MFW

Milan Fashion Week always seems the most high fashion of the fashion week season. From the street style to the frow to the runway, this city really is the European fashion capital from head-to-toe. As expected, the high-end design houses of Milan such as Prada, Gucci and Versace gave us something that New York and London didn’t: couture mixed with wearable designs.

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Gucci gave us a bright and airy collection that seemed a little out of place for A/W but was lovely all the same. The designs were displayed in a number of pastel and subtle shades in a move that is usually reserved for springtime collections. The cuts and designs were simple and elegant, providing us with aspirations for a gorgeous wardrobe. Prada seemed to do exactly the opposite – veering towards fabrics, colours and patterns that were heavier and darker. Furs, silks and wools were displayed in deep reds, navy and black and Miuccia Prada made sure we were set for the inevitable cool winter.

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Emporio Armani went back to basics and focused on the suit and the little black dress. There was an emphasis on tailoring and modernising the basic suit – making it durable and wearable for the modern woman, although there was a slight hint of Charlie Chaplin surrounding some of the suits. There were some beautiful tailored dresses that Audrey Hepburn would be proud of and the entire collection screamed class and elegance – another win for Giorgio Armani.

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Like Gucci, Versace played around with colour but used much darker and richer tones. The turquoises, reds, yellows and monochrome shades were emphasised on evening wear and party dresses, mixing silk and lace in a rock-chick way that only Donatella Versace can muster up. Roberto Cavalli was also all about the drama and did everything with just a touch of fur. The collection was full of electric tones – deep blues, reds and raven black. There was just a touch of theatrics about the collection, which is why we all adore Cavalli’s work, and this season, he didn’t disappoint.

milan fashion weekDolce & Gabbana was easily my favourite show of Milan Fashion Week. Not only did the two designers have some beautiful couture designs, but also they added that little bit of fun and divilment to the collection with animal cartoons and sketches. Using deep colours, designs and fabrics, the geniuses behind Dolce & Gabbana created a collection that every woman can wear and would be proud to have in their wardrobe. The fun and flirty styles and patterns made this a very easy collection to re-create at home, and best of all it looks warm and comfortable. Pretty much ideal for the Irish winters, right?

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This Milan Fashion Week didn’t disappoint – it very rarely does. All designers involved seemed to up their game and present us with collections that were both ready-to-wear and extremely high fashion. The use of colours and fabrics made us look forward to getting back into those winter woollies again without having to compromise our fashion sense. Next is Paris Fashion Week…who else is looking forward to that gorgeous French fashion?

This article was first published on lovetabii.com.

Until next time,

Keep Styling,

Em

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Cannes Film Festival 2012: The Lowdown

Cannes is now over 😦 I’ve been following it throughout the week and some of you know I’ve already done a couple of posts during the week about the Cannes red-carpet style but its time to finish what I started and express my opinions on the best and worst dresses on the red-carpet the last week. There are some fabulous fashionable people like Jessica Chastain who can seem to do no wrong and then there are people like Freida Pinto who have people across the globe divided on their wardrobe choice. I’ve encouraged people to say their bit when it comes to the dresses at Cannes, I love to hear everyone’s opinions, just because I like it, doesn’t mean you will! There are some good, some bad and some baffling this year at the Film Festival and we can only wonder what some of these ladies (and maybe gentlemen!) are thinking!

Diane Kruger in Dior couture. I can’t seem to think straight when I see this dress so I don’t know if I have an opinion other than…’its very..lumpy’! She’s had a great week style-wise this year though so Kruger has to be commended for that!

Kylie Minogue looking spectacular in Roberto Cavalli. Say what you want about Minogue but she is an extremely strong and formidable woman and this dress suits her down to the ground!

Well, she could have smiled but this Marchesa gown is still stunning on Camilla Alves!

Reese Witherspoon looking absolutely adorable with her baby bump in Atelier Versace that makes her look radiant!

Two words: I want! Well done Lily Donaldson, you look breathtaking in this beautiful emerald gown

This Reem Acra dress is amazing, shame Kristen Stewart refuses to smile and maybe the hair should have been looser!

Nicole Kidman looks STUNNING in custom-made Lanvin, look at that detail at the back, truly amazing!

Natasha Poly had a bit of a hit and miss year in Cannes this year but she wins major points for this Emilio Pucci gown

For once I have no way to criticise Stewart, great outfit, hair brushed. Bravo, Kristen!

Yes, its Kruger again in a lovely custom-made Nina Ricci gown

Irina Shayk in Roberto Cavalli and a truckload of de Grisogono jewels

I cannot believe I’m about to criticise a supermodel but really, Karolina Kurkova, what are you thinking?!

My god, Berenice Marlohe, you have got the androgynous look down to a fine art!

Kelly Brook was someone I was not impressed with this year. Thought all her dresses looked cheap and for someone who has such an enviable figure, she didn’t dress to her full potential!

That’s about all the talent we’ve found in Cannes this year. Chastain and Kruger did a spectacular job whereas others didn’t do quite as good, and of course, Eva Longoria’s Marchesa dress will go down in history! What do you all think?

Keep styling, Em x

First Weekend of Cannes 2012

Over the first weekend of Cannes, there have been some beautiful gowns walking the red carpet. More stars have graced the Cannes Film Festival and the glitter and glamour has been amazing to watch. I won’t go on for ages, just have a look and see what you think of the weekend fashion at Cannes.

No matter what is said about the look of this dress, Cheryl Cole is looking amazing in Stéphane Rolland for the premiere of Amour

Salma Hayek looking perky and beautiful in a Gucci Premiere dress

Naomi Watts, another advocate of the dress with a train trend in pale pink Marchesa, a design house getting a lot of press at Cannes this year

Jessica Chastain seems to be doing everything right this year with another show stopping gown, this time from Armani Privé

Brit Gemma Arterton looking stunningly curvy in a custom made Gucci gown

Chastain again looking beautiful in a fabulous pale pink Gucci Premiere dress

Ed Westwick looking dashing in a fabulously cut tuxedo at the Romeo and Juliet press event

Keep styling, Em x

Day 2 of Cannes Film Festival 2012

Some time has passed in Cannes and its time to have another look and see what our favourite stars are wearing on the red carpet. With it only being the second full day, most of the stars that I featured in yesterdays post will feature again today as most other stars haven’t arrived yet. It was a beautiful day in Cannes and it brought the starlets and the red carpet style out in force with some stunning outfit choices. Have a look at what the fashionistas at the Cannes Film Festival had to offer today.

Freida Pinto looking fresh as a daisy in Salvatore Ferragamo…kinda makes you want to go on holiday!

Yet another gorgeous dress for Marion Cotillard, this time a lot more red-carpet worthy as always with Christian Dior

Eva Longoria in yet another beautiful dress, by Emilio Pucci this time. Although its not as show-stopping as her Marchesa gown, she is favouring her whites and metallics this year and looks all the better for it!

Jane Fonda looking ever better than the day before (if that were even possible!) in Stella McCartney

Yes its Freida Pinto again in a fabulous lime green Atelier Versace dress with the latest style accessory, a thigh high slit, the same as her Michael Angel dress.

Diane Kruger (again!) wearing Balmain and rocking those amazing heels

And yet again, Diane Kruger. Clearly her style is high class this year! Posing in a Calvin Klein Collection dress to the Women in Film party

Jessica Chastain looking cute as a button in polka dot Dolce and Gabbana

Jada Pinkett Smith looking fabulous in Versace

That’s all for the second day of Cannes but come back for a look in the next couple of days and see what the first weekend of Cannes has in store for us!

Keep styling, Em x