If you are feeling glum from all of the gray we saw on the catwalk, the impending financial doom, our imperiled ecosystem or are just plain out of sorts we have the fifty best prints of Spring 2009 here to cheer you up. From Gucci to Pucci, Miu Miu to Marc Jacobs we cover New York, Milan and Paris' best prints.
Is there a new David Hockney exhibit in Italy that we don't know about because it sure seems like a lot of designers had cool chlorinated pool water on their mind for Spring 2009. From Gucci, La Perla and Blumarine's deep tiled infinity edge pool blues to Moschino Cheap and Chic and Frankie Morello's Mexican resort aqua there was plenty of watery varieties. Even Burberry had a bit of the fake watering hole, we think it looks a bit like a gray Connecticut country estate pool that someone forgot to cover for October.
This next trend might have you seeing colorful spots. Don't worry, it's not the measles or chicken pox! If black and tan animal prints aren't bold enough for ya, this Summer's take on animal prints are roaring with bright, electric hues. Attempt a yellow, green, or even hot pink animal print frock like this one from Just Cavalli and take a walk on the wild side.
Have you ever played with fun-house mirrors? Staring at these Spring/Summer 2008 ads from Blumarine brings me back to those fun times. Finnish model Suvi Koponen is seen lounging on retro pink sofas, wearing Blumarine's lingerie-inspired collection. These ads are quite trippy, like I'm inside a lava lamp, so I can't look at them for more than a minute. Still, I appreciate the novelty and the hypnotizing effect. Despite the busyness of it all, you're able to make out the feminine clothes. Are you feeling these ads? Or are they making you woozy?
Jenny McCarthy attended the Celebrity Beach Bowl looking anything but sporty. In fact, her jeweled animal-print Blumarine dress made her the most sophisticated gal on the red carpet. What I love about the frock is the oversized animal print; it gives a new spin on the widespread trend. And her belted coat is the ideal casual cover up. Roar!
I don't normally go gaga over black frocks, but add some oversized bows and it instantaneously takes it from drab to darling. This Blumarine Sleeveless Dress with Twisted Straps, $1,145, is not your average LBD and it's all thanks to those two bows perched on the thin twisted straps. They demand all the attention and rightfully so. I also adore the pleated bodice and the beaded velvet accents.
I can see myself wearing this pre-Fall piece to a chi-chi cocktail soiree. I would pair it with a hot pair of silver peep-toe pumps and let the bows be the only other accessory. Even the shiniest bling wouldn't be able to handle the competition!
I'm a sucker for vintage-inspired pieces, and the Spring 2007 line from Blumarine, unveiled Friday at Milan Fashion Week, is one of the most charming collections I've seen. These sorts of seductive and sweet retro-style pieces are Italian designer Anna Molinari's specialty: embellished cardigans, a-line party dresses, Peter Pan collars, and pretty, tailored bows. Slightly edgier details, including confetti-like beading and short skirts, allow the fashions to feel modern and not the least bit prissy. Though there were lots of neutrals and muted golds like we saw at New York Fashion Week, Blumarine also broke from the crowd with a heavy reliance on lavenders. To see the line, read more