Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Versace

The Versace AW 2012 collection was all about the Rooney Mara goth-meets-Joan of Arc goddess hero, right down to the bluntly cut bangs and barely-there eyebrows. But this no-nonsense kind of girl certainly knows how to dress up. The dark palette and edgy shapes were inspired by brother Gianni’s final collection, “an era,” Donatella said … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Moschino

The Moschino Fall 2012 collection brings a quirky mix of styles — military, ski, ’60s — all filtered through the Moschino prism of color and indulgent detail. Short, flirty dresses were outfitted with feathers and abundant ruffles, capes and jackets were outfitted with military epaulettes, capes featured quilted fronts, and skirts were unabashedly mini — … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Etro

For Etro‘s Fall 2012 collection, Veronica Etro showed an abundance of paisley patterns revised with a modern touch. “There is something about the paisley which at heart is very aristocratic,” said Etro, when describing the collection. That said, Etro utilized the print in every form via multicolored trousers, sheer fit-and-flare dresses, and rich velvet gowns. Outerwear … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Prada

Miuccia Prada went back to her basics; geometric print, graphics, precision cutting and embellishment but the result was like seeing reruns of early ideas digitally enhanced to a Blade Runner-style futurism. The glorious graphics included not only the pipes of square neon lamps making 21st-century chandeliers, but also plasticized embroidery as huge, shining foils to … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Fendi

  Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi joined forces to create an apocalyptic-chic collection for Fall 2012 — the wintery, forest-inspired vibe was evident, as models walked the runway in luxe layers of patent PVC and colored fur, looking gorgeously aggressive and ready for battle. Most of the pieces looked as if they had been literally cut from different … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti is surely best loved for her dresses. And it’s easy to see why. The designer manages to make gowns that are both striking and subtle at the same time, which is certainly no easy feat. For fall 2012, it was her expertise dressmaking skills that the designer was clearly intent on showcasing. Gown … Continue reading

Focus… Milan Fashion Week AW 2012: Gucci

Gucci set a dark, foreboding tone on the first day of Milan fashion week. Using chiaroscuro lighting, Frida Giannini submerged her models in the shadows only to let us them watch appear through panels of light as haunting Renaissance sirens. The show oozed dark glamour as the first of the models entered head to toe in black. Military … Continue reading

Focus… New York Fashion Week AW12: Tadashi Shoji

Laces, sequins, velvets and chiffon silk; combination of these turns Tadashi Shoji‘s collection into a romantic sight.  The AW12 collection takes its inspiration from the Golden Age of Shanghai. With pieces in marina, seagrass, ginseng and hazel Tadashi shows a delicate but glamourous silhouette. Subtle prints and asymmetrical skirts complete a feminine touch in these beautifully tailored … Continue reading