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….
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!!
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.
For the last few season’s Dolce & Gabbana’s campaigns have been amongst my favourite! Shot by Domenico Dolce and featuring Bianca Balti, Monica Bellucci and Kate King as well as a new addition Andreea Diaconu, Italian family life is once again at the heart of the concept. AW13 explores Italian drama and scandal centred around the church and religion. The backdrop acts as a fitting location for the collection’s main pieces inspired by the catholic church’s traditional mosaic artwork alongside the timeless black and red Dolce lace. Standout pieces include the amazing gothic, oversized Dolce & Gabbana jewels that this season take the form of crucifixes, crowns and door knocker earrings! Drama, drama, drama……