chief executive Angela Ahrendts and creative director Christopher Bailey make their final mark with a collection that is as wistful and elegant as it is romantic and alluring.
Inspired by the writers, painters and intellectuals who formed the boho Bloomsbury set of 1920s London, Burberry’s Autumn/Winter features floaty floral prints, swirling hand-painted watercolors and silk scarves. Art’s influence is unmistakable in steering Autumn trends towards an emotive and romantic take. The classic trench is updated to reflect the trend of oversized coats and elongated silhouettes, while luxurious shearling jackets are cropped 70’s style and paired with sheer evening dresses for a fun yet classy layering of textures.
Peter Pilotto, along with design partner Christopher De Vos, used the idea of winter and summer sports as a springboard for the collection, with longer, leaner athletic lines and color-block knits having the appeal of ski sweaters. Mountainous landscapes saturated by sunsets and the early blue light of dawn were inspired by their cross-country travels, and then photo-printed over puffer coats and sporty dresses as stunning panoramas. Even what looked like floral prints from afar were abstract images of cheerleaders waving pom-poms as if they were aerial views straight out of Sochi.
With bold embellishments, abstract cuts and relaxed off-shoulder coats and jackets draped over satin and metallic, we see a play on contrasts and extremes for a spirited and adventurous look.
Inspired by film noir, Emilia Wickstead’s parade of models look like something out of a Raymond Chandler novel (a far cry from last year’s pretty pink dresses worn by Princess Kate to Buckingham palace tea parties). Her recent membership into the Swarovski Collective has prompted Wickstead to add a touch of theatrical sparkle to the otherwise edgy and smouldering creations. Dark, deep and sparkly, the collection is all about adding a twist to what is classic. A mix of masculinity and femininity reflected in the fabrics speak to a woman with a mind of her own. Pops of color in mustard and cerulean lace add a contemporary feel to the vintage Downton Abbey look.