Roberto Cavalli SS12
I’m pretty sure Roberto Cavalli has earned himself the rights to the phrase, “Going For The Gold“. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection was practically blinding. Producing a brain twinkle similar to the sensation you get after staring into the sun for too long, this renaissance collection was the perfect way to end Milan Fashion Week.

The feel was light and sensual, though touted laborious detail. Gold sequins dances around, and even outlined, expert pleating. Garments opened in such a way that floral prints would reveal themselves only upon movement. There was even leopard-printed mousseline. Le sigh. Gold standard, in every way. View Post

Aquilano Rimondi SS12
Roberto Rimondi and Tomasso Aquilano, better known as Aquilano.Rimondi, have seduced me. Every one of their poetic, Renaissance-inspired pieces were tended to with feminine artisanal detail – a choice that will take every customer to a luxurious place that balances the sculpted with the sensual. Hand-sewn pearls, molded tops, fluidly tiered pleats, marble sculpture-like draping, and more.

Though they have had an incredibly busy week – also showing as the designers behind Fay, the Tods-owned outerwear label, and creating a 20th-anniversary collection for Piazza Sempione – their collection was full of entrancing vigour. A refreshing injection of contemporary elegance. View Post

Dolce Gabbana SS12
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana impressed me so significantly with their last D&G show that I half-expected myself to be let down by Dolce & Gabbana‘s current season. I mean, the odds of two knockout collections in one week…?

They’ve done it, anyway. Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/SUmmer 2012 was an all-out visual extravaganza. Inspired by a picturesque summertime in a small, southern Italian town circa 1950, the fiocus, flare and farmer’s market glamour a term I never thought I’d use – was absolutely stunning. There was a fit and flow to dresses that I have been dying to see since New York Fashion Week, and a radiant, bedazzled descant throughout.

With Sophia Loren singing out the lyrics to “Mambo Italiano” over waves of labyrinthine construction, the collection was the antithesis of guidette, Jersey Shore “Italian”; it was dazzling sophistication. View Post