Last week, I obsessed over designers from the New York and London Fashion Week shows. This week, in the same spirit (meaning money is no object and I had the power to point at clothing and it appears in my wardrobe), I obsess over designers from the Milan and Paris runways. Milan Fashion Week:
When a Hollywood icon is buried in one of your dresses (Marilyn Monroe), there’s a mythology introduced into your brand that continues to draw in celebrities. At this season’s Emilio Pucci show, Kylie Minogue and Jada Pinket Smith were in attendance to see Peter Dundas’s latest creations for the venerable line. The collection is heavily influenced by the 70s, with a bit of Mediterranean and Indian flavor thrown in to keep the brand faithful to their bold print heritage. My favorite piece in the collection is this shirt and pant combo. I love the blue of the pants and the stitched leather top is the sultry retro look that I just adore. It’s simple and understated, but also screams for attention.
I wouldn’t describe myself as a leopard print fanatic, but when it’s married with bold design that looks more like wearable art (or wearable whimsy), I’m inclined to put my reservations aside and take a look. Anna Molinari’s Blumarine S/S 2011 collection was full of animal motifs placed against pastel and neutral backgrounds in all kinds of shapes and sizes, including mini-dresses, chemises and caftans. My must have piece for this collection is this tunic dress. The print is certainly animalistic, but is toned down by the size of the print and the cut of the dress. The dress also gets bonus points for having amazing sleeves.
Paris Fashion Week:
Haider Ackermann’s collection during Paris Fashion Week was truly breathtaking. For those of you who always wanted your loungewear to turn into haute couture, make sure you check out his latest creations. Hints of silk pajamas, robes and chemises appear in the line, as do leather vests and military jackets, paired with silk pants with bows and soft details. There’s so much to love in this collection, it’s really difficult to pick out one and say, “that’s it!” I really love this military-inspired piece. It seems to sum up his collection so well.
This pants piece looks like a futuristic Geisha; I can’t tell if this is a jacket or a dress, but am loving it nonetheless; and this red carpet dress is stunning. I can’t wait to see what Hollywood starlet shows up wearing it come awards season.
I’m a fairly recent fan of Bottega Veneta‘s clothing, but I am very drawn to the ease of the clothing Tomas Maier designs. While most of my selections for this column have been pieces that are more high fashion than everyday wear (with the exception of Christian Siriano’s line), the Bottega Venenta Spring 2011 RTW is truly something that could walk off the runway and right into your home. The line features some very wearable LBD’s (which I think are the true stars of the collection), jersey dresses, separates and suits. My favorite piece is this LBD, which looks rock n roll and feminine at the same time.
It would be impossible to write this column this year without a nod to Alexander McQueen. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been for Sarah Burton to show this collection, but if what was seen on the runway in Paris is any indication, the brand will thrive on the vision of it’s creator and the inspiration he left behind to Burton. My favorite piece from this collection is this red carpet dress that looks like the model is a wood nymph on top, and enveloped in sea anemones on the bottom. Breathtaking.
So, now that we’ve finished up a month of inspiring fashion, what shows from what cities inspired you?
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
Graphics by: Michelle
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