Thursday, February 25, 2010

Milan Fashion Week Round-up #1

One of my favorite things to do during fashion week (month) is to start scouring stores for items that I know are going to be big next fall. This season, it's the military/aviator outerwear that's literally going to be HUGE. You can already buy a lot of the jackets from the Burberry show on their website, but since those all range in the $8,000-$10,000 range, I thought I'd try to find a few cheaper options.

J. Crew Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket, $148 at, Veda Maxiums Leather Jacket, $869 at, Balmain Cotton-canvas Studded Military Blazer, $6,225 at This J. Crew jacket is a seriously great, cheap option that will get you through all of next fall and winter. The anorak has been making a comeback for the last few seasons, and this year its military lines and rustic sensibilities are more on-trend than ever. The slightly oversized silhoeutte would be perfect over any party dress, pencil skirt, mini skirt, basically anything short and form-fitting, or with slim pants and chic boots. For a more aviator-inspired look, this Veda jacket (which yes, I realize I've posted about 16 time), has the perfect shearling lining and exaggerated collar. It does Amelia Earhart, but in a subtle way, and the motorcycle jacket cut of the body makes it a really versatile piece all around. And I couldn't do a post on fab jackets without throwing a little Balmain in at the end. Yes, it's insanely expensive, but the boyfriend blazer cut, combined with the epaulet details at the shoulders and military-esque badges/embroidery, is a total tour-de-force. You get what you pay for.

When I was shopping for jackets, I got minorly distracted and found a few fab little going-out dresses--which would coincidentally be great with any of the above jackets.

Temperley London Adele Silk Dress, $950 at, Temperley London Eulah Lace-up Dress, $1,350 at, Diane von Furstenberg Yoko Dress, $325 at This first dress is so cheerful! The pink is bright enough to be fun, but not so bright that it verges on neon/raver territory, and there's a giant exposed zipper in the back, which is always a plus for me. But what I really love is the cut. The slight emphasis on the shoulder, the v-neckline, the hint of a tulip cut in the skirt. It's very jaunty and flirty, but also somewhat timeless, which makes me a great investment. This other Temperley dress is another story entirely. It's very va-va-voom vixen, and all that corset lacing would be way over the top if it wasn't for the demure lines of the dress itself. I mean, if you squint, it looks like a lovely, unassuming LBD, but then there's the surprise of all that leathery trim and up-the-side lacing for a dark, almost dirty twist on a classic. This DVF dress is so adorable! We've seen a lot of feathery mini skirts on the runways this dress, so it's an easy way to tie into that look, but it's also an easy way to get away with wearing what's essentially a t-shirt dress out on the town. The scalloped draping on the sleeves adds just enough extra sophistication to top it all off.

And now, it's another episode of things Megan liked from Fashion Week!

All Prada: Oh, Miuccia Prada. I feel like she must have some magical fashion crystal ball that she pulls trends from, because she's always where everyone else is headed months or even years before they get there. This season was all about the female form, and emphasizing a girl's natural curves (she even called in some Victoria's Secret models to really get the point across). Hence lots of '50s-inspired, hourglass silhouettes, a-line skirts, ruffles across the chest, all done in sophisticated color palettes and textures. I love the subtle cutout under the bust on that second dress--very unexpected after all those ruffles, but seriously sexy. The caramel hue of this double-breasted coat is very on-trend, and it also ties into the military outerwear and emphasized collar trends we've seen so far, but the patent sheen of the leather gives it all a slightly sterile, futuristic twist that's wholly new.

D&G, Just Cavalli, Fendi: D&G and Just Callavi are usually more reliable for fun, wearable outfits than directional trend-setting, and they both continued on that vein this year. D&G was full of bouncy little snowbunnies--my favorite look combined a slightly folksy sweater with giant furry boots and a sheer, flouncy mini-dress. A very successful study in contrasts. Just Cavalli did a lot of these hip-buckled, flared-hem coats, and I'm really feeling that silhouette. The buckles are a little military, the flair is a little schoolgirl skirt, the emphasized shoulder adds a little Balmain nostalgia, and the fur trim at the collar is very of the moment. It ties together a lot of the trends we've been seeing, but in an innovative way. I love the lines of this Fendi look--the slim lines on the bottom and the a-line top/vest. Very '70s, and really easy to wear. But my favorite part is that thrown-on fur circle scarf. Can you say casual glamour?

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J. Crew jacket:, Veda jacket:, Balmain jacket:, Temperley London Adele dress:, Temperley London Eulah:, DVF dress:, Prada:, D&G:, Just Cavalli:, Fendi:

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