Friday, October 29, 2010

Antonio Berardi Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is a master of fashion fusion

Antonio Berardi Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is a master of fashion fusion

London, September 19, 2010
There is something about hard & soft, flowing & fifties, smooth & textured, which, when balanced as Antonio Berardi has mastered the art of, makes fashion worthy of the hard earned paper in our pockets. If you could wake up in an era where everyone genuinely wanted to look their best for each other and make each other smile and feel at ease, than you have awaken to the right fashion house. The effortless almost undone hair and makeup allow the grandeur of expensive satins & chiffons, well-cut breathable silhouettes, and metallic silks to shine on for next season. Berardi took advantage of the opportunity to lighten his look and did so with grace in this collection. The many complimentary details to this collection were triangle cutout necklines, solid tuxedo plackets surrounded by sheer shirts, Erte feeling 20’s architectural sweetheart necklines, and inventive pellet details. Those beautiful little bells of fabric were the final touch and defined Berardi’s genius in completing this collection, those that generally faded from shoulders to waistlines. The combination of such details to such beautiful fabric choices and cuts made for a very desirable woman. Shoulders were defined and 50’s skirts spared no pouf. Berardi was true to his vision in his color choices. Blacks, whites, and reds all over the first half of his spring styles followed by gorgeous metallic silvers, grays, and camels. The finale trio of pastel forest green jackets paired with soft petal pink flowing chiffon separates and dresses were to live for. The show seemed color blocked in that each color had it’s own set of looks and it worked well. All in all, Antonio Berardi has always been a master of fusing his Sicilian heritage with London fashion and it is a beautiful combination of opposing forces. His strong feminine silhouettes and perfection with color fusion and cohesive technique make for one amazing 2011 sunshine wardrobe. Galliano must be proud of his old assistant.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Acne Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Acne Spring/Summer 2011 Collection looks like how apple pie smells

Acne is a staple company and they are dreamy in so many ways. In Sweden they are seen as an “H &M-like” corporation and more so from fashion globally as a high quality prĂȘt-a-porter house. When it comes to catching your eye, they can either be positively overwhelming or as basic as apple pie. Last season we saw 17 looks with everything the belly craves from fur booties to leather jackets and mini dresses. This season there is a hippie breakdown as compared to their past collaborations with the likes of mega-designers like Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Less is clearly more this season and it’s a clean full. This spring the hippie geisha will be rocking chiffon, organza, and knits in white, navy, camel, and red. All slightly over-sized and meant to literally hang out [on ones body]. Oversized boyfriend sweaters from knee length to empire waist layered over tube dresses and leggings or mini skirts with see through tops rocked their runway. These trends demand that Acne buyers this season know that they’re the fox trot even when they may be pulling off pieces that are made well to make you feel good aka basics. The studded black leather jacket with the chiffon 80’s trousers at the end of the show left a good taste in the fashion show viewer mouths of London. Acne will grace the world with its fashions for many lifetimes to follow because they always do what makes sense but in the hand make hearts melt. The most amazing quality in their forward cuts with a touch of simple and ultimate style is always on time; this season such form was held fast with the snakeskin chiffon three-piece day suit and the sexy box mini-dresses. At the end of the show, desire for many pieces held strong as always for Acne. The translation from runway to store is always a treat. Many women wait around for Acne shoes to cross over and this season it will be a tedious winter waiting to see how those geisha platforms are going to sell and wear.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I just reviwed the first Alexander McQueen show...without McQueen....RIP to one of the best designers ever. You are missed. Sarah Burton gave it her all as always. Well done, girl - not an easy feat accomplished.