The Ter et Bantine summer collection is a dialogue between opposites, and the conversation hinges upon the evocative male and female forms.
Once again, a no-frills style enhances the fundamental fashion themes, proportion, silhouette, volume: centimetre by centimetre, the garments advance over the body and cover it with concise, yet never minimal, meanings.
The assertive personality of formal masculine lines stoops to compromises with a contemporary need for fluidity: suits with tailored fronts are deconstructed in the back, thanks to the contrasting use of stiff and soft fabrics, while the verticality of trousers is defined by wide turnups in sculpted cotton.
The female imaginary is suggested by the semi-couture shapes of the 1950s, dresses become subtle yet effective shells crafted with the utmost simplicity, thanks to thick cottons in unordinary blends, like paper, that create organdie texture.
Cuts, sometimes technical and sometimes purely decorative, are interpreted in multiples for a look evoking fractal biologies: sculpted in impeccable cottons, while viscose or liquid silks collapse along the diagonal channels they form.
The basic colour palette is limited: white-greige and a selection of blues and greys as deep as stormy skies dotted with black clouds. Some reversible pieces offer contrasts in two-tone face-offs.
Stylised designs with a tribal flair, schematic garlands interpreted as molecular models are specifically placed on the body. A rainbow of pastel colours, like a long-lost object unexpectedly rediscovered, embellishes the dramatic setting of an eccentric detail.
Wed, October 12 2011 » Fashion Blog
SPRING SUMMER 2012
The spirit of ANTEPRIMA: Simple, sophisticated yet sensual, infused with vibrant colors, textures and fresh elements for a graceful sportif mood that encompass vitality and glamour.
The lightness and delicacy of knitwear masterfully expresses the impact of trompe l’oeil and vibrancy of color-blocking.
Influence from sportswear: stripes, chevron, dual-tone fabric, leather and neoprene. The exclusive “liberty” lace, deco prints and metallic flowers epitomize the spirit of the collection.
Original bi-color belts in shades of soft pastel. Multi-colored pumps and playful Wirebags to mingle with the buoyant vibes.
Timeless black, cream and blue as a contrast to a delightful parade of anise, lime and powder.
Tue, October 11 2011 » Fashion Blog
Intimate snapshots of an endless summer. The chromatic explosion of the “silk scarf dress” on suntanned skin. A layered crossing of patterns: from the maison’s iconic felines to tropical vegetation and exotic flowers.
A sophisticated combination of rainbow spanning warm hues – deep magenta and cardinal red to joyful pink and sun-kissed orange – and an exploration of cool colors – cobalt blue and teal turquoise interspersed with lightning bolts of dark violet or the calming, neutral tones of khaki, lemon yellow and gold.
Stemming from an unique blend of contemporary allure and the culture of tradition, the collection exudes a sense of exclusiveness for the journey the Salvatore Ferragamo woman will embrace in spring/summer 2012.
Fri, October 7 2011 » Fashion Blog
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.
Thu, October 6 2011 » Fashion Blog
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.
Thu, October 6 2011 » Fashion Blog
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.
Tue, October 4 2011 » Fashion Blog
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.
Tue, October 4 2011 » Fashion Blog
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.
Tue, October 4 2011 » Fashion Blog
DSQUARED2 DEANDANSBURY ROCK SUMMER FESTIVAL 2012
From London to Glastonbury, Dsquared²’s American boy decides to follow his English lover to the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts before going back home to the United States.
Rock chicks and boho-hippies, muses of a new shabby chic couture, move to the beat of music on a runway covered with mud, strongly evocative of this epic music festival.
Utility jackets, men’s shirts, tribal chic long dresses with raffia embroidery, denim hot pants, waterproof parkas and rain boots take the stage. Wild chicks rock out by mixing style indie inspired pieces together with indie and grunge elements: a unique “very Glasto-style”.
Prints and fabrics: sparkly animal prints and the American flag.
Lengths: extremely short or extremely long.
Accessories: festival wrist bands, colorful cotton foulards, “flappies” hats (Seventies) or masculine ones, mirrored shades in flashy colors, fringes, fringes and once again more fringes on gilets, jackets and on the strap of The Manitoba, Dsquared2’s new it bag.
Shoes: Versatile cheerful heel rainboots for the day and night, all made of rubber and treated to have a particular mud-like effect. A similar treatment was created for the jean fabrics custom made for Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour” in 2001.
Colors: vivid and crazy just like the crowd! Banners, ribbons and curtains wave to the sound of rock. Yellow, orange, magenta, purple, turquoise and grass green. As drops of rain start to hit the stage and the grass, the greens become browns. It’s raining but who cares: We ♥ MUD!
Mon, October 3 2011 » Fashion Blog
Three girls,three different ways of living life, but the same spirit of adventure and the same attempt to discover their opposites.
And just one trip to Italy, in search of the perfect “Souvenir of Italy” to take back home.
Portofino, Venice, Rome, Pisa, the magnificent Amalfi Coast are the real main characters of this trip. And the luggage?
Just one rucksack, removed from its context and turned into a pure couture version made of printed satin or silk, containing flared skirts, die-cast latex kabans, pants arriving right above the ankle and tops beneath the bust reminiscent of the American look.
Short is perfect “cyclist” style that peek out beneath the skirt open front and the gusto of that elegant and sophisticated – though always ironic – glamor that marked the years when Italians traveled astride Vespas and discovered the Dolce Vita.
The symbolic elements of the Italian cities are taken to the extreme and turned into souvenirs to wear in the form of pins,scarves and prints.
Clothes become ironic postcards to wear as a keepsake of the 1950′s Italy devoted to growing and merging and to the quest – still under way today – for the ideal city, the City of Babel, to try to draw together not only the works and masterpieces symbolic of several Italian cities but Italians as well in a single place.
A collection that reminds us that Italy, and Italian fashion, are unique in the world.
Sun, October 2 2011 » Fashion Blog