>> Campaign season is here. So far, there have been Spring 2012 ad moments for Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Julia Stegner — and more. See those, plus all the Spring 2012 ad campaigns, in the slideshow — with more added as they arrive.
>> The backstage antics just don't stop. From salutes to smirks to piggyback posing, the first few days in Milan have certainly not been lacking in fun. Click through to get in on all the behind-the-scenes action — starring Fendi's modern warrior princesses, Max Mara's Metropolis-inspired minimalists, Gucci's gothic heroines, and more — right here, in the slideshow.
Gucci went gothic for Fall 2012, with a runway show full of oversize menswear pieces, velvet, and satchel handbags. We couldn't take our eyes off the gorgeous chiffon gowns and the vamp-like collection that was darker than most other runway shows this season. Check out the full Milan show here!
Frida Giannini featured a decadent array of dark hues and velvety textures for Gucci's Fall 2012 collection. Inspired by 19th-century romanticism, Giannini created lace-up blouses, sheer tulle Oscars-worthy gowns, and billowy capes. With a color palette that was mainly comprised of black and purple hues, Giannini played up the textural component via velvet, feather embellishments, and jacquard patterns. Meanwhile, moody floral maxi skirts and baggy trousers emoted a casually luxe vibe, further translated in the designers' wide array of coats and jackets, ranging from an oversized shearling rendition to an elegant velvet wrapped blazer.
- Trends: Velvet, sheer dresses, baggy trousers, romanticism, leather.
- Colors: Black, purple, green, blue, dark burgundy.
- Key Piece: The sheer embellished gowns immediately caught our undivided attention.
- Accessories: Jeweled bow hair clips designed by Frida Giannini, suede peep-toe ankle boots, leather pumps. embossed leather satchels, leather gloves, knee-high boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Red-carpet stunners like Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
>> Back in black. Gucci kicks off Milan Fashion Week with a moodily enchanting Fall 2012 collection in nearly every shade of black — or near black — imaginable. Silhouettes were flowing, dramatic, and — for a touch of toughness — accented with military details. Off-the-shoulder gowns, high-neck blouses, and mullet-hemmed skirts came in flocked-velvet florals and sheer silks, while billowing riding capes and jodhpurs were cut in patterned brocades and tapestry textiles. A smattering of wintery florals and caramel-colored furs provided softness. "This is a modern-day romanticism, a dramatic sensuality, a dark glamour, with subtle games of provocative intellect," creative director Frida Giannini explained.
Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to take something as preppy as plaid pants and turn it into something super luxe! This look is just another glam moment in Jennifer's NYC travels from which we can draw inspiration. For her, she injected major posh to plaid via a Gucci fox-trimmed stole, a Fendi bag, and Dior booties. For you, if you already have plaid pants that have been gathering dust in your closet, time to bust them out and give them new life. Wear them with a v-neck sweater that matches the color of your plaid, wrap your neck with a fur stole — here's one that's faux and affordable — throw on a pair of matching booties, a fabulous oversized bag, some gold jewels, and Jennifer's Dita sunglasses, and you're good to glam.
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Retro throwbacks, tailored perfection, and soft feminine references — pre-Fall '12 is a beautiful blend of structured shapes and unexpected girlie details. Lanvin delivered deliberately unfinished embellishments like exposed dart seams and raw edges, while Givenchy revived its "greatest hits" prints (think tropics and rottweiler motifs), and Sarah Burton traveled back in time to the '60s English countryside to whip up a cool equestrian-inspired McQ collection. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We're obsessed with Carven's nod to mod silhouettes, Derek Lam's focus on detachable mink collars, and Versace's Studio 54 vibe, too. It's a pre-season worth poring over, so get to it. Click through to see even more inspired looks and gorgeous accessories from Pre-Fall 2012.
On Golden Globes night, the evening didn't end when the awards were given out. Au contraire, many of our favorite celebs got dolled up to paint the town red at the various Hollywood afterparties. Jessica Alba switched out her lavender Gucci dress for a metallic mini while Emma Roberts made an appearance in an ombre Zac Posen gown. Watch now to see all of our favorite looks.