Apologies for the radio silence! I spent the past week fighting a bug which left me bed-ridden in a drugged-out haze. Thankfully, not leaving the house for a week did me plenty of good. I’m heaps better now and can finally finish banging out my extremely late MFW and PFW posts (in progress!).
Anna Molinarri creates perfect airport chic line for Blumarine’s FW15 collection. From roomy knits in neutral colors, to oversized mink cardigans (I have to admit it’s beautiful though I’m not a fan of fur! #fauxfurftw), and square-heeled ankle boots. Yes, travel wear can straddle the line between comfortable and elegant. Anna seemingly blurred the lines between haute couture and ready-to-wear with her cocktail dresses–utilizing accents made by hand and then hand-stitched. I’ve fallen in love with the nude-toned dress with star appliqués, the nude matches her skin so well it looks like she’s just wearing colorful stars!
Polka-dots in all shapes, sizes, and vibrant colors were seen on the runway at Bottega Veneta. Tomas Maier must have had polka-dots on the mind. The line was a juxtaposition of slouch and structure, with fitted pieces while leaving room for fabric to move naturally with the body. The standout piece? An epaulet cape with a crosshatch motif, reminding me of soft light shining through a window pane.
Model of the moment Gigi Hadid opened the show at Max Mara clutching a gorgeous camel coat with a hint of a matching slip dress showing. Followed by a bevy of runway favorites; Lindsey Wixson and Joan Smalls walked the runway with wind-touseled hair, à la Marilyn Monroe by the beach, circa 1962. Camel coats are best worn with sexy, midi-length pencil skirts and shift dresses, as clearly evidenced by the sashaying models. Houndstooth and a subdued leopard print was prominently featured throughout the collection lending some visual fun, definitely something sex-bomb Marilyn would approve of!
Fringe was seen everywhere on runways from Burberry to Sportmax. Contrast and reverse stitching stood out starkly against camel wool coats–reminiscent of saddle blankets–an ode to the wild wild west. Coats were held together with giant safety pins or what looked like a giant leather shoelace tied in a careless loop at the waist. A great collection of classic outerwear and comfy knits marrying femininity with rustic edge, while staying wearable. Isn’t that what fashion should be about?
In our fast-paced digital world, those who survive are the ones who surround themselves and get comfortable with new technology, and Donatella Versace is one such person. Who else could work a #GREEK and an @ sign into Versace’s ready-to-wear collection? Strong reds, bright yellows and neon greens were matched with pinstripes and worn with aplomb. Silhouettes were cinched at the waist with a belt with a giant buckle to accentuate hourglass figures. Donatella must have secretly collaborated with Tweety for that head-to-toe yellow outfit, but I have to say my favorite look was the one Natasha Poly rocked, a V-neck pinstriped dress worn over a red turtleneck with matched red tights. I’m also itching to get one of those Versace slogan sweatshirts (the new Kenzo rival?), which look so damn chic worn with knee-length leather skirts. Versace once again proves you don’t have to bare plenty of flesh to be sexy.
More FW15 coverage here.