Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab – Autumn|Winter 2013

Breathtaking, elegant, and sensual are all words that clearly express the glamorous gowns of Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Known for his beading and shimmering lace creations, it’s no wonder why they have become staples on red carpets year after year and why theming his collection “strictly decorative” was spot on. Each season there is a…

Paris Fashion Week: Alexander McQueen – Autumn|Winter 2013

Exquisite. The Alexander McQueen Autumn|Winter 2013 ready-to-wear presentation in Paris literally took one’s breath away. There were just ten looks (Sarah Burton’s pregnancy dictated an abbreviated collection), but what looks! Richly embroidered bodices, dresses encrusted with pearls, even ruffs (oh-so-fashionable during the seventeenth century!). The finale was a white-and-gold-embroidered confection that Queen Elizabeth I would…

Paris Fashion Week: Maxime Simoëns – Autumn|Winter 2013

Here’s a novelty… a one man think tank! I have been watching Mr. Simoëns since his momentary collaboration at Leonard and now that LVMH has bought a stake in his small company, my interest has been piqued. I would say that the purchase was a prescient one by Monsieur Arnault as this is a young man with ideas…

Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano – Autumn|Winter 2013

Okay here’s a concept for the great minds of fashion to ponder… A collection that is minimal, seductive, chic, and doesn’t look like Jil Sander as it seems that she is the sine qua non of what is minimal and what all others copy to achieve- the minimalist Nirvana they aspire to! No need to think…

An Overview of Autumn|Winter 2013 at Canon Fashion Week Milan

This past February 20th to the 26th, Canon Fashion Week Milan took over Italy’s fashion capital. From A to Z, Alberta (Ferretti) to (Ermenegildo) Zegna, Autumn|Winter 2013’s interpretation from some of the world’s most revered fashion houses debuted. Below, is an overview of what is to come from from the land of Vespas, Leonardo da Vinci,…

Canon Fashion Week Milan: Ermanno Scervino – Autumn|Winter 2013

Ermanno Scervino once said, “Women should not be victims of their dress.” These words were never truer than in his Autumn|Winter 2013 ready-to-wear pieces. When viewing this collection, I felt like I had been brought back to a time of old Hollywood glam. Gray suits commenced the show with hints of masculinity balanced by feminine…

Canon Fashion Week Milan: Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn|Winter 2013

Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi of Gianfranco Ferré produced in Milan a provocative collection for Autumn|Winter 2013. Cropped trousers were paired with loosely-fitted blouses, jackets, and coats. Layering was the key to the look. Citron and Piaggi chose a palette of black, white, chocolate, caramel, and violet-tinged deep blue, highlighting the draping very much in evidence and…

Canon Fashion Week Milan: Dolce & Gabbana – Autumn|Winter 2013

Dolce and Gabbana looked back in time for their stellar Autumn|Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection, back to Byzantium. Sumptuous. Jeweled icons seemingly everywhere, instantaneously reminding one of the magnificent mosaics at Ravenna. This would have been extraordinary in and of itself, but to be followed by a classic 1950s style within moments made this show utterly…

Canon Fashion Week Milan: Emilio Pucci – Autumn|Winter 2013

Welcome back, Mr. Dundas! I was a bit taken aback from the Pre-Fall collection for obvious reasons, but this one is a superb way of saying that you are sorry. Autumn|Winter 2013 Emilio Pucci is back to the reimagined DNA that Mr. Dundas has created. Yes the hemlines are a bit… well, not a bit… they are stratospherically…

Canon Fashion Week Milan: Bottega Veneta – Autumn|Winter 2013

In another surprise moment, Bottega Veneta delivered a collection of note for Autumn|Fall 2013. Tomas Maier showed his “brethren” that it is possible to DESIGN beautiful and tasteful clothes and present them as such. Beautiful hair and makeup added to the overall image of the clothes, which were high on concept and long on what clothes of this caliber should…