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runway video: dolce + gabbana fall collezioni, milan

runway video: moschino fall collezioni, milan

fall collezioni, milan: gucci

as a continuation of bold tones we seen from gucci during the spring, this season was an interesting one to say the least. throughout the collection we see a noticeable focus placed upon accessories, particularly with the addition of the shades, hats & handbags this season. i completely admire the fearlessness & strong  direction that was presented this fall by gucci. the collection is, no doubt, an extension of the wildly successful SS11 spring collection, which has already been seen numerous times on covers & proved to be a stunning addition to the spring campaign circuit. as natasha poly opened the show, gucci girls joan smalls & karmen pedaru followed; showcasing bouts of teal & blue which soon morphed into grey tones matched with fiery reds & yellows. near the finale of the collection, gowns were beautifully constructed with rose details & sheer textile, adding an air of delicacy to further balance the collection; which was weighed down by heavy coats, fur, leather & velvet. the collection is a strong representation of beauty & glamour according to frida giannini. in giannini’s work as creative director, a much more commercialized approach has been taken & this season, that is evident. i love the styling of the collection & recognize the thoughtful use of contrast & sophistication of each look. models walked the runway with a dark lip, sleek leather boots, sexy strapy heels & heels with metallic accents. the collection is glamour commercialized- nothing new or innovative is seen. while many have expressed a dislike for giannini’s style; revenue for the italian based fashion house has skyrocketed since she entered as head creative & im sure this collection will be warmly received from clientele, all around the globe; furthermore, there is no doubt in my mind that editorial content will come alive with this collection. though fun the set is, in many ways, stereotypical of how one would define glamour. it’s cheeky in some ways & in others a bit over the top- it’s no less thoughtful or uninspired than others we’ve seen. one aspect i find interesting, and think of more when looking at this collection; is the balance between creativity & marketability. it seems as though in fashion it’s one or the other, you create something wildly creative & run the risk of it not selling or create something you know will sell, only to be called a sell out by fashion kids gawking at what you’ve designed. no matter how you define the roles of fashion- just make it beautiful.     

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spring couture collections: valentino

restrained & simplified, the SS11 haute couture collection presented by the house of valentino was an interesting one to say the least. under the creative direction of maria grazia chiuri and pier paolo piccioli, a redefinition of the milan headquartered fashion house has been presented each season, defying expectation & ultimately keeping us guessing as a fashion audience. as an iconic association with the house of valentino, use of red is almost a requirement of some form & here slightly modified uses were seen. the world of haute couture thrives in wild imagination & extreme, over the top glamour- couture clients go for the drama. this season, a controlled intensity almost sizzles at the root, so as to no jolt you in your seat like other collections that were presented this season; more specifically the classical glamour of dior, the romanticism of elie saab & the theatricality of gaultier. a valued opportunity is presented to fashion houses during couture season, you’re given a chance to think outside of the box, to push the limitations of whats considered wearable & here, those risks were not recognize or entertained at all. as a lover of all things simple, i enjoyed the collection- it’s clean lines & soft details allow you to want to take a closer look while you’re gently rocked by the lullaby of textiles that blew across the runway. much like any other lullaby, you can easily fall asleep. those same emotions are felt for this collection. i had expected a bold concept or risk to be taken, like seasons past but it seems as though the creative reigns of the house are being pulled back too far. nothing distinguishes this collection, clearly, from what we see from the house for their ready-to-wear collection, despite the fact that what is seen here is beautiful. soft details amount to redundancy in contrast to the other fashion houses of the season. that & still, i like the collection enough to appreciate & recognize it’s beauty; i also fully recognize the importance & possibility to stretch beyond that.

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menswear collections: giorgio armani, fall

the giorgio armani collection stayed in line with their usual direction, providing handsome looks for men for the FW11 show season in milan. a dark palette of grey, blue & black were combined with a few drops of orange, pink & purple for contrast. though the collection is cohesive, some of the attempts at providing relativity to the current seasonal trends seem forced & dully injected into the stone faced concepts of the set. i like a few of the pieces because they are hardcore elements of armani signatures, which in many ways can come off as redundant or revisited. a strong direction outside of the poor choice in contrasted tones at the mid-section of the collection. the armani label continues to stay in their own lane, creativitely & im sure a stunning campaign will be shot with a gorgeous male model to make this seem like more than it appears on the runway.

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menswear collection: emporio armani, fall

unexpectedly taking a break from stiff sophistication & hard-edged, sleek, glamour- the FW11 emporio armani collection was surprisingly more rugged. while refined style was still greatly represented, i admire the shift in direction for the label , whom i’ve described as ‘out of the loop’ in the past. a rich palette of navy, maroon with shades of neutral & blue were threaded inspiringly throughout the collection; while not distracting from the clothes. that said, while i do respect the shift in direction- i would’ve loved to see an alliance of current trends of bold color combined with classic concepts- here, the armani label stays in line with their own vision, while upgrading slightly in direction; but still come up short in choosing to lead a path all their own as oppose to falling in line. while leading the way is important & respected, it’s also important to do so with unbridled creativity.

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collection images: versace, pre-fall

taking a walk down memory lane, the pre-fall collection presented by the house of versace draws a larger focus on print. while much of the versace legacy is about over the top, gaudy, gold printed glamour; the print that was conceptualized for this pre-season set has a more modernized feel & cut. i love the printed blends of animal & floral, a concept i have not yet seen from any other designer. almost like a recap of everything the italian fashion house has done, the set is a collective of versace signatures- metallics, snakeskin, leopard print- it’s all done very well & true to the versace name. im expecting great things from versace this year; last year, with menswear & womenswear- i was completely blown away & am hoping to have that same reaction in 2011.

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