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?

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Glamour Women Of the Year Awards 2012

Few and far between are the really glamorous red-carpet events in London. We have various premieres in Leicester Square, some royal events and of course, the BAFTAs every year. But the Glamour Awards that were hosted last night are always a red-carpet event to talk about and the style is always fantastic. I used to read Glamour for a few years and every year I would marvel at the British sophistication and style that was brought to the event and now I’m a fashion journalist, that just makes it even greater! As usual, the fashion was right on point and I’m going to pick out some of my favourite looks from the night…as well as a couple of the ones that should have been avoided! Let me know if I’ve missed anyone spectacular out!

Not too keen on this Stella McCartney gown but kudos to Kylie for looking fantastic!

I both love and hate this flapper dress on Jessie J, i love the concept but it kind of saddens me when she tones it down so much!

I’m not very keen on Kelly Rowland’s dress…but can’t put my finger on why! Maybe its the high neckline…

Willoughby has gotten quite a lot of criticism for this dress but I think it looks fantastic on her and you can rarely go wrong with a LBD!

Michele’s Vivienne Westwood dress makes her shoulders look a small bit broad but its a fantastic dress otherwise with a very en vogue train!

Love Lily Collin’s style, and this dress is absolutely beautiful on her!

This orange dress is perfect for the summer and Eva looks fantastic picking up her ‘Inspiration’ Award

In two minds about Jessica Alba’s dress, I’m loving the skirt but the top is a bit too fluffy or something!

Very on trend and Viola Davis really suits bronze!

Once again I fear, Fearne Cotton is dressing too old for her age!

Sophia Vergara could wear a bin bag and still look hot so no complaints here!

Donatella, you’ve had amazing designs but it’s getting embarrassing at this stage!

Lily Allen looking cute and quintessentially British as usual!

Little Mix looking absolutely adorable and each stylish in their own right!

Katherine Kelly, this dress is amazing, I tip my hat to you!

I’m no fan of Myleene Klass by any stretch but she can certainly wear a dress!

And my favourite, not for fashion but for her amazing writing talents is Caitlin Moran!! A real inspiration to me, love her sarcasm and wit! I’ve been told that I write a bit like her and that’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever had!

Keep styling, Em x