Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Weeks Around The World

I love the “big four” fashion weeks (NY, London, Milan, Paris) because they each offer something different and special that speaks to almost all tastes.  I love New York Fashion Week because of its designer melting pot. I love London Fashion Week because of its edginess and you are always guaranteed to find the most unique fashion.  Milan fashion week because of the classic Italian Designers and Paris because of the elegant and classy haute couture houses.

Here are our favorite looks:

NY Fashion Week:

I love this look because of the colors, cut and combination of fabric. The sunglasses are spectacular and transform the outfit from girly to edgy.

DVF SS 2013

Love the color combination and the flowyness of the design.

DVF SS 2013

Super feminine and classy.  Reminds me of Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Zac Posen SS 2013

I’m all about the cool pattern cut outs this season. Can’t help but admire this sophisticated and sexy dress.

Michael Kors SS 2013

LONDON Fashion Week

I’m a sucker for sheer organza and chiffon so any time I see a creation this sheer I can’t help but be drawn to it.

Christopher Kane SS 2013

More cool patterns and cuts.

LFW

I find this look very pure but rebellious at the same time.

Fashion Fringe SS 2013

I admire the creative design in the fabric.

Antoni And Alison SS 2013

MILAN Fashion Week

Loving the patterns and colors in the Gucci Collection.  Classy and feminine as always.

Gucci SS 2013
Gucci SS 2013
Fendi SS 2013

I’m not huge into animal print in general but this look I like.  I also love her hair and make up!

Just Cavalli SS 2013

Love the lace detail on the side of this pant dress.

Roberto Cavalli SS 2013

PARIS Fashion Week

Mysterious and sexy.

YSL SS 2013

The knit work on this dress is exceptional. I love the colors, the shape and the length of sleeves. Very flattering for a woman’s body.

Balmain SS 2013

Tres Chic all around!!!

Jean Paul Gaultier SS 2013

I want this bathing suit from Chanel.  The bag is a little much but I believe it is just for show.

Chanel SS 2013
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Australian Fashion Week 2012

After having attended Australian Fashion Week 2010 I was glad to see that now Mercedes Benz is sponsoring it and that it’s getting the coverage that it deserves.

Here are some highlights from the week and my favorite collections:

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. Magdalena Velevska

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. An Ode To No One collection.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. Zimmermann collection.

Love of the Week: Milan Fashion Week Edition

In celebration of Milan Fashion Week we decided to showcase our favorite items, looks and videos of the event. There is something great about the fashion in Europe, we love the color and texture combinations!

We hope this inspires you for the weekend!

Here is the amazing video of a show in Milan. Obsessing over the colors, music and lighting!
Milan Fashion Week Runway Video

 

Milan Street Fashion: Perfect combination of chic and laid back

Great Color Combination

Accesories Heaven

A splendiferous Gala

On January 19th I had the privilege of attending the “secret” soiree that was part of the San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala. The venue was the beautifully lit and decorated San Francisco City Hall. As I walked in the front entrance I was greeted by a sea of Tuxedos and colorful evening gowns who were cheerfully chatting, taking pictures, dancing and enjoying a special evening in company of socialites. I have to say that my expectations were very high in terms of fashion and although there were some gorgeous dresses present the majority could have done better given their financial means.

Nonetheless concern for fashion did not stop the crowd from having an amazing time. The high point of the night came when Justin Bieber look alike took over the turntable & spun the best electronic house mixed with Latin beats. Sebastian Vinet was his name and he was from Chile. Not only was this DJ just 20 years old but also part of the SF Ballet and had just performed on stage just a short while before. DJ-ing was so natural for him and he completely stole the show…… and I’m sure many young women’s hearts.

The pictures below are courtesy of Drew Altizer.

Paula Carano

Paula Carano

Marissa Mayer and Zack Bogue

Deepa Pakianathan

Gold Aspirations

Gold: This season’s hottest accessory

With the price of gold at an all time high anything in the color gold or in the material itself screams of luxury. As gold approaches the price of diamonds it takes the starring role as it were the gem rather than the supporting role it has been used to through the decades. Personally I have been more of a white gold kind of person but lately I adore all accessories in gold. It’s nice to see yellow gold as the “it metal” of this season. Daring designers are using modern twists in the details making this metal even more glamorous yet urban chic.
I find it fascinating to witness how fashion and what is in style affect our taste. It seems that every 10 years yellow gold makes a strong comeback. From about 1999 to 2009 white gold was the star of every fashion jewelry line but now we are in the middle of a luscious gold age and I am embracing it!!!

Gold Age


Alexis Bittar crystal bangle
$395 – charmandchain.com

Alexis Bittar gold jewelry
$275 – intermixonline.com

Yves saint laurent ring
$250 – net-a-porter.com

ASOS vintage style jewelry
$26 – asos.com

Brass ring
$422 – farfetch.com

Arielle De Pinto chain necklace
$755 – net-a-porter.com

Long necklace
fantasyjewelrybox.com

Sterling silver jewelry
54 – exoticindiaart.com

Below are catwalk pictures from the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino & Bottega Veneta who adorned their winter collections with gold in all shades and shimmers. Pictures courtesy of fashionista.com and style.com

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Moschino

Moschino

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

For the Love of Paris

By Lona

Paris Fashion Week is already in day 4 and I’m really excited to present some of my favorite designers and pieces from their collections.  But first a little note on my love for Paris.

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world.  I know that is a little bit cliché because EVERYONE is supposed to love Paris but my love relationship with Paris did not start until I lived there.  In fact on my very first visit some 11 years ago I was very unimpressed and could not understand why everyone was so charmed by this city.  Years later, when I was lucky enough to spend 4 summers in a row in the capital of CHIC I finally understood it’s magnetic allure.

Amongst all the usual suspects that Paris does best like Macarons , foe gras, fashion, art, joie de vivre what I love most about Paris is the sheer history that spans over 2000 years and encompasses some of my favourite eras.  You can feel and touch the history all around you. Every building you see has a historic moment tied to it whether it was a famous moment in history or .  What I enjoy doing while in Paris it to take a picnic spread and sit  by the fountain in the Jardin de Tuileries  directly across from the Louvre.  On a warm summer day it is such a beautiful sight and feeling to sit there and imagine how the Louvre was 100, 200, 300, 500 years ago and get lost in that world.  Below is a picture of that view.

One of my favourite quotes of all times has to be the quote from MIDNIGHT in Paris “To know that Paris exists and anyone would choose to live anywhere else is a mystery to me”

 

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Nina Ricci, Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Balmain: Picture coutesy of Fashiongonerogue

Emerging Talent

By Lona

While at fashion week, in between the catwalk shows, I had a chance to visit the exhibits that were set up at Somerset House, home of British Fashion Council and where most of the fashion shows were taking place.  At these exhibit, young designers that either were not ready or did not have the budget to show their collection on the runways, had a chance to obtain a booth and display their work to be seen and touched by hundred of professional buyers that came to LFW to purchase for their stores.  These exhibits help emerging designers develop relationships and build their profile and business.

One of my favorite designers was Sophie Hulme because I love her authentic simplicity yet unexpected twists she adds to her bags, belts and garments.  SOMA magazine describes it as “Utilitarian Chic”. Hulme herself said “I am always attracted by menswear—the utility and the toughness,”

I personally loved her bags and belts and wanted to purchase all of them. Luckily for the bank account the collection was purely for display.

Another fun and innovative designer that stood out from the crowd was CLEO B.   She was adorable.  CLEO was no more than 25, beautiful and super nice.  I loved the retro shoes that she had created in all the various jewel tones.

CLEO B

When it came to clothing and ready to wear collections I fell in love immediately with D.EFECT.  This designer from Latvia captured my attention because of the form fitting clean lines and high quality materials she used for her spring collection.  I tried to find some pictures of the latest collection but all I could get was the autumn 2011 collection which was not my favorite I have to say.

Below are some more interesting new designers:

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George Angelopoulos
Kim Kwang
Kim Kwang

London Fashion Week Report: Day 3&4

By Lona

Day 3 & 4 at London Fashion Week was when the big name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum showcased their S/S 2012 collections.

But Burberry, with its impressive set up in Hyde Park away from the usual venues of the London Fashion Week pulled in a star studded FROW including Sienna Miller, Andy Rodick, Mario Testino, Kanye West etc.  Unfortunately our bus from the main venue (Somerset House) arrived late to the show due to surprise surprise London traffic so I was not able to see the show first hand however I’m sure that many of you were able to watch it live via Facebook and perhaps via “Tweetwalk” which tweeted pictures of every look before it hit the runway.

The International Herald Tribune wrote that Christopher Bailey took the coat to places it had never been before.  Indeed the S/S 2012 collection was a real departure from the traditional Burberry pieces.   It embodied artisan elegance through the African-Inspired prints.  Backstage Christopher Bailey was quoted as he described the concept behind the collection. “I loved the idea of craftsmanship, and things that were made by hand, as a contradiction to the pace of the digital world. These pieces were slot to make and made to treasure and last.”

This quote rings very true to us that live and work in Silicon Valley; the heart of the digital world.  Where everything is created and resides in digital space.  There is something to be said about creating beautiful tangible things with your hands.   This is why I love fashion especially couture since most pieces are created by hand and are meant to last and be treasured for a lifetime.

Below are some pictures I snapped and those professionally taken by style.com

The crowd outside Burberry Prorsum

Two bloggers having a fashion conversation after taking pictures of each other’s outfits

LFW: Day 3&4 continued

By Lona

In addition to the Burberry show I was able to make it to two other shows.  Mark Fast and Louise Gray.

At Mark Fast the provocative crochets in his spring collection came in all colors.  “We worked with yellow, orange and fuchsia and feathered printed neoprene to compose a tropical exotic surge of color.” Explained the British designer.   One of the models was constantly getting her shoe caught in the long crochet dress and about to fall but she managed to walk the runway despite this difficulty.   I’m guessing there was no practice run 🙂

Louise Gray’s collection was at the Topshop Show Space where many of the attendees were super excited to be there, mingle with each other before the show and show their strong support for this very quirky and exuberant British designer.   Her collection had to be one of the most distinct I have ever seen.  Gray’s signature is her mishmash of color, pattern and texture. “Its how my mother taught me to dress,” she said, “everything matches if you like it.” I think she is extremely creative and original but at the same time I cannot say that I would wear some of the pieces from this collection.  Below are some of the photos I snapped during the shows yesterday.

Mark Fast

Mark Fast

Mark Fast

Gift Bags at Louise Gray

Louise Gray

Louise Gray

London Fashion Week Report: Day 1!

London Fashion Week kicked off this morning and I’m so excited to be here and report back on the latest trends for Spring 2012.  The vibe, the designers, the venue are totally different from New York Fashion week but that is what gives it its charm.  Today’s collections were edgy and dark as you would normally expect from London’s catwalks but I have picked out some colorful favorites as color is what I love.

The Rodnik Band

Sass & Bide

Maria Grachvogel

Maria Grachvogel

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PPQ

Sass & Bide

Jean-Pierre Braganza

Joanne Stoker

Corrie Nielsen