Milan Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2014 Favorites

I know, I know that this post has been long overdue. Life happens and since my last post, a couple things did unfold.

I won’t go into those other details of my life since I am not that interesting to tell all. Instead, I’ll pick up on where I left you, the fashion weeks in the major Fashion capitals. With New York, its all about innovation and coming up with the game changers. Milan is where streamlined fashion is always is always the highlight.

There’s always that staple style or key item that will become the highlight of show season, and Milan did not disappoint. A very 60’s feel with some heavy use of winter wear and ultimate sleek and chic silhouettes. Here are my top picks:

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Gucci

If I could dress up in Gucci everyday, I will. There is something timeless about their clothes and their accessories. Trends have always been Gucci’s friend, and Creative Director Frida Giannini makes sure everything is on point – she used pastels in contrast to the sexy and moody Spring Summer collection this year. Its the 60’s all over again with great emphasis on the A-line skirts and dresses.

Kasia Struss‘ look is one of my favorites. The white coat and the boots are giving me that throwback feel – something celebrities would have worn during their era. The boots, with its multitude details and textures are superb. Fall is not fall without those outer wear. Several types of fur are used to give that expensive feel luxury brands are known for. The collections was a glorified throwback moment! Here are other key look that I liked:

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Fendi

Fendi, with Karl Lagerfeld’s direction, always gives out shows worth watching. What sets the show apart from the rest is that they had camera drones taking footage for the show – this could start the trend for media coverage for future fashion weeks. Technology aside, the clothes in the show are exquisite and indeed expensive. The fall show’s notes say “brutal, poetic, pure and fluid,” characteristics you will find in fairy tales I guess. More than a fantasy the show pieces were real, and they unfold with so much drama and structure.

Starting with the lush outerwear, all of which were beautiful, and ending with the accessories, the show was dynamic as it featured some fabrics and shapes that are perceived as new for fall. My favorite clothes are those long multi fabric dresses with orchids, as seen on Nadja Bender. Here are other looks I liked from the show:

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Blumarine

Womanly silhouettes and a complete feminine appeal is the strength of Blumarine, headed by Anna Molinari. Fall 2014 is Eastern for the Blumarine woman, taking influences from Japan, spanning tradition and modernity. It always amazes me how a show like Blumarine features varied style of clothes. Brocades, jacquards, outerwear,party dresses, pants, leather, name it, they could have something that you would ask for to complete your Fall wardrobe.

From the last collections Anna had with Blumarine, clothes have always remained wearable and fun to the extent that some of the pieces could break seasons. I’m especially loving Devon Windsor’s look with the brocade jacket – very fun, trendy and something that, I think, could put smiles on every women who love fun clothes. Here are other exceptional looks from the show:

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Finally, the strength of structure. Ferragamo is strong, structured and often times tailored. Massimiliano Giornetti has been setting the house’s direction. He has always been clear with his vision if you check out what he has done for the house for the past seasons.

This season is no different than others in terms of the house’s commitment to top-notch quality and timeless appeal. Fall 2014 for Ferragamo is sexy, sleek and very straightfoward. Skirts, dresses, outerwear, knits and textured prints in moody colors like grey, brown, black and some saturated orange and green. This show also features one of the best set of leather pieces, from shoes to bags, you can’t go wrong with Italian craftmanship.

I have to give props to the house for coming up with pretty capes, effectively utilizing animal prints on leather and other fabrics. Lexi Bolling’s look set the mood for the show – serious, sexy and strong – love the plaid. The strength of the Ferragamo woman is something to uphold and something to celebrate. Check out other looks that I like:

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Okay, so I have finished 2 out of 3 for the Fall Winter 2014 series. Paris Fashion Week is the last part and I think that one will involve more designers and fashion labels. Apologies for the shortcomings but we all go through shit so there, I needed to escape. Cheers!

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