>> Frida Giannini's runway-clothes-as-merchandise concept for Gucci may be selling well, but it's still not sitting well with critics. Last season, her collection was likened to Zara, and this season her Fall 2009 collection earned another mall-brand comparison: Bebe.
Cathy Horyn and Suzy Menkes, neither of whom are afraid to be blunt, seemed indifferent to criticizing the collection — both just focused on Frida's decision to channel sex. But Christina Binkley of The Wall Street Journal got more pointed, going so far to ask "Who is the Gucci woman?": "[Frida] seems to develop a startling new personality each season, leaving last season’s clothes lost in relation to the new collection. Last season, she was globetrotting with flower children. This season, she’s shaking it in sequined leggings and a sparkling tunic at Studio 54."
>> Paris Fashion Week starts tomorrow, but fashion folk couldn't leave Milan without hitting up the Palazzo della Ragione last night for one last Milanese shindig, courtesy of Anna Wintour, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana. The launch for the "Extreme Beauty in Vogue" exhibition — which Anna selected 89 images for — the party was likened to the Milanese equivalent of the Costume Institute Gala; in other words, the week's hottest ticket. Karl Lagerfeld made a beeline for the photos after mugging for a few cameras, while Anna was trailed by 60 Minutes's Morley Safer and Carine Roitfeld by CNN: “I am being followed round all the shows, and they are doing lots of interviews. But you won’t be seeing me naked.” Miuccia Prada sported one of her new Fall 2009 gladiatorial dresses, and rounding out the fashion wattage a troika of supermodels: two we see quite a bit of (Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova) and one we do not (Nadja Auermann).
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Every once in a season, a house returns to its roots. Miuccia didn't deliver a high level of experimentation with Fall, but she did deliver some strong outerwear, lovable paillette-induced pieces, and a trend-free austere collection of clothes. Check out the thigh-high Wellies, perfect for a hard day's night. Fabrics were stiff — some brocades and woolies that smell of grandma's house — and leathers were thick and sculptured. Almost everything was cinched with masculine leather skinny belts. However, while things appear so serious, deep-v cuts, short shorts, and bare arms revealed sultry skin. It's always a play of contradictions at Prada.
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Milan Fashion Week is happening as we speak. Aside from exciting runway presentations, there are hordes of parties, one of them being Extreme Beauty in Vogue. The event, held at the Palazzo della Ragione, brought out a gaggle of beauties like Scarlett Johansson (the new face of Dolce & Gabbana), Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson, Freida Pinto, and Claudia Schiffer. Each has put her hottest foot forward in Dolce & Gabbana, but which look is most bellissima?
Ready to have some fun with the Dsquared2 boys? Follow me! Take this collection as valuable lesson in layering — rock 'n roll style. Grunge, metal, punk — you name a hardcore music genre and it was referenced. Floor-length silky dresses, feather skirts, and tweed jackets proved you can make anything cool by styling in the right way. Cargo shorts, plaid vests, slouchy beanies, denim jackets, blazers, and leggings were also in the mix. But the most amusing addition to the catwalk? Starbucks in the models' hands — Mary-Kate would approve!
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>> While her husband's got his fingers in the new Vionnet pie, Consuelo Castiglioni worked her hand at Marni, earning rave reviews across the board — reviews that probably weren't hurt by the fact that more than one fashion editor left the brand's outlet in Milan happy. The eternal mixmaster may have turned down the brights from Spring, but there was still plenty to look at — bib necklaces, fur earmuffs and mittens, patterned tights — and let's not forget those standout geometric jacquard dresses, done just right in jeweltone metallics.
Milan Fashion Week, A/W 2009: First Weekend Roundup London Fashion Week is over and now all eyes are on Milan where big names like Prada, Gucci, and Pucci presented their autumn collection's over the weekend. Fab UK did a quick roundup of some of the big shows that took place over the past few days.
Where there's metallics, there's Fab. Where there's asymmetrical stripes, shots of turquoise, and bold shoulders there's Frida Giannini's Fall. Keeping the '80s trend strong, Gucci presented a dark, shimmering collection. Kimono and draped tops atop leather and sparkling leggings are party-girl perfect. Lagoon colors of turquoise, azul, and gray are appealing, while loads of black are always apropos. A couple mod suits are thrown in for tailored fun, while nary a gown in sight. But for night owls, girls do have the option of the sparkling jumpsuit or slinky belted mini dress. Polka dots, sheer blouses, and itty-bitty tailored pants add to the fun, but I must ask: Is it all too '80s? Or just right?
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