Thursday, 29 September 2011

Versace for H&M

Images of Versace for H&M collaboration have finally arrived in Vogue Russia!

Molto, molto Italiano

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have long made the most of their roots, but at this show, they really went all-out, from the colorful street festival lights suspended from the ceiling of their Metropol venue to the the soles of the models' plastic wicker sandals.
Picturesque summertime in a small town in southern Italy circa the 1950's was the designers' starting point. The eggplants, zucchinis, tomatoes, and hot peppers you'd find at an outdoor market inspired the oversize prints that decorated fit-and-flare dresses and midriff-baring bra tops and full skirts. Coincidentally, Rossella Jardini served up a vegetable dish of her own last night at Moschino Cheap And Chic, but Domenico and Stefano pushed the idea further, with crochet tablecloth sheaths and matching coats or little skirtsuits. Farfalle pasta shapes and garlic cloves dangled from earrings. And this was all set to a soundtrack of Sophia Loren belting out her best "Mambo Italiano."
After dark, Dolce and Gabbana left the veggies in the kitchen in favor of lace cocktail dresses that out-sparkled the lights above the runway (a bona fide hit, those) and a finale of their signature corsets encrusted to the hilt in colorful crystals. Sure, it got a little too kitsch for comfort sometimes. But it was also the feel-good moment of the Milan season. 


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Milan Fashion Show: Front rowers love Mary Katrantzou

Milan Fashion Week's most fabulous front rowers have fallen for Mary Katrantzou's hyper-real prints, stepping out in showstopping dresses from the Athens-born designer's FW11 collection. Statement-making they may be, but these print-perfect pieces are versatile, too. Wear yours from 9-5 with boyish loafers and a ladylike bag, then after dark, simply swap for a pair of glitter pumps and oversized clutch.

Caramolengo printed silk-satin dress €1,900

from net-a-porter

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Pant Parade

  1. Acne Lempicka crepe wide-leg pants €250
  2. Missoni Maddalena wool-blend tweed pants €629.85
  3. Joseph Kong straight-leg stretch-crepe pants €278.59
  4. Tory Burch's silk-crepe wide-leg pants €520.83
  5. Chloé's Lizard-print wool-crepe pants €981
  6. Emilio Pucci's dynamic fuchsia wool pants €750.9
  7.  Proenza Schouler's Ikat cotton-blend cropped pants €624 
  8. Miu Miu's Tapered crepe pants €550 
  9. McQ's low-rise wool-twill pants €290
source net-a-porter

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S12 Show

Street Fashion Festival στην Θεσσαλονίκη!


H PillΒΟΧ διοργανώνει το διήμερο 22 και 23 Σεπτεμβρίου το πρώτο Φεστιβάλ μόδας στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Το Φεστιβάλ θα πραγματοποιηθεί στους κεντρικούς πεζόδρομους της Ζεύξιδος και της Ικτίνου από τις 3 το μεσημέρι και θα περιλαμβάνει PillBOX Bazaar, ανταλλαγή ρούχων, θεατρικές παραστάσεις δρόμου και πασαρέλα με συνοδεία κατοικιδίων και rollers.

Το Street Fashion Festival φέρει την υπογραφή της PillBOX, που δραστηριοποιείται στη Θεσσαλονίκη και έχει διοργανώσει τον τελευταίο καιρό πολλά Bazaar στην πόλη, μέσα από τα οποία προωθείται η δουλειά νέων δημιουργών. Το Bazaar το προσεχές διήμερο, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο χώρο των καφέ της Ζεύξιδος και της Ικτίνου. Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Φεστιβάλ μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ.

Autumn Wish List

  1. Roberto Cavalli Gold-plated Swarovski crystal elephant ring  €275
  2. Duffy Hooded merino wool-blend cardigan  €484.50
  3. Pedro Garcia's silver glitter-finish leather flats  €250
  4. Christian Louboutin's suede knee boots  €1,195
  5. KAUFMANFRANCO's beige cable-knit sweater dress  €1,665.46
  6. Mulberry Heritage Bayswater textured-leather satchel €1,030
  7. Marc Jacobs Polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf  €420
  8. Steven Alan Janis wool-felt fedora  €157.45
all from

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

London Fashion Week #1

Mulberry again pulled out all the thematic stops for its morning of accessories and A-listers at Claridge's. Amid balloon animals and pink lemonade were today's big gets: Kristen Stewart and Kate Moss, a well-known fan of the Bayswater satchel. Curiously, she didn't carry Mulberry to the show, but played her part in a denim shirt and jeans from the label's current Resort collection. No matter—she's still the paparazzi-hounded face that sold a million bags. Are they hoping she'll do the same with denim?

Creative director Emma Hill's cutesy, all-things-English fetish took to the festive seaside in a continuation of Resort. There's a joke here about the wetness and less-than-sizzling temperatures of a British summer—thus the ribbed leggings and all those adorable swingy anoraks, Hill's take on a classic kagool. And by that reasoning, great little buttery, cropped leathers made perfect sense.

A Mulberry show flips the script, making clothes the accessories that frame the bags. A bomber and skirt encrusted with chunks of blue crystal exists only for its accompaniment of a matching mini Lily chain-strapped bag. Along with updates on beloved classics like the Alexa satchel (now with teddy-bear head rivets) and Evelina hobo (now in lemon or navy patent, and grass green leather) was their new Travel collection, the highlight of which was a neat, boxy little camera bag.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Today's Vivienne Westwood Red Label show was a relatively subdued affair. Emphasis on relatively: Per usual, the collection featured feral hair and makeup, and a grab bag of looks. It also closed with ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and the charming sight of model Eliza Cummings, in a strapless red ball gown, picking up the tiny Charlotte Free and carrying her down the catwalk, as Free was struggling in her shoes. Too often it goes without saying that Westwood wants everyone—models included—to have fun at her shows, and in her clothes. Well, good on her for that.

And good on Westwood, too, for exerting some real design discipline this season. There was a clear proposition threading its way through the show, which was to take suiting pieces—jacket, blouse, trousers—and highlight one element by giving it a sculptural dimension, or magnifying its proportion. The idea fared better in some garments than others: A wrapped suit jacket with a draped lapel was very good, whereas a pair of cropped trousers with a seriously low-hanging crotch was a little silly. In general, though, these pieces worked, as did the simplest of Westwood's draped dresses, Grecian-looking silk jersey numbers in black and white, and diaphanous, bias-cut frocks in a rust-tone print. There were other nice looks along the way, as well, and several kooky ones, inevitably. You could argue that Westwood should edit those pieces out, but that would be tantamount to suggesting she have less fun.
Matthew Williamson
"I guess people think of Matthew Williamson as the girl marooned on the beach," said the designer before his show. "But this is a wardrobe for a woman wherever she may be."

So, castaway no more, but still in love with her silky bohemia? It's not the first time that Williamson has tried to square these elements. The best-looking proposal opened the show. There's nothing chicer than traversing city streets in July wearing a bright buttoned-up shirt and saronglike wrap skirt topped by a proper blazer with a glint of silver tile, is there? Even if pulling it all off is hard to imagine without the benefit of Anja Rubik proportions boosted by Williamson's Charlotte Olympia platform sandals, his first shoe collaboration ever.

Ultimately, the answer shouldn't be so hard. A couple of seasons of ubiquitous color and print have taught us that the stuff goes everywhere. Williamson found his legs in chiffon blouses, here printed with digitized Japanese blossoms, tucked into bright trousers. He manipulated a floral until it looked like an abstract ikat and cut it into fluid silk onesie shirtdresses and jumpsuits. A little tweed jacket with an embellished neckline is one we've seen elsewhere but still makes sense here.

Conversely, eveningwear, usually a strong point, was uneven. At times, Williamson seems to fall in love with his embellishments and lose equilibrium. The showgirl sprays of ostrich feathers on cutwork lace tipped the scales too far for any setting.


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