Category: Fashion week

FashionMegan Reports: Scandinavian Fashion Week!

Here’s Megan’s newest fashion report from abroad!

Ciao Ciao!
So here is the DL on Copenhagen Fashion Week!

I just got back to Milan, from Denmark, for Copenhagen’s fashion week! They claimed to be the “fashion capitol of Scandinavia” and that claim is rightfully theirs! At the shows, what caught my eye the most, were the interesting knits, and FUR! Sometimes when you hear fur one thinks PETA, or some smelly old thing their grandmother had… Well, in Copenhagen, they totally know how to rock both the real and faux furs! The fur stole is most definitely making big noise, as well as fur collars and cuffs!

From the shows that I saw the general color pallets for fall are: black, cool grays, reds, beige… Below are the highlights from some of the shows and a little bit about my observation of the collection!

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This wonderful collection was full of effortless draping, they even showed a few of their draped dresses on men! And believe it or not, it still looked amazing! To top it off this is an environmentally and socially responsible company which focuses on developing environmentally friendly textiles for their wonderful designs!

Wackerhaus


This collection read as comfortable, elegant, modern

Munthe plus Simonsen

A cold but girly collection graced this runway! You got frills with fringe and leather.
 

IVANAhelsinki

This collection is where fashion meets art. There was a strong chain theme throughout this collection. Chains came in funky distorted prints to oversized chains as scarves and necklaces…

If you want to learn more about Scandinavian designers see which you prefer, the Norwegian, Danish, Finnish or Swedish?…
Reporting from Milano,
MJ <3
Baci

FashionFrom the Runway to the Red Carpet!

New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 has begun!

During this week, Bryant Park transforms into a sea of white tents, and the fashion industry gathers to await this season’s runway shows. Designers from all around the world come to show off their latest collections.

So far, Monique Lhuillier’s Asian-warrior inspired collection is, without a doubt, my favorite collection. As in all of Lhuillier’s collections, there were a handful of beautiful evening gowns, and the two below were my favorites. These elegant, form fitting, strapless gowns would look amazing on any Hollywood actress walking the red carpet at the Oscars. I love how both of these gowns have rosettes that taper down the base of each dress.

Monique Lhuillier red strapless taffeta gown with rosettes on the skirt….

 Monique Lhuillier copper strapless taffeta gown with a sleek rosette pattern…

FashionMILAN & Menswear!!

This week, Megan from Milan has given us ladies a trend report on menswear. Menswear should be very important to any fashionista, because it will ultimately influence her clothes as well! Detailing in menswear is often used to inspire women’s clothing, especially as the tomboy look is becoming more and more popular. So here is what Megan has to say about menswear after watching and following the latest fashion shows in Milan!!

Reporting from Milano!

This is for all you girls who dress their guys. Here are some trends that I’ve picked up on during men’s fashion week in Milan:


“Military”


Maybe it was the economic “crisis” that gave men the need to look tidy for all of those job interviews they have to go on now? Or the sudden surge of military styled clothes could just be the very fact that we are living in a warring generation. So why not embrace the silhouette of the uniform? 


“Sports”


This season there has been a particular focus on the skiing/snowboarding look, which was not only popular here in Italy, but also in Norway. I picked up on this growing trend when I was visiting Norway not long ago. The difference being that Norway had this wonderful BRIGHT color trend! This was so happy and uplifting for menswear, which tends to drown in neutrals and dark colors. 


A “Softer Look” for your guy!


The fabrics here are drifting from the usual and traditional. More and more funky knits are being used to create classic pieces. This gives your guy a more at ease look.


I find all 3 to be totally different looks, but all great trends to embrace because they symbolize power and strength with a fresh new take! And who doesn’t want their guy to display that?


Ciao!
Baci e abbracci!
<3 MJ

FashionReporting from Milan: Italian Craftsmanship

Here is Megan’s newest post from Milan!

But first, below is a picture from the Dolce & Gabbana menswear line for Spring Summer 2010, which featured lots of ripped denim and expertly tailored velvet coats on beautiful men with ridiculously slicked back hair. When viewing Italian fashion, one must remember that Italians have a sense of humor, and they love things to be totally over the top. So if you think it’s ridiculous, they probably do too! But you have to love it all the more!

Below this, Megan has attached a picture of a large public statue that is an abstract needle and thread. Milan is a very strong center for fashion and design. Here is what Megan has to say about the tradition of menswear in Milan and Italy.


On the dawn of men’s Fashion Week, Milan is the city to be in!
Here in Italy, men’s Fashion Week is almost bigger than women’s Fashion Week!

With menswear, the changes every season come in the details, and there is rarely anything too drastic. The focus on detail is probably because Italians take great pride with their craftsmanship, and something that I’ve learned from being in Italy is that nothing less than perfection is acceptable.


To further prove this point, I have gotten a closer look into one of Italy’s leading luxury brands.

Because the adherance to detail and craftsmanship applies across the board for all of the Italian luxury brands, I will leave them unnamed, but I got a chance to talk to someone that works as a bag tech designer for a luxury company. He was, as did others in his family, brought up in the trade of leather accessories.

The particular brand that he works for wouldn’t even considering hiring you without an apprenticeship for a number of years. To them, quality is first, always. Italians don’t play around with the craftsmanship of their leather goods: handbags, wallets, shoes, etc. They view it as something that is literally “in their blood,” and they have to do it right!

So for this upcoming Milan men’s Fashion Week, I hope you definitely check out all of the details! If you find yourself in Milan for Fashion Week, check out the schedule, throw on some sunglasses and lipstick (celeb status), and try to get into the shows!

Ciao, Baci
MJ

FashionFirst Pakistani Fashion Week EVER!!

This month our fav, fav, favorite makeup artist Nyala has stepped out and over to travel the world! Nyala started in New York City, then went on to Dubai, and then to Pakistan! In Pakistan, Nyala is overseeing the production of the garments for her wedding ceremony and checking out all of the top designers in the fashion world of Pakistan. Here is what Nyala sent us from Pakistan about the new fashion trends and what she thinks of the growing “fashion scene” in Pakistan!

Salaam from Pakistan!

One Pakistani industry that has shown power, strength, and ingenuity throughout the chaos and devastation of its recent history is Pakistan’s fashion industry. Pakistan’s fashion industry has made its colorfully draped and sparkling mark in the international fashion world by launching its very own and one-of-a-kind Fashion Week!

The first annual Pakistan Fashion Week was launched in November of 2009 in Karachi and comprised of 16 shows in four days. According to the fashion savvy, the flavor and exotically creative looks that came down the catwalk provided an eye-catching and fashionable feast for all.

Exhibition stalls, business seminars and a total of 30 designers showcased their ready-to-wear and bridal collections around the catwalk. After having been to many fashion events in New York and L.A., I have to say that the runways here in Pakistan are unlike anything I have seen before in the U.S.

I’ll be doing one-on-one interviews with some of my favorite designers very soon, so stay posted! –Nyala