MSGM Menswear SS15

It is no secret that Milan is recovering from the fashion rut it’s been stuck in since the 90’s, after all there’s only so many Versace skimpy’s a guy can handle and Fendi Baguette bags a girl can own!  Perhaps this is why the Milan fashion scene has followed in London’s footsteps by becoming increasingly keen to push young talent.  Stella Jean is one of the big new names in Womenswear and as Mens fashion month drew to a close, it seemed there was at least one very promising name; MSGM.  Until SS14 MSGM was a little known brand started by salesman turned fashion designer Massimo Giorgetti.  Over the past few season MSGM has never failed to deliver colour, print and the overall wearability factor in both women and menswear.  For me, the menswear has been a highlight of this SS15 season, showing diverse silhouettes with a cool, street aesthetic – the wow factor as well as the wearability factor.  Having just released their women’s pre SS15 collection also (which in my opinion is simply one of the best collections out there); Milan have indeed supplied the goods.  As a girl, I definitely want to be an MSGM girl and the guys? Well I wouldn’t mind dating one!

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MSGM MEnswear SS15 Look 1 and Look 5

 

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MSGM Menswear SS15 Look 13 and Look 17

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MSGM Menswear SS15 Look 38 and Look 39

Colour

Who else could merge colour and tradition in such a seamless, elegant way?  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino of course!  Without fail these two deliver season after pre season after season.  To be a Valentino girl would be a dream….

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Valentino Pre SS15

 

Pre SS15

The recent coming together of Jeremy Scott and Moschino is proving to be one of the most exciting partnerships in years.  After showing his recent SS15 pre collection, Scott has secured his head of design role at the brand and really shown everyone what he can do!  By staying true to himself and his kitsch aesthetic, whilst also keeping the essence of Moschino in mind, Scott has produced another killer pre collection.  Capturing the current love of the 90’s as well as the street vibe championed by fashion darlings from Cara to Kristen, this collection is a certain sell out – perhaps minus the Miley Cyrus string vest two piece and a few of the random neckerchief numbers!  This pre AW is a time to have fun with fashion – top of my wish list?  The mini Moschino IPhone case of course!!

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Moschino Pre SS15 Look 3 and Look 1

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Moschino Pre SS15 Look 4, 6 and 42

Holiday Wardrobe

The perfect holiday wardrobe can be a hard thing to master.  How many bikinis can you cram in, is colour and pattern key or a cooling, neutral pallet the solution?  How do I tan in my high waisted bikini bottoms and so on and so on….When dreaming of the perfect holiday setting, not many places beat Italy, therefore it is no surprise that upcoming Italian designer – Stella Jean has created the most enviable holiday wardrobe going!  Just as it did on the SS14 Catwalk, the pattern, colour, vibrancy and drama of the S/S14 shoot brought…..Gorgeous!!

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

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Stella Jean Beachwear Collection

 

 

Comfortably Couture

I can’t think of a past moment in time where the lines between fashion and functionality were so blurred.  I didn’t think it got more practical than Ashish’s SS14 take on the plastic bag, a Marks and Spencer plastic carrier bag to be precise;  apparently I was wrong.  Step forward (in a very comfortable trainer) please Chanel – who else could send all 64 Spring 2014 Couture looks down the Couture catwalk in trainers?!  It wasn’t just trainers either, there were bum-bags, knee pads and one of my favourite accessories of the last few years, the rucksack; all with a couture esk make over, Amazing!  SS14 here we come in our sensible and extremely comfy trainers with our Birkinstock’s reserved for the sun, our knee length skirts barley showing our knees and a cheeky boiler suit for nights out.  Practicality here we come and we look good…

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Ashish SS14 Look 3 and Look 28

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Chanel Couture Look 7, 18, 27 and 53

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Chanel Couture Spring 2014 Close Up

Fashion comes Home for SS14

Paris is the home of fashion, this has never been as true as it is now.  I wasn’t sure if anyone could take anymore after the departure of Marc Jacobs from Louis Vuitton was announced, the anticipation for his last show was enough to send even Anna Wintour (well, maybe) into a frenzy!  Yet Chanel was to come and Karl Lagerfeld is not upstaged easily.  For me, this Chanel collection could have been staged in a tip and the clothes would have looked as breathtaking as ever; however in true KL style the Grand Palais was whitewashed and turned into a modern art hanger with over 75 life size pieces of ‘Artwork’ (designed by the one and only) lining the catwalk.  You couldn’t help but think about the ever potent question; is fashion art?  If this man’s creations aren’t worthy of the art world then I don’t know what is.  This collection was one of the best seasons Chanel has had for a while; breathtaking yes but also wearable, it had it all!!  This year Wang took Balenciaga and whipped up something that was noticeably Wang but still oozed Parisien chic with a Balenciaga attitude! Heremes and Dior were both in full bloom with florals leading the way in an oversized print as well as our old friend snakeskin adding an extra kick to trims and accessories; Miu Miu finished off the epic week with a sickly sweet presentation of pastel colours and swinging 60’s pea coats.  Too much to write about all in one, the pictures will do the talking:

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Louis Vuitton SS14: Look 1

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Chanel SS14: Look 18, 35, 48 and 83

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Balenciaga SS14: Look 8, 13, 33 and 34

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Christian Dior SS14: Look 4, 21, 25 and 31

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Hermes SS14: Look 1, 10, 21 and 33

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Miu Miu SS14: Look 1, 20, 32 and 39

Milano SS14

For me, Milan is a showman’s playground, colourful, fun and fabulous; a place where Anna Del Russo almost blends into the background (almost)!  As fashion moves from the innovation of London it looks towards the Italian city in expectation of big shows from big brands with major trends.  Gucci kicked things off in a surprisingly relaxed manner, exploring the sportswear trend in a luxe, Italian way, styled with killer heels and slicked back hair.  It was, I felt, one of the weakest Gucci outings in a while, however I still wouldn’t mind looking like that when heading to the gym!  Next up, Dolce&Gabbana sent the internet into overload!  Visions of ancient Greece were intertwined with the classic black Dolce lace, topped off with olympic style wrestling belts and gold everything!  This was the year of the Sicilian goddess…one can only dream!  Moving on from the more traditional Milan to the world of Prada where Miuccia was on a feminist mission.  Celebrating feminism through the exploration of girl gangs and tough love, it was a collection of contradictions that, as always created one of the shows of the season!!  Other standout shows included Marni, Versace, Fendi and of course the queen of cool Jil Sander.

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Milan SS14: Gucci and Prada

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Dolce & Gabbana Finale SS14

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Milan SS14: Jill Sander, Fendi, Marni, Versace

London reaches new heights

After the 90’s sports luxe of New York and already a couple of season defining shows; all eyes moved to London where expectations were high. What were we given?  A bevy of pastel clad beauties at Burberry, Ibizan goddesses from Topshop Unique, sexed up plant hormones (yes, really) at Christopher Kane; hippies, florals, metallics and of course Mr Tom Ford!  Special mention for Simone Rocha who surprised everyone with a much more subversive tone – still a newcomer yet Rocha junior added to her success of last season to produce one of the most intriguing shows of the season!!  Just like magic, London bought together the diverse, the individual and the creative alongside pure craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail; one of the finest LFW’s to date!  Just take a look……

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SS14 Looks from: David Koma, JW Anderson, Roksanda Ilincic and Burberry Prorsum

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SS14 looks: Richard Nicole, Christopher Kane, Topshop Unique and Tom Ford

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Simone Rocha SS14 Look 9, 17, 21 and 36

Armani Privé Couture AW13

When I think of the Giorgio Armani client I automatically think of a lady, class, decadence and pure style.  She doesn’t just own one piece of Armani, her entire wardrobe is Armani; her life is one of society balls and endless champagne. Glamourous yet elegant, sexy yet vulnerable, every man and woman’s dream.  This was the woman we were presented with at this weeks Armani Privé AW13 Couture show.

From the start the scene was set – the models hair tied up in loose retro curls, soft around the face with bare minimal makeup but for a rose tinted lip and strong brow.  We had been taken back to old school Hollywood, The Great Gatsby era with its soft tailoring in the lightest pink/peach hue, sweet fur neckerchief’s, and rose pearl collars.

Gradually the Armani woman became sexier and more modern introducing daring black tulle see through tops matched with billowing evening trousers which I for one would die for!  Heavier duty accessories were introduced, door-knocker earrings and double cuff’s, taking the edge off some of the more twee ensembles.  As the collection continued the colour pallet became lighter and lighter, until it was quite literally Nude….beautiful.  My favourite pieces included the tiered, tulle skirted dresses with slinky tops; styled to perfection with strong yet minimal jewellery – just divine!

Armani doesn’t always produce a collection I take notice of, but this couture offering is hard to forget.  I’m sure there were more than a few special clients taking note for potential day tailoring, evening gowns and wedding dresses.  The collection for me was unadulterated perfection, stylish and classy.  After all this is couture, Armani at his best.

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Armani Privé AW13 Couture: Look 4, Look 16 and Look 18

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Armani Privé AW13 Couture: Look 25, Look 27 and Look 28

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Armani Privé AW13 Couture: Look 37, Look 40 and Look 42