While we’ve reported some of the best fall 2012 / winter 2013 shows that we’ve seen over the past few weeks with runway reviews, fashion show coverage & backstage beauty, we wanted to take a moment to consider the highlights & top trends to inspire an easy-chic wardrobe update from Milan F/W 2012.
Raf Simons swan song for Jil Sander was a testament not only to the kind of refined couture sportswear the likes of Geoffrey Been & Bill Blass championed throughout their careers, but to the awe-inspiring aura even the most reduced of pieces can evoke when beautifully crafted.
Blush tones set the tone for a collection that was polished and refined enough to make it withstand the test of time as each piece will work as a foundational go-to, from the double-faced coats to the strapless dresses, it was smart, appropriate and much easier to imagine wearing than past efforts.
But it wasn’t that it was entirely uptown minded, because among the mix were a standout key-hole jumpsuit and pieces with patent looking panels that were slick and noteworthy.
Although her much anticipated H&M collection that’s set to debut in a few weeks works to celebrate the many Marni signature’s designer Consuela Castiglioni has developed over the years, she sent out a refreshing palette cleanser that continued through the label’s vibe a with a different, virtually printless mod-60′s direction.
Save for the impossible to imagine white socks & tights, much of the collection highlighted signature silhouettes in clean, fuss free propositions that one hopes Castigilioni continues to develop on because with the fashions of the time’s, something thoughtfully considered yet not hard to consider wearing, is exactly what we all need.
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Signature Pradaisms made for a remarkable show as her infamous geek-chic prints fronm the 90′s made their way onto the deco printed carpet reimagined in kicky fitted suits, and layered sleeveless tunics.
Rich, jewel incrustations also made a return as they wrapped their way around cropped pant cuffs, down the front and back of curved jackets and on an ultra-cool cropped vest in particular.
Skirts, long tunics, vests, and coats paired with crisp white oxford blouses with heavily beaded collars worn over pants was the big message here. For a Prada show, there was plenty of easy to digest fashion with a progressive opulence.
Dolce & Gabbana-
After decades of blockbuster collections Dolce & Gabbana continues to play on past sartorial victories with elements that like many other Italian houses, felt familiar but brilliantly reworked.
Amidst the obvious ode’s to Italian cinema diva’s of generations past were pretty lace dresses, mood altering florals and gold-embroidered military coats -all with a studied Baroque elegance.
Shop Jil Sander, Marni, Prada & Dolce & Gabbana Online Now:Published on February 29, 2012