Focus… Paris Fashion Week: Rochas SS 2013

With Wes Anderson’s Margot Tenenbaum being held by Rochas designer Marco Zanini as his inspiration for his latest resort collection, the eyes of the world of Fashion were on the Rochas SS 2013 collection hoping that the same influences would carry through for this season’s show. Well, no one was disappointed. Centered on a shrunken polo … Continue reading

Focus… Paris Fashion Week: Damir Doma SS 2013

Damir Doma played this season with the human body, examining its ephemeral quality and approaching proportions in a true avant-garde style. The silhouettes drew inspiration from the worlds of art and architecture in the quest for the perfect wardrobe and purity of form, and included reworked workwear garments that offer cross-cultural and historical references. Doma’s … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana SS 2013

For their Spring Summer 2013 collection, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana once again turned to the rich cultural history of Sicily. Prints for the opening looks featured the Roman army, which conquered and lost Sicily several times throughout its years. Other motifs depicted portraits of men of different races, representing the many cultures that have … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani SS 2013

Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2013 collection has created quite a surprise as it showed minimalist and even futuristic looks, quite the departure from what we usually expect from the famed Italian house. Nipped waist jackets and ankle-grazing wide leg trousers rendered in silvery grey organza and silk were paired with sporty oxfords and briefcase bags … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Jil Sander SS 2013

It would be quite daunting for any designer to follow the universally acclaimed work of Raf Simons, but that was Jil Sander’s task upon returning to her own label for Spring Summer 2013 and she was up to the job. Starting with a flattened hourglass silhouette, Sander concentrated on what she knows best—minimal suiting and … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Bottega Veneta SS 2013

Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director Tomas Maier had a particular vision of a chic 40s muse for the house Spring Summer  2013 collection; a woman committed to slim day dresses in clean floral prints and subdued colors, a common look decades ago. But women of the WWII era would have been lucky to have access to … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Krizia SS 2013

We are feeling a trend here: safari themes have already popped up in Milan a few times in the past two days, and Krizia’s Creative Director Mariuccia Mandelli also had an African adventure in mind. Abstract and sophisticated, the collection took a minimalist approach to soft field jackets in cream and white, delicate linen coat … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Prada SS 2013

Miuccia Prada chose to deliver a collection with a Japanese-inspired precision and restraint, tempered with crafty elements.  The SS 2013 show began with a series of sharply tailored black sheaths and skirt suits, all marked with simple, white cherry blossoms. There were mod miniskirts, with side slits that exposed even more leg, but high jewel … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Alberta Ferretti SS 2013

In a stark contrast with Gucci SS 2013 bright and brash collection, Alberta Ferretti’s new season is elegant and ethereal, comprised of a wafting series of sheer chiffon dresses encrusted with intricate beading. With patterns mimicking coral and underwater fauna, these cream and champagne shifts were tailor-made for the most sophisticated cocktail hour, as were … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week: Gucci SS 2013

Frida Giannini’s SS 13 collection was refreshingly simple, with clean silhouettes and a minimum of embellishment, opening Milan fashion week with a wardrobe perfect for Miami in the 70s. The volume came courtesy of the punchy tropical palette, undulating flat flamenco ruffles and oversized poet sleeves, loudly announcing Spring’s arrival with lean matched sets which … Continue reading