Sunday, 21 October 2012

MEN'S WEEK - Milan 2013 - Marvellous Moschino

Talk about bang!

In 2013, the Moschino man is set to make his mark - and it is going to be smack-you-in-the-face-and-grab-your-attention good.

The Moschino SS offering is rebellious and hypnotising - and definitely pushes the boundaries of style to their very limits. Love it or hate it (I personally love it) - the Moschino runway is a sensory force du jour!!

I really like the look above. Punchy colours with sub-tropical highlights, preppy shorts and the dramatic faux V neck make for a powerful look. Designed to garner attention, the look, overstated with contrasting colours and brought to life with the lemon-yellow belt, is visual feast. For me, the hat is a bit much - perhaps I am being a little conservative?! 

Who hasn't wanted to dress in the discarded wrappers of various household products at some point? (*cricket noises) Well, Moschino is helping to make that dream become a reality. Some would find the flamboyancy of it all leaning a little to much on the novelty side, but I love it. It's unconventional and free-spirited - and yes, even a little sexy. (I do love that fresh linen laundry smell after all!)

Somehow I think the model above (and below come to think of it)
would look good in anything... 

In fashion stakes, I am actually very much liking what's going on here. The accented collars and cuffs I love as they breathe a little personality into otherwise conventional (conventional as in silhouette conventional!) looks. The tartan pattern across the waist above is a great contrast to the placid tones and traditional patterns on the shirt and pant and give the look a more hipster feel. Can't say I like the shoes but I can see why they're there. I think the fabric of the shoe is wrong and would have perhaps preferred lace-ups like the ones below (except in a blue and pink colour combination to highlight the tones throughout the look).

The look above and the ones below are borderline outrageous and I love them. In your face and daring, the colours are loud and obnoxious. The hat works better on these looks that the first as they help to give the full length look an even greater distinction, and fits with the overall pimpster vibe. I LOVE the colour of the pants above - cut just above the ankle, matched with the canary socks and grass-green shoes, they're just fabulous.

The look below is just über cool. Seventies, peace-loving, orgy-attending, street-strutting, free-spirited cool. Unafraid of individuality, the Moschino man below is out to score in life - and with that deep yellow vest, aggressively-orange pants and sly smile - score he will!

I want those trainers. So cool.

Moschino has certainly turned a few heads with this collection and I dare say anybody wearing any pieces from the collection will turn heads too. Like one big, exciting, secretly enjoyable and addictive bag of Skittles - the 2013 SS Moschino collection is definitely not for the faint of heart!

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Friday, 19 October 2012

MEN'S WEEK - Milan 2013 - And yes, I mean MEN

You have to love the Italian designers...

Or in the very, very least... their models!

Enjoy... Milan SS 2013 is hotttt!



Hello! @ Versace

Hey gurrrrrrrl! @ Versace




Vivienne Westwood - mmmm!

Emporio Armani



Backstage at Emporio Armani - hallelujah!

Clothes... What clothes? (I am actually loving the Armani!)

No need to thank me!

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

MEN'S WEEK - Milan SS 2013 - Fabulous Ferragamo

WOW! Ferragamo has made a splash this year. 

I always love menswear - but Ferragamo's Spring Summer collection this year is just fabulous.

Bright, fresh and altogether conspicuous, the Ferragamo man is set to shine in 2013.

Known for its delicious array of exquisitely crafted shoes, the Salvatore Ferragamo brand is completely desirable and fast becoming the leader in high-end luxury and style.

This year's men's collection is awash with flamboyant colour and print, and deserves a special mention in dare and individuality. 

Adoring the look above. The crisp white v-neck pullover with the splash of sherbet yellow, complemented with the tie and shades of grey in the shirt and pant, are engagingly fresh. Smart casual has been taken to a whole new dimension with Ferragamo's collection this year - especially with the laid back trainers punctuating each piece. The look has been replicated in differing degrees throughout the collection, with varying levels of colour explosion and a play on cuts and lines. I just love it. 

Si Si! Not only are the models (Arthur Gosse below - *wink,wink*) supremely handsome, but the clothes are just as dapper (in a extraverted, look at me sort of way). The casual chic, the contrasting trim, the pop of bright punchy colours - everything works to make each piece feel summery fresh and magnetised. You can't help but smile.  

Kissed with an artist's brush, the look above is just heavenly. I want it and I want it NOW! The refreshing blue, the yellow laces on the trainers, the brush strokes accentuating the shoulders and oh so manly chest, accessorised with that fabulous bag - I WANT! (I have a sneaky feeling that shades of sky blue and sunny lemon yellow are going to feature in the coming Spring Summer seasons!)

Grey wash, yellow pop and blue highlight - perfetto! (Adrien Sahores - très très sexy!)

Summer lovin' has come around again and I have fallen head over heels. 

Salvatore Ferragamo has injected more than a little enthusiasm into menswear for this year's Spring Summer collection and leads the pack in capturing the seasons of fun, light and freedom.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

H&M men's underwear - check it out!

I recently visited a H&M store in Hong Kong and thought the men's briefs were particularly chic!!

I bought six pairs - why not!?

Style isn't just seen by the outside world, the mirror sees it too! 

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Milan Fashion Week SS 2013 FashWrap - Bottega Veneta

'When your own initials are enough'

Bottega Veneta - a name synonymous with high-end luxury and sophistication. 

Quality, craftsmanship, innovation and functionality are the hallmarks of this Italian brand.

This year's showing in Milan for the 2013 Spring Summer collections was Bottega Veneta at its finest.

Chic, exquisite and impeccably tailored - this collection is a sensory delight.

Sublimely good, what woman would not want to be seen walking the streets of Paris, Milan, Sydney or Melbourne in the look above? 

The delicate floral pattern, complemented with shades of red, peach and anchored in black, and the embroidered beading, highlight the distinguished craftsmanship which has become the signature of Bottega Veneta. The pencil skirt, black sheer stockings and the strappy cutaway platforms ensure the look is raised beyond mere mortality to that of an upper-eastside heiress. 

Bottega Veneta has managed to use colour and casual playfulness in such a way that the brand never strays from its flawless design aesthetic. Architectural yet fluid, the piece above is a wonder in summertime etiquette. Reminiscent of a sunset on a deliriously hot day, when the darkening sky signals relief and refreshment. Raised upon the square-toed peach coloured slip-on heels, the silhouette is clean and buoyant in the breeze of motion. Desirable and deceivingly sweet - fabulous.

Who said the warmer days and nights of the Spring Summer months could not bring with it an air of upper-class chic and first-class glamour? Well, Bottega Veneta wasn't listening. Utterly enviable, the black beading adorning the demure, floral inspired fabric leaves us all wanting... The black square-lined bag hand-woven with textural feathering just adds to this already classic look.

Intricate and polished - Bottega Veneta is an experience in pure luxury.

'For spring, we wanted to make clothes that blur the lines, that offer a more complex idea. These are clothes for women who’d rather not be summed up in a word or two.'

Tomas Maier - Creative Director at Bottega Veneta

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Milan Fashion Week SS 2013 FashWrap - Etro

I always love Etro.


And this year, Veronica Etro and her team have managed to surpass my rather high expectations and deliver a Spring Summer collection in Milan that is truly wonderful.

Clean, unashamedly eccentric, full of life - the Etro woman is an individual. 

Etro uses a range of refined patterns and prints with vigour and vitality. The piece above bursts with a fragrant floral motif, while cleverly balanced with the use of black trim on the three quarter length pant and a flowing, dramatic A-cut blouse, which is lined with an electric blue to give the entire look a sultry and sophisticated undertone.

Etro's prints and patterns are as dynamic as they are empowered. The Etro women above and below are flush with a confidence and underlying sexuality that is altogether enamouring to the casual spectator. The look above is brought alive with the thoughtful addition of a white belt and white straps on the shoes, which counter the the black wrist band and black trimmed clutch. By doing this, Etro have kept the look from being overly dark and harsh, and instead have created a sense of youthful jauntiness to the overall feel.

Etro's use of a black base is what helps to really bring the collection alive. The multidimensional colour palette used throughout the collection is supported and energised by the black canvas, with looks such as the one below popping with charisma and hyperactivity. The black canvas, sometimes countered with a tan or ivory canvas, is the perfect vehicle for demonstrating the femininity of the quintessential Etro floral motif. 

As much as Etro is sublimely feminine and clean cut, it is deliriously flamboyant and dramatic. A dichotomy of multiple personalities, Etro astounds with colour, fabric, pattern and print. There is nothing generic to be found here. Each Etro piece is a celebration of the extraordinary and the iconic - and this is only assisted by an equally amazing array of accessories and shoes to highlight the myriad of entrancing hues.

Equally as surprising is Etro's ability to facilitate a meeting between East and West, with Japanese-inspired chic taken to a whole new level. With structural kimonos and clean-line cuts, each piece injects an air of fresh edginess and design.

Loving Etro - and seeing the Milan SS 2013 collection - I'm sure you do to!!

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