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!
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!
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!
Did you see Dior Cruise 2021 show today? If you did, don’t you think it was gorgeous? And if you didn’t, I really recommend you to do exactly that, because it’s so worth it! Of course, due to the pandemic we’re going through, it was held behind doors, but that didn’t make it any less spectacular.
The venue for this event was the Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, an Italian city from the Puglia region. Lecce is known as “The Florence of the South” because of its amazing baroque architectural monuments, and Dior’s show was held in the plaza of the city’s cathedral, so you can say it was held in one of the most prominent places in the City. If you see the show, you can realize the enormous amount of dedication that was required to present such an event.
For me, this event was foremost a celebration: first of all, a celebration of women as is Dior’s way, of community and of traditions, and proof of that was the mesmerizing pizzica dance, that is an ancient tradition in the Puglia region and has always been considered a way to celebrate family and social festivities (yes, I made my research!) and regarding women dancing the pizzica, Dior wanted to show a woman “who is at ease in the world and knows how to put everyone around her at ease too”
And we saw all the models in the catwalk intertwining with the dancers, with very colorful pieces, long and bohemian dresses, shirts, romantic blouses, light shorts and outstanding blazers. Of course, we could also see pieces in black and white as they couldn’t be missing from the collection, from lace dresses to a classical suit. Flawless accessories including Dior’s Bobby Bag, and what can I even say about the shoes and boots?
All in all, I absolutely loved the show, it was exciting and vibrant and magical and besides showcasing gorgeous pieces, Dior was able to convey a sense of community and celebration with this show, and let me tell you that is not an easy accomplishment, especially when your audience is watching you via stream! So I think it’s important to recognize Dior’s care in every little detail and its willingness to keep moving forward in this new way of living amidst a pandemic, paying extra attention in celebrating the simple fact that we are here.
If you want to live the experience here’s the full show!
Have you noticed that summer is just around the corner? Have you started to feel the unique summer’s vibe? I have! And I’m so excited to start sharing with you all the things that are made just for summer and I want to start with sandals.
I absolutely adore shoes, I think they can completely change an outfit and I also think that certain types of shoes represent certain seasons, and for summer there couldn’t be nothing else but sandals! I know that this social distancing has been hard on some and that the constant stream of news can really take its toll on your mood and your wellbeing, and that’s exactly why it’s so important to give yourself a break from all the stress. So consider this your “stress-free” moment, specially if you love shoes!
I’ll share the models I’m loving this season and I’ll also show you another option you can think of getting, because really who doesn’t like having options and more options?
If you want to know where you can get them, click on the images
Ginza Sandal from The Row
Flip Flops Atelier
Jimmy Choo Stacey
Valentino, The Rope Napa Sandal
Nomadic Style of Life
Hermes Oran Sandals
Chanel Suede Kidskin
This was another collection focused on going back to the essentials, the brand’s core, and as the other brands have done during this Couture Season, Alexandre Vauthier’s return to the brand’s core is translated into pieces of undiluted beauty and exhuberance.
In its short film we can see the models on the street, or on a club, shots alternating between Paris and the Hamptons, a rock chic vibe mixed with freedom, evident. The palette of black, blazing pink, green, purple and gold that gave the whole collection a certain air of eccentricity. The collection had 24 looks with feathers, ruffles, sparkles, sequins and vibrant colors everywhere.
I thought this collection was made to celebrate and dance all night, maybe with a little reminiscing from the 80’s. “It was great to see that things were possible despite an extreme situation. I didn’t want to leave anyone [on my team] behind, and I also needed to dream.” Said Vauthier, and I guess we all can identify with that need to dream and explore new possibilities and keep creating at the same time.
My two favorite looks were these ones:
With this bold purple dress I’m sure I’d party all night long feeling free and pretty and with the other look I can see myself walking through Paris again, it’s so ad hoc! What about you? What looks would you choose from this collection and where would you wear them?
So far, I think we’ve been seeing a certain “return to the origins” of all the brands that have been participating in this Fall 2020 Couture, and Giambattista Valli’s show was no exception to this trend, returning to its essence and presenting what seemed endless yards of tulles and chiffons, in a show dedicated to “La Ville Lumiere” or The City of Light: Paris itself!
One of the things that I liked the most about this show, was the mix between closeups of his creations and shots from his Iphone that let you lose yourself in the mini film and the beautiful dresses that have become the new fantasy for a lot of us, as they frame an hyper feminine silhouette. And being completely honest, what woman doesn’t love to let that hyper feminine side of her go out and play from time to time? And that’s exactly what Valli’s show seemed to me: an invitation to embrace the exuberance of our very feminine side. “In the horror of what we’re passing through, there was beauty blooming at the same time,” the designer said, and through his collection, he has invited us all to celebrate beauty and why not? life itself.
My two favorite looks? This white creation that seems made of a piece of cotton candy that is absolutely gorgeous and this pink one, with yards and yards of tulle in a sweeping waterfall skirt. With any of these designs I find it difficult for any woman to feel anything but feminine and completely alluring herself!
I want to heat what you’re thinking about Fall 2020 Couture so far, what have you loved the most about this new experience? Maybe by the end of the week I’ll tell you what was my absolutely favorite thing of this season!
The first show of the day today, was Chanel, a show I was kind of impatient to see and I must tell you that it went beyond my expectations. “I was thinking about a punk princesscoming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” said Virginie Viard, and what a way to accomplish her vision! Le Palace was the Studio 54 of Paris, a nightclub where big personalities like Mick Jagger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol among many others, partied all night from 1978 to 1983.
And the result was an outstanding collection, opulent, vibrant, sophisticated and unapologetical, full of fancy dress parties, high jewelry and simply spectacular shoes. As Virginie Viard said, this was a collection inspired by the iconic Karl Lagerfeld and you can’t help but think about him when seeing the deeply textured and colorful tweeds and the big and bold retro looks.
The collection was presented in a very short and bold video that captures essentially five looks shot on just two models, although the whole collection is of 30 looks, and I was completely fascinated by the pieces shown, because it wasn’t just the perfectly crafted pieces, but a combination of accessories like shoes and high jewelry that created an experience completely hypnotizing where I couldn’t help but think about a party…. and all the parties I’d love to attend with more than two of the pieces I saw in the show.
As difficult as it was for me, my absolute favorite look were this two:
This dress was completely gorgeous! Elegant, sophisticated, the kind of dress that turns you into a punk princess (as intended) immediately and without effort. And can we please talk about the absolute perfection of the shoes of the second look? Definitively this was a collection very much expected and completely loved once I saw it! Which one was your favorite look? I’d love to know what all of you think about this show.