For some reason I usually don’t find Milan Fashion Week to be very thrilling, this time however there was a lot I enjoyed.
Emilio Pucci has been getting better and better each season. The alligator motives embedded to chiffon remind me of a certain Givenchy collection, which means nothing more than that it’s a great technique. The white tuxedo jacket is beautiful.
Etro. These belts with peplums are gonna take the world by storm.
Alberta Ferretti. Sharp tailored coats, strong 30′s influence.
Roberto Cavalli. I can appreciate the new skirt silhouette, though takes some getting used to. Killer jackets.
Gucci absolutely blew my mind. The fine wool coats, the mustard prints, the sheer and the embroidery. Dark lips and bleached eyebrows… hmm, could it be Rooney Mara’s influence?
Salvatore Ferragamo. There can never be enough military coats in the worlds.
Karmen Pedaru & Abbey Lee shutting it down in Gucci’s SS campaign! This is how it’s done!
Capulet jewelry. Frogs have never been my thing but this is exquisite.
The headpieces from the Chanel India collection are still on my mind. Something for the bravehearted.
Good old Chloé, in production again.
Anni Jürgenson earcuff
Balmain clutch. The sheer thought of how many manhours go into making anything at Balmain is scary.
Gucci. The clothes speak for themselves.
Just when I was thinking about layered multitoned maxidresses for next summer Bottega Veneta comes and does it for me.
Gianfranco Ferre. An unexpected favorite.
Yes, this is all from Milan that peaked my interest. No even getting into the horror that was Prada.
Blown away by the hair and makeup at Gucci SS 2012! AWAY! I’m almost wishing I had blond hair for the Daphne Guiness-que black-streak look.
You know that feeling of excitement you sense when getting your hands on the new seasons first issue of your favorite magazine and heading straight to the “IN this season” pages? Having seen many I agree with partially and others not so much at all, I decided to make my own. So here you have it – High Heeled Banshee’s What To Wear This Fall.
Left to right: Versace, Gucci, Burberry London, Marc Jacobs
The (Leather) Pencil skirt – After the first Dita von Teese craze resided a few years back, I quite forgot about pencil skirts and they fell to the back areas of my closet. Now it’s time to bring them forth once again and get some new leather ones as well. I am absolutely thrilled to be getting (or rather making) one soon. Massively inspired by the Louis Vuitton fetish theme.
The 1000$ power sweater – Sweaters used to be so boring and anonymous. Boy, have times changed or what… every yarn pattern seems to be saying something about the kind of a fashionista you aspire to be, as well as the designer behind it. There are different lengths, different shapes, cuts and colors to play with. Thin yarn, thick yarn. Angora, cashmere.
The Pointy heel - Such a glorious comeback for the classical stiletto. Isabel Marant has been paving the way for some time but this is THE moment of the pointy heel. It’s time to bring out all the Manolos you bought back when Carrie was fueling women’s shoe obsessions. Extra points for needle/cigarette heels!
The Furry coat – When it comes to clothes this season, it’s all about luxury and quality materials. This applies especially to coats and jackets. I’d kill for a wool-fur hybrid Burberry coat! However when that’s really not an option, one can always adopt a fur neckpiece to add some lavishness to otherwise boring outergarments.
The luxe parka – last years parka obsession has gone nowhere. But now, as mentioned before, there’s a far greater emphasis on materials. The more luxurious the silk and the fur, the better. Those Vera Wangs (almost) make me long for colder weather.
The Minimalist bag – The ideal bag right now is simple yet structured, made of quality materials and isn’t staggering under excessive hardware. The Olsen twins and Victoria Beckham – renowned handbag designers? If you would’ve said it 5 years ago, everyone would’ve laughed but the reality is that they’re making some seriously droolworthy and conceptually powerful purses, not doubt. Sadly, with otherwordly prices.
The Armor – Jewelry, particularly necklaces are keeping the same simplistic fashions from spring and enhancing them with tribal and industrial elements. Everything’s still very cuff-inspired.
Long gloves – Anyone who paid attention to the fall shows saw the massive use of elbow length gloves. Long have they been personal favorites of mine and this season they’ll be getting more use than ever. Somehow they just scream luxury.
The Python print – Easily the most lusted-after print of the season not only in leather but also in clothes. It has to be fairly natural-looking and in neutral hues to appeal to my taste but everything here makes my pulse quicken.
The Navajo girl – this tribal trend was greatly initiated by Isabel Marant and Proenza Schouler’s fall collections. I’d recommend taking it quite slowly with the different prints, fringes and feathers, no need to pile it all up at once. Do it right and you’ll end up with a beautiful aesthetic.
The Colors – As much as I’d sometimes like it, we can’t get by entirely without colors. I’d say the hues of burgundy, mustard and cobalt are quite appealing this fall. One other trend aspect here – ladylike clothes are on the rise! Some call it the “Kate-effect”, but what ever it is, clean and well-outlined classical silhouettes are a smart investment for more seasons to come.
Snakeskin Daisy Dukes, can’t get much more provocative than that.
Gucci. Stunning! The whole collection! Gucci is getting better every season!
Emporio Armani. Much better than the main line.
Emilio Pucci. Love the decadent elegance and the shoes!
Roberto Cavalli. A thousand dirty layers.
Dsquared. Very Wild West inspired. Wicked boots.
Lara Stone/Vogue China/March 2011
Left to right: Deborah Lippmann “Ruby Slippers” nailpolish, All Saints cardigan and top, The Row cape, Pamela Love “Where the wild things are” necklace, Pamela Love birdskull ring, McQueen ring, Comme des Gracons clutch, Gucci leatherpants, Burberry Prorsum over-the-knee suede boots, Ann Demeulemeester feather gloves.
This whole collage was actually created around the cape – a garment that I just recently discovered for myself. I’ve never paid much attention to them since the designs are always so goofy and non-flattering. But if you do it right, like the Olsens for the Row, it can be such an asset for your wardrobe. It should definitely be one toned, minimalistic, no longer than to mid-thigh and clean-cut if you don’t want to look like a Mexican refugee or a Vampire Lestat impersonator. One thing I’d add to The Row’s cape though, is a big hood. Where I live, hoods are essential, otherwise you can kiss your hair goodbye to the blizzards.
There are two types of bags that have risen from ashes in this past year. Satchels and structured shoulder bags. After almost a decade of slouchy shopper bags women want something new. Or well-forgotten old. Structured bags were a hit in the 70′s and the 80′s. Chanel’s 2.55 has been on the top of the scene since Karl Lagerfeld relaunched it in 2005 but that’s been the only one for a few years. Now the most of fashionhouses have come out with their own.
Left to right: Yves Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler PS11, Gucci, Céline
I could definitely imagine myself putting the maxibags away for a while for there babies.
And on another subject, I love Gucci’s new logo, it is much more classier. YSL is also now using only the Y in hardware, which I find tasteful aswell.