Category: Fashion week

FashionMade In Italy: MISSONI

“Color is a way of expressing light, not so much as a physical phenomenon but as that light which exists in the mind of the artist.”
-Henri Matisse

Kate Moss in Missoni topColor, and the exploration of it in all of its abstract forms, is the bread and butter of the famous Missoni Family of Italy. The Missoni fashion house and its colorful history were founded in the province of Varese, Italy, where a factory was founded around scarves and embroidered fabrics.

After the first runway show in 1958, the decorative patterns — including multiple colors, stripes, abstracts, shapes, and florals — became the staple of the Missoni House. The utilization of various textiles, such as silk, rayon, linen, cotton, and wool, is another signature Missoni attribute.

 For Fall 2010 Fashion Week in Milan, Missoni showed a variety of crop tops, knit wrap skirts, and blanket-like coats that had pin closures. What was really interesting about Missoni’s collection was that the pieces were totally versatile. The pieces could be worn reversed, with the back changed to the front, as well as being able to be pulled up or down in any direction.

My favorites from this collection were the the big wool jackets and wraps accessorized with sun glasses. The wraps were draped to hang and frame the beautiful faces of the models in just the right way.



Flash mob protests Anna Wintour in Italy

Hot new news has just arrived from the forefront of Milan’s Fashion Week! The breaking news: Anna Wintour decided to stay only three/four of the five days of Milan’s fashion week.

What does that have to do with anything?

Anna Wintour in a fur coat and trademark sunglassesWell, first of all, after the launching of The September Issue (the documentary about Anna Wintour) following the popular The Devil Wears Prada (also based on Anna Wintour), Anna Wintour has become synonymous with VOGUE instead of being the editor of Vogue. The blessings of Miss Wintour seem to change the outcome of one’s success within the fashion industry instantly, and as Rodarte has seen, this blessing can be the basis of a fashion career itself.

This being said, it is VERY important that Anna Wintour herself is at the fashion shows of fashion week, which has become in many ways, Wintour’s week!

This year five days worth of shows in Milan have now been moved into three/four days. That is 88 shows crammed into no time at all! The consequences of this is that models, stylists, designers, and photographers will be hard pressed to make even half of the shows (which will be running just minutes after each other).

What was Milan’s response to this dictator-like approach to influencing fashion week? Thanks to Attila Bene Ortz, a flash mob of Anna Wintour look-a-likes was organized to stand in front of the shows!

Anna Wintour… I will only stay 3 days in Milan catwalks

Although many of the reviews state that this flash mob was done in vain, it was reported on almost every single major fashion blog and site around the world! So, girls, was it done in vain? Doesn’t look like it to me! I’m glad to see that fashionistas aren’t willing to settle, even if they are “told” it is necessary.


FashionLondon Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson

A hop, skip and a jump away from Bryant Park in New York City, is London Fashion Week! Matthew Williamson is most notably known for his use of vibrant colors as well as his dresses. The first bright blue dress below is a piece from Matthew Williamson’s 2010 Fall RTW Collection. The second blue dress is similar looking in style and is from our very own

Ruffles seemed to be on every runway show in London  and were an integral part in Matthew Williamson’s collection. Williamson’s applied ruffles to shirts, dresses and jackets and the pieces below were my favorite from his collection. 


Ruffled Sleeveless Top                        Long Sleeve dress with crossed ruffles


Coat with fur and ruffle flaps               Orange ruffled coat

Check out the clip below to watch the full runway show from Matthew Williamson’s  Fall 2010 RTW Collection

FashionFavorites From Fashion Week

 Fashion Week is one of the biggest events in the fashion industry, as it allows designers to show off their new collections on the runway, and gives buyers a chance to see all upcoming trends. Jill Stuart has been one of my fashion designers for a while and so far for Fall 2010 fashion week, Jill Stuart is once again my favorite.
Moving away from her risque Spring collection of short dresses with studs and spandex, Jill Stuart’s Fall collection is full of dark, almost goth looking boyfriend jackets worn over a variety of tight dresses, shorts, and high-waisted trousers.
 Take a look at the pictures above for quick peek of Stuart’s Fall collection for next year!

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!


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!


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.


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