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Milan Fashion Week 2019

A glimpse of Milan Fashion Week 2019

  –  The runway show was big and long with more than 200 spring looks making their way down the catwalk in the show space akin to a concert venue, under the “Emporio” sign that’s spoken loud and clear for 22 years.

 

Emporio Armani liberated women from the pre-set schemes of the wardrobe and eased them towards an aesthetic freestyle. Opposites that co-exist in individual combinations: feminine dresses combined with latex-effect leggings.

 

Micro and macro collides with small bombers over classic suits or big puffy duvet jackets on cute short cocktail dresses. The lengths were captivating; most of the looks had short skirts or wide athletic short pants paired with ultra-high socks boots or just with bare legs that elongated the silhouettes.

 

The evening itself is a big part of the collection: precious, but the feeling was easy and fresh. White, black, and red are colours of integrity which were used to restore the aesthetic order and purity: embroidered or silk short dresses with bows and belts with the redesigned Emporio Armani signature eagle as buckles. Also, the Emporio Armani initials have been interpreted with street art letterings.

The Max Mara woman, designed by British Creative Director Ian Griffiths, also has the power; she has the energy to seduce while not being afraid of her glamourous side, but combining it with impeccably tailored wide, boxy, and leggy suits.

 

There was also office workwear and utility workwear with pocketed vests and the wilderness of the zebra decorations came together with masculine tweeds and checks.

The anatomy of romance was the title of the Prada collection. Signora Miuccia divided, instead of mixing, the opposite concepts of horror and beauty.

 

It was a way to show that both evil and good exist, but neither one wins over the other; it’s just a way to display the two faces of the world in which we are living. On one side, the horror part of the story, with the classic scary comic movie protagonists, printed on tops and dresses, and the military details and boots reminded us of functional war uniforms to recall the fear that comes hand-in-hand with war. The cute part polarized the sense of romance with lace details, delicate and weightless dresses, and silk flowers applied to military wool skirts.

 

The collection is undeniably beautiful and continues the proposal of the last men’s collection, but the sign does not distance itself from what we saw in the recent seasons and makes us recall when every Prada show was unexpected and trendsetting.

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London Fashion Week – Julien Macdonald

  –  International Fashion Designer Julien Macdonald OBE, studied fashion knitwear at the University of Brighton and received his MA at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

Soon after the success of his RCA graduation show his talent caught the attention of Karl Lagerfield and was appointed head designer of knitwear at Chanel.

 

Julien Macdonald launched his own label in 1997 and there began his reputation as a leading British fashion designer whose high octane and glamorous designs were soon to be coveted by international stars such as Kate Beckinsale, Beyonce, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift to name but a few.

 

In 2001, Julien Macdonald was named at the Elle Style Awards, British Designer Of The Year and the same year he was appointed as successor to Alexander McQueen as creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy, designing both Haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.

In 2003 Julien received the British Glamour Designer Of The Year Award and GQ Womenswear Designer Of The Year, a further nod to his status as an important member of British fashion. It didn’t stop there as Julien was also nominated the following year at the Olivier Awards for his costume designs for the Richard Alston Dance Company’s ‘Shimmer’ at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

 

In 2004 Julien decided to focus on his own label and was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to the fashion industry.

 

Julien is the king of glamour and his shows at London Fashion week are always eagerly anticipated and celebrity packed fashion extravaganzas.

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2019

Highlights of Paris Fashion Week

  –  Louis Vuitton: Nicholas Ghesquière is in a groove at Louis Vuitton, and his collection was not as much about going in one direction, but more about a futuristic approach to how his woman (aka the new and improved LV girl) should dress.
 
Everything felt forward-thinking, even the pieces that so clearly called to ’80s silhouettes. Blouson sleeves, strong shoulders, micro minis, and Ghesquière’s version of street-style worthy space suits were just a few things on offer.
 
If you’re looking for Nicholas to show full-throttle evening, don’t hold your breath; you’re going to have to wait patiently for his muses–like Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, and Alicia Vikander–to walk the red carpet in something custom.
  –  Chanel: Let’s go to the beach, the water’s fine,” said Karl Lagerfeld. Or at least he implied it through an array of by-the-sea ready looks shown on an actual sandy shore, right in the center of the Grand Palais.
 
If you’re planning the most-luxe summer trip, head to Chanel and stock up on biker shorts, summer suiting, loads of accessories, and cocktail options you can wear from the beach club to the boardwalk. Per Lagerfeld’s standard in-theme shows, this one stuck to it’s inspiration closely, veering off only towards the end when a suite of sheer, embroidered, and layered midnight blue and black eveningwear hit the sand–but in looks still easy enough to sport once you’ve kicked your shoes off for a walk on the shore.
 
The show’s branded shirting and cardigans are going to be must-haves, as are the array of hats, piped nautical blazers, and C-H-A-N-E-L branded belts.
  –  Stella McCartney: Stella McCartney shows Cali casual clothes in the most opulent space Paris has to offer.
 
Setting what she calls “dirty pastels” and washed out neons against gilded walls for the ultimate contrast.
 
There were tie-dye jumpsuits, slouchy suiting, organic denim, knit pants and silk slip dresses and satin shorts for that “just-rolled out of bed and look this cool” insouciance.
  –  Balenciaga: One can hardly utter the name Balenciaga without dollar bills virtually falling from the sky. The house that Demna rebuilt is rolling in the dough, and Spring 2019 stayed on plot, this time with a less sporty more streamlined, tailored approach.
 
Where last season you got seven or so coats at once, all with bold shoulders, Spring brought just one at a time, a great trench, a Matrix-worthy leather single breasted cost, a sculptural hot pink number.
 
Lest you forget its Parisian progeny, there were Eiffel Tower prints. And the decade to emulate continues to be the ‘80s, celebrated in richly hued silk satin draped gowns and a neon green bustier. The show took place in a video screen of flowing lava, we think it goes without saying, Balenciaga is (still) so hot right now.
  –  Hermès: Hermès brought the fashion set to the racecourse for its Spring 2019 show.
 
Much like its venue, the collection was both sporty and elegant—without delving into a campy take on equestrian style.
 
There were impeccable buttery leather separates, utilitarian-inspired pieces, pops of Hermès orange, and sporty suiting that all redefined the concept of athlesiure.
 
No yoga pants or sneakers in sight, the Hermès take on sporty is a sophisticated refresher.
  –  Balmain: Egypt served as a major source of inspiration to Olivier Rousteing this season–but he found it by way of Paris. After all, the famous I. M. Pei Pyramide du Louvre is one of many subtle hints to Egyptian art that we have long considered unequivocally French.
 
Thanks to Rousteing, French it now is, with Balmain versions of all things Egyptian. Pyramid-esque embroidery appeared later in the show, and the most stunning mummy-esque mini dress (pictured here) walked the runway right after Cara Delevigne’s opening appearance. The supermodel and actress sang along to “When Doves Cry” as she strutted the runway donning a satin tuxedo with a shirt-sleeved wrapped pant and a metal crop-top underpinning that felt like Cleopatra-esque armor.
 
Don’t worry, there was loads of straight-up Paris style too, with a sultry twist that only Balmain can provide–boyfriend jeans, Breton stripes, and loads of layering have never been so sexy.

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