Today it was Boss’ turn to show us its Spring-Summer 2021 collection during Milan Fashion Week, and of course I was ready to enjoy it!. Ingo Wilts, creative director of the firm, decided to present his catwalk in a physical event at the Palazzo del Senato, a building built in 1608. And although due to restrictions and my family’s and my own safety, I couldn’t be in Italy for this Fashion Week, I haven’t miss a thing as I have the opportunity to enjoy the collections from the comfort of my living room (I’ll let you guess if I was still in my pajamas or not). And of course, this one wasn’t the exception!
The fact that brands are making the decision to do face-to-face catwalks, taking all the sanitary precautions needed to ensure all the attendant’s wellbeing just as Boss did, seems like a sign that fills me with optimism. Who knows? Perhaps sooner rather than later we will be walking the streets of the most fashionable cities in the world (again).
But there will be time to talk about it later, because right now we are here to talk about Boss’ amazing show! This time, Ingo Wilts decided to go for a much more casual tailoring without losing the elegance that characterizes each of his collections. Sporty silhouettes (sweatshirts, jogging pants and sneakers) combined with perforated coats and slightly loose jackets give life to looks ideal to wear during a Zoom meeting, where you want to be presentable without losing the comfort of being at home. Without a doubt, the creative team at Boss was inspired by what we’ve all been living to create garments that represent our state of mind and that point to a much more chic quarantine.
Stylized sandals with shirts, shorts and raincoats will undoubtedly be one of the many trends that I for sure will wear this next season, following the line of pastel blues, greens and browns that Boss reinforces on this catwalk.
I personally loved William Farr’s floral illustrations carried over into complete sets, as they offer a much more abstract side of spring.
Of course, knitwear could not be absent, to add to the large number of complementary textures that Boss launched in this collection. I already have my eye on that pink knit dress. I can’t wait to have it in my closet!
Here below, you can find my favorite outfits:
And now onto today’s next show. Do you see why I feel I’m not losing anything about this Fashion Week? I’m literally watching show after show without all the running in between, and even my dresser has this season’s vibe!
For Tod’s runway, Walter Chiapponi (Tod’s creative director) decided to shot this collection at Villa Necchi Campiglio, with a short narrative video that accomplished to immerse us in the story and where we witnessed a refined silhouette splashed with just the right amount of eccentricity and the excellence that has always characterized the brand.
The color’s palette was a mix of neutral and pastel ones: earth tones mixed with bright ones that look impressive in the safari jackets, liquid duster jackets, pleated trousers and long shirts, creating a unique visual impact, if you want to check this, check out how stunning the pictures of all the outfits displayed together look like!
All the accessories helped complement the looks, those sandals fastened with laces on high cork platforms and the plexiglass heels were just the perfect adding touch! All put together achieved the elegant but casual look that has been a trademark for the brand.
I guess that with each passing show it gets more difficult to pick few looks to be my favorite ones, because there are so many thing I’d love to have, but I made an effort just so I can show to you what I absolutely loved:
What can I tell you about Max Mara’s show today? For starters the location was absolutely gorgeous: the courtyard of the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art museum that dates back to 1776 and that fit perfectly to that renaissance atmosphere that Ian Griffiths attempted (very successfully I must say) to create for this runway. I think this concept couldn’t have been more suitable facing the fashion industry’s current situation, after all the Renaissance was one of Italy’s golden ages.
Ian Griffith converted concepts as renovation and renewal into fluent silhouettes where today’s woman can be sophisticated simple, minimalist, and elegant. We saw neutral and earth colors in what seems to be the prevalent trend for this season, flared and puffy sleeves and slashed in coats, extended cuffs, and an assortment of parkas, bomber jackets, jersey pants and raincoats.
And I guess that only Max Mara could work out this combination of a renaissance coat with a very modern parka and make the combination of these two pieces look dazzling! We admired elegant, wide silhouettes with pleated necklines, a cashmere coat that invited you touch it, gorgeous mini-bags and oversized pants. Of course we also were presented with bare shoulder pieces, light colored stockings and pointy flats, and the whole collection radiated an elegant and practical air.
One of the things I enjoyed watching in this catwalk, was the assortment of different ethnical backgrounds from the models as we even were able to see some hiyabs that reflected the so needed diversity we need to acknowledge and see reflected everywhere. Griffiths said he was thinking abut the women who were going to be striding out into this world to make it better than it was before, and I loved the way he put the idea into facts exactly with the diversity displayed in his catwalk.
As usually, I want to share with you my favorite looks:
Tomorrow we have huge shows that I’m very excited about, so I’ll be here with you to tell you all about them, I hope you’ll join me too!
Today let’s talk about one of the most anticipated shows (by me and probably also by you) of Milano Fashion Week: Prada! Since Miuccia announced that Raf Simons would be joining her in the brand’s creative direction, all the attention was focused on them, and there was a question that I guess many of us were wondering about: How much of Raf’s signature would show in Prada’s DNA?
And I guess the answer was totally clear with this collection. No one could doubt that this collection was Raf Simons’ at its core, but at the same time, it managed not to overshadow all the work that Miuccia has been doing during these years. Both are great personalities in the fashion industry, and the synergy they both created was so wonderful that it was almost obvious, while the two creative directors answered questions sent by the public. My favorite part was when Miuccia explained that creating something new just for the sake of creating something new is no longer the important thing, but that it is necessary to go further. Because that’s exactly what they did!
ll the small details are what make this collection so innovative. Classic pieces were reinterpreted by Raf and imprinted with his unique style. Solid colors remained, we also saw pastels among blacks and whites, accompanied by polka dots, flower prints (you know, classics never get old), and endless words printed on hoodies, coats, skirts, and dresses. Without a doubt, one of my favorite elements were the holes in the turtleneck blouses and knitted sweaters that go according with the season’s tendency of showing bare skin, as well as the printed or pinned Prada logo on the collars.
The tribute to the way Miuccia holds her coats was charming and made me think that even though Raf joined Prada, the fashion house is still a hallmark of femininity and empowerment.
Here are my favorite looks from this collection. Do we agree on any?
And now onto the next show! Alberta Ferretti’s designs have always been simple and feminine and sophisticated maybe because of their very clean lines and attention to the little details and today I was able to see her collection! This show was presented in a semi-presential modality and the whole collection was published online for international media. The venue? An enchanted forest’s recreation at Milano’s heart, as Alberta Ferretti herself, put it, and I must say it indeed looked charming.
And what did we see today? Lots of gorgeous things: satin crop tops, puffy sleeves in shirts and dresses alike, miniskirts, straight cut jackets with extra big pockets, tight dresses and sweaters that looked quite cozy. We also saw so many textures in fabrics: chiffon, silk, and hand-knit yarn, among others.
The main colors of this collection are nudes, earth colors, camel, whites, yellows, and pastel tones that are going to be trending next season. There were also transparencies in some dresses and skirts that I’m also sure we are going to be seeing a lot during spring and summer, and some deep necklines that put together with the fabrics and colors used in this collection, keep the illusion of just bare skin.
This collection was also influenced by the times we are living and it is undeniable the practical nature of the clothes we saw today, yes, they look feminine but you can almost imagine yourself going on with your day in any of Alberta Ferretti’s refined designs, with total ease, specially with any of the gorgeous flat sandals she presented.
These are my favorite looks of this collection:
Is there anything here you are thinking about getting for yourself? Lets compare notes
Today at 3:00 pm Milano’s time, I saw Fendi’s spring/summer’s collection in the first day of Milano Fashion Week. The show was held in a semi-presential modality following all the sanitary precautions during this pandemic, in an effort to reactivate the fashion industry, that has been badly affected.
The catwalk simulated the effect of drape’s shadows on bay windows that allowed glimpses of trees moved by the wind at dusk, in beautiful and evocative white and gray tones. And with this very whimsical background we were able to appreciate the new tendencies for next season: earth tones, very discreet prints, a mix of leather and vaporous fabrics with lots of transparencies and textures that create a half-bare skin, gradients in leather textures and fabrics in solid colors.
We also saw oversized silhouettes, military inspiration in dresses, skirts and jackets with extra-large buttons and very pronounced shoulder in the jackets, and leather coats that can be used also as midi dresses. We could also see pronounced sleeve openings that gave every piece a sense of movement and that I think will be a trend to follow.
Other think that I also liked a lot were the accessories, the bags were generally very structured with a mixture of different textiles and transparencies, but my favorite ones were the net and grid textures that seem to scream “summer” every time we wear one of these bags.
And did you see those gorgeous tights? They looked spectacular with the embroidered double F badge and with vibrant pastel tones that matched the shoes’ colors, the nude’s ones looked gorgeous too and I guess next summer a lot of us will be wearing them!
One of the things that I absolutely loved of this show, besides the amazing pieces and the whole collection’s aesthetics, was the model’s diversity in the catwalk, not only in age but also in size. We were able to see curvy models looking absolutely gorgeous and fierce and older than average models also looking like queens. And I think that this is a very powerful message: fashion is for everyone, no matter your age, your clothes’ size or your skin color, every woman should be able to choose whatever pieces reflect her inner selves and make her feel gorgeous!
So, here are some of my favorite looks for this collection:
What about you? Which pieces you liked the best and are dying to have as soon as possible? I’ll keep you all posted of more shows soon!
As many of you might know, I love working out every day, this is a part of my day’s routine that I really enjoy and I’ve been showing you here and in my Instagram, some of the routines I enjoy and give me the best results, however I know that not everybody enjoy the same workout style and I know that specially in working out, enjoyment is key in avoiding you casually “forget” all about it!
This is a powerful workout, designed to give your body that boost It sometimes requires and it is designed in circuits, so if you want to try it, remember to complete the whole circuit before starting the next one:
You’re going to repeat the next 2 exercises for 20 min without stopping, and this is important, once your 20 minutes end, you get to rest for 2 minutes (yes, only two minutes) and start the second circuit.
1. With a Slam Ball or a medicine ball of 20 lbs aprox, step on the bench 15 times with each leg (30 times in total)
2. Continue with 12 squat presses with each arm (24 in total)
3. Next do 20 shoulder presses
Breath, hydrate, take 2 minutes to rest and go for the second circuit!
As with the first circuit, you’re going to repeat these exercises during 20 minutes without stopping:
1. 15 reps of butterfly squats
2. 15 push up presses.
3. 10 burpees
4. 20 kicks to the workout sandbag
Once you finish your second circuit, you’re done! Remember to hydrate yourself as it’s super important that you take good care of yourself, as you’re doing these workouts to take care of yourself and give your body what it needs to stay healthy and in to be the best version of itself!
Here I’ll list you the gear I’d recommend for this super workout:
* As you all know, I only recommend products I’d use myself, so this post contains affiliate links, that means if you use them to make a purchase I may receive a commission from that sale.
An finally, as I’ll always recommend you, check with your doctor first if you’re not sure if this workout is for you or have any concern or doubt about the exercises, stretch and warm up before ANY workout (hereI have some warm up exercises you can try) and cool off once you’re done with your workout, take a shower after that and you’re ready to go on with your day!
What other kind of workouts would you like me to show you? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see and learn? Let me know!
Today Fendi announced that they finally have iconic Karl Lagerfeld’s replacement as head designer and that person is none other than Kim Jones. As some of you might know, Kim Jones’ is the creative director of Dior Homme (and will continue to be) and among other achievements, last year he was named designer of the year at the Fashion Awards in London.
He is quite an influential figure in the fashion industry, did you know that he designed David Beckham’s suite for Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018? In fact, he’s so talented that John Galliano bought half of his graduate collection in 2002, and has proved time again his creativity with bold movements like renaming Dior Homme into Dior Men’s and going beyond the traditional suiting. Some have said that he injected a streetwear energy on high fashion, blending them both perfectly.
With Fendi, Jones will be in charge of haute-couture, ready to wear and fur collections for women and I’m curious to say the least, to watch his creations as he will be working with Silvia Fendi, who used to appear with Karl Lagerfeld at the end of every women’s wear show, on the catwalk. I guess it’d be interesting to see if this little tradition keeps going on in the next show.
Besides, this will be the first time that Kim Jones will be in charge of women’s wear and I’m sure he will have something spectacular to show the world because he blends high fashion and commercial success effortlessly with his very particular view of how fashion should look like. So, yes, I’m excited to see his first collection with Fendi!
So, it’s been a week since online classes started for my three children and it’s been a week of adjustments… lets say, but we’re staying optimistic. Some days ago, I was talking in my IG stories about the challenges of back to school in a distance learning modality with three little kids, and let me tell you this has been kind of chaotic! Organizing schedules, iPads, computers, materials, zooms and everything else you can think of in between, hasn’t been the easiest thing to do, but I’m glad to report that step by step, we’re getting through!
No doubt this is a stressful situation for the whole family (even the pets!) and I want to share with you what little tips have been helping my family and I to see the bright side of this situation and keep in mind that this also too shall pass!
I think the first tip I could give you if you’re in a similar situation, is not to get overwhelmed. I know there are many things you need to do and sometimes it seems you have to do all of them at the same time, and that could be just too much! Here’s where prioritizing can literally save your sanity. Make lists with all the things you and the kids need to do and from there decide which activities are urgent and which ones can wait a little longer. This listing process also can help you teach your kids how to organize themselves, even if you think they’re too young to understand methods, believe me, they are learning. And breaking all the things you have to do into manageable pieces will stop you from being overwhelmed.
It’s also important to remember that even if this remote learning is stressful for you, the ones who are really going through an adjustment period, are your children. And kids are much more resilient than we give them credit for, however its our job as parents to make things manageable for them and one thing that is working with my kids is setting up a proper space for them to have their classes, as that helps them get focused. For kids as young as mine, it is recommended that they have a routine every day to provide them with a sense of stability so they can also have the certainty of knowing what is expected form them and when.
And last but not least, what has helped me to see this as an opportunity to grow, is remembering that my kids are very young still and that although it is important for them to learn certain skills that will make their lives easier in the future, their principal “job” right now, is being happy kids that learn as they play and that putting too much pressure on them is counterproductive in all ways imaginable.
Are you also a kind of stressed parent with this year’s back to school? How has it been for you? Let me know, remember that us parents need to be united to keep each other sane!
Recently I was asked to share what I consider the essential pieces in a woman’s wardrobe that could be both functional and stylish at the same time, and it could seem like a simple task but let me tell you that it is not, as there are so many options of so many brands I love an wear, and there are so many fun and amazing trends… not easy in the least.
However, I realized I really wanted to make this list and I wanted it to be practical, versatile and most important of all, that would have the ability to allow any woman wearing these pieces to shine. This list is going to have two different options of each piece that I love, but I want you to give you more affordable options.
1.- Little Black Dress. Let’s start by one of the most iconic pieces in every woman’s wardrobe. This versatile piece can be accessorized in so many ways for so many occasions that only your imagination is the limit. I’d recommend you to choose a dress that hugs your curves without pulling anywhere.
One my favorites is this Dolce & Gabbana black dress:
Another option can be this Dsquared2 gorgeous dress:
2.- Quality Jeans. A quality pair of designer jeans is a must in any woman’s wardrobe: you’ll be wearing them for a long time, you can accessorize them for a glamorous look or a more relaxed one. You can choose from a variety of styles: boot cut, straight leg, boyfriend style, skinny… your choice, try as many as you’d like until you find the ones that compliment your silhouette
I love this Balmain jeans:
And these ones from Michael Kors:
3.- Cardigan or Turtleneck Sweater. Both are great for layering and this is another piece you can dress up or don according to the situation, if is cashmere your sweater will be soft, warm and extra cool.
This Saint Laurent cashmere sweater is ideal for your basic’s selection:
Or you can opt for this beautiful sweater from Raundi:
4.- Classic White Shirt. A perfectly tailored white shirt makes you look classic and sophisticated, just pay attention that you’re able to move your arms comfortably in it.
This one form Alexander McQueen is not exactly your traditional white shirt, but I love it
This one from Michael Kors is more classical and equally gorgeous:
5.- Blazer. To find a blazer that fits you perfectly, you need to pay attention that the sleeves hit your mid thumb when your arms are down at your sides, make sure the seam sits squarely n your natural shoulders and isn’t too tight or too loose, finally check the hem as it should skim your hipbone.
This blazer from Tom Ford is completely gorgeous:
And you can also consider this other option from PS Paul Smith
As you all know, I only recommend products I’d use myself, so this post contains affiliate links, that means if you use them to make a purchase I may receive a commission from that sale.
Remember that in building a basic wardrobe you want to consider price, material’s quality and craftmanship, this in an investment you’re doing, so pay attention to what you’re getting and make sure that everything you select, fits you properly and makes you look amazing!