Fashion shows.

ZZegna through Dello Russo’s eyes

What is it like to soak up the fashion week atmosphere in Milan? The interesting thing about this question is that the experience is different for everyone. So the more intriguing question might actually be, what is it like to attend a Milan fashion week show when you happen to be Anna Dello Russo? Dello Russo gets to see things that others don’t see. She’d…

The stairs at Dior

Many of the pieces in the Dior Haute Couture SS12 collection were given a modern twist: a hint of skin under sheer fabric, a traditional cut transposed to a non-traditional fabric… but then there were pieces like this one that could have stepped straight out of another time. Ruffles of red extending down a winging staircase make for an eye-catching moment.

Pineda Covalin’s procession of prints

Discounting the view of the sparkling ocean that extended out beyond the walls of the Sandringham Yacht Club – and the idealistic weather conditions – the highlight of Saturday afternoon’s Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party was the procession of brightly coloured kaftans and frocks that fluttered down the runway. Mexican label Pineda Covalin brought their kaleidoscope of lively prints to Australian shores for the occasion,…
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party
Sailing World Cup Lifestyle Party

Rodarte casting call video is surprisingly entertaining

See the words ‘casting call’ in a video title and you expect some fairly inane content of models saying their names, their agencies, and maybe walking back and forth a few times. I know that’s what I was expecting of this Rodarte casting call video. But I was pleasantly surprised, not to mention highly entertained. Who would have thought that asking models some simple questions…

Gucci’s Hard Deco

If there could be a stronger way to cement the return of the ‘roaring’ 1920s fashion than to have it grace the Gucci runway, it doesn’t spring to mind. For spring 2012 Frida Giannini was inspired by “the opulence of the era of hedonism” – and opulence there is. But these pieces are also infused right through with the heat of Gucci glamour, from sharp…

Emporio Armani future snippets

The era-mashing trend continued over at Emporio Armani, whose relaxed futurism seemed to blend the thirties with the nineties. The latter came by way of boxy double-breasted blazers with contrast piping, while the former manifest in relaxed pants and knee-length skits that gave off a Deco vibe. Uniform models in blonde flapper bobbed wigs were like walking mannequins – or robots, if you fancy. Futurist…

Prada’s Marilyn moments: runway video

Crossing the boundaries between the ’50s and the ‘60s, Miuccia Prada’s collection for spring 2012 was as much Marilyn as it was modern. With prints and a vintage colour palette and hints of midriff above demure skirt lengths, it’s a Prada collection that didn’t shock, but did wow – especially where full-briefed vintage style swimsuits were on centre stage. If you can switch off from…

Topman’s Indian Summer

There was one celebrity who didn’t quite fit in at the Topman Design spring 2012 show at London fashion week on Wednesday. On a front row crammed with the usual suspects – Nick Grimshaw, Alex Zane, Rick Edwards and Jamie Hince – boxer Amir Khan, not someone known for being a dedicated follower of fashion, was a bit of an anomaly. But then, about half…

Gatsby girls & Arabian nights: Spijkers en Spijkers

Have you heard? The 1920’s will be roaring back into fashion come spring 2012. And apparently it’s all Baz Luhrmann’s fault. The Australian filmmaker is directing a remake of The Great Gatsby, out next year, which means that all and sundry will be jumping on the historical trend train: next stop, flapper town. It all started at New York fashion week, where Ralph Lauren referenced…

Sports, surf and Alexander Wang (video)

Cool, sporty, and with an effortless edge. That’s the essence of Alexander Wang, whose spring 2012 collection opened with a laser-cut mesh jacket and mini skirt, and then carried on the sporty perforated mesh theme until an update on surfer hibiscus print took over. The collection culminated in more feminine shapes – constructed of leather and sheer fabric – that will no doubt satisfy Wang’s…