Friday, March 2, 2012

The World is a Runway Show: Milan Fashion Week A/W 2012

Ladies, we're back on the world's runway and today we're bringing you to the land of delicious food, hot men and "sweep you off your feet" fashion...where else but in Milan. Milan's fashion week brought forth a huge variety of different styles, lines and even some opting to use light colors in their collection...proving to us that colors don't belong to a specific season, it's all about how you wear we love the idea of keeping winter fresh and light. Of course in Milan, all collections were amazing and innovative but here are our picks for the best of the best:
Here we are at Pucci where Peter Dundas showed off his interpretation of color free Pucci with a variety of ultra chic black dresses...of course, it wouldn't be a Pucci show without their signature prints which made their way onto dresses and pantsuits. We loved the occasional soft color showing up on the catwalk...great way to balance out the dark colors. We thought this collection did a fabulous job of combining sophistication and sex appeal...not an easy task but Peter Dundas achieved it beautifully.
Gucci definitely glammed up the winter by bringing back plush velvet, intricate brocades and adding some edge with leathers. Frida Giannini, the creative director for Gucci, described this collection as "modern-day romanticism" and we couldn't agree more. The evening gowns displayed oversize flowers, crystals and tulle...the perfect materials to create such amazing dresses. For this collection, the color palette included black, plum and dark greens which as Giannini described showed "a dramatic sensuality, a dark glamour". Also on the catwalk, the complete opposite of feminine...cropped military jackets with brass buttons and long, lean masculine-style coats and pants. We simply loved this collection.
At Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier showed his collection which was rich and elegant. In it we saw elegant, chic coats and suits in dark matte wools. The velvet and sequins details made the show luxurious and the ribbed sweaters, cropped pants and elegant skirts made it accessibly wearable...but above all, the look for the entire collection was perfectly polished. We wouldn't be surprised if a First Lady or a member of the royal family showed up wearing any of these looks...It's everything you would expect from this high-end label.
Lastly, the most talked about show during Milan's Fashion was the collection by Raf Simons for Jil Sander. While there is much speculation as to his departure and where he might end up (rumours have him being named as the front man for Dior) there is no doubt that his beautiful understated lines and designs will be missed. His final collection for Jil Sander was gentle, feminine, beautifully made and with a delicate was pure romance to us. How lovely to wear something from this collection in the middle of a dark winter day. We will miss you, Raf Simons...but we are very excited to see just where you end up....after all, someone of his calibre won't be missing from the catwalks for long.
So Ladies, we loved sharing our thoughts for Milan's fashion week with you. It's amazing to see the different view points in fashion and be able to appreciate them all...not matter how different they are from one another. Fashion of this calibre leaves us inspired and feeling creative, so hopefully you're feeling this way too...and you never know, the next designer we may be showcasing could be you!

Las Bellas