How fun and inspiring are these ensembles from emerging Italian brand MSGM? I’m loving the floral prints, metallic details, geometric patterns, tweed accents, bold use of colors, spiked heels, and glitter sunnies . . . the entire pre-fall collection is head to toe perfection!
Striking prints, imaginative uses of color, and geometric “crossing lines” were the captivating highlights of the Peter Pilotto collection. Inspired by recent trips to Asia, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos created patterns based on Japanese light trucks and Chinese opera masks. The flouncy hemlines, arm warmers, cut-out details, peplum jackets, blue velvet accents were so uniquely and wonderfully feminine. It’s no wonder the talented design duo won the British Fashion Council’s Best Emerging Talent Award in 2009.
Mary Katrantzou‘s quintessential lampshade-like silhouettes and trompe l’oeil prints have evolved tenfold for fall. Images of pencils, cutlery, coat hangers, old-fashioned typewriters, and circular telephone dials were digitally stamped atop structured dresses with knitted details and flowy chiffon frocks. The continuation of the Mary Katrantzou saga has my spirits soaring high and almost has me forgetting that I recently missed out on her Topshop collaboration . . . WTF, I know.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy have done it again with another flawlessly romantic collection, this time influenced by the Australian Outback. 40s inspired silhouettes, crystal studded gowns, coats cinched with western belts, dresses in Aboriginal dotted prints, cargo pants and cabled sweaters had us dreaming of a land down under. But what stood to us the most were the delightful accessories: clustered star hair pieces, embroidered lace collars, and sand-filled plexiglass heels. Dreamy!!
Marc Jacobs, as The Mad Hatter, brought huge smiles to our faces with his gigantic, oversized hats . . . which just goes to show that fashion should never be taken too seriously.
Inspired by the era of The Beatles (pre-breakup), Amy Smilovic added a 90s twist to her fall collection for Tibi. Rich textures in deep, dark colors like emerald green, cobalt blue, and burgundy took shape in structured coats, cropped menswear suits, slouchy sweaters, turtlenecks layered under dresses, and pencil skirts. Dresses and blouses in cream fabrics and delicate bird prints added femininity and grace. The makeup and hair was strong but effortless with teased ponytails, full brows, dewy cheeks, matte lips and opaque white nails. All in all, it was just how we like it: understated, simple, and fabulous.