5 Best Collections in MFW 2016

“The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.”– Michelangelo.

 

That was what we have seen on the runways of Milan. An exceptional collection of designs which are filled with joy and beauty.

 

GUCCI :

 

Alessandro Michele’s autumn winter 2016 collection for Gucci is a harmonious union of renaissance beauty with modern romance.  The Renaissance served as an immeasurable source of inspiration for Michele who loves the creativity of that time. Its been only a year since he took reins of the iconic luxury brand and revamped its image from sexuality to sensuality with a touch of refined classic Italian beauty. It embodies eccentric ,care free and colorful fashion contradicting the brand’s traditional feminine look . The collection vacillates between 70’s punk style ,80’s shoulders ,prints,colors and textures of renaissances which blends well with the energy and attitude of the street style . It’s just bold and beautiful.

 

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PRADA:

 

Miuccia Prada  describes her women in fall winter 2016 collection as a ‘vagabond’. She travels from the Victorian era wearing a corset to 50’s wearing full skirts and dresses in silk. A woman is more complex than a man. She plays the role of a worker,mother,lover etc. This collection is a collage of those multiple angles and emotional predicaments. Her collection speaks of the power of individuality and empowerment . She used the French Revolution calendar on the garments to describe the huge upheaval in fashion . Her collection also includes beautifully crafted military coats.The midnight blue velvet cocktail dress creates an imagery of 1940’s Hollywood. The collection is extraordinary.

 

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FENDI:

 

A month ago Einstein’s Theory of Relativity  about gravitational waves  was proved.  Karl Lagerfeld paid a tribute to Albert Einstein by envisioning  gravitational waves in this collection. From undulating leather around thigh high boots ,wavy patterns on the fur coats to ruffled blouses you name it.  The collection is exuberant  in detail(floral motifs), fabric(jacquards) and texture (fur).

 

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DOLCE & GABBANA:

 

Frozen’s Elsa and Anna served as an inspiration for designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana .The autumn winter collection is an abstract  Disney  wardrobe.The collection ranges from Cinderella’s ball room gown, to sequins and patchwork on dresses that  show mice,seven dwarves and Dolce’s cat Zambia.The black lace widowed dress and shattered mirror resembles evil stepmother . The fabulous jackets which reminds us of Prince Charming’s Ruritanian regalia and toy soldiers. All in all its a Disney’s playbook designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

 

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Bottega Veneta:

 

Minimalism comes to Milan.  Tomas Maier’s collection for Bottega Veneta is tailored and wearable luxe filled with understated beauty. The long cashmere coats and knits commend authority whilst the leopard print,lurex and sequins  imply glamour. The collection represents a  woman who is grown-up, ladylike and mysterious.

 

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Photo Credit :  Yannis Vllamos, Monica Feudi- Vogue
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5 Best Collections in MFW 2016

5 Best Collections of LFW 2016

“Give me time and I’ll give you a revolution”– Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen:

 

Alexander McQueen is my all time favorite designer. His work was idyllic, rebellious and extravagant. One of my favorite shows was in Spring Summer 2001 titled VOSS, where the models strutted in a glass enclosure filled with butterflies and moths. Now, six years after his death, the brand  finally came home.  Sarah Burton’s collection is about exploration of dreamscapes between reverie and nightmare.The show started of with black tailored fine leather coats, hand painted with flowers by a floral artist and transitioned to lacy bras,black tulle dresses,knits and  satin duvet jackets.The collection is exceptional. This is a homecoming for the brand. This is where it belongs.

 

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Erdem:

 

Erdem Moralioglu is known for his beautiful evening dresses. His collection was inspired by surrealism of 40’s hollywood glamour. Most of his collection resonate with movies “Rebecca”  and “All about Eve” .  He describes his woman as a working woman who aspires to be a hollywood actress. The darkness and dishelved romance  of Hitchcock movies is felt in his collection.

 

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Roksanda:

 

Roksanda Illincic’s collection is an amalgamation of retro hippie colors of 70’s and utilitarian silhouettes of 40’s .  Her collection is inspired by the movie “ The Night Porter “ and the work of renowned fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville. Her collection is sensual. Roksanda’s  forte is dresses. She debuted her purses this season which added a polished look to her collection.

 

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Simone Rocha :

 

Simone Rocha is one of the rising talents in London Fashion scene. This collection is an ode to Simone’s pregnancy and her experience with motherhood. Rocha experimented on the silhouettes and the fabrics . The colors range from nudes to romantic reds. There is also a level of intensity in the dark dresses,black bows which personifies Goth that is ruling this season.

 

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Marques ‘Almeida:

 

Marta Marques & Paulo Almeida are the Portuguese born London based designers. They are known for their innovation with denim. Marques Almeida is the best example of organically grown business. Their collection mirrors the style of the real girl.Their casting included friends and family. The collection echoes ease from  tie-dye slip dresses, banana yellow fur coats and gingham shirts. The collection was remarkable. The duo  never lost the touch of reality and pushed their boundaries.

 

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Photo Credit:Kim Weston Arnold,Yannis Vlamos- Vogue

5 Best Collections of LFW 2016

5 Best Collections of NYFW 2016

“Fashion is a reflection of our times”– Anna Wintour.

Rodarte:

 

Everyone thinks of Bay Area as a tech giant but who would have thought that it would inspire New York Fashion Week’s best Fall Winter 2016 collection.  Kate and Laura Mulleavy both grads of UC Berkeley recently made a trip to Berkeley’s Cafe Trieste.  A cafe in which Francis Ford Coppola penned his script for the movie  “The God Father”.

 

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This inspired them to create a collection based on The God Father ’s wedding scene  and the  Art Nouveau architecture of San Francisco. This collection is a dream vs reality, light vs dark which is  the true element of the mafia wedding. The romance of lace trimmed ,flower covered dresses and the magical embellishments is a walking dream.

 

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Proenza Schouler:

 

Designers Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez drew inspiration from Frank Stella.  The collection is about restraint and release. Its all about layers and lace.

 

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Shades vary from neutrals to neons. A-line silhouette,waist cinching ,criss cross straps  are the common denominators. Use of  technical knits is what you see in this collection.

 

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Hood By Air :

 

Shayne Oliver a Minnesota born, Brooklyn raised designer started his label Hood By Air(best know as HBA) in 2006.  A recipient of LVMH prize, his collection is called “Pilgrimage”. He is best know for his bold logos, premium materials and futuristic silhouettes.

 

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The models strutted around in PVC stilettos and colonial fashion wigs. Slava Mogutin’s walk on runway  represents the current refugee crisis in Europe. It felt like humans are transmigrating to post revolutionary future. Its a brilliant collection.

 

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 Marc Jacobs :

 

The return of  Goth . Cobwebs ,black cats  and witchy patches you name it everything gothic is seen in his collection.

 

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Its like reminiscing Morticia Adams (Adams Family). Polka dots and pink make up for the missing girlish element. The voluminous layered  skirts, crocheted collars, crinis and heavy embellishments were outstanding.

 

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The highlight of the show was Lady Gaga and Molly Bair  dressed as an empress of Goth standing on the chessboard.

 

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 The Row:

 

The Row label is minimalist woman’s best friend. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designed the pieces with finest of the fabrics in neutral palettes.

 

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The craft and beauty of the materials is quiet evident in this collection. The astrakhan  coat is my favorite.

 

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Credit: Vogue

5 Best Collections of NYFW 2016