Category Archives: Milan Fashion Week

Spring Trends: Karate Belts

The Trend: Karate Belts

How I would wear it: I love this easy knotted belt, especially with a cool pair of trousers like at Loewe. I won’t be waiting for spring for this one…

The best looks: From left to right, Loewe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tome, Alexander Wang and Marni.

For more spring trends, click here!

The Flower Market, Part 2

As promised!! A few more photos from the beautiful Marni pop-up!

The Flower Market, Part 1

At the end of Milan Fashion Week, Marni hosted a one day pop-up flower market at Rotonda della Besana in honor of their 20th anniversary…

Are Spring 2015′s Bags Enough to Aid Prada’s Ailing Handbag Business?

Are Spring 2015′s Bags Enough to Aid Prada’s Ailing Handbag Business?

As of late, financial news for Prada hasn’t been great. According to Fashionista, the brand’s overall growth was just 1% in early 2014, which is well below what investors would generally hope for in a luxury sector that’s seen sustained expansion overall in recent seasons. A big part of that slowdown comes from consumers’ apparent ambivalence toward Prada’s bags; the category, which is among the brand’s most important, is down 5% so far this year. It’s questionable where the brand’s Spring 2015 collection, which debuted only days after this news emerged, can help.

Runway show are enormous PR opportunities for brands, and the handbags in Prada’s models’ hands tend to be of a more challenging sort than what you’ll find at the shows of competitors like Fendi and Chanel. Those brands arm their models with zeitgeist-y bags and small accessories that inspire wait lists and excited online chatter, but Prada keeps things weird, as it is wont to do. Maybe everyone should just hire Karl Lagerfeld to do everything, at least when the end goal is selling handbags.

Meanwhile, at Prada’s Spring 2015 show, things were as one would expect. Models toted handbag in neutral palettes that reflected both the show’s 70s inspiration and Prada’s signature ugly-pretty aesthetic, which will likely appeal to people who already love Prada (or who want a more exaggerated version of the Givenchy Lucrezia, which seems to be the inspiration for the bag above). It seems unlikely to win Prada new fans, though, and although the brand’s many saffiano styles remain office favorites for women the world over, it could use something fresher and more exciting if it wants to reverse its handbag fortunes.

Check out the full collection below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Spring Trends: Stripes

The Trend: Stripes

How I would wear it: Stripes are so classic, it’s no surprise to see them for spring. I like wearing my stripes on blouses, but the runways have me thinking that I’ll go for a striped skirt!

The best looks: From left to right, Marni, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham, Tibi and Suno.

For more spring trends, click here!

Dolce & Gabbana’s Spain-Inspired Spring 2015 Bags Include Doll Cases

Dolce & Gabbana’s Spain-Inspired Spring 2015 Bags Include Doll Cases

At a certain point, it feels moot to review a Dolce & Gabbana collection. The Italian duo has more or less exempted itself from the vagaries of producing collections that correspond to particular seasons, trends or weather varieties; instead, they fill their seasonal collections with the same intricate, history-laden Mediterranean details they always do, and consumers gobble it up like Dolce might up and quit before fall.

For Spring 2015, the pair moved their aesthetic from Sicily to Spain, but the results were mostly the same as you’d expect, if slightly more red. The bags, too, were pretty much what we’ve come to expect–Sicily satchels, detailed box clutches with top handles, mini bags. The notable exceptions were the box-encased dolls that a couple of models. As for the dolls: I’ve seen no definitive word on what they are or what their significance is, but I’m sure Dolce’s VIP clients will be fighting to get them.

[Images via Vogue UK]

MAX MARA SS15

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A few days ago I attended the Max Mara SS15 show here in Milan.  It was a delight to watch it live and sneak backstage as I identify myself very much with the values that the brand portrays, which are quality over quantity. The looks showcased made the models look flawless and effortlessly elegant which is exactly what I’m after when I’m shopping for a look. The prints could be seen running from the boots to the skirts. The opportunity to get a sneak peek of the backstage and all the preparations for the show was a really thrilling and exciting experience. I will release the information regarding my project with the Max Mara brand in a few days. I was wearing a look by Max Mara Fall/Winter collection.

Hace un par de días atendí al desfile de Max Mara PV15 aquí en Milán. Fue un placer poder verlo en vivo y tener la oportunidad de entrar al backstage porque es una marca con la que me identifico mucho por sus valores, calidad sobre cantidad. Los looks que se showcased en la pasarela hacían que las modelos tuvieran una elegancia desenfadada que es exactamente lo que busco cuando voy en busca de un look. La oportunidad de poder estar en el backstage y ver todas las preparaciones del show fue una experiencia excitante y todo un lujo. Daré más información acerca de mi proyecto con Max Mara en un par de días. Llevé un look completo de la colección Max Mara Otoño/Invierno.

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You Have Six Months to Fortify Your Wallet Against Fendi’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags

You Have Six Months to Fortify Your Wallet Against Fendi’s Spring 2015 Runway Bags

In journalism school, my favorite professor once told me that reviewing something you love is much more difficult than reviewing something you hate, which means I’ve got my work cut out for me when it comes to Fendi’s Spring 2015 bags. After scoping out the dozens (literally) of bags and small leather goods that models toted down the brand’s runway, I’ve become convinced that Karl Lagerfeld loves me and wants me to be happy. The bags are that beautiful.

Fendi’s made a habit in recent seasons of pushing the fashion conversation forward when it comes to construction and textiles, and this collection does that while maintaining a pale, feminine, decidedly spring-like aesthetic. The collection largely avoids launching entirely new bags; instead, Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi went about reimagining and embellishing fan favorites like the Peekaboo, Baguette, 3Jours and By The Way.

The brand’s huge successful small accessories were also all over the place, including Bag Bugs in new colors and a new, miniaturized Karlito, ripe for wait lists. Many of the bags were also adorned with teeny-tiny versions of other Fendi bags; after all, who doesn’t want to hang a little Baguette or Peekaboo on her 3Jours? Check out all the bags (and the bags on bags) below.

[Photos via Vogue UK]

Spring Trends: Suede

The Trend: Suede

How I would wear it: Designers have ruled it more than appropriate to sport suede in warmer temps. For me? I’m going for a suede jacket or skirt come spring.

The best looks: From left to right, Tibi, MM6, Gucci, Burberry and Derek Lam.

The Missing Pants

What’s going on with the lack of pants on the fall runway?

You know those things that cover your legs? I’m not sure how my legs will survive next winter. Pants are my answer to getting dressed nearly everyday. Jeans, trousers, tapered, wide leg, cropped, leather, tailored… where are you?

How can we possibly wear exclusively long flowing dresses and skirts? Does this mean I’ll have to shave everyday in the winter too (because you know what, tights are also missing)?!

Pants, come back. I can’t live without you.

From left to right: Burberry, Prada, Rochas, and Carven.


By brie

Back to the Future

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve tried every season to rethink the way I approach fashion weeks. Because of this, and because I was curious about how everything had changed over time, I decided to take a little tour through my archives and it’s kind of CRAZY. Come take a tour with me!

2006, Nada.

No Fashion Week for me – at that time, my blog was only illustrations, and frankly, all I knew of fashion weeks was what I had read in magazines and seen on Fashion TV, which I used to watch for hours. This drove my mother crazy because in her opinion, watching girls walking towards nowhere (“Where are they going?” she asked me one day) was pretty much like watching fish swimming around in a fish bowl.

“Pfff, you just don’t get it, mom.”

Oh, and what do I find in 2006?

A post where I talk about Scott and Face Hunter, the only bloggers/streetstyle photographers at the time. Actually, we didn’t even call them that yet: I call them “coolhunters”.

In 2006, I say:
(Yes, I’m quoting myself) (Oh, come on, it’s fine.) (It’s like a literary selfie, right?)(A Tweet!!!).

“And sometimes, with the most talented ones, we find what we’d forgotten to look for in the frantic race of appearances: style, grace. A sense of the moment.”

2007, First Steps.

March. My first Fashion Week. Oooooomaaaaigaaaaaaad what’s happening. I’m over the moon excited. I’ve never seen so many people so well-dressed, so cool, so eeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I start taking photos of people, I’m sickeningly shy and all I can say in English is “hello”, “please” and “fuck” (the last one only whenever I messed up a photo, which was pretty often).

People invite me to a some shows because my blog is starting to get some attention, but all of that is just for fun, in my spare time. I don’t publish my photos on the blog ok, actually I do, but don’t look and I faint every time I see someone I recognize.

The fashion show scene is relaxed. The people I take photos of are nice, curious, flattered, and surprised all at once. They’re dressed normally.

I mean, they’re dressed very well, they’re very chic, but they look normal. That’s what I love. It’s the opposite of magazines, it’s real life! It’s just a concentrated group of very elegant, very cool people.

Even so, I still say:

“The Face Hunter came to take a photo of me. Which is almost an insult to my pants, given how opposite our tastes are, especially when I see the grins he makes when he looks at his photos, which – fortunately for me, will never be published. I tell myself that, from now on, Yvan has something to blackmail me with.”

This is still true today: days when I have my photo taken coming out of a show with 200 photographers pouncing on everyone, I always feel like there’s something wrong with my outfit, something too showy, too crazy, too ‘fashion weeeeeek look at meeeeeeeeee.’

Sometimes when you look at life in retrospect, it’s totally hilarious.

2008, The year when things start happening.

Street style is all over the place. I discover photography, I go to a lot of shows, I start putting names and smiles with the faces I was barely brave enough to ask to stop for a photo the previous season, and I even start doing some style stories about them.

It’s still relatively quiet outside of fashion shows – I don’t realize how lucky I am.

I start making contact with fashion editors and reporting things like:

“Let me make this brief. If you’ve followed me, if you go to a show, and someone touches your body and asks ‘Who is it?’ Don’t answer “It’s me, in fact it’s my right breast, do you want a Prozac or something?” Instead, say: “It’s Marc, or it’s Stefano. Or if you’re taken off guard and it’s just Massimo, say: “That’s vintage.”

It’s also my first New Yoooooooorkeeeeeeeee fashion wwweeeekkk omgomgomg!!!! Total hysteria, total excitement, total jet lag.

I write things like this:

“People come up to me and say I like your style, and I could fill up an entire post with how much I feel like a hobo next to the meticulous precision of American girls. I’ve got loads of new friends, and it worries me – Cole Mohr is trying to French kiss me, but I think it’s because he doesn’t have an apartment right now, whereas I do. This must explain that. Maybe, maybe not!”

And then, don’t forget, 2008 – the financial crisis:

“To celebrate that, you just escaped the super depressing post I was about to write about the economy that’s just crashed and how fashion people are just throwing their arms up in the air, they’re so petrified [as if they could be any more petrified, those fashion people. Booooootox!].”

Style.com asks me to desribe my day, I go from show to show. The photos are getting popular and since they don’t need any explanations, my blog actually goes international, and my English starts to get better.
“Hi, I’m Gowaaance, can I take your picture?”
I would love to have it translated, but for now, my blog is only in French.

2009, changes.

That’s when I meet Tim, my beloved translator who will be with me for a long time (say hello to Andrea!), and the blog is translated into English. I’m in super mega fashion week mode, I follow the fashion bandwagon as if my life depended on it, and every day, I debrief you in detail about all the looks I love.

I have an insatiable appetite for fashion and that’s a good thing, because more and more doors are opening for me.

People start getting pushy in front of the shows. Everybody knows who Carine is, who Anna is, who Kate is. The type of people you see starts to change, and there are more and more of them, from young students who are just there to enjoy the view, to new bloggers making an appearance. Alexa Chung makes her debut and the outfits are more and more editorial.

I guess it made me question myself, because here is what I had to say about it:

“In fact, it was when I was taking a photo of one of those pretty people, who was totally thrilled to pose for as long as I wanted and as long as the hoard of 365,756 photographers next to me wanted, even is she was freezing in the icy wind in her summer dress, wearing Dior from head to toe at the Dior show, and who repeated to me three times “It’s all Dior”, that I said ok, ok.
Enough of the bullshit. It’s very pretty, but what am I doing here?”

And to think that in 2009, I thought there were too many photographers, hahahhahahah hoooo that’s a good one. lololololol. Lol.

What I’ve always loved doing is showing you all the things that I discover as they come to me.
I start taking photos at fashion shows, and my angle changes slightly.
There’s this one on the Chanel show and the amazing bags in the audience. A fantastic encounter with Sonia Rykiel. A visit to Anna Dello Russo’s room at the Ritz.

This is the start of the social media craze, and everyone has their own voice now. Fashion Week is everywhere, pictures of the shows are everywhere, anyone can share and comment, it’s the era of the photo of the photo of the photo…

Dolce & Gabbana definitely got the memo – they pull out all the stops for us (Scott, Bryan, Tommy, and I) and put us in the front row. The truth is it wasn’t my first time in the front row, but at the Dolce show, they really understood the power of the image. They put computers in front of our seats (“For live tweets!”)(which I never do) and they have photographers all over the place to immortalize the moment. We feel a bit used, but the message is loud and clear: times have changed.

Here is what I wrote the next day:

“Fashion is a small, and very organized world. There are rules, customs, kings, queens, jesters, princesses, etiquette, codes – you never stop learning, and it’s really fascinating.

The front row of a show is, above all, the place where you can see the clothes best. Beyond the third row, you can’t see the shoes, and past the fifth row, you can see the hair, if you’re lucky. Seats in the front row are in high demand. Because that’s also where you can be seen. You earn you seat on the front row through celebrity, experience, or power. All this gives way to a lot of drama and some lovely ego crises.

This season, the creators of Dolce & Gabbana had a revelation. When they spoke to their clients, they realized they spent all their time online. They were well-informed, they wanted things to move quickly, and were ready to buy right away. They figured out that it was a new age, and they needed to move ahead with the times.

They decided to open their doors wide to four bloggers.”

2010, Integration.

Voilà. I take photos inside, outside, everywhere I go, and frankly, I go everywhere – things have changed.

I’m pretty surprised about it :

“Lately, I realize how much time has gone by, how much things have changed. At fashion weeks, I know a ton of people. When I arrive at a show, someone grabs my hand, smiles at me, and leads me to my seat. Someone calls me to make sure I’m not going to miss the show. They double check, triple check. People aren’t happy when I miss a show. Haha! Yep, things have changed!

It’s weird – the fashion world’s ability to take people in or reject them. In between moments of snobbery or being totally brown nosed, you learn quickly to only trust your heart. To reach out to people who do you good, to just be yourself, and to see fashion for what you love about it and leave the rest out.

I’m starting to understand (finally!) that since fashion is an industry, once the initial discovery is over, you may quickly find yourself going in circles. Photographing the same people, the same attitudes. It’s a really tiny world!”

Fortunately, photography itself has also changed a lot. It’s become super easy to make videos, so, kind of on a whim, we start making films with Chris, my assistant (oh yeah, in 2010 I had an assistant!) and this is what we came up with. Now that was fun…

2011, explosion

I start fashion week by saying this:

“There are currently more streetstyle photographers than fashion editors (and sometimes they’re even better dressed, I’m talking Anna Dello Russo well dressed).”

It starts looking like a war zone outside of the shows, and I start getting bored there, because I never was very drawn to the bling bling and now it’s bling bling BIG TIME. People start changing clothes three times a day to go to the shows, and even if I appreciate the effort and the outfits, I wonder what exactly is the message? Let’s dress like crazy people? That’s never been my thing!”

I decide to laugh about it, and I write this: “How to get assaulted by a hoard of Streetstyle photographers (myself included).

Yeah, I’m laughing about it, but the truth is, I’m starting to lose inspiration.

2012, excitement.

And what do I do when I’m tired of something? I change! This is the year when I get into videobsession – a new way to show you fashion week, that’s been show so much under any type of angle that it doesn’t have much more to show, the poor thing.

Front row, back row, backstage, everyone knows everything all the time, and instantly, we’re all saying the same things. Oh that’s when I write that. So I figure the best way to change things up a bit is to take you with me – literally.

We launch Pardon My French. Crazy amounts of work, exhaustion, giggle fits – I think this was the time in my life where I was the most generous with my time – and my physical and moral strength – for the blog. There are some really good videos, and some not so great, but one thing’s certain – it’s different. And we end up with moments like this…

And this:

I love this time in my life, even if it’s very difficult. It’s literally exhausting, but the team work, and learning so many new things is a lot of fun and very exciting!

2013

There’s now a real system in place for bloggers, it girls, it Instagrammers, and streestyle – the outfits people wear to shows are extremely thought-out and calculated. It’s the craze of clashing looks, layering different pieces, and anything that attracts attention.

A system is in place for what’s now become a business. Each paper or online magazine has its own streetstyle photographer, each brand has someone in charge of digital media who lends clothes out to people who are likely to have their photo taken, and even if I do everything, everything, everything I can to stay fresh and enthusiastic, sometimes I have a hard time staying inspired.

I’m impressed with Scott’s detached attitude– we talk about it a lot, after all it’s a system we’ve helped create!– but I can’t help but be a little upset by it all.

Suzy Menkes writes her controversial article on the “The Circus of Fashion”. It’s a pretty harsh article denouncing the hysteria around fashion shows, and it kind of throws everyone and everything in the same category. I find this confusing.

Even though I don’t agree with what she writes because I think that deep down, opening up the fashion world is a good thing for everyone, from brands to journalists to stylists – I tell myself once again that it’s time to rethink how I approach fashion weeks.

I have a conversation with my team (I have a team!!!) and we decide it’s time to take an easier approach to fashion. We don’t get too extreme over fashion anymore at the Studio.

We have fun with it, we find inspiration in it, we still love it (of course), but we don’t feel like saying that a pair of shoes is “to die for” anymore, because that would sound almost a little too true.

2014

And now we’re back to today!

I’ve just gotten back from the H&M show. I saw Dries Van Noten today, and I still feel the same emotion when I see his shows. I stayed for a few seconds outside of the venue, but I didn’t stick around – there were too many people, I almost got hit by a car while people where taking my picture. And at H&M, I got pushed really hard by a bodyguard when Solange Knowles was passing by – going to shows is getting dangerous! Alright.

This year, I’ve decided to do things thoughtfully, to go see the designers I want to support and who inspire me, to take photos of people who cross my path, and to stay cool.

I’ll only have time for a few videos this fashion week – but they’ll come back quickly!!! I love making them.

That reminds me of a conversation I had with Carine Roitfeld, when I had started to understand the repetitive nature of the fashion world. How did she do it, year after year, and manage to stay inspired?

She told me that as time goes by, things calm down. You start to seek out different things. A new model that inspires a fashion series, an attitude, a detail. Someone you meet, a gesture, a fabric, a piece of music, the way something is staged.

So that’s how I’m feeling lately. A lot more relaxed.
I really wonder how it will be eight years from now!!!

What about you? Since you follow me, and you follow fashion, whether you’ve grown with me or just arrived here – what’s changed from your point of view?

Tell me everything! Honestly, I can’t wait to see what you have to say and have a conversation.

Translation by Andrea Perdue

This illustration first appeared in Vogue Paris.

The Moschino Debate

Fashion is known for being crazy at times but Jeremy Scott took it the extra mile…

For those of you who are out of the loop (it’s ok, we know fashion week can get hectic!), newly appointed Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott took tongue-in-cheek to a whole new level with the fall collection. All we can say is— it was BOLD.

Spongebob prints (are cartoons in fashion now?) and McDonald’s logos (is fast food in fashion now!?) were just some of the dramatic moves he pulled for his premiere collection. It’s safe to say that the whole thing has caused quite a ruckus (even so, some pieces are already available at stores like Opening Ceremony and Colette). While we can appreciate the gutsy approach to humor, some people have been quick to draw a line between amusement and foolishness. The conversation has already started so let’s keep it going…

What do you think? Can designers go overboard with fashion? Is there a limit to how far it can go or should everyone let their hair down and not take things so seriously?

- Ricardo

PS: Ricardo is our newest intern here at the Studio! Say hello!


By studio

The Leather Layer

I’m stealing this styling trick.

Just when I thought spring was on the way, NYC is getting hit with a little more snow. I’m taking some layering advice from the MSGM show and adding a pair of leather (I just picked up a pretty great faux pair from Aritzia) leggings under my skirts from here on out (well, at least until it warms up)!

Stay warm out there ;)


By alex

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014 has come and gone, but not before giving us a ton of bags to lust over. From Gucci’s luxurious minimalism to Dolce & Gabbana’s neoclassical maximalism, check out our favorite picks from what the Italians will have on offer come fall.

[Images via Vogue.com and Style.com]

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The Marni Bed Head

Real life or runway?

The hair from Marni is the ultimate do nothing, get up and go, bed head look. I love the idea (it would cut a lot of time out of my morning routine, and solve that hair washing dilemma I am facing) but I’m not sure this is a look I would be able to pull off outside of a runway in head-to-toe Marni?

What do you think? Does it work in real life or is it just for the runway?


By alex

Fall Trends: Graphic

The Trend: Graphic

How I would wear it: I love a bold print coat or a sweater but usually paired with something solid and more subtle (like my white jeans). It’s an easy way to make a statement !

Best Looks: From left to right, Roksanda Ilincic, Fendi, Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Missoni.

For more fall trends, click here!

Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 Bags Might Be Peak Dolce

Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 Bags Might Be Peak Dolce

Every season, Dolce & Gabbana seems to have one goal, and one goal only: to make every new collection as Dolce & Gabbana as humanly possible. Not interested in Italian neoclassicism, European history or the vagaries of Sicilian culture? Dolce isn’t for you, and the designers aren’t even going to pretend it is. There’s no everywoman in these garments, only the Dolce woman, and that extends to Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 Handbags.

In this selection of bags, there weren’t terribly many legacy Dolce shapes. Instead, the show was largely dominated by ornately embellished box shoulder bags and a few flap-closured top handles, and everything was utterly ornate. Beading, embroidery, metalwork, exotic skins, fur, crystals, velvet, brocade – the works, often in combination. Despite all of that stuff going on, almost all of the bags felt luxurious and well-designed, which isn’t always the case for pieces with so many competing elements. Dolce & Gabbana do very particular things, and they do them particularly well.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Salvatore Ferragamo’s Debuts the Fiamma Bag for Fall 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Debuts the Fiamma Bag for Fall 2014

Moreso than most American brands, who tend to try to please a crowd, Italian designers often have very specific customers. Dolce & Gabbana is for women who want to look sexy and traditionally elegant all at once. Gucci is straight-up sexy. Bottega Veneta is for sophisticated women who count luxury as more important than flash. Versace is for women who date rock stars and wear six-inch wedges to the beach. Based on Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2014 handbags, Ferragamo is for women with a corner office.

Most notably, this show marked the debut of the Fiamma line, which consists of slightly potbellied (in a good way) little two-handled satchels in sizes from mini to large and materials from buffed calfskin to glossy crocodile. They’re polished, expensive-looking and just distinctive enough to warrant attention without being so over the top as to violate Ferragamo’s history of relative conservatism. And indeed, that history is apparent throughout the show’s bags, which are the kinds of pieces a very successful woman could easily carry into a strict workplace without violating anyone’s sense of propriety or taste but still representing herself as totally in control of her personal style. Check out the full selection below.

[Photos via Vogue.com]

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Bottega Veneta Turns to Snakeskin for Fall 2014 Handbags

Bottega Veneta Turns to Snakeskin for Fall 2014 Handbags

Last season, Bottega Veneta’s runway handbag display was a little sparse for a brand that’s so widely known and beloved for its fine leather goods, and I couldn’t help but wonder if that meant the brand was attempting to shift more of the focus to Tomas Maier’s luxurious, elegant ready-to-wear. Based on Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2014 handbags, that seems to have been a seasonal variation instead of a new trajectory; over the weekend, Bottega’s Milan runway played host to a slew of beautiful bags, many in snakeskin.

The shapes are traditional, and split evenly between ladylike and businesslike – half short-strapped shoulder bags, half triple-gusset handheld satchels that are, for all intents and purposes, briefcases. They’re uniformly luxurious, though, especially when the snakeskins are rendered in neutral variations. Check out all the bags below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Heavy Metal

Did you see those MASSIVE chain purse straps at Prada?

Pretty genius if you ask us. It works as an insanely secure bag strap (we carry a lot of schtuff in our bags, so the stronger the strap the better) and could probably double as a stylish designer bike lock…

The only concern I have is exactly how heavy is that chain? Is the bag also going to be a new work out craze?


By brie

Prada’s Fall 2014 Bags are All About Chain Handles

Prada’s Fall 2014 Bags are All About Chain Handles

You’ll notice two things about Prada’s Fall 2014 handbags: first, holy chain handles, Batman. Second, they don’t look a lot like Prada handbags as we’ve known them in the recent past. Miuccia Prada sent out a more tightly edited collection of bags than she has on her past several runways, in which every model had a bag in her hands. This time, only 10 or so did, and they were all neutral or metallic flap bags of varying sizes, with relatively minimal turnlock closures.

The bags were less structured that Prada’s recent efforts, in addition to being shoulder bags instead of totes or satchels. My initial concern is that these bags will be super heavy if the chain handles aren’t hollow, and odds are that they’re not – they’d feel cheap, and Prada generally goes for expensive and impractical over cheap and easy. Take a look at the runway bags below and let us know if you’re feeling them in the comments.

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Fendi Tones It Down (But Just a Bit) for Fall 2014

Fendi Tones It Down (But Just a Bit) for Fall 2014

After two seasons in a row of furry, futuristic, ultra-covetable wildness from the brand, Fendi’s Fall 2014 Handbags are a bit of a step back toward simplification, if only a small one. There’s a bit less fur, fewer textural embellishments and not as many colors residing on a single purse, but there’s still the signature Fendi look that Karl Lagerfeld has taken care to develop over the past few years.

Fendi fans will automatically recognize both the Peekaboo and the 3Jours bags, both of which debuted for fall in new iterations that include details like fur handles and aggressively industrial metal trim, but the bags that dominated the Fendi runway were overwhelmingly small, squat, squarish and, dare I say, highly reminiscent of Hermes, with their leather-cloaked keys, short handles a la the Kelly Longue and traditionally French detailing. The bags were show as hand-helds on the runway, but I suspect they’ll come with removable shoulder straps at retail; if not, they might be a tough sell.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Behold: The Fendi Karl Lagerfeld Bag Bug

Behold: The Fendi Karl Lagerfeld Bag Bug

You can say a lot of things about Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, but you can’t claim the man doesn’t have a sense of humor about himself. Fendi, a brand that knows as well as any other when it has a hit on its hand and how to maximize its success, opened its Fall 2014 runway show (full coverage of the show’s handbags is coming your way at noon) with one of the brand’s popular Bag Bugs in the visage of Lagerfeld himself, held aloft daintily by Cara Delevingne so that one and all could snap clear pictures of it for Instagram and beyond. Well played.

Lagerfeld intuitively understands better than almost anyone else in fashion how powerful moments like this little Bag Bug can be – photos of this furry, miniaturized version of himself immediately flooded social media after the show, and East Coasters woke up to find Lil Karl staring back at them from their phones. Not only that, but Fendi had the biggest model in the world carry it; the brand signed Delevingne to a Milan exclusive, so her appearance along with this Bag Bug was the only one she’ll be making on the Italian runways. It was, clearly, the only such handbag accessory presented in this way. Based on our sources, Lil Karl saw his shadow, so we’re predicting six more months of brisk Bag Bug pre-sales.

If you want to get your hands on one of Fendi’s original furry bag charms, check out our guide to pre-ordering them.

[Image via Vogue.com]

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Gucci Goes Back to Basics for its Fall 2014 Handbags

Gucci Goes Back to Basics for its Fall 2014 Handbags

During her tenure at the brand, creative director Frida Giannini has taken enormous strides in streamlining and simplifying what it is to be the Gucci woman. Tom Ford’s hard-nosed excess was fun, but Giannini has long offered up a softer experience that is more viscerally luxurious, and she’s taken that even another step further with Gucci’s Fall 2014 handbags. The collection features shapes both familiar and new, all made minimalist in soft leather and muted tones.

Gucci fans will immediately recognized the newly pared-down New Jackie Hobo, which does away with some of the trim details that were holding the design in the last decade and makes it feel more languid and casual. In addition, you’ll find small, structured shoulder bags with generous straps, plus oversized totes in what appears to be very sumptuous leather. To say we’re looking forward to seeing these bags in stores would be an understatement; this collection doesn’t try to hard or reach too far, and it does a lot of thinks exactly right.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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The Many Bags of Spring 2014 Fashion Week Street Style

The Many Bags of Spring 2014 Fashion Week Street Style

New York Fashion Week kicks off today, and with it comes a month of style, absurdity and literally hundreds of fashion shows. We’ll be bringing you all the best Fall 2014 handbag collections from New York and beyond, as well as a daily dose of the best handbags outside the New York shows courtesy of Vlad and his trusty camera(s), but first, we want to take a moment to look back. Not too far back, though – just to what our favorite stars, editors and fashion illuminati were carrying outside of the Spring 2014 shows all over the world back in September. If you’d like to check out the stars of each week individually, we did posts about New York, London, Milan and Paris, or you can find our favorites from the entire season below.

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Milan fashionweek day 6

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Better late then never: here is my sixth and last look worn for Milan fashionweek, all by Burberry Prorsum (I fell in love with it after I saw it worn but the magnificent Karlie Kloss on the catwalk).
How to make everything even more chic? With a side ponytail, created for me by the Redken team.

Per la serie meglio tardi che mai: ecco il mio sesto ed ultimo look indossato per la fashionweek milanese, tutto firmato Burberry Prorsum (me ne ero innamorata da quando, in passerella, l’ho visto indossato dalla magnifica Karlie Kloss).
Come rendere il tutto più chic? Con una coda di cavallo, creata per me dal team di Redken.

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I was wearing:

BURBERRY PRORSUM TOTAL LOOK
THIERRY LASRY SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

In the photos with me: Candela Novembre

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Bottega Veneta’s Bags Take a Dark Turn for Spring 2014

Bottega Veneta’s Bags Take a Dark Turn for Spring 2014

If you’re in the mood for a fun, exuberant, spring-like bag collection, Bottega Veneta Spring 2014 is simply not for you. On the other hand, if you’d like something slightly dour and vaguely Japanese (in the bags, at least – there was no vagueness in the clothes), well, step right up and take a look. There’s enough grey for everybody, even if you weren’t really looking for any.

The collection goes beyond grey, of course, but it’s an incredibly muted group of bags on the whole, even by somewhat conservative Bottega Veneta standards. The most vibrant bright you’ll find among these bags are a few pieces in brick red, but then it’s back to more leather, python, lizard, crocodile and tweed in desaturated neutrals. The simple, sumptuous duffel styles were easily the best bets, while the tweedy frame top handles left me wondering who actually buys those bags. I have yet to entirely puzzle that one out. Check out the collection below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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The Many Bags of Celebs at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

The Many Bags of Celebs at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

The name “Fashion Week” is so misleading. A quick seven days of fancy clothes and we’re done and can move on, right? Please? NOPE. Fashion already has a warped sense of time (winter coats for sale in June, anyone?), and now we’re done with our third week of Fashion Week, this one in Italy. Milan Fashion Week has come and gone, but as with both New York and London before it, the full story of the event isn’t just what happens inside the shows. There’s a whole world of fashion going on outside as well, and that includes some people of varying levels of fame carrying handbags. Naturally, where there are people carrying bags, we are there to document it. Take a look at the best handbag moments from outside Milan’s Spring 2014 shows.

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Milan fashionweek day 3

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Third day of Milan fashionweek, here is my look: I planned to wear the Preen tartan leather jacket on my dress, but the hot weather made me go for a more comfortable option :)

Terzo giorno di fashionweek milanese, ecco il mio look: in teoria avevo programmato di indossare la giacca in tartan di Preen sopra il vestito, ma il caldo improvviso mi ha fatto scegliere un’opzione più comoda :)

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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA SANDALS
ACNE DRESS
PREEN TARTAN LEATHER JACKET
HERMES COLLIER DE CHIEN BRACELET
SOPHIE HULME LEATHER BACKPACK
VINTAGE HAT FROM PARIS

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Milan fashionweek day 2

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Second day of Milan fashionweek: here is the look I chose, almost all by Roberto Cavalli.
For my hair, with the help of the Redken team, I opted for a messy hairdo, just the way I like it.
P.S: A particular thanks to Maserati for bringing me around all fashionweek and not making me miss any of the shows :)

Secondo giorno della fashionweek milanese: ecco il look che ho indossato, quasi tutto firmato Roberto Cavalli.
Per i capelli ho optato, insieme al team di Redken, per un semi raccolto disordinato, proprio come piace a me.
P.S: Un grazie particolare a Maserati per avermi portata in giro per tutta la fashionweek milanese e non avermi fatto perdere neanche una sfilata :)

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I was wearing:

JIMMY CHOO BOOTS
LAER LEATHER SHORTS
ROBERTO CAVALLI SWEATER
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
ROBERTO CAVALLI BAG
THIERRY LASRY SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Milan fashionweek day 2

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Second day of Milan fashionweek: here is the look I chose, almost all by Roberto Cavalli.
For my hair, with the help of the Redken team, I opted for a messy hairdo, just the way I like it.
P.S: A particular thanks to Maserati for bringing me around all fashionweek and not making me miss any of the shows :)

Secondo giorno della fashionweek milanese: ecco il look che ho indossato, quasi tutto firmato Roberto Cavalli.
Per i capelli ho optato, insieme al team di Redken, per un semi raccolto disordinato, proprio come piace a me.
P.S: Un grazie particolare a Maserati per avermi portata in giro per tutta la fashionweek milanese e non avermi fatto perdere neanche una sfilata :)

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I was wearing:

JIMMY CHOO BOOTS
LAER LEATHER SHORTS
ROBERTO CAVALLI SWEATER
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
ROBERTO CAVALLI BAG
THIERRY LASRY SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

Usually, I can count on Italy to give me at least one collection of handbags per season that hits me right in the heart. The Italians know their leather, and their Fashion Week is stocked with brands as well known for their bags as they are for anything. This time around, though, Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 felt at times more like it was revisiting its greatest hits than charting new territory. I saw some new versions of existing bags that I loved, but I never got that new thing that flooded my brain with serotonin.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some accessories highlights – in fact, they were abundant. The new versions of the Fendi 2Jours were excellent, and the Prada face-painted bags are sure to become collectors’ items. Beyond that, there were lovely exotics in light colors galore, from Ferragamo to Versace. Even if the season wasn’t fully satisfying, there was plenty to love. Check out our picks for the best of the season below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

The Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014

Usually, I can count on Italy to give me at least one collection of handbags per season that hits me right in the heart. The Italians know their leather, and their Fashion Week is stocked with brands as well known for their bags as they are for anything. This time around, though, Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 felt at times more like it was revisiting its greatest hits than charting new territory. I saw some new versions of existing bags that I loved, but I never got that new thing that flooded my brain with serotonin.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some accessories highlights – in fact, they were abundant. The new versions of the Fendi 2Jours were excellent, and the Prada face-painted bags are sure to become collectors’ items. Beyond that, there were lovely exotics in light colors galore, from Ferragamo to Versace. Even if the season wasn’t fully satisfying, there was plenty to love. Check out our picks for the best of the season below.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2014 Bags are Exactly What You’d Expect, but in a Good Way

Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2014 Bags are Exactly What You’d Expect, but in a Good Way

Every season, the fashion season frets over trends. Every season, the fashion industry tries to find new inspiration, new materials, new shapes, new colors. Every season, we try to reinvent the wheel, while every season, Dolce & Gabbana trots right alongside us, doing its own parallel thing and selling clothes and accessories hand over fist. It feels like it’s been a decade since Dolce gave us a collection that wasn’t overtly and aggressively inspired by Domenico Dolce’s homeland of Sicily (actual time: 2.5 years), and the brand may very well never give us another non-Sicilian collection again, for all I care. Oh, and the bags from Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 aren’t bad, either.

It didn’t really click for me until I one day saw a woman walking down the street in New York, wearing a crisp white shirt, simple pumps and a gorgeous, midi-length full skirt printed with a Sicilian seaside vista. These clothes, for all their kitsch when laid on top of each other, actually look incredible when split up into someone’s actual wardrobe. And not only that, but because they’re not beholden to obvious trends or dependent on model-proportioned bodies, they can look incredible on almost anyone.

Dolce’s bags usually aren’t its first concern, but this season did bring us a new staple from the brand by way of a trim, tailored executive tote in a variety of leathers. It’s nice to see something from the brand beyond the Miss Sicily and Miss Dolce and the usual ultra-thematic runway pieces, and I’m sure Dolce fans will gobble it up. Check out the full collection below, straight from the runway.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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Prada’s Bags are Artistic, Feminist for Spring 2014

Prada’s Bags are Artistic, Feminist for Spring 2014

Sometimes feminism and the fashion industry find themselves at odds, but Miuccia Prada has been dutifully doing her part for years to demonstrate that the two can peacefully coexist, and, what’s more, fashion can actually act in service of female equality and women’s rights. For Prada Spring 2014, she chose to do that in a somewhat literal way – she commissioned pieces from six artists, all of which depict women’s faces, and recreated them in her show space and on many of the items of clothing themselves, including the bags.

The painted bags are totally striking and easily my favorite pieces from the collection, but if you prefer something slightly less literal, the spring is full of structured, heavily compartmentalized satchels that harken back to the 1960s. Perhaps that’s a pointed choice; after all, the 60s were the era that women’s liberation really caught fire, at least in the US, and it feels pretty subversive to see models wearing modern street art and athletic-inspired footwear carry bags in shapes that my grandmother would recognize. I only wish that Prada’s show space had allowed photographers a more straight-on view of the bags themselves. Check out what we can see of the collection below.

[Photos via Vogue.com]

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No Abs Required

I can’t wear a crop top…

Okay, maybe I can, but I won’t. I don’t have nearly enough confidence to pull that off, or enough abs. But I felt as though Miuccia Prada was speaking to me in her collection. A bevy of trompe l’oeil bra tops marching down the runway. No six pack required, kind of genius.

What did you think of the collection?

PS: Photo by Scott!

Stuart Weitzman: the event

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A magic night and an exciting event: this is how I would describe Stuart Weitzman opening in via Sant’Andrea last Thursday.
Special guest of the night the iconic Kate Moss, testimonial of the brand and protagonist of the new “Made for Walking” video by Mario Testino, revealed as a preview during the event. You can watch it at the end of the post: enjoy :D

Una serata magica ed un evento emozionante: ecco come descriverei l’opening di Stuart Weitzman in via Sant’Andrea di giovedi scorso.
Ospite speciale della serata l’iconica Kate Moss, testimonial del brand e protagonista del video “Made for Walking” girato da Mario Testino, svelato in anteprima proprio durante l’evento. Potete guardarlo a fine post: enjoy :D

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I was wearing:

STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS
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GIVENCHY BAG

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9 Reasons I Love Live Streams

Today, I watched the Prada show from my desk…

As much as I love going to the shows (I really do love it), there are a few things that make live streams pretty great…

1. You can talk to the person next to you about what you like. At a real show, the lights go down and I’m afraid to sneeze, let alone chat with the people I am sitting next to about how much I want that skirt. But during a live stream, I can shout to the world how much I want that skirt. #yolo

2. You can drink your coffee… and maybe eat a bagel during the show. When is the last time you saw anyone eating a bagel during a fashion show? (Trick question.)

3. No one is sitting in your seat… or on your lap (unless you want them to).

4. You can cross your legs! You could watch the whole show in crow pose if you wanted (I’ll leave that one to Garance)!

5. You don’t have to watch the show through the iPad/iPhone/GoogleGlass of the person in front of you (but you can watch it on your iPad…and yeah, I don’t really get how GoogleGlass works…)

6. Climate control. Sure, maybe fanning yourself off during the show is part of the atmosphere, but not overheating is always a bonus.

7. You’ll probably be on time…unless you have a poor internet connection.

8. You can wear whatever you want! You can be a fashion week monster in your own home!

9. It’s pretty much the best seat in the house. Close ups on the shoes? Multiple camera angles? Doesn’t get much better than that…okay, except for maybe the front row ;)

Bonus: Miuccia busted out Britney’s new single “Work B*tch” on the runway!! I would say that qualifies as a high point for Brit.

Stuart Weitzman: ready for the event

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And before fashionweek madness started here I was choosing new shoes for these crazy and busy days.
Here I was in Via Sant’Andrea in Milan, at Stuart Weitzman store, that will introduce today its innovative concept retail designed by the architect Zaha Hadid.
An exclusive event will show the boutique, with the presence of the designer and of the iconic testimonial Kate Moss. Don’t miss my live photos and videos from the event on my Instagram profile!
Some of the shoes I chose? Flat over the knee boots, short booties and silver slippers, that I wore in these photos with a Styligion dress :)

E prima dell’inizio della settimana della moda eccomi a scegliere nuove scarpe per questi giorni pieni di impegni e corse.
Eccomi quindi in via Sant’Andrea a Milano, precisamente da Stuart Weitzman, che presenterà proprio oggi un innovativo concept retail progettato dall’architetto di fama mondiale Zaha Hadid.
Un esclusivo evento svelerà i 280 mq. della boutique alla presenza del designer e dell’iconica protagonista della campagna pubblicitaria invernale, Kate Moss. Non perdetevi le mie foto/video dell’evento live su Instagram!
Alcune delle scarpe che ho scelto? Stivali flat alti fino al ginocchio in pelle, stivaletti bassi alla caviglia e slipper argentate che indossavo in queste foto, insieme ad un vestito di Styligion :)

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Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

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Gucci’s Spring 2014 Bags Have Fringe Galore

Gucci’s Spring 2014 Bags Have Fringe Galore

If you don’t like fringe, it’s not time to panic quite yet. Generally, Gucci runways display a small, hyper-focused fraction of the bags that are forthcoming from the brand for any particular season’s collection, and this season, the aforementioned focus happened to include quite a bit of fringe. Long fringe. Creative director Frida Giannini has a tendency to add bohemian touches to the brand’s signature sexy, luxurious look, and that seems to be the avenue she’s decided to take with these bags.

The collection itself has numerous sportif notes, but those don’t come through on the bags, which have a much more 70s vibe to match the collection’s exquisite silk caftans. In the context of the Gucci world, the bags make sense, but I suspect fringe this long may be difficult to wear. Will you spring for one of the runway bags, or will you wait for a version without so much fringe (which is almost surely forthcoming)?

[Images via Vogue.com]

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#WhatsInYourKors Packs the Perfect Bag for Milan Fashion Week

#WhatsInYourKors Packs the Perfect Bag for Milan Fashion Week

Last time we checked in with #WhatsInYourKors, we were partying in Ibiza with the perfect little festive bag and accessories. Today, we’re still packing for a Mediterranean destination, but the purpose is a little different. Instead of late-night clubbing, our MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote is packed up for some time in Italy at Milan Fashion Week.

Milan always brings with it the type of confident, in-your-face style that makes a red studded bag absolutely necessary, and some leopard calf hair accessories and bold jewelry will serve you well. Because of the fast-paced nature of Fashion Week, though, the pieces have to be functional and easy to wear; luckily, that’s what Michael Kors is all about.

Check out the contents of our Milan Fashion Week bag below, and as always, show us the contents of your own Kors on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WhatsInYourKors!


MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Studded Satchel
$348 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Studded Satchel


MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Jet Set Travel Clutch
$138 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Jet Set Travel Clutch


MICHAEL Michael Kors Updated Aviator Sunglasses
$196 via Michael Kors

MICHAEL Michael Kors Updated Aviator Sunglasses


Michael Kors Leather Pyramid Bracelet
$165 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Leather Pyramid Bracelet


Michael Kors Layton Glitz Watch
$350 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors Layton Glitz Watch


Michael Kors SPORTY Bronze Powder
$50 via Michael Kors

Michael Kors SPORTY Bronze Powder

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Milan fashionweek favourites

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Good morning from Paris :)
Before the usual fashionweek video.. Here are some of my favourite looks from Milano catwalks! Which is the designer or item that caught your eyes the most?

Buongiorno da Parigi :)
Prima del consueto video di fashionweek.. Ecco alcuni dei miei look preferiti dalle passerelle milanesi! Qual è stato il designer o il capo/accessorio che più vi ha colpito?

GUCCI

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TOD’S

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JUST CAVALLI

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At Dolce & Gabbana

At Dolce & Gabbana

So delicate!

I went by the Jimmy Choo presentation the other day and fell in love with these ballet flats!

So feminine, so precious, so delicate that I perfectly imagine them with an evening gown or even a tuxedo. Super, extra chic, with a special “dance all night” option. Yay!

Kisses! Garance

The 15 Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2013

The 15 Best Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2013

I can’t believe it’s already the end of Milan Fashion Week! Paris is underway as we speak, but before we fully commit to a new city, we’d like to take a look at some of the best pieces and trends that came out of Italy for Fall 2013. Both fur and exotics are still going strong, and you might want to look for pieces in bright red and cyan to hit stores six months from now. It’s too early to start shopping, though, so let’s take a look at the best runway bags Milan Fall 2013 had to offer.

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Wet Look

It appears the wet hair look isn’t ready to leave the runway (or ad campaigns) just yet…

We saw wet hair again on the Prada runway last week. I can’t decide if it’s a look we can start pulling off for everyday or if it is better left to the runway (and the beach). I decided to survey the studio…

Garance: My boyfriend once told me, as I was coming out of the shower : “Why do we always look better with wet hair?”
I thought about it – he was right. There is a certain sexiness – think of the beach, coming out of water, the sun shining on your locks… Does hair get sexier than that ?
BUT there is a big difference when you try to achieve it when you’re not actually wet – the context (the beach, the shower, a rainstorm) is too important to be overlooked.
It might work at a show or in a ad, but in real life, would you be ready to have people ask you why your hair is “wet” all day? And what is with the technique to get that look? Do you have to use a whole bottle of hairspray? How does that even work?

Emily: I like the idea in theory and from an editorial angle. However, unless your hair is short and fairly thin I think it’s difficult to achieve while still looking cool.

Christiana: I don’t understand how you can make a wet hair look last all day…is it just a ton of gel? If you can make it happen, then go for it.

Krista: I like the look. I want to do it, but I also do nothing to my hair ever so…It might be too much effort for hair that looks like you just got out of the shower.

Personally, I like the wet hair look, even if it does require a lot of effort for an effortless look. If I ever do attempt wet locks for everyday, I’d want my hair to be a mix of the Prada show and Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush

What about you?

xo Alex

Milan fashionweek day 4

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Fourth day of Milan fashionweek: last Saturday I wore a white look in contrast with the leopard coat, and the Redken team chose for me the “forget me not” hairdo. How could you forget about it? :)

Quarto giorno di fashionweek milanese: sabato scorso ho indossato un look sulle tonalità bianche in contrasto al cappottino leopardato, ed il team di Redken ha scelto per me la pettinatura “forget me not”. Come è possibile dimenticarsene? :)

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I was wearing:

ISABEL MARANT BOOTS
ROBERTO CAVALLI SKIRT AND SHIRT
ROBERTO CAVALLI LEOPARD COAT
GUCCI NEW JACKIE BAG
MIU MIU SUNGLASSES

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Dolce & Gabbana’s wacky, elaborate Fall 2013 handbags have to be seen to be believed

Dolce & Gabbana’s wacky, elaborate Fall 2013 handbags have to be seen to be believed

Big shocker, you guys, but Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana? They’re from Italy, and they’d like you to know more about it. In fact, Dolce & Gabbana has been telling you about it for seasons, often through extremely literal handbag embellishments and occasional pasta jewelry. For Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013, we have actual mosaics in purse form.

The influences on this collection are actually both Sicilian and Byzantine, but the goal is clear – to make clothes, shoes and bags that are rich in Italian history and the Italianate aesthetic. If you appreciate literalism and are maybe a European history professor (or Anna Dello Russo), these art-based bags and clutches are probably just what the doctor ordered. If not, Dolce also offers almost starkly stripped-down versions of the bags, which look like a midcentury modern throwback without the tapestry and embellishment. This collection’s bags are a study in two extremes – moderates need not apply.

[Images via Vogue]

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