Like Delicate Flowers
The new Mila Schön collection, designed by Bianca Maria Gervasio, follows the “flower path” and Japanese art of Ikebana, creating a harmonic equilibrium between lines, rhythms and colors to unveil its distinctive, essential and hyper-feminine vision. Women bloom among petals of impalpable fabric, precise cuts and graphic designs inspired by Europe and the Orient, wearing sophisticated and modernly elegant pieces pervaded by continuous sensations of delicacy and freshness. The palette is pure and full of light, from the natural nuances of white, sky blue, pale coral and tobacco, to joyous tones of mandarin, geranium, lime and sun yellow, often combined in high-impact, graphic color-blocks. Timeless designs and motifs from the house’s archives are revisited in the season’s new prints: Maiolica, inspired by the enameled Spanish tiles, on a woven canvas base, and Persepolis, a kaleidoscopic mosaic of horizontal stripes, micro-geometric forms, crosses and stylized flowers in a mixed fantasy of silk crêpe.Sangallo lace with hexagonal patterns, macramé with embroidered orchids, iridescent gold lamé, pure silk and double fabrics – often united to ethereal organza – create lines that are fluid but always artfully defined, livened up with gigot sleeves, corolla or petal cuts and profiles with frills and ruffles that emerge like sinuous waves from skirts and dresses. The iconic Mila Double Clutch places a nappa leather clutch, with metallic gold closure, inside a large multicolored envelope, elegantly matching with diamond-decorated multi strap sandals built on lacquered, conical heels. The look is complete with headbands in natural straw or precious embroideries, chamois suede belts with gold metallic details and sculptural jewels where drops of colored enamel land on a galvanized, champagne-colored base.
Charlotte Rampling’s contemporary alternative style creates a connection between concepts of sportswear and sensuality. For a sport-chic collection embracing the many facets and nuances of an up-to-date sensuality.
Black&white dualism is offset by primary color blocks: yellow, red, blue.
Graphic floral pop-ups decorate clean silhouettes.
Double print fabrics are supremely feminine: crepe de chine, hammered satin, cady silk.
The brand’s original iconic pop figures and images team up with sensual recherché knits, where warp and woof in silk cordonetto serve to fashion exquisitely light and slinky items.
Sculptural and stiletto-style heels, flower-jewelry in cellophane, colorful envelope-bags in plastic & python have fun adding definition to a nonconformist idea of sensuality.
It is said for centuries that if the body is healthy so is the mind. And if, so for the sake of updating the concept, we tried to say “Fashion for a healthy body healthy”? Because, healthy also means beauty.
This is what the Moschino Cheap and Chic collection which, not coincidentally, is set in a market with stalls of fruit and vegetables, reflecting a newfound need for simple beauty of nature.
The protagonists of this mise en scene are the natural Lawn Dress, Sea Dress, Sun Dress, Rainbow Dress (which has two names for Peace) and the Strawberry Dress, characters of a fashion that leads to a new newspaper recovering ancient thought: the natural beauty radiates from the simplicity.
And here are the prints of vegetables on a silk twill dress, the strawberries on a silk chiffon, the ears of corn on a linen-cotton. And peppers and garlic are the buckle that turns into raffia belt, buttons or other vegetables that become decorations for shoes wedge, whose band is a fork.
Even the accessories, a variant on the theme that nature is even more fun: the foot appears naked while trampling the lawn – complete with daisies – that has moved on top of a wedge sandal, but the lawn seems to be also bag closed of enamel from a daisy or a “weather prediction”. And it provides a brilliant sun.
Calvin Klein collection Spring 2012
Fragile eroticism. Introduncing the Spring 2012 women’s Calvin Klein Collection. An innocent, yet sensuous emphasis on form and femininity.
Silhouettes: Sculpted and curvilinear. Suspension cuts and draping create graceful hems, slightly longer in the front and raised in the back – finding balance in asymmetry. A culotte and cropped pant have a sense and fluidity. Jackets and vests with moulded details accentuate the waist and are essential for layering. At the foundation, the purity of the slip dress. Shoulders are bare and necklines intimately contour the bust. Mystery abounds in the revealed and concealed. The romanticism and glamour of slip dresses continues into evening. An elongated, textured tulle dress is airy and effortless. A jacquard satin shawl collar coat with a fine, rose gold snake belt is the ultimate refinement.
Fabrics: Delicate silk crepe tissue underpinnings are suggestively uncovered and hidden beneath silk charmeuse and smooth silk satins. Light and flowing silks form waves and arcs, and at times are folded or pleated. Elegant double faced silk crepe and cotton crepe lend a touch of weight and depth. Texture emerges in a sleek silk/metal satin and hand-stitched details, form simple lines to allover intricate micro embroideries.
Palette: Subtle and utterly feminine. A soft, fresh palette of gardenia and petal paired with intimate hues of pout and nude – shaded with deeper tones of smoke and lacquer. Hints of metallic accents at the waist and as straps.
Accessories: A classic, demure toe, juxtaposed by an edgy spiked heel, combines femininity with a sleek sexiness. The updated t strap platform is offered in monochrome or contrasting neutral tones of sand, whitecap, avorio, porcelain, silver, anthracite, and black, with mixed combinations of patent, satin, calf, metallic, nappa, and stingray.
The Spring/Summer 2012 runway show defines an extremely sophisticated and feminine image. The culture of Italy and its fine artisanship are enhanced in this collection by the experience of designer Roberto Cavalli, who more than forty years ago invented avant-garde techniques, evident in prints, skins and precious embroideries.
The meeting between the linearity and perfection of the Bauhaus-inspired outerwear, the Baroque lavishness of the dresses and the mini-skirts determines the silhouette of the collection.
The long dresses follow the line of the body, with printed mousseline inlays and lace, enriched with precious embroidery applied along the sides, and paired with sartorial jackets or a slim-fitting gilet with padded shoulders.
Opaque and transparent fabrics are mixed, creating lightness and sensuality. The legs are unexpectedly revealed.
Silk jackets printed with imaginary animals are illuminated with embroidery that mimics the pattern of the print, giving a three-dimensional effect.
Skirts in silk plissés with floral prints open with the movement of the body, revealing a contrasting animalier print, expressing the hidden side of the Cavalli woman‘s personality.
Short dresses, shirts and jackets in silk with a macro floral or animalier print reveal inserted frames of a golden print.
Eveningwear is extremely precious, composed of silk tulle dresses, embroidered with sumptuous motifs and decoration.
The leather is an expression of pure Florentine artisanship: jackets and trousers created in combinations of python and crocodile, enriched with stitching, inlays, and tone-on-tone paillette embroidery.
Patent shoes with a thin sculptured or wedge heel, pumps in black crocodile or snake with an overlay of micro snake netting.
The Spring/Summer 2012 show sees the debut of the ‘Florence’ bag, created as a gesture of the designer’s love for his city.
Square shapes, in crocodile, nude or black, with double handles and golden metal macro padlock, engraved with a snake scale effect.