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.

milan fashion week

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.

milan fashion week

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.

milan fashion week

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?

milan fashion week

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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Photos c/o vogue.co.uk, fabsugar.co.uk, fabfashionfix.com

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Winter Edit: My Favourite Lipsticks

If you have checked out the blog before, you’ll know I have quite the obsession with lipstick! It started years ago when I always wanted to try on my mum’s lippie but escalated into a full-blown lipstick need that can’t seem to be controlled. Pretty much every night I go out, I throw on some red lipstick – my go-to colour when it comes to lips. I have an ever-growing collection of lipsticks and I’ve decided to share some of them with you! I’ve included my favourites, some I definitely wouldn’t buy again and the lipsticks I’m coveting at the moment. Mostly red of course!

My Favourites

No7 Stay Perfect ‘Love Red’ Lipstick, €12.25.

No7 Stay Perfect 'Love Red' Lipstick

No7 Stay Perfect ‘Love Red’ Lipstick

I absolutely love this lipstick! It’s a relatively new purchase but I regret none of it! I had a No7 voucher to use and am usually skeptical about the brand but this lipstick has totally changed my mind! The only thing that annoys me is the shape of the lipstick. Most brands have a dip in the top to fit in with the curve of your lips but this one doesn’t which is a problem when you need perfect looking lips! I’ve no lip brush (my next investment) so I find using a cotton wool bud helps me put the colour on perfectly!

MAC Limited Edition Archie’s Girls ‘Veronica’ Lipstick in Ronnie Red, €19.50. 

MAC Archie Girls Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red

MAC Archie Girls Veronica Lipstick in Ronnie Red

My favourite lipstick ever! I can’t speak highly enough of this lipstick and I enjoy wearing it every time I wear it. The blue-red tinge suits my complexion well, it’s easy to apply and is extremely long-lasting compared to other lipsticks! Unfortunately I don’t think it’s possible to get your hands on this limited edition collection anymore but it is close enough to other MAC shades like Ruby Woo that we can still wear some version of it!

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in ‘Sail La Vie’

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in 'Sail La Vie'

MAC Limited Edition Hey Sailor Lipstick in ‘Sail La Vie’

Another limited edition piece that can’t be gotten hold of anymore so I’m dreading having to throw it away! I bought this in Budapest in the 8 weeks it was available and it is a fantastic piece of make-up. I usually have an issue with orange lipstick – reminds me of old ladies who can’t apply properly – but this colour is young, fresh and goes with pretty much everything. Also with different methods of applying, you can achieve very different shades which is brilliant in a lipstick! Shop ‘So Chaud’ or ‘Morange’ in MAC for orange lipsticks!

Benefit ‘Benetint’ Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit 'Benetint' Cheek and Lip Stain

Benefit ‘Benetint’ Cheek and Lip Stain

This stuff is amazing! I use it for a lip stain and it really gives you a fantastic colour without too much work. This is what goes on my lips every day for work as it is long lasting colour without being too pink. This can also be used as a cheek stain so it is essential for women who like that long-lasting blush effect.

Ones to Avoid

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in ‘Alarm’, €6.65.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in Alarm

Rimmel Lasting Finish 170 in Alarm

A much more pocket-friendly red lipstick but this is definitely reflected in the product. The colour is nice but there definitely isn’t a ‘lasting finish’. It wears off extremely quickly and to be honest, the smell of it makes me feel a bit ill! I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who likes a long-lasting lipstick  and I do find the product a little cheap-smelling.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte By Kate Moss Lipstick in ‘110’, €6.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Kate in '110'

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Kate in ‘110’

Once again, a very inferior brand compared to MAC. I like to invest in lipstick and reap the rewards of it and although this colour was also out of my comfort zone, I was very unhappy with it. It wears off almost instantly and it smells very strange. This is good for someone who has the time to keep re-applying all the time but unfortunately I don’t have that luxury and it means the stick wears down extremely quickly!

Lipsticks I’m Coveting

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, £25

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour

I’ve asked my very own Santa (a.k.a. Mum) for a little Chanel delivery this Christmas so fingers crossed I’ll get something in my stocking this year! Pirate is the perfect red colour all wrapped up in some gorgeous packaging (cos packaging is very important, doncha know)! I’ve heard nothing but good things about Chanel make-up and I’m dying to give it a try!

MAC Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’

MAC Lipstick in 'Ruby Woo'

MAC Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’

Ruby Woo is my dream lipstick and it’s the next lipstick on my list! It’s a favourite of Dita Von Teese so really, there is no reason why I shouldn’t get it! I love my red lipstick (quite obviously) so I’m constantly on the lookout for new ones and this is like the God of red lipsticks!

Some day I WILL own all the red lipsticks!

Until next time,

Emily Fashion Fiend

Autumn Fashion Wishlist

It’s coming into Autumn and the weather is a-changing! I love this time of year – the change of the leaves, the smell of the air and of course, the wardrobe choices. I’m such an autumn person and the colours suit my skin tone so much more – reds, burgundy, dark greens and mustard yellows. I adore dressing up in boots and coats and my obsession with faux fur gets to be displayed all the time!

I’ve been longing to get back into my hats and scarves and I really want to get more burgundy in my wardrobe, so I’ve made up my wish lists from a few different stores. I’m hoping now I’m starting my new job in H Samuel (yay!), I’ll be able to purchase a few bits and build up the statement pieces in my wardrobe!

Keep Styling,

Em

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