Roselli Jardini's Moschino Cheap & Chic girl isn't one to shy away from playful statements, but for Fall 2013, that playfulness also came with plenty of wearable appeal. Double-breasted blazers, mini shift dresses, and bubble-ruffled skirts felt youthful and easy thanks to boxy, '60s-style cuts, while slim ankle trousers and outsize cocoon coats with large lapels and collars lent a jaunty, downtown feel. Of course, it wouldn't be Cheap & Chic without a good dose of leopard print, graffiti scrawls, wild furs, and in-your-face hot-pink hues, but even those felt accessible when paired with chunky black-and-white-striped sweaters or slim-cut blazers and ankle pants in black polka-dot-studded wool.
Even under a scrunched time line, Milan Fashion Week stunned with numerous beautiful collections. In this roundup, I highlight some of my favorite designers, including Versace, Ferragamo, Fendi, and Armani, to name a few. I admit, Dolce & Gabbana's collection was my favorite, but that's not stopping me from showing you Bottega's soft and swirly frock, Gucci's cut-out wonder, and Emilio Pucci's magical prints. I can't seem to resist this tropical bohemian masterpiece from Etro. Simply a-mazing.
"I like your sleeves, they're real big." Little did Napoleon Dynamite know, pouf pieces, like Deb's sleeves, would be in vogue a few years later. We've been experiencing shoulder love for a couple seasons now and we agree shoulder pads are debatable. But for Fall, designers flounced and fluffed fabrics on all sorts of terrain. Front and center on a frock, cascading down a train, at the hip(s), along a hemline, and yes, on shoulders. If the popular shoulder pouf piece is too Dynasty for you, take a cue from the poufiest of the season, Louis Vuitton, and place one, or two, at your hips — dare to go there.
YumSugar's heading to a three-day extravaganza at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic this week and needed our fashion expertise. She'll be attending oodles of foodie soirees, so I asked you to come up with something beautiful and unique. She had two rules: nothing tight and nothing white — what happens if something spills? Smart. Dresses are nice, but I wanted you to feel free to play around with skirts and cute tops. The weatherman also predicted a chance of rain, so a cool jacket was required.
I started you off with this Calvin Klein Sarika Platform Pump ($98); the simple style gave you room to play with color and creativity. Let's see YumSugar's favorite outfits!
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Many others are embracing minidresses this evening, but Miley went downright grownup for the MTV Movie Awards red carpet in a Moschino Cheap & Chic nude halter dress with ruffles down the backside and jewels by Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James and Loree Rodkin. Should she have gone for a younger look, or do you like the sophistication?
I can only dream of the islands I would visit wearing ravishing resort pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Moschino Cheap & Chic, and Missoni. While my Costa Rica trip won't be quite as fancy, I can aspire to look just as nice. Each collection showed a different take on holiday dressing. Armani took the bold route with city chic cuts; Missoni played with plenty of subdued prints and layers; Moschino Cheap & Chic kept it soft and feminine; and Yves Saint Laurent — my favorite — wowed with an ode to YSL muse Loulou de la Falaise. I love how this animal print top evokes sensual, sexy vibes. Want to see my favorite Cruise '10 looks to date? You know what to do . . .
Moschino Cheap & Chic, always good for a sensible day dress, showed a Resort collection fit for a lady. Nestled within the fifties-inspired frocks and cardigans, however, were a couple of looks that were more boyish and modern. Separated from the pack, you could have confused them other hip contemporary labels like Rachel Comey or Acne.
Dita Von Teese strutted her stuff as she joined a bevy of celebrities at Coachella this weekend. She's dressed just slightly more casual than usual, but far more glamorous than her fellow concert-goers. You can shop her Moschino dress in black, with similar accessories, now.