remaining in a lane of modernized design, martyn bal & donatella versace present their SS12 menswear collection on the runways of milan fashion week. with use of baby blue at the front end of the collection, my heart sank with the thought of how deeply i loathe baby blue. known for palette vibrance & for being on the edge of excellence in creating the most forward concepts in fashion, the latest menswear collection by versace taps into everything i love at the label & that’s progressive style. well represented signatures are seen while the feel of opulence is complimented against bold tones & subdued palette notes, with the collections beautiful use of beige. a fiery hot mid-section of the collection cooled to a set of black while diversification was seen in model cast. overall, the collection delivers at the highest level, exceeding my expectations & proving that the versace label has not lost it’s touch one bit.
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alive with color & modern in cut, the 2012 resort collection presented by giambattista valli hits the vein of italian fashion for the pre-season. overall, the collection is suitable for vacation wear, while gowns are seen adding a facet of versatility while still representing the formal signatures of design, which i often associate with the valli label. in this collection, i see a bit of vintage influence- considering that a number of the dresses seen are in a baby doll cut. i was hoping for something a bit more sophisticated but can still appreciate the opposition of what was produced for the off-season. solid overall.
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structurally sleek & balanced in palette, the resort 2012 collection presented for sportmax capitalizes on the brands modern take on the pre-season. the sportmax collection is a division of the max mara empire, providing a young approach to fashion design as a gang of coats, dresses & pant looks are seen above. while the opening set of the collection hosts a stone faced palette of whites, greys & navy pieces, shots of red & orange with a pinch of blue are seen, which adds option to the rather stream lined set of looks. i like that a variety of options are presented & a number of pieces that can readily go from one season to the next are seen. more specifically speaking about the collections set of trench coats, those can be worn a number of times throughout the year, regardless of the season. always love sportmax for their modern direction.
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with liu wen opening the FW11 sportmax collection, a beautiful color palette was well balanced with use textured & glossed design. as a division of the max mara design empire, the sportmax collections offer up a slew of wide ranged looks for just about every woman all in one collection. from dramatic coats to brown & blue fur- i loved the balance of expected fall pieces with more fashionable, trendy design elements. i gasped at how stunning the use of blue was in this collection; especially when contrasted to dark tones & designed in a relaxed fit trouser. my heart stopped for the blue statement coats & i loved the glossed details seen on the coats cuff. hidden uses of plaid were hinted at within the collection, which was subtle enough to notice but not to the point of distraction. i’ve come to look forward to the sportmax collections for their modern approach to classical style statements. the silhouettes of each model were perfectly accented by form seen in the collections designs of knitwear & i loved the structure of the coats & clean aesthetic felt throughout. sheer textile was used as elements of floral accents were seen, being introduced through modern design. at the close of the collection, the dresses became lighter in comparison to the heavy coats & fur at the opening- providing an indication of the winter fading, soon moving into spring. a thoughtful collection of beautifully constructed details. im always greatly pleased with the sportmax collections, as well as the labels campaigns.
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with a clear direction of more minimal concepts, im still in the process of trying to feel the francesco scognamiglio design signatures out. while glamour is at the forefront of each collection presented, this season was no different. i loved the pure palette of soft neutrals & immaculate whites for the winter; with everyone doing bold colored looks this season, my eyes were immediately drawn to that form of restraint. lavish use of fur was added to dramatized construction of the collections coat lapels while neck lines were interestingly reinterpreted a number of times. one aspect i’ve come to expect from the scognamiglio collections is details- this collection was rooted in simplicity & intricate through details. ruffles, stunning crystalized thigh high boots were two outstanding elements that really brought the glam factor home for me. as the collection came to a close black designs were seen as shots of red completed the show. overall, the collection is a true representation of what i define as italian fashion; thought classical in some respects, a hard hitting form of chic progression is felt being pushed through glances of sophistication & seduction. the collection, though restrained at first glance, is powerful in it’s approach to details. i love this collection, completely, if even for the details alone.