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Tue, February 21 2012 » Fashion Blog
Grandeur en plein air.
A newly quiet sense of excess with a charming flair for paradox. The freeing sensation of the unforeseen slipping into, upsetting an impeccable protocol. Alessandro Dell’Acqua plays with contradictions, explores the power of unheard-of connections. He rediscovers the (maybe forgotten) thrill of having pure fashion fun, using clothes to create iconographic ideas and images in counterpoint.
With a light radical spirit, he introduces sedition into staid everyday life, interpreting the quotidian yet precious side of an imaginary regality. He pairs the tweed shirt with a jewel-embroidered melton skirt; cinches the waist of a multicolor-paillette-encrusted dress with a rough masculine belt; sets cabochons on gardening gloves.
Quite surprisingly, shapes and fabrics take on roles contrary to the usual: jacketings define shirts to match with long lavish skirts; a faux work overalls-outfit is made from gorgeous duchesse; the close-knit sweater offsets the semi sheer triple organza skirt; tweed and satin make for ambivalent additions on the sporty blouson.
While a sense of reserve may predominate, here and there bursts of sensuality suddenly rearrange the situation: it’s the inviting glimpse of a zip, possibly a mere peek at the slip under the velvet macramé dress, or the allure of a blouse with a long-lost vintage loveliness.
Accessories include velvet&mirror high heel shoes, clutch-style iPad cases complete with surreal trompe l’oeil hands, haircombs as if bits and pieces of a crown.
Materials rich in texture: mannish tweeds, silk duchesse, velvet macramé, triple organza. A smooth palette of eloquent shades: black, wine red, black green, melange brown, sage green, plus nude and camel beige tones.
A total rejection of pre-concepts on the mix&match front. A liberating experience in the form of collage.
Sat, February 18 2012 » Fashion Blog
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Tue, February 14 2012 » Fashion Blog
September 1981, the Memphis group exhibited for the first time at the Milan gallery Arc’74. The invitation: a card printed with red and orange roses. As the Memphis movement, MSGM experiences and combines graphics and ska to acid feminine symbol for excellence, the most romantic: the rose.
An adventure, a game … The tone of surreal, almost irreverent.
Memphis print on marocain of wool, of faille and on neoprene. Print on scuba roses, crêpe de chine and of brocade.
Chantilly lace interrupt the T line of clothes rights. Flash of silver as printed on lace rebrodé.
Silver reflector in 3D on fabric in lurex foil … Even dyed bright green and ink blue.
Then bright red, bright orange and pink. Finally creamy white and black. Mini dress “charleston-ska”, with rectangular sequins.
The fabric becomes Chanel bouclé check for jackets, pants and shorts from soul rock.
Woolen cloth polka dot jersey and double-padded and quilted: a touch of sophisticated chic!
Patchwork for printing outside the box. Chevronne roses combined with acid, the diamond and the geo winged horse. Lightning with edges “EKG print” framework and ska.
Mink patchwork multicolored herringbone, and astrakhan frisé printed Tibetan goat blood red and graphite … On top of it-girl dresses with dot fabric or viscose crape.
Fri, February 3 2012 » Fashion Blog
Heritage trench coats, oversize college stripe trench coats, slim single breasted heritage trench coats, luggage lock duffle coats, slim sartorial tailoring, sartorial double breasted top coats, sartorial tailored chesterfields, double breasted chevron knit shawl collar pea coats, oversize down-filled car coats, college stripe down-filled car coats, oversize college stripe caban coats, oversize field caban coats, oversize belted caban coats, sculptural patch pocket field jackets, quilted shearling field jackets, quilted cropped riding jackets, cropped bomber jackets, quilted patch pocket bomber jackets, funnel neck hand-knitted bomber jackets, skinny cropped bomber jackets, down-filled cropped bomber jackets, oversize sculptural quilted shearling and wax cotton bomber jackets, sculptural down-filled funnel neck bomber jackets, college stripe down-filled funnel neck bomber jackets, quilted body warmers, box fit slouch funnel neck sweaters, shawl collar sweaters, sartorial shirts, small button-down collar chest pocket shirts, tapered turn-up trousers, tapered tab hem trousers.
Wed, February 1 2012 » Fashion Blog
“NAUGHTY STUDENTS OR BAD TEACHERS?”
The FW 2012/13 Dsquared² collection is inspired by University students and in particular by one special kind of student: GOOD FAMILY, BAD REPUTATION!
Radical chic party boys from high society, foul-mouthed bourgeois students who work real hard on having a good time. Boys who spend more time on their clothes than on books but that is no big deal since they will graduate no matter what.
The Dsquared² boy certainly doesn’t excel at school but he is definitely the coolest one on campus.
This time around, the silhouette is the novelty. Very low-waist slim cut trousers that create a “bottle silhouette”: very tight pants, tighter than ever, fitted around the knee and slightly wider at the bottom are paired with short, tight jackets.
Once again, layering is key; layers on top of layers to fight the cold but most importantly because every detail is meticulously chosen after hours of study; outside the library of course…
New classic: argyle sweaters or in brushed mohair, turtlenecks, tweed jackets and tuxedo jackets paired with washed denim, military mods-style parkas reminiscent of student strikes…
Classic pieces are customized with markers, and a variety of studs (stars, labels, maple leafs,..) randomly found from old Dsquared² jackets, reused to personalize garments.
Boobou jackets in oiled fabric or suede with large pockets that always come in handy.
Accessories: “woody” eyewear glasses in transparent plastic and wood for the “perfect” student; without forgetting fun sunglasses to hide dark circles after a wild on-campus party.
Scarves, gloves and a military beret with a leather visor.
Vintage-like suede pointed or round tip ankle boots, in brown or grey, in leather or patent leather.
The colour palette: beige, camel, military green, denim blue, grey, black with glimpses of red and white.
Tue, January 31 2012 » Fashion Blog
A collection that could be defined as being all about the interior world of the wearer.
The austere expression of deep, conceptual sentiments, revealing the essence of a style that is pure to its very roots. Having surpassed the synthetic brilliance of nylon and the ease of sportswear, only the compact opaqueness of wool remains.
The depths of black, ebony-brown, anthracite and smoke-grey are occasionally emphasized by an unexpected contrasting white cloth lining. The duffle coat is back, this time with Emporio Armani proportions (the length is 125cm). Pea coats in triple-overlapping cloth have a generous shape, while the deconstructed jackets are more long-line. The shirts show an extraordinary attention to detail, with a touch of flannel, or other contrasting cloth, at the neck and wrists. Softest sheepskin and magnificent double leather make up generous garments with a hidden double- breasted closure. The unusual tone-on-tone digital print suggests the veining of a tree trunk, adding imperceptible vibrations of colour to dark velvets.
A collection of essential colours and garments, reflecting a discipline of thought and conduct. The severity is accentuated by the clean lines of the bags, briefcases and striking, large, rigid berets.
Tue, January 31 2012 » Fashion Blog
The Dirk Bikkembergs man of winter 2012/13 lives in a future where simplicity is the strong point of his wardrobe. In this collection there is a constant striving towards reinterpreting the style of the fashion house, which is visible in the meticulous study of the shape, the painstaking research on details and the physical presence, which is emphasized but never overexposed. On the catwalk, the men carry with them the historical DNA of the brand, with an all-round contemporary awareness: the perfection of the sportsman coincides with the conceptual balance of good looks.
On show, jerkins and coatswhere whose impeccable craftsmanship is seen not only from the lining, but is revealed by exposed outer zips and by the contrasting thread that outlines the skeleton. Thus, the structure of the garment becomes the basis for discreet graphic elements of deconstructed jackets, reefer jackets with a linear cut and reworked windbreakers. Effects of multiple materials and warm/cold contrasts run through the whole collection: the softness of cashmere is combined with the stiffness of technical fabrics, fine leathers and rich wools. On the other hand, there is a certain linearity in the colours: (non) blacks, very dark greens and blues, smoky greens. Nuances to mix and layer, a chromatic certainty pondered thoroughly.
Also, a reference to casual rigorousness, with vaguely retro shapes reinterpreted through a metropolitan style, such as the gabardine trench coats and jerkins with severe lines, double zips and inner pockets concealed between two layers: a perfect balance between a formal and refined external look and a sporty mood on the inside. The trousers follow a fairly soft line and are often cut like jeans. They are hybrid as well, with a slightly lowered crotch and in some cases a more regular fit. A new interpretation of the fit is also visible in the volumes, which are always very balanced. In addition, leather jerkins and modern suits of armour enhanced by the brand’s favourite details: maxi-pockets, large zips and exposed woollen inserts. For knitwear, oblique effects, thick cables and beautiful graphic motifs created by exposed seams. Wool and nylon technical cardigans and seamless cashmere crewnecks. Even the classic model of the sweatshirt is offered in cashmere: the absolute conjunction of elegance and casual comfort. The evening is opulent: beaver furs, sweaters worn on the skin in gold and violet lurex. Tuxedos, hints of velvet, cotton and technical fabric sweaters enhanced by leather inserts.
As far as accessories go, leather tote and weekend bags are offered in the most classic sizes, in shades that go from black to mud, via a very dark green. The wool hats take the classic baseball and riding caps as inspiration.
Mon, January 30 2012 » Fashion Blog
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin.
Iceberg invents a colorful slant on Modern Times, the black&white film that Charlie Chaplin directed and starred in.
Craftsmanship, pure manual and technical prowess find expression in an up-to-date collection with traditional British flair where hand knits meet classic prince of wales, houndstooth check and other favorite men’s fabrics.
Heavy melton is reworked and pressed with leather, needlepunched with nylon to set the bases for a totally today tech style.
Cottons and cashmeres come in a palette of indigo blue, wine red, green and beige hues. Touches of gold and silver add a contemporary glam allure.
Mon, January 30 2012 » Fashion Blog
NICOLE FARHI celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2012 with a menswear collection ideal for the modern world traveler doing his own urban Grand Tour for the 21st Century. The look is layered, adaptable and functional for journeys that encompass colder northern cities and tropical climates.
The NICOLE FARHI men’s collection is one of unexpected combinations inspired by traditional and modern techniques from around the world. A Scandinavian sweater is knitted in a way that is very similar to kilim making while a traditional Aran jumper is reworked with tye dye and a jersey t-shirt boasts pop Hawaiian prints. A classic over coat is realized using the Indian Kantha quilting technique. An original William Morris artwork sourced from the Liberty archives is needle punched into flannel jackets or cut into strips and knitted into sweaters.
The color palette is strong with china blue and oxblood sitting alongside cream, off white, charcoal, slate and black.
The raincoats, parkas and overcoats are worn over pyjama style long sleeved tops, a feather light cardigan sits snugly under a china blue wool hooded overcoat. A modern smoking jacket in the customized Liberty print is worn with narrow trousers and loafers, the perfect footwear for the frequent flyer.
For this travel inspired collection NICOLE FARHI has collaborated with British luggage maker Globe Trotter to create a travel case made from vulcanized fiber board, a technique developed in the late 19th Century, transforming this classic piece into a rucksack for the smart and resourceful traveler.
Sun, January 29 2012 » Fashion Blog