The weekend includes Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo, MSGM, and Versace.
Roberto Cavalli is the kind of designer we should all bow down to, because as much as every fashion enthusiast (editor, blogger, student, you name it) predicts what his new collection will consist of (did someone yell animal print?), there will forever be at lease three or four of those show-stopping looks that’ll emerge as a satisfactory surprise. So, bearing that in mind, are we surprised that the talent went all guns blazing for AW14 show yesterday? Absolutely not. While opening looks, of course, came with snakeskin suits and trench coats – which we’re predicting to be the best sellers – complementing cushy furs fitting around the neck, it was the silk gowns with blazing fires printed from bottom upwards that really proved Cavalli as the king of all things superlative and maximal. Although, with a shift towards the more glamorous, eveningwear looks with pleats and stunning embellishments, accessorized with necklaces (which obviously came with a huge nod of approval from us), took charge of that runway just as well.
Bio: Unsah Malik is a London-based fashion and lifestyle journalist specializing in digital and online content. If she isn’t researching on the latest trends, you can find her tweeting at @unsahmalik.
MSGM MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
Never one to shy away from mixing prints and textures, Massimo Giorgetti was at it again for Fall 2014, however this season, he tamed it down a tad, showcasing primarily variations of florals and fur and sticking with a more strict color palette providing still exceedingly creative pieces but with a more wearable structure than in seasons’ past.
To start with, paint splatters and flowers mixed and mingled in hues of burnt orange, merlot, black and white while fur-lined footwear, disheveled up-dos and purple stained lip complimented and provided fluidity. As usual, Girogetti juxtaposed medias seamlessly bringing together ensembles fitted with both chiffons with wools, sweatshirts warped from silks and knee-length skirts laid over leather skinny trousers making it all seem like we should have been pairing these things together all along. Head-to-toe printed suits, stunning outerwear and tulle wrapped bubble dresses shined the brightest amongst a collection that was anything but bland. As the show came to an end, a large jolt of camels and gold provided a solid finale of separates that will easily translate to wardrobes for the upcoming season.
By – Jillian Magenheim
Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for multiple fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
When designing this season’s collection, Creative Director, Massimiliano Giornetti, focused on the materials and textures we expect from Salvatore Ferragamo: fur, wool and leather. The first look—an oversized blanket cape in a subtle black and white plaid with leather trim and a high-neck, stand up collar—set the tone for what was to follow. Variations of the cape in brushed animal prints with fur detail were dispersed throughout, as were the less practical (but just as impressive) versions shown without sleeves. A favorite of the collection introduced early on was a modern version of a sleeveless wrap dress, constructed in black cashmere with leather trim and underlay. Each look was paired with below-the-knee black heeled boots or a similar style flat shoe, all of which complimented the no pants look consistent throughout.
By Sara Micelotta
Sara Micelotta is a New York-based contributor with a background in fashion public relations, marketing and event production. Follow her shopping and dining trips on instagram @saramicelotta
VERSACE MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
Bold block colours, retro silhouettes and cozy textures seem to be a running theme in Milan this season. Of course, Versace put their own spin on things, adding killer heels with lattice detail and sexy asymmetric cuts.
Military-inspired double-breasted brass buttons were a reoccurring detail, seen on a boxy sky blue crombie coat, navy suit and even on dresses and a teal, paneled fur jacket. Paneling was also a continued theme, with glossy textures placed next to matt on long-sleeved figure-hugging dresses and deep red placed with blue on cocktail dresses with dramatic dipped hems. Footwear and accessories were indeed a highlight with a beautiful array of laser-cut suede knee-high boots and a new line of boxy bags of suede and leather with opulent embellishments that the crowd will no doubt hanker for.
By: Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade-Bunting is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @sarah_leigh_b
EMILIO PUCCI MFW FALL/WINTER 2014
When it comes to prints, Pucci unquestionably reigns. Always. What Peter Dundas has done is brought the Pucci print from retro chic to contemporary, cultured rock and roll and the F/W 14 collection utterly embodied the free-spirited jet set of the Pucci woman, both then and now. The show opened with abstracted all-over swirling constellations meet Surrealism printed long sleeved mini dresses and jumpsuits, incorporating those same prints and pop color into statement oversized furs. Lace up leather pants layered with ponchos and fringed knitwear made laid back feel the perfect amount luxé.
For evening, Studio 54-worthy pantsuits envisioned in iridescent rouge, emerald green velvet and glistening gunmetal metallic, paired with blouses and silk scarves, channeled classic Mick Jagger swagger. A finale of jaw-dropping free-flowing gowns showcasing the brand’s revived vivaciousness and sex appeal with Dundas’ signature draping, plunging necklines and cutouts and mini dresses rich with gilded accents, sheer geometric designs, and every sort of embellishment were the life of the party. The takeaway? Put another dime in the jukebox baby, Pucci is back in full-on irreverent rock star glamour mode.
–Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter @sarahbertness