Thursday, September 23, 2010

Milan Fashion Week Round-up #1

Welcome to Italia, girls!  It's Milan Fashion Week.  Woohoo!  I love Milan Fashion Week.  You get Prada and Gucci and Fendi and all that Italian fabulousness.  Alright, on to round-up #1.

Sportmax, No. 21: This first dress is very Gucci, no?  The sporty, minimalist lines with the modern, sexy cut.  It seems like white is still going to be a big trend for Spring, and sexy but minimalist white an even bigger trend.  It's hard to see with this second dress, but it has an adorable cutout in the back and slits up the sides.  At first glance it's very stark and almost oversized, but when you look a little closer you see all the subtle details that make it young and on-trend.

Alberta Ferretti: This season Alberta Ferretti went pastoral fairy tale chic, and it was, in a word, gorgeous.  There were standout gowns and polished separates, all in a lovely, muted but whimsical color palette.  There was the perfect balance between sheerness and substance.  I love this first gown.  The fabric is so light and airy, and the nude hue only contributes to that, but the bands across the skirt give it a visual weight that makes it more than just another floaty dress.  How beautiful is the skirt in this second look?  The pattern on the skirt is very heavy and earthy, but the lightness of the fabric and how sheer it is makes the overall effect almost magical.  Pairing it with a simple, but unique top like that one creates the ideal balance between structured and soft.

Gucci: Ah, Gucci.  What I love about Gucci is that it's always reliable for bad ass, rock and roll chic.  Different incarnations on rock and roll, sure, but always rock and roll.  Take these two looks for example.  The first look is pretty obvious, with the textured leather skirt and the sheer top.  The monochromatic color palette and somewhat modest lines keep it from being too over the top sexy, and the textured leather gives it a fashion forward twist.  This second dress has the interesting wrapping and lines of Lanvin a few seasons ago (tres chic) but the vibrant color palette and metallic belt to it from Parisian chic to modern and sensual.

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