Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012 - Part Two

Milan Fashion Week
Fall 2012 Favourites
Part Two

This is the last segment in my coverage of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. On a whole, cut-outs, texture and tapestry ruled the Italian runway. Will Paris follow suite? Please click on the pictures for a larger view.

Antonio Marras
Antonio Marras told a folkloric tale at his Fall 2012 showing. It was a vintage scrapbook of fabrics pieced together, not so randomly as it appeared, but rather with conscious intent. There was pattern clashing, lace paneled pencil skirts, fur trimmed coats and a patchwork of floral tapestries. A medley of different textures in interesting 40's style silhouettes spoke of the designer's eclectic, yet refined discernment.

Emilio Pucci
The Emilio Pucci woman is intrepid this fall, daring to wear sheer slashed dresses with cut-outs in all the right places, never showing too much, but just enough. Prints were kept to a minimum, with more focus on shape-shifting from masculine tuxedo jackets and narrow trousers, to figure-hugging silk and chiffon gowns.

Dolce & Gabbana
I haven't seen a Dolce & Gabbana collection that I didn't like. This season was no different, as the design duo enthralled with a baroque-spun romantic affair. Opulent gold embroidery garnished black dresses, coats and skirts. The looks conveyed an innocent sensuality; models in demure dresses made of sheer chiffon, ruffles and unlined lace, completely blasé about the bustiers and bloomers showing through. Colour appeared in the form of charming floral and cherub prints. The styling perfectly reinstated the feminine theme, with bejewelled headbands, lace socks, wooden heels, velvet and floral bags and gilded waistbands.

Giorgio Armani
A freshly squeezed chalice of punchy colour was an appetite pleaser at Giorgio Armani's Fall 2012 presentation. Tangy citrus orange and saturated fuchsia pink coalesce to create colour-blocked looks with panache. Armani also sent a few menswear-inspired suits down the runway, polishing them off with wide-brimmed fedoras and two-tone oxfords. Chicly tailored jackets, trousers and shift dresses make for a sophisticated season ahead.

Precious gem tones and rich tapestry flavoured the Fall 2012 showing of design team Aquilano e Rimondi. Jacquard, silks and velvet sustained the grandiose offering. Although it's roots lay in baroque Renaissance paintings from Italy, it still retained a sense of modernity with arced and exaggerated tailoring. Collars were raised, but hemlines kept short, double-breasted coats skimmed over the knee, while pants were slightly cropped. Artfully crafted and intriguing. 

Byblos refreshed our fashion palettes with a much lighter and casual collection for the upcoming winter. Sporty elements were elegantly enhanced to serve a wider field of dressed-up weekend wear and relaxed cocktail looks. Lumo leggings were so skintight, it appeared to be painted onto the models. The delicate selection of neutral toned dresses were nipped in the waist with skinny belts. Accessible and unpretentious, this is one for the masses.

Roberto Cavalli
 My first thoughts of Roberto Cavalli's Fall 2012 show was 'excessive'. It was a visual sensory experience unlike any other. Hot pink, aqua and green sequined baby doll frocks with bubble skirts and fur hems. Every endangered species was represented in the different animal prints, which were layered over each other in varying proportions, creating a multi-dimentional effect. Silhouettes were more floaty than fitted. If separated, it's possible these looks could somehow transcend into the realms of normality. 

I appreciated Marni's fall 2012 collection for it's simple spin on boldness and being completely unique compared to all the other shows. Strong, vivid lines and geometric shapes gave rise to graphic looks that rouse interest. Designer Consuelo Castiglioni didn't wear out the colour-block trend, but instead revamped it by stealthily layering textures. Fur vests, jackets and capes were belted, adding some contours to the otherwise boxy silhouettes. Most striking: White tights with crossed ankle strap heels, fur stoles and blunt 60's style bangs. 

Jil Sander
Amidst all the exuberant furs, overpowering prints and sequins, we have the gratifying calm of Jil Sander. Soothing pastel shades drifted across the runway in rose petal pink, lavender blush, gentle fawn, vanilla and ice grey, which was later washed away by bright red and navy. Designs were seamless and modern, minimalistic but arresting. Coats were oversized with a rounded appearance and absence of any type of closure. Silky slip dresses resembling negligees were pretty and effortlessly ladylike. Cocktail gowns were corseted, with cut-outs, trimmed just above the ankle. Beautiful in both proportions and simplicity.

For part one of Milan Fashion Week, hop over hereWho has been your favourite? 


Victoria West said...

The Armani collection is so colorful, I love it!

jamie said...

your posts make me happy!!

<3 jamie

Jessica said...

Love Jil Sander,Armani and Cavalli.
Can u Follow?

DXiredDiamond said...

I LOVE Emilio Pucci, Armani, and Jil Sander's collection! I LOVE the colors in Armani's collection! I LOVE the classy, sex appeal in Pucci's collection, and I LOVE the elegance in Jil Sander's collection! Great post love! :)

By the way, I really appreciate your comment and congrats love! And no problem on the award nom.! You deserve it love! I'm glad that you are looking forward to the war and peace quotes. That post is a working progress but I will post it as soon as I can!


VintageDanielle said...

This is the first that I love ALL of the collections. I want all :)

Kassi said...

Wow. There is so much amazingness here that I am not sure that I can even comment on it all. My favorites are Marni and Roberto Cavalli. Wow.

Sm!Le said...

I'm inlove with Roberto Cavalli's show

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

Loving the contrast between the Armani collection and the Jil Sander collection! I think a bit of both would be right on point :)

melissa said...

I love your posts ! Love the armani collection as well :)

Style Servings said...

I loveee that print and bright colours are here to stay! Great overview!

Daniella said...

HI lovely,great great post. Love the collections you have chosen. I am sooo smitten with the Jil Sander Collection,the incredible soft minimalism is just so beautiful! Marni's collection is also gorgeous,love the layering thats been created!!! :)

Take care,Daniella xx

Indistinctive Writer said...

Jil Sander's collection looks so fresh and clean, I love it! ^_^

Awesome post as always Sam! Keep it up! ^_^

Michelle Lee said...

amazing collections :)

Aimee Victoria Long said...

D&G is my all time favourite!!



Amazing collections!
My favourites are: Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani & Jill Sander


Paolita@BerryHaute said...

Even though I can't imagine where I could pull off an ensemble like that, I just LOVE the route Dolce & Gabbana went, so feminine yet strong and always very italian.

JustPatience said...

Loving the color filled Georgio Armani collection. Great post.

Jayme and Mendi said...

I have to agree with JustPatience from above comment...Armani's colorful collection is amazing! Love it!!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Ember Drake said...

I love these kinds of posts!! :-D

The neon coloured Armani outfits look gorgeous!


Alexandra said...

I was so in love with Jil Sander - to me, it was above and beyond anything else I'd seen all fashion month. Also loved Marni though!

Alexandra xo

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Marvelous review dear, love it!!! My favorites here are Pucci and D&G, I can see we have similar looks in retrospection!;)


Elisabeth said...

My mind is all about spring right now, so it's impossible to think about fall/winter! We're still "stuggling" with the current winter, haha!
Thank you for your comment on my blog, yeah my bf is slowly feeling better, maybe also partly because he got a new car today, haha!

E from Helsinki

Oh to Be a Muse said...

the color combos are the best with Byblos and Armani.
Cavalli is just on a whole other level!
But there's just something about the Pucci looks that are so amazing. seriously--amazing!

Denise said...

Please, I want the Marras, Dolce & Gabbana and A.Rimondi collections! Gorgeous, classy with a nice twist! Loved the clothes! (If only they were affordable!)

Miss Jota said...

Wow!! Love the collections! Kisses from Brazil ~.~


Elle Sees said...

I totally agree...always love d&g collections.

Kate V said...

I'm just in love with the printed dresses of Roberto Cavalli! They are so cool and girly!

Kisses xx

fashion kats said...

Love everything :D


Teresa said...

i love Armani's color-blocking and Marni's chicness<3

i just saw a review from this even on another blog, i'm so lucky to be a blogger and see all your posts cause i always get to see the latest fashion news!


Teresa said...


Marie Martell said...

Jil Sander is simply perfect..

Rahul Bhatia said...

Very colorful n lively:)

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I am loving Pucci and Dolce & Gabbana! SUPER NICE!