Milan Fashion Week | Grand Finale

Milan Fashion Week had plenty to offer this year with the most dramatic runway shows, most detailed pieces and strongest looks around proving that the ethereal city is still one of the biggest and best fashion capitals in Europe. 

Italy might well be the birthplace of luxurious high fashion- not to mention some of the world’s most iconic designers. From Prada to Miu Miu, Versace to Valentino, Emporio to Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci, Ferragamo to Fendi, and Balenciaga to Bvlgari; the beautiful and ancient city of Milan guarantees colour, opulence and attitude. With a decorated guest list that reads like a who’s who in the world of esteemed fashion, Milan Fashion Week sets the trends for next season with romantic ready-to-wear pieces and the finest haute couture known to man and woman.

An unlikely style icon this year was Barbie. Jeremy Scott – who has been collaborating with Linda Farrow – created the dream wardrobe of fashion’s 6 inch starlet in full size for Moschino. With Barbie’s accessory closet, it came as no surprise that sunglasses featured heavily! However, most designers this year played with the idea of ‘couture casual’: chic, pared down everyday-wear for SS15 seems to be the look-de-jour for Spring pushing the ‘norm-core’ look with a little more style and panache.

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Why not check out our favourite looks from Milan Fashion Weeks’ hottest designers including Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning closing show….

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

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Ferragamo’s SS15 collection was in abundance with prim sculpted dresses with bandage detail and clean lines. Paired with clumpy wedge sandals and signature Ferragamo shades, tones were neutral with subtle flashes of spring yellow, orange and blue.

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Giorgio Armani

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Shimmering, shining and flowing with ethereal glamour, Giorgio Armani’s latest collection takes inspiration directly from the sea, sand and romance. Beginning the show with a short film starring a mystery other-worldly couple, the sound of calm waves lapping up a deserted beach echo in the ears when you glance at Armani’s softly hued pieces. Sheer draped fabrics created jellyfish-esque movement and the look of scaled fishtails whilst tailored jackets and woven fabrics bring things back to land.

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Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta capture the essence of delicate and feminine ballerina’s with their SS15 collection. Soft knits, leotards, flat pumps and belted cardigans created the look of ‘the dancer’ whilst barely-there sequins and beads gave a touch of on-stage glamour. Flirtatious hues of oatmeal, dusky pink and baby blue gave a youthful, girlish charm with fabrics that worked with the body, rather than against it, to create beautiful elegant silhouettes worthy of a spotlight. 

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Versace

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Versace is perhaps best known for its’ bold, unapologetic flashy style: the rebels of European fashion. Yet this year, Versace went for sexy sashaying mini-dresses with bold prints and bright colours and aysmetic cuts as a welcome change to the usual hallmark style. Studs, buckles and the Versace print still featured but with a fresh new angle of Sixties shifts, M0d-cool and clean, contemporary lines. Clashing pastel and primary colours really popped on the runway with a slightly softer sporty feel proving that not all that glistens is gold.

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Dolce and Gabbana

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Closing this year’s Milan Fashion Week, one of the most revered Italian designers played heavily with the Spanish influence on the picturesque island of Sicily as an ode both to Italy  and all it represents. This year’s pieces serve as a continuation of last year’s regal floral look with plenty of bejewelled dresses, flower prints, lace and embroidery. The undertones of Spanish royalty, Renaissance fine art and Matador accents are bold and bright in red, black and white contrasting with polka dot flamenco skirts, fringing and gemstones.

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Photo source: Vogue.co.uk

Which collection suits your style the most?

Milan Fashion Week | Italy’s Finest Designers for SS15

Passing the torch to our European cousins, Fashion Week has arrived in the Italian style capital of Milan. Home to some of the worlds’ most prevalent designers and trend-setters we expected nothing less than glitz, glam and theatrical dramatics!

Who could forget last year’s opulent pieces by Dolce & Gabbana, the bold block colours of Fendi or the ’70s inspired luxe sportswear by Gucci for SS14. However, a new season is upon us and already next years’ trends have us counting down the days until Spring. Here’s a round up of some of the world’s oldest and most skilled design houses flaunting their stuff on the Milanese catwalk during the first few days of Milan Fashion Week. We can’t wait to see more!

 

Emporio Armani

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Emporio Armani have been in the fashion game for a long time and their colourful SS15 collection has a  luxe sports look with an elegant preppy feel that keeps their signature style fresh and youthful. Think electric blue and stripes on an otherwise basic colour palette to brighten up a dull day and you’re not far off! Plunging necklines, loose hems and slouchy shorts added a touch of Euro-casual chic which we think would perfect for a trip to the French seaside or, if you should be so lucky, a millionaire’s yacht. Complete with oversize round sunglasses, Emporio Armani’s models had just a subtle hint of ’60s cool meets Gatsby era sensibility.

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Fendi

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Italian fashion house Fendi are a label that aren’t afraid to experiment with colour, fabrics and shape. If this SS15 collection is anything to go by it seems that Fendi are taking a step in a new direction – with fewer bright colours and more kooky unusual designs. From a textured white mini-dress and cateye shades to pink and powder blue feathers, tailored jackets and gorgeous retro orchid prints, Fendi have gone somewhat girlish on us – grown-up girlish – with a couture twist. The flashes of signature Fendi fur were just the cherry on the cake!

 

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Gucci

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Opulence, decadence and everything in between was what defined Gucci’s ultra-luxe SS15 collection which boasted a nautical albeit elegant feel.  Gucci presented naval style jackets with brass buttons contrasting with rich reds, magenta’s, burnt oranges and maroons which were especially prominent with Seventies flair. Many of the outfits were accessorized with woven belts, suede shoulder bags and furs in defiance against the ‘trend’ mentality of Fashion Week, instead creating a timeless feel that defined the brand. The Gucci mantra is ‘a woman who dresses for herself’ and this collection is certainly tailored to flatter the wearer despite its’ familiarity.

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Which look would you wear?

London Fashion Week | SS15 | Best Street Style

The catwalk wasn’t the only place this year which was teaming with fashion prowess at London Fashion Week…the audience were looking pretty good too!

With celebrities, models, bloggers and budding designers all in attendance, this years’ event was a eclectic melting pot of British style. From grunge to glam, quirky to classic and cool to couture; the fashion elite looked better on the streets than the front row and runway put together!

Here’s a few of our favorites courtesy of Vogue.co.uk…

Model Amber Le Bon in Ray Ban sunglasses

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Blogger Atosa Nikkhah in Marc Jacobs sunglasses

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Blogger Donia Ciobanu in Celine 

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Blogger Hedvig Opshaug in Ray Ban sunglasses

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Fashion Journalist Kira Savchenko in Burberry sunglasses

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Fashion Director Leila-Yavari in Celine sunglasses

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Blogger Nicole Warne in Burberry

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Model Poppy Delevingne in Miu Miu sunglasses

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Blogger Soraya Bakhatair in Italia Independent sunglasses

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Blogger Tamara-Kalinic in Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses

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Blogger Valentina Siragusa in Burberry

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Style Editor Veronika Heilbrunner in Ray Ban sunglasses

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Blogger Wendy H Gilmour in Armani sunglasses

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