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Autumn/Winter 2012 Top Trends


With the stores loading in their Autumn/Winter stock and the weather turning sour, here’s my pick of Fall’s hottest (well coldest) trends…

The Trouser Suit

Prada

Blue

Stella McCartney

Wide Leg Leather Trousers

Proenza Schouler

Oriental

Dries Van Noten

Tangerine

Haider Ackermann

Gothic Romanticism

Gucci

Puffer Jackets

Peter Pilotto

Oversized Silhouettes

Jil Sander

1960’s Print

Miu Miu

Over Embellishment

Lanvin

Avant Garde

Alexander McQueen

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The Day We Have All Been Waiting For!


After more than a year of waiting, Dior has finally announced their replacement for the esteemed John Galliano. Raf Simons, who left Jil Sander as Creative Director in February, has landed the job that is every designers dream. His first official Dior show will be during couture week in July.

Here are some highlights of Raf Simon’s designs for Jil Sander:

Fall/Winter 2012

Spring/Summer 2012

Fall/Winter 2011

Spring/Summer 2011

Raf Simons

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Fashion’s New Shape


For a while now designers have been focusing on two new shapes: wide, oversized coats and full peplum skirts. Of course these shapes are more flattering than they sound. The wide, oversized coats is working magic for your legs as it sits well away from the body in a structured manner. The full peplum skirts are pulling concentration to the waist making it appear much smaller as the shape widens from the smallest part of the torso. Lets take a look at some of the designers joining in the fun:

Oversized Coats

Yves Saint Laurent

Jil Sander

Peplum Skirts

Burberry

Rochas

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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Milan Fashion Week certainly is always the fashion week of glamour and this season it did not disappoint. As one of Milan’s strongest  Fashion Weeks ever, a strict and tough but romantic mood followed through the collections. From Gucci’s gothic romanticism to Roberto Cavalli’s daringly dark peplums, maybe the Rooney Mara rage has even influenced the designers! The wearable and covetable clothes got better as the week went on. It’s just what women want to wear. Whether it was the tears and standing ovation at Raf Simons’ last show for Jil Sander or the constant rumours about the Dior job (it has officially been a year), this Milan Fashion Week has definately been an eventful one

Here is my pick of the top 5 shows:

Bottega Veneta

Gucci

Prada

Roberto Cavalli

Jil Sander

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Milan Menswear Fashion Week – Top 5 Shows


Valentino

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s (Creative Directors) menswear fashion show debut certainly was a success. The show was centered around key wardrobe pieces from the trench coat, the leather jacket to the black suit. All I can say is that I will definitely be sporting some Valentino next winter.

Valentino

Dolce and Gabbana

If the set did not give you a hint then the soundtrack confirmed it. Opera was the theme for this seasons show. Red velvet, embroidered capes, silk pyjama-like trousers, it all just fell into place. Even the occasional grunge model dressed in a t-shirt, jeans and distressed boots. There is always a twist. Domenice Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did not look to any book or film for inspiration, it was simply family. They looked at the clothes their fathers had tailored many years ago. So why wouldn’t you want to buy into Dolce and Gabbana’s own family history. I know i would!

Dolce and Gabbana

Jil Sander

Black leather and knit jumpers – Quite an unusual combination but somehow it all made sense. It is almost as if Raf Simons (Creative Director) was creating a character from the old black and white movies as the models carried out news papers and what looked like leather lunch bags. The basement-like scenery made me think of a dark character in a lane way with no way out. Very spooky but oh so fashionable.

Jil Sander

Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton decided not to stage a show this season. Even though the shows are loved by the fashion folk, a presentation just somehow worked. There was no distraction, it was all entirely focused on the clothes. This collection is Burton’s male equivalent of the Alexander McQueen woman. One thing I noticed in the collection was the amount of tailoring involved. Which explains why Burton hired the esteemed tailor Huntsman from Saville Row to start a bespoke tailoring service for the brand. Alexander McQueen is certainly on their way to global domination.

Alexander McQueen

Prada

Miuccia Prada yet again made everyones eyes pop out of their head with her collection this season. Not only did she send out a fantastically strict collection, she decided she would inject a little bit of celebrity this year. Hollywood actors such as Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody and Jamie Bell strut their stuff down the blood red carpet. As Mrs. Prada puts it, it was “a parody of male power”. It certainly got everyone excited for the Golden Globes which took place later that night.

Prada

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The Chosen One?


So now the ball has rolled to Raf Simons, Creative Director of Jil Sander. WWD has reported that ‘a deal is being closed’ between Simons and Dior at this moment. Altohugh no comment or statement has been made from either Dior or Simons, it is looking like this may actually be true. Simons, who took on the house of Jil Sander in 2005, is known for his clean, sophisticated silhouettes, perfect for the Jil Sander woman, but is it perfect for Dior?

Raf Simons

Since his Spring/Summer 2011 show, Simons has printed himself on the fashion map for a ‘must see’ show. His success at Jil Sander began when he started to experiment with different shapes and silhouettes.  So if he continues his journey on the fashion map with Dior, then it could turn into a very powerful success. If he rewinds back to his clean and simple style dressing career women rather then fashionistas, then this fashion partnership may dive for the dumps.

All we can do now is wait….

GN

 

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Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Top 5 Shows


Prada – This season Miuccia Prada showed a variety of what I like to call ‘trailer trash chic’ looks. The esteemed designer excited the crowd with hints of leather, satin and pleating. Of course we must not forget the flames rising from the bottom of dresses and firing out the back of shoes. Can she do anything wrong?

Prada

Jil Sander – Very simple, very different, very white. The Jil Sander collection has impressed me yet again. From the time the first model walked out to the last, I thought of one thing. 1940’s nurses with a touch of elegance. The straight, shear white dresses were paired with nurse shaped hats and a net veil covering their face. I like to think that every designer has a ‘moment’, and this is Jil Sander’s.

Jil Sander

Dolce and Gabbana – As I watched the models walk down the runway, I became more and more hungry. Fruit and vegetables seemed to be quite a big theme. Chili’s, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, the list goes on. While sticking to their womanly shapes, Dolce and Gabbana showed a collection of fabulous Fifties females. Each look better than the next. Not surprising for a design duo who seem to know it all.

Dolce and Gabbana

Versace – This is a big year for Versace. Not only did they show an astounding collection, they have landed one of the biggest collaborations in history…..Versace for H&M. The almost fully white collection was true Versace minus the print. Sexy silhouettes and sky scraper stilettos where present on the runway. Well done Donatella, well done indeed.

Versace

Gucci – Frida Giannini (Creative Director) showed an art deco inspired collection leaning towards the 1920’s. There was a rock chick attitude to the models with a glamorous touch. Quite a strong combination. The embroidered, embellished and beaded collection has already been a huge hit amongst the editors. My favorite part? Most definitely the fringe. Nothing better thean some 1920’s fringe!

Gucci

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