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

BCBG Max Azria SS12
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.

Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post