Mademoiselle Fall 2013 Collection The Guessing BeginsMarch 26, 2013
I’m becoming a fan of the Mademoiselle Fall 2013 collection for a handful of reasons. After taking a look at the most recent lookbook (which we’ll be publishing in foto form soon) I thought what appealed to me was the fact that the collection went in a couple of different directions. There’s the vampy leather clad angle skirt that replaces the slit with stretch chiffon which is matched with a silk modal jersey and a leather sleeve. It’s something you can easily see a Hollywood socialite wearing it but at the same time you have this bridal lace dress that is definitely mod inspired as it’s nearly a mile over the knee. It’s as if two different designers put together the collection. That’s a great thing. Keeps the masses guessing.
Neiman Gets it Right with Walter ChinFebruary 5, 2013
You can’t go wrong when Walter Chin’s photographs are adorning anything you’re doing. Yes it’s with a commercial outfit like Neiman built for selling, but they got everything right with this book. See photographs below:
An Aggressive BagJanuary 7, 2013
Last month in the magazine, we featured Cydelic a handbag collection by designer Choryin Choi. He created an unconventional look with punk-like accents, beads and chain straps. It was a different strong look that most are not used to seeing. I wanted to highlight it in blog format, because this designer I feel is one to watch. His unconventional approach and his ability to mix a myriad of styles together into something cohesive and beautiful, gives hope that fashion can be daring via a new infusion of talent.
Head over to see his full profile and all the photos here.Meryl Demiglio
The Beauty that is the Miu Miu Holiday WindowsDecember 13, 2012
The Miu Miu holiday windows at Prada are on display now and they are beautiful, classic and unencumbered with excess. Intricately designed with (according to Prada’s press release) 19th Century European Palais and literary cafe’s in mind, the views contains a mix of oriental inspiration and western influences. The windows are on display throughout the holiday season and eternally in photos.Meryl Demiglio
MaxMara Spring/Summer 2013 CollectionSeptember 24, 2012
The anonymous designers at MaxMara can toil in obscurity all they want (or rather all the Maramotti family wants), but there’s no mistaking the overall angle. Creating instantly wearable collections that can go from season to season without skipping a beat seems to be the ethos behind this collection. The 2013 season is no different. During the presentation for the Spring 2013 season, the MaxMara collection contained a distinctly safari like bent, not quite African, not quite Indian, just a melange of striped colors, camouflage and prints that range in the realm of animal to floral. The blouses had lightweight hoods and were the length of t-shirts in some instances. The collection was styled with oversized chunky bags and equally open toe chunky clogs with a strapped around the heel.
An elegant but by-the-numbers collection from a designer that has hundreds (if not thousands) of stores worldwide.Meryl Demiglio
What Frida Giannini Knows that We Don’tSeptember 24, 2012
When Milan fashion week opened last Thursday many in the media did not know what to expect. It’s not that the Italian designers like to throw everyone for a loop just for fun. It’s just that by and large, the designers are fickle and can be influenced by nearly anything. So when Frida Giannini debuted Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection she apparently knew (and this is just supposition) that overtly sexy dress was out and a more subtle titillation was due this season. By displaying prints that had a myriad of swirls, turns and curls, belted tunics that were not quite shirt but also couldn’t fall into your garden variety tops. Then there were silk organza dresses long in form that belied what would normally be taken as a stodgy dress, far from, it was sexy because the movement of the fabric mirrored the form underneath.
This was no ordinary Gucci show. This was Giannini showing us that she knew something that we didn’t: for this collection at least, sexy wasn’t a decade, wasn’t a concept, wasn’t even overt. It was and is an overall aesthetic.Meryl Demiglio
Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2013 Collection / Milan Fashion WeekSeptember 21, 2012
If you were wondering where Alberta Feretti would go for her Spring Summer 2013 collection, wonder no more. Ferretti went uber feminine conjuring up lace, frills, in multiple hues. Nearly all of the pieces shown were not typical everyday items. Ferretti stressed gowns in rich shimmery black as well as nude, but saved the lace and delicate materials for an array of greens and blues. Lace was a recurring theme throughout the show and the designer did it to extended elaborate effect (think Cate Blanchett, Lord of the Rings epic). There was also a sensual feel to the show that highlighted Ferretti’s homage to the feminine form. First thing that comes to mind is a sheer lace set in violet with matching undergarments. This collection was neither out of character for Ferretti or bold enough to change the overall story of Ferretti’s imprimatur.Meryl Demiglio
Mila Schoen Milan Spring/Summer 2013September 20, 2012
Bianca Gervasio must be chief weather prognosticator in Milan, viewing her collections during the Mila Schoen runway showm you can immediately tell she’s decided air things out. From her super short skirts to airy trousers Gervasio hhas taken the Schoen collection in a strongly minimalist direction.
Faconnable Unleashes Modern French FallSeptember 18, 2012
Faconnable, a french retailer known historically for its menswear collection, recently put out photos for its Autumn/Winter 2012 womenswear items. After looking at the few pics from the collection, the first thought that came into my head was, someone at Gap and Banana Republic should be taking notes. While never known for high-end fashion, the designers there always created more than serviceable looks. I’m sure Faconnable, is aiming at higher price-points, but for what it is and who they are targeting (modern/contemporary), this is spot-on. See photos:
Lady Gaga in Ulyana Sergeenko…TWICESeptember 11, 2012
Lady Gaga has given fashion’s version of the papal blessing as it were to Ulyana Sergeenko by wearing pieces from her collection TWICE. You might want to call it a love affair of sorts. Gaga was in London to celebrate the Paralympics games in London. In which she wore this:
Then she wore this couture red neoprene skirt and chiffon blouse right before her Born This Way Ball at the Twickenham stadium.