Today Stella MacCartney presented her Ready-to Wear collection along with her “A-to-Z Manifesto” where she talks about sustainability, making clear the ideas she’s passionate about and that are the foundation for her brand, like C for Consciouss, K for Kind and Z for Zero waste, among others. These ideas were brought to life by 26 global artists who chose a letter and created something to embody Stella’s vision, and are being published on her Instagram. If you want to see Stella’s explanation of what she’s doing with this manifest, here’s the link where you can go see it:
And then, there is her collection’s show that is undeniably tied to her manifesto and her goal to do right by the planet. It was shot in Houghton Hall’s gardens, in Norfolk, and it was an amazing vision filmed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. The 65% of her fabrics were made of sustainable materials, 75% was organic cotton, she used lace trims from past seasons in her dresses, the leather we saw is vegan (made of plastic) and even her glasses’ frames were organic. So, she didn’t just talked the talk.
And you know what? Her collection was absolutely gorgeous, with a very clean palette we saw very short miniskirts, very form-fitting suits, lingerie inspired dresses, laces and more laces. Silhouettes inspired by corset-like lines that in Stella’s vision became soft and comfortable garments that look inherently feminine.
This pandemic and its subsequent quarantine definitely has changed the brand’s vision as we’ve seen in all these shows, however I must say that Stella McCartney’s vision about sustainability and her example of how things can be done without having to compromise or sacrifice beauty, comfort, elegance and originality, is a great example that not only brands in high fashion could pay attention to, but also all of us in our everyday lives, I guess is just time to realize that sustainability goes beyond just a trend.
Here are my favorite pieces of this collection, and I’d really love for you to check Stella’s McCartney’s proposal and form an opinion for yourselves. Let me know what you think about this.
Today I want to talk to you about Miu Miu’s collection for next spring-summer and it was the perfect mix between sexy, fresh, sporty and youthful. Starting from the choice of venue, that resembled a sports arena in a beautiful pink tone, with huge screens that showed influencers and celebrities as Chloé Sevigny watching the show, everything transmitted a very festive vibe that made this virtual fashion show an actual experience.
We were able to see over 50 different looks with bold and eclectic prints that kind of had a 70’s vibe while the cuts were totally contemporary, integrating a sportswear look with a classical elegant one: track pants, track jackets, micro skirts and tennis shoes mixed together on the runway along with structured blazers, plated skirts and some simple lined dresses and even some other dresses that gave certain prom vibes.
This collection was completely feminine, with an angle on younger women filled with vibrant and solid colors, sparkly textures and legs as the main protagonist for next summer. I loved Miu Miu’s view for next season and I also enjoyed seeing Kate Moss’ daughter, Lila Grace Moss, opening the show, to me it was the perfect analogy of a new era in fashion, not only because of how the pandemic has changed runways and the fashion industry in general, but also because our lifestyle has changed also and we are adapting to our new environment and Miu Miu’s collection shows us that changes can look fresh and can also remind us of how young we can really feel.
These are my favorite looks, what where yours?
Today, on the last day of Paris Fashion Week, it was Chanel’s turn to dazzle us. And girl, they did it!
Virginie Viard conceived this collection as a tribute to the fashion house’s muses, with whom she hasn’t been able to have much contact due to what is currently happening in the world (did you know that Paris will close bars and cafes for 14 days, after declaring a maximum alert for the spread of the virus? Many of us expected that, by now, the situation would be more stable). The creative director fondly remembers all those actresses who were dressed by Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
The image Virginie was inspired by is magnificent: the red carpet, the actresses in stunning dresses and the audience around them; meanwhile, the photographers try to attract the stars’ attention, who, distracted, pose for posterity. Without a doubt, cinema is in the heart of this Spring/Summer 2021 collection. You just have to look at the wonderful CHANEL letters displayed during the catwalk (and inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign, of course) to understand the path of glamour and beauty that Virginie decided to take on this occasion.
The maison’s iconic silhouettes, patterns and colors are here. But Virginie Viard didn’t settle for the traditional: fluorescent jeans, t-shirts and dresses with prints that say CHANEL just as neon signs couldn’t better represent a night in Hollywood or Sunset Boulevard. A night of chic experiences, with fashion as the main character.
Although black and white predominate in this collection, in tweed suits and dresses with tiny flower patterns or in transparent fabrics that repeat Chanel over and over again, in vaporous cloaks and creating delicate skirts, we also have pale pink in capri pants, coats or sequin embroidery, adding a perfect balance to the color palette.
Virginie wanted to accompany this collection with a series of images that close this catwalk of super cinematographic garments with a flourish: Rianne Van Rompaey, Mica Argañaraz and Louise de Chevigny were recorded and photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, in a quite Nouvelle Vague atmosphere, creating a Chanel world that I would love to live in.
I can’t wait to have my favorite looks from this collection in my closet. And while that happens, do you want to know what I loved the most? I leave it down here.
After some amazing collections and shows during Milano’s Fashion Week, today I had the opportunity of seeing the show of one of the brands closest to my heart and one that I was so excited to see: Dior. And let me tell you, it was absolutely impressive.
What was noticed immediately was the choir’s voices that went completely in accordance with the venue that was set as an old cathedral, with huge bay windows where you could see vibrant collages of images, from renaissance paintings to pop culture’s images and fashion shots, mixing flawlessly the classical with the ongoing tendencies. The set was designed by Lucia Marcucci, and was completely gorgeous. Words from the collages, the choir and the chorists’ dresses intermingled creating many different conversations happening all at the same time. Who said fashion is not art?
For this collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri showcased amazing pieces that achieved looking fashionable and comforting at the same time, with a very bohemian feeling, specially with the head bands that I absolutely adored, specially combined with those big golden earrings. With a very earth-colored based palette and splashes of other colors (the blues were so beautiful), we saw long skirts and dresses with transparent fabrics that allowed legs to be the main center of the look in a very veiled but noticeable way, nonetheless.
Flowing fabrics and floral patterns, tunics, kaftans (and what can be more comfortable than a kaftan?), linens and knitted cloth gave the whole collection an exotic vibe. We kept seeing the almost-bare-skin trend with soft materials that are an invitation to be touched. There were also some tie-dyed pieces that looked stunning, specially in coats, so it seems tie dye is not going anywhere for next spring. I also loved the tote bags and sandals showcased
Definitely there are pieces that I want for myself, and it seems that the only problem is that there are too many options for me to choose! So here are the ones that were my favorites, which pieces were your favorite ones?
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!