i've been so busy, and i'm sorry if i haven't been replying to comments fast enough. but i will reply to them! i hope to bring you paris fashion week soon! here is the last of my faves from milan fashion week.
versace- i really enjoyed this fall 2009 collection of versace. it seemed a lot more subdued than most versace shows but it was still sexy and feminine. my absolute favorite piece has to be the beautiful cap sleeved blue gown with a diamond opening at the chest (second dress from the right).
pringle of scotland- well made knits with fur accents. at the end some colorful feathered looks were shown, but they weren't to my taste.
prada- i was scared from the first few looks. the models were all so pale and mad looking. however the cut of the clothes is very classic, with a little twist and i liked the accessories. you won't see me in the giant wellies she created but i like her studded suede mary jane like heels with a huge plume of leather fringing at the back. also featured were beautiful yet simple doctor like handbags--some resembled fancy toolbags while others resembled hermes birkins. also featured were super short wool shorts, long cardigans, and dresses made out of jewel encrusted strips of leather. i didn't really like the weird leather dresses, but i'm sure we'll see them in a few editorials.
moschino cheap & chic- i loved the belting in this collection, it was very original, as the belts didn't reach all the way around the waist. i loved the ruffled skirts and the new take on ladylike looks.
missoni- i loved the piled on knitwear. it looked so comfy and soft, and i'd love to wear it now, because it's so cold!
fashion week notes...
* platform shoes are big for fall 09. i've been seeing them on so many runways--from burberry to erin fetherston to d&g. they are everywhere--and they make everyone tall (and the models taller)!
just cavalli- it took as interesting and surprising turn to rocker chic. there were lots of slashed jeans, short dresses and blazers.
moschino- it seems that i should live in italy because i love everything that milan is churning out. i would love to own that floral applique coat that was the first look for moschino. it was a nice navy blue and had unique details. the beginning of this show was really good, with a lot of floral details (prints or appliques) and nice knee length dresses, but as the show went on i got bored. i need the show to keep getting better as it goes on.
iceberg- featured were chunky knits, shiny lizard/snake skins, zippers, furs, ankle boots and tight skinny pants. i loved look 16, a red fabric fish scale dress with a chunky black zipper down the front. i hope to see that on the red carpet or on a street style column or something. also there was a nice one shouldered dress where one part was jersey and the other part was a textured patent fish scale textile. i didn't really like the collection as a whole because at times it felt really overworked and a lot of the color combos (orangey red with bubbglegum pink) was sickening.
gucci- frida giannini took gucci on a trip back to the '80s. i miss her hippie stint, but i guess she had to upgrade to powersuit dressing, crazy eyeshadow and bold red lips. featured were a lot of high leather boots, leather, shiney sateen like fabrics, blues, purples, large dot print, skinny suits, metallic detailing on the clothes, shiny black bags and big black sunglasses. the collection got better towards the end with a lot of sparkly, short dresses that reminded me a bit of balmain but not too much. i just wasn't feeling this collection, but i'm sure some of these individual pieces will look smashing outside of the show.
alessandro dell'acqua- the show was impeccably styled, and all of the clothes looked great and all of the models looked great. even though he used a purely neutral color palette consisting of black and browns and a few metallic touches he got a lot of these few colors. i also loved the amazing bags with fur tail things hanging off of the straps. however, i'm not sure how these clothes will look on people, that aren't models and who weren't styled to look perfect in the clothes.
salvatore ferragamo- very polished, but i couldn't find too many pieces that i was head over heels in love with. it was still a very good collection though.
roberto cavalli- cavalli has a new girl,"She's tough, aggressive, sexy, and young, and she's going to help me fight this crisis," Cavalli said backstage(style.com)...and his description was spot on. my favorite part of this collection were the beautiful boots made out of grommeted leather and fur. most of the looks included thigh high boots, skinny jeans, fur, or uneven hemmed minidresses. it was nothing revolutionary, the looks were just new for cavalli.
fendi- featured at fendi was a dark fall palette, louche fabrics such as velvet and embellished material, and spats. i loved two pieces from the collection, but other looks seemed similar and boring.
francesco scognamiglio- this show was very architectural and very fetishy. the shoes were miles high and had thick hooker platforms and many of the blouses, skits and dresses had razor sharp pleats that extended away from the body. also featured was body armor worn over the ribcage and heavily round studded pants, as well as necklaces that looked like gold fat caterpillars laying on the model's necks.
maxmara- maxmara made a return to simple, clean cut luxury. lots of camel coats and suits were featured, as well as pencil skirts and simple blouses.
pollini- more cute and quirky colorful looks from jonathan saunders, the head of pollini.