Thursday, 18 September 2014

Day 1- September 17th SS15 MFW

Welcome to Milan darlings! 
Romanic, full of history and home to some of the most profound fashion houses the world has seen.

Day 1, September 17th 
Gucci 
Gucci kicked off Milan fashion week with one of the most divine and chic collections I have seen from the brand in a long time. Gucci has defined itself within the fashion world producing certain connatations and details we expect to see on the catwalk including dark undertones within colours and matte fabrics. 
Gucci somewhat mesmerises me with its use of colour. We saw nudes, greens and blush in the brands AW14 collection yet we see rich browns, reds and yellows in their Spring/Summer collection- deviating from the conventional and entering a world of distortion whilst overlapping, if not contradicting, seasons. 
Military chic has always been a favourite of mine, as you can tell I adore structure and of course tailoring, however I am also a lover of the pussy bow which is why I adore both these day looks. 
Plunging necklines, oriental patterns and blue denim look ensembles feel retro, cultural and are trends that are ready to dominate the new season.
Alberta Ferretti
Alberta Ferretti's collection channelled something we have not seen in a long time, the Grecian persona. After many many seasons of designers overusing this style it almost diminished completlely. To my delight it has returned with gorgeous materials, modern colours and the same stunning hair and beauty looks. The Grecian vibe succeeds almost always and Alberta Ferretti was the first designer to catch onto his return, just look at that fabulous serpent like neck cuff. 
                                       

N.21 
N.21 was pleasantly surprising with their Spring/Summer collection. These pieces are perfect to escape from the city, think Summer in the Hamptons. 

Fausto Puglisi 
This collection delivered everything, edginess, experimental and exaggeration. Whether patterned, block coloured, bright or metallic these pieces tempt those who are afraid of stepping outside their comfort zone. 
 
Orange once again returns but not in its overstated self like we usually see. These past few seasons designers have been using block colouring to slowly introduce orange into their collections. Now that this colour is established and has been successful they are beginning to incorporate orange with other trends such as pattern. 
My favourite trend for next season is metallic. Gone are the days where metallic comes across as being cheap and not so chic. Metallic is show stopping and one of the easiest trends to embrace whether it's all over or a combination piece.

Which was your favourite show from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week? Mine was by far Fausto Puglisi however it would not be MFW without a Gucci opening! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Day 5- September 16th SS15 LFW

Day 5, September 16th
Osman
Incredible creations that incorporate the hottest trends for SS15. Tassels and bows have appeared frequently over the past two weeks paving the way for two of Summers greatest runway trends that are easily replicable with high street pieces.
Anya Hindmarch 
Anya forever creates quirky pieces with colour clashes and graphics. Carrying one of these easily identifiable handbags proves your ultimate fashionista status. All eyes will be on you and your fabulous accessory.

Simone Rocha 
Graceful meets effortless meets elegant and chic.
These pieces are once again curiosity provoking, a consequence of the sheer trend. Layering with exposure is tantalising yet terrific. 
I love the array of colours and patterns found within Simone's collection. 
                                        

Emilio de la Morena 
This was my favourite show of the day.
Metallic is back and better than ever looking sophisticated, striking and phenomenal. Emilio demonstrates how you can embrace such a trend that many tend to believe they can not pull off. His use of shapes and combinations show the domination of metallic whether you choose to wear a mini strapless dress or jumpsuit.
These pieces and colours are perfect for Summer when it comes to evening wear. Too often we neglect evening trends in SS seasons where day wear is central. 

Meadham Kirchoff
Fierce, experimental, daring.
Costumes, characters and alter egos. 

That is London Fashion Week over darlings! 
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Goodnight, tomorrow we wake up in Milan.

Day 4- September 15th SS15 LFW

Day 4, September 15th
Antonio Berardi 
Can you believe it has been a full year since my favourite SS14 Antonio Berardi piece was splattered across all my social media outlets. If you cannot quite remember it was a divine red suit with thigh high block colouring that created the illusion of boots. 
As the months have past this designer has appeared multiple times on my best dressed list and was popular during awards season. 
Although there is no clear cut vision within this collection the colours contain a somewhat foggy undertone that make these ensembles look that little more chic.
There are two clear areas in which Antonio excels, suits and gowns- both contrasting but both impeccable. Opting for a fitted waist and flowing skirt these gowns are feminine and flattering upon any figure and quite frankly speak for themselves meaning beauty and hair can be kept minimal. 
The suits, in particular the jackets, in this SS15 collection contain the finest tailoring. Despite sharing a bold presence in their clearly defined style, beauty and hair contributes to the dominance and seriousness of these powerful pieces. A bold lip is essential in adding that finishing touch. 

Roksanda Ilincic 
Only a few months ago Roksanda was opening her London store and we could tell by the A-List fashionistas that attended wearing her designs that Roksanda's next collection would be filled with colour and crazy combinations. 
Roksanda has incorporated multiple trends that we have seen transgress from AW14. 
These include oversized coats, bold shoulders and of course sheer, our favourite. 
My favourite collections time and time again include block colour and sharp cuts, an obsession I cannot deviate from, these elements were central to Roksanda's vision.

Erdem 
It's Spring/Summer, anyone knows that the designer who excels in florals is of course Erdem. 
Featuring a wild and edgy jungle vibe this runway was feisty and ferocious yet still remained feminine. Ruffles and layering have been popular for SS15 and instead of choosing the top or the bottom designers have embraced two piece combinations.
I also adore bottle green, an unconventional but amazing colour for a Spring/Summer collection. 

Michael van der Ham 
For the girl who works the Summer, work wear never looked so good.

Burberry Prorsum 
So Cara Delevingne was absent from the Burberry runway. Not to worry, she was only sat front row with her new BFF Kate Moss!!
Our other favourites, models of the moment, Suki Waterhouse and Jourdan Dunn excelled in another divine Christopher Bailey catwalk, 
Fluffy jumpers, denim and sheer. Combinations we would never expect but once again Burberry mesmerises us with exquisite watercolours.  
Despite remaining classic and true to Burberry as a brand and fashion house, Christopher Bailey has embraced modernity and added unique features to Burberry's timeless designs.
No longer do we see beige trench coats on the runway but instead mustard with added shoulder and waist accessorsing that update the sophistication found in Burberry's classics.
Bows have proven popular for SS15 particularly in accessorising.

Issa
Monochrome Issa iconic. 
Gone with the fitted. 
Intricate detailing paired with fresh block colouring.

Christopher Kane 
I am obsessed with these red leather pants and monochrome jacket combination which are perfect for a day-to-night look (just add heels!).
These ensembles are geometric and futuristic, it's all about shape. 

Peter Pilotto
 
Peter Pilotto is a master of patterns.
We could never imagine pairing or even creating such complicated, curiosity provoking designs.
This designer is a London Fashion Week favourite which I love simply because the FROW outfits are to die for. 
                                      

Giles 
If a pattern works so well why would you even refrain from overusing it?
Giles creations feel a little fun and a little flirty due to the use of pinks, whites and blacks. These ensembles are the perfect length and allow Summer knits to excel, a task that remains difficult every year. 
Once again ruffles appear and it would not be a Giles show without a dramatic finish, after all this designers ball gowns are show stopping.

Tom Ford 
I was completely overwhelmed by the Tom Ford catwalk.
Daring and risqué with nipple embellishments, stockings, leather belts and straps, in writing this collection sounds shocking and a little too experimental but as soon as you're exposed to these creations you will not be able to refrain your desire to wear these pieces,
Tom Ford's definition of black is like no other and I love the colour combinations that are dark and delicious. 
Never before have I been so mesmirised by a collection. Overwhelmed is an understatement.


Which was your favourite show darlings? We only have one more day left in London! 
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