It’s always nice to end on a neon note. Miuccia Prada wrapped up the four main worldwide Fashion Weeks at Miu Miu with a Seventies bow and a soundtrack that strangely featured dialogue from Flashdance, Cheryl Cole and the X Factor. With a timeless mix of “Oh my God” pieces and extreme elegance, there were individual quirks to each piece like stylised swan prints. Wait about two months and you’ll see these items on every magazine shelf you walk by. Thus ends Spring/Summer 2011. Excuse me while I throw my platforms at the wall and slip into a fashion coma. View Post
When your seat at Paris Fashion Week is scribbled with Susan Sontag‘s ‘the relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated’, you know boredom isn’t on the horizon. In fact, disco decadence was. The greatest Louis Vuitton moments were with silk mandarin-collared cheongsam dresses slit to the thigh and supermodel Kristin McMenamy ‘wearing’ a zebra stripe painted bodysuit and black satin tux trousers. Ace job pulling off a Donna Summer and Chinese mashup, Marc Jacobs. View Post
I love Milly (and designer Michelle Smith) for the happy print dresses, statement coats, and knits in bold colors – and again for spring, that’s what we saw. Nice of New York Fashion Week to remind us that stability can be a great thing.
This time, the collection inspired by Peggy Guggenheim featured an eccentric mix of striking florals, tribal accents, and strong geometrics, all mixed and matched with both slender and full skirts and dresses, maxi-dresses, knee-length shorts, and wide-leg trousers. Clothes came in a range of fun colors like kelly green, sunny orange, and tomato red mixed in with white, navy, and tan. And, with a big 10th-anniversary year planned in 2011, Milly is clearly going dress right with the launch of her handbags, jewelry, and Milly Minis, for girls age 2 to 7. View Post
A stellar end to the Spring 2011 shows, Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. presentation at New York Fashion Week woke up jaded editors with both a killer reggae-theme soundtrack (Sean Paul, M.I.A., Santogold) and a vibrant collection to match.
With husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston sitting front-row, Stefani delivered an African-inspired collection that banked on bright wax-block prints splashed on everything from minidresses and crop tops to trousers and drop-crotch jumpers. Mixed in with the Africa theme were a few tailored suits and pieces reflecting Stefani’s own decade-old signature style, including midriff-baring tops, lots of punk plaids, and oversize fold-over pants.
While the collection started stronger than it ended, the showing overall – and no doubt (wink wink) the thumping beats, the knowledge that this was the last show of the week, and seeing uber-adorable Kingston run to his mother during her finale walk – had attendees leaving with smiles on their faces. View Post