White is classic, we all know that. How do you make a classic white a trend, one might ask. Just give it to the fashion designers who bring a lot of white into Fall 2012 runways. They don’t take the white trend half-heartedly – they put white from top to bottom!
The chic bodies are taking this trend to the street. Wearing white top and white bottom takes courage! It is definitely not easy – white is known as less forgiving, high maintenance, and ultra bright.
New York Fashion Week 2012, 9-16 February, kicked off the global calendar of Fashion Weeks, and was immediately followed by Fashion Weeks in London, Milan and Paris. While the blitz and sophistication in the runway, and designer showtime happened at Lincoln Center, heads were up all over New York pedestrian, ready to see and be seen. It had never been truer than during New York Fashion Week, when street style was just as important as the duds on the runway.
Well, I’m aware we are just into colorful season, Spring-Summer collections are everywhere at the stores display. But the styles captured during the winter season (its still winter in New York, isn’t it?), are still really worth look into. I found them really inspiring for a covered and modest look. Grab the right shawl/veil, and I’m ready to go, that’s the idea.
Well, of course, long coat is inevitable in winter. And yes, we definitely need to think many times before to trying on these styles here. But, wait, a slouchy casual coat, (lightweight cotton I guess), worn over printed pants … I couldn’t say anything, except, proceed please!
I was waiting impatiently for Lanvin Spring Summer 2012 presentation, because I already got the invitation from more than a week prior. I couldn’t wait to see what we’re going to find at this season’s presentation. It was really windy that day, and not so surprisingly, a busy day for Fashionese Daily team, as everything seemed to happen on the same day.
But when we got to Bistro Boulevard, the weather turned to a very nice cool one. The dim light of the place accentuated the classic aura of Lanvin and we got to see the renown Lanvin sketch illustration being placed everywhere on the venue.
What did I get from the presentation? I think these are the five things that I have to pay close attention to stay chic this season.
Imagine a 1950s Southern Italy, in summer, where all around you are sexy Italian women (think Sophia Loren!) who unapologetically embrace their sensuality and live their dolce vita or sweet life to the fullest. That’s exactly where Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are taking us with their enchanting Spring Summer 2012 RTW collection in Milan Fashion Week. It’s molto Italiano!
In the first part of the show, models strut down the catwalk in 1940s silhouettes such as bras, hot pants, pencil skirts, jackets, and summer dresses with… vegetable prints. Food (and women) are practically worshiped in Italy, and Dolce & Gabbana realize that wholeheartedly. So amidst the abundant florals this season, Dolce & Gabbana presents us sexy, figure hugging ensembles with prints of colorful aubergines, chilis, tomatoes, garlics, and red onions prints. And look at the details! Pasta and garlic earrings! Bell pepper charm bracelets! You can almost smell a Sicilian outdoor market, and hear tan Italian sellers wolf-whistling. Mamma mia.
In the second part of the show, the colorful prints were matched with gorgeous macramé. Lace and appliquéd flowers seem to grow gracefully on the dresses, like climbing plants. Dolce & Gabbana also slipped in PVC dresses with crochet laces.
The last half of the show features blacks and nudes showered immaculately with sequins everywhere—either on linings or all over the clothes.
The show is closed with bodysuits embellished with colorful bursts of blings, showing that Dolce & Gabbana’s extravagant glamour is definitely here to stay.
In short, the collection is cute, wearable, inspiring, and the show itself is so much fun with girls swaying their hips to Sophia Loren’s ‘Mambo Italiano’. The colored lights hanging above the runway also add the festivity.
All in all, Dolce & Gabbana shows once again their consistent celebration of femininity and elegance.