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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The SAG Awards: Fashion

I was going to write about the Critic’s Choice Awards during the week but sadly, the level of fashion was lacking, to say the least! A lot of A-list celebrities either don’t go or treated it as a relaxing event between the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, so although the style was nice, that’s the only word you could use for it! Last night saw the return of the SAG awards: the second big award ceremony of the season and another step closer to the Oscars for those nominated in their various categories. There was some incredible fashion from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars so I’ve selected my favourites and some of the styles we’ll be seeing this season. There were a lot of colour schemes reminiscent of the Golden Globes last week and we’re definitely seeing a pattern running through some of our favourite designers: monochromes, metallics and safe colours like navy and pale pink.

Black

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Sophie Turner in Dolce & Gabbana, Carice van Houten and Sophie McShera in David Meister

The casts of both Game of Thrones and Downtown Abbey were out in force last night and for the most part, they looked fantastic. Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner dazzled in a beautiful Dolce & Gabbana gown that complemented her pale complexion perfectly, while her co-star Carice van Houten looked great in a tea-length dress with back ruffle. Sophie McShera, who plays Daisy in Downton Abbey, was a real surprise on the night and looked great in a cut-out detail gown from David Meister.

White

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Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer in Marios Schwab and Hannah Simone in Marchesa

Maisie Williams looked beyond her years in this gorgeous white gown; a far cry from the tomboy character Arya she plays in nominated drama Game of Thrones. Her co-star Natalie Dormer (who is in everything at the moment) was sporting a white Marios Schwab gown with mesh detailing and a new partially shaved head, which looks pretty unreal on her! New Girl‘s Hannah Simone looked fab in this ethereal Marchesa gown with flowered neck detailing. White has been a popular colour this award season so expect to see a lot of it in the weeks to come, especially at the Oscars.

Metallics

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Laura Carmichael in gold Vionnet, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan Atelier and Emilia Clarke in bronze Calvin Klein Collection

Once again the metallics were a huge trend on the red carpet, just like the Golden Globes last week. Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey looked incredible again, this time delving into the world of metallics and wearing a delicate gold Vionnet gown, worthy of Lady Edith. I still think Jennifer Lawrence is lacking a little something in this gown (Dior, who else!) but she does look great so I’ll be kind! Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara wore another fitted dress – this time in Donna Karan Atelier – but this particular dress has critics divided over the fit of it – I will say, she looked phenomenal last week! Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke did her character Daenerys proud by sticking with metallics and showing off her stunning figure in bronze Calvin Klein Collection.

Navy

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Jennifer Garner in Max Mara, Kelly Osbourne in Jenny Packham, Anna Gunn in Monique Lhuillier, Morena Baccarin in Monique Lhuillier and Amy Adams in Antonio Berardi

Navy was a huge trend at the SAG awards so I’ve selected the ones I think shone out the most! Dallas Buyer’s Club actress Jennifer Garner looked gorgeous in a simple belted Max Mara navy dress and of course, husband Ben Affleck on her arm. Newly-single Kelly Osbourne was looking beautiful in Jenny Packham as she interviewed stars for E! and showed no sign of being upset over her engagement ending (fair play)! Nominated Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn looked hot in Monique Lhuillier. Morena Baccarin of Homeland also looked stunning in Monique Lhuillier in her red carpet debut since giving birth 12 weeks ago. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge fan of Amy Adams but I will readily admit she got it very right in this Antonio Berardi how last night. The deep blue colour made her pale complexion glow and she looked exceptional.

Pale Colours

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Sarah Hyland in Pamella Roland, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Vera Wang and Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

I’m not a huge fan of the pale colours but these ladies did look lovely last night! Sarah Hyland from Modern Family went for a very different look than she usually does in a flowing pale pink Pamella Roland gown with very minimal make-up. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was a hit as usual with a fabulous dove grey Vera Wang dress that looked like it was made for her – absolutely amazing! We should also take note that finally she stayed away from the pink! Award winner Cate Blanchett wore a pale pink Givenchy dress. I’m not sure how I feel about the dress as a whole but Cate looks glowing and she was a winner on the night once again!

Bright Colours

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Sandra Bullock in Lanvin, Elisabeth Moss in Michael Kors, Camilla Alves in Donna Karan Atelier, Oprah Winfrey in Badgley Mischka and Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci

There weren’t that many bright colours on the SAG red carpet but when there were, it was VERY bright! Sandra Bullock looked fab in an emerald green Lanvin dress, definitely an improvement on the colour-block dress that divided critics last week. Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss looked amazing in bright red Michael Kors with matching lipstick and understated accessories. Winner Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camilla Alves showed off her assets in a chartreuse satin Donna Karan Atelier, showing us why the stunning Brazilian is a Victoria’s Secret favourite. Oprah Winfrey looked great in a deep purple Badgley Mischka dress to support her fellow cast members in The Butler. The woman of the moment and award-winner Lupita Nyong’o looked fabulous once again in turquoise Gucci and stole a spot as one of the best dressed of the night!

Fashion Misses

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Ariel Winter in Badgley Mischka, Mariah Carey in Saint Laurent, Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta and Kerry Washington in Prada

There are always going to be a couple of misses when it comes to an event like this and some people got it just that little bit wrong. In theory, I love this Badgeley Mischka gown worn by Ariel Winter but there is just way too much cleavage here and it’s that bit too mature for the 15-year-old Modern Family star. Mariah Carey got it all VERY wrong with this Saint Laurent LBD with fishnets and looked like she was going to an 80s nightclub rather than a red carpet event. I love this Oscar de la Renta gown on Isla Fisher and she looked good in it but when looking at several different photos of it, it is glaringly obvious that this dress just doesn’t fit her. Maternity style came so well to newly-married Kerry Washington last week at the Golden Globes but this custom Prada ensemble just isn’t working for her…or her bump. It’s not evident that she is pregnant, it’s just an unflattering outfit and makes her look heavier than she is.

So with that being said, let the countdown begin to the Oscars!

Until then,

Emily Fashion Fiend

The Met Ball 2013

The celebrities were out in drones last night to celebrate the start of fashion season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Costume Institute Gala is always the most stunning event of the season and this year was no different. As usual there were some fantastic dresses, some horrendous creations and everything in between. The 2013 theme ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ gave the A-list the chance to spread their style wings and come up with something a little different. Therefore, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on the best and worst dresses of the night. Let me know your thoughts and opinions too!

THE BEST:

I don’t think anyone else could pull this off but Gwen Stefani manages to look absolutely fabulous in a Maison Martin Margiela gown and Fred Leighton jewels on the red carpet. Many didn’t like this as the punk theme was Stefani’s time to shine but in my opinion, Gwen looks beautiful! Gavin Rossdale scrubs up nicely in his tartan suit too!

Emma Watson looks like an absolute babe in a Prabal Gurung cut out gown. This type of gown was popular on the night but the Perks of Being a Wallflower star looked edgy and chic while still giving it that touch of class! Those shoes really give it the finishing touch!

Although Jennifer Lawrence played it safe with yet another Dior dress, I still think this is one of her best looks and love the fine details on the dress. Lawrence paid attention to detail with this outfit, with spiky shoes and the headpiece giving the outfit that little punk edge it needed.

Blake Lively managed to stun everyone in her two-tone Gucci dress. This girl seems to never get it wrong. The only thing missing from this ensemble is her new man candy husband Ryan Reynolds!

As one of the few celebrities that really embraced the punk theme, white hair has never looked so good on anyone as it does on Nicole Richie! Wearing a Topshop white gown, she let her hair and make-up do the talking and created a funky but chic outfit.

Sienna Miller was another celebrity who kept the theme in mind and stole the show in a simple white Burberry gown, covered by a very heavily studded leather jacket and headband. The outfit was risky for an event like this but she really pulled it off, showing that Brit girls are a step ahead when it comes to punk!

To all the ‘Hatha-haters’ out there, this look will stop you in your tracks! Although I’m a fan of Anne Hathaway, I’m not always a fan of her style choices. However, this Valentino dress shows a new racy side to her and the bleach blonde hair is fantastic, giving her a real edge in the style stakes!

Nina Dobrev looks phenomenal in a custom-made sheer Monique Lhuillier gown with a difference! It fits her like a glove and the trousers under the gown is inspired without looking like a bad 90s outfit!

I always love Rita Ora’s style, no matter how out there it is but she excels in this Thakoon number! The white with gold is elegant but the cut gives it a little bit of edge. Teamed with her trademark red lips, this ensemble is one to remember!

Saving the best till last (in my opinion) and another stunning gown from Thakoon. New supermodel on the block Cara Delevingne is everywhere at the moment and she proved that she is truly the belle of the punk ball in this studded number. Not only does it scream punk but its elegant and a true winner in the style stakes!

THE WORST:

There are way too many of these to count. Some people just didn’t get the theme, others just dressed in the dark! In any case, these are my opinions on the worst outfits of the night

I don’t know why, and I’ve tried really hard to, but I can’t like this dress! I don’t know if the Anthony Vacarello number would look better on someone else or not but I can’t get on board with it! Sorry Gisele!

Religious imagery is best left out of these things in my opinion and it certainly doesn’t belong on a dress for the Met Ball. I don’t know what kind of punk Katy Perry was trying to portray but I think this Dolce & Gabbana dress made her look frumpy and ridiculous and don’t get me started on the crown!

I know she is the honorary chair for this year’s Costume Institute Gala committee but I really can’t stand this Givenchy dress. Elements of it are…ok, but altogether I just see a big mess of colours, cuts and patterns. It may have been salvaged if those gloves hadn’t gotten involved but although they match, they add to the madness that is this outfit!

With a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headpiece and Louis Vuitton boots, there is just WAAAY too much going on in this outfit. Separately, these pieces probably would have worked to adhere to the punk theme but together, they really hurt my eyes. Sarah Jessica Parker is a real style icon in her own right but this look doesn’t work for me!

With all the stories of an imminent breakdown in the Hollywood rumour mill, Miley Cyrus doesn’t help herself when she goes out looking like this! This Marc Jacobs fish net dress does nothing for her and the spiky hair is less punk and more insane asylum!

Apparently Kanye was ’embarrassed’ by Kim’s ensemble, and while he has no right telling her what to wear, I can kinda see why. This Givenchy dress is way too busy for someone with a baby bump and as Kim’s maternity style has been a bit hit and miss, she could have stunned us with a fab outfit. However that wasn’t the case and we’re left grimacing at this awkward style choice!

Ok, so I’ll start by saying that I love this Stella McCartney jumpsuit in theory. In practice, and on Kristen Stewart, not so much! The lines are lovely and this is a gorgeous colour, especially on Kristen. However the boxy shape around the hips and thighs make her look like a very fashionable hexagon and it just doesn’t work for me! Sorry Kristen!

I adore Coco Rocha but her Met Ball choice have been questionable the last two years. The pink and yellow suit/hair thing she was trying to do last year just didn’t work, and this Ungaro outfit is no better. The gold leaf design mixed with leopard skin is disastrous and the ankle boots make it ten times worse!

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Credit: madonnaciccone.tumblr.com

It would take Madonna to ruin a theme and ruin it, she did! Forget the fact that she is way too old to be dressing like this anyway, she took punk way too literally and I imagine Lourdes will be hiding with the shame until next year after seeing this picture! Someone needs to tell Madonna not to go next year!

So these are my opinions on the best and worst dress at the Met Ball in New York last night. There were far more that I both liked and disliked but these were the clear winners and losers for me. Plus, you don’t want me going on anymore! Let me know what your thoughts are on the Costume Institute Gala style!

Keep styling, Em x

Is Fashion Now All About The Shock Factor?

THE FASHION industry is that intersection where the subtle meets the extreme and the innovative meets the downright crazy. Each season, designers have to come up with new ways to stay on top of the game, making their collections and catwalk shows as theatrical as possible, ensuring their show sticks in your mind. But when does the crazy become too crazy?

There has been uproar in the fashion industry the last six months over the infamous brand Yves Saint Laurent. A fashion house that has been at the forefront of the industry, YSL was taken over by a new creative director last year called Hedi Slimane to shake things up, and by god he did. When taking over a company that is so established, it is usually a risk changing anything but Slimane went one step further and changed the brand name to Saint Laurent, a move that had many critics speechless.

Since his time in the newly named Saint Laurent, Slimane has pushed the boat out on a number of projects. For the new menswear line, he chose a very unlikely candidate to front the campaign – Marilyn Manson. As part of the latest series of ads being debuted this month – titled the Music Project – Manson and other musicians such as Courtney Love will be featured in a move that is set to ‘cement the ties with the music industry’. But why?

The fashion industry loves a challenge. It loves having something to analyse and ponder about. But did Slimane push it a bit too far? With only a year in charge of one of the biggest fashion houses on the planet, he has altered everything he can about its original form, including its name. When John Galliano took the helm at Christian Dior all those years ago, he made it his own but he still stayed respectful and truthful to its original designer, who made the line as successful as it was. So why can’t Slimane do this?

Of course, he is not the first designer to try the shock factor to get the critics talking. Back in 2012, Tom Ford edited an issue of Vogue Paris and used young girls in his Cadeaux editorial, including 10-year-old Thylane Blondeau. Many were up in arms about the way these young girls were posing and the make-up and clothing they had on. This led to a huge controversy about the use of young models and led in part to the setting up of the Vogue Health Initiative.

In a piece entitled, “Why Tom Ford was right to photograph vamped up six-year-olds,” Libby Banks of MyDaily UK wrote: “Ford has created a dialogue about the fashion industry’s attitude to age; in an industry where teenage models are encouraged to have the physique of a small child in order to promote women’s clothing, surely the next ‘logical’ step is to use a small child to model grownup fashion. It’s meant to be absurd and offensive.”

It appears that the fashion industry has bowed down to this shock factor need. No collection or show is enough without the prospect of it blowing you out of your seat and that means a bleak future for some in the industry. It will be interesting to see how critics react when the Music Project is unveiled later this month and for Slimane’s sake, hope it doesn’t go down like a lead balloon!

Beyoncé Collaborates with DSquared2

So, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past three months, you’ve probably escaped the news that Beyoncé is doing another world tour. That O2 ad with the awful song has been plaguing our televisions for way too long now and its only about to get worse when she starts on the Mrs Carter world tour this week!

What we can love in the video is the fantastic theatrical outfit Beyoncé has on in the video, very Marie Antoinette and Parisian! Long gone are the days when we had our favourite acts prancing around on stage wearing hideous cheap outfits like PVC or pastel matching numbers (see everything Steps wore…ahh the 90s!).

It has been revealed this week that the designers behind this fabulous look are none other than DSquared2 – lucky lady! Twins Dean and Dan Caten, the geniuses behind the Italian brand are custom-making an outfit for Jay-Z’s better half for he upcoming world tour. They aren’t revealing anything about the outfit yet but a spokesperson has said that the outfit will be a ‘show-stopper’ and will be in line with their Spring/Summer 2013 collection, very reminiscent of 90s supermodels.

The spokesperson said, “Beyoncé chooses to wear a unique outfit created exclusively for her by Dean and Dan Caten, inspired by an item from the 2013 spring/summer Glamazon catwalk show”.

DSquared2 are known for their spectacular catwalk shows in the past – with recreations of festival grounds, a high-school dance and an underground rave – the perfect scene for their amazing collections.

Beyoncé collaborating with DSquared2 is a shrewd move for both parties, one being the biggest global superstar in the world right now and the other, an innovative design team that fly just under the radar enough to be extra-desirable. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how this partnership turns out and to get a glimpse of this ‘show-stopping’ number.

The Mrs Carter tour begins in Belgrade, Serbia on April 15 and finishes on August 5 in Brooklyn, her husband’s hometown.