Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana AW14

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Dolce&Gabbana-AW14-styleonthecouch-1Once upon a time…. a label named Dolce & Gabbana created a magical collection fit for the characters in fairy tales.  For Autumn Winter 14/15 a virtual storyboard of clothes presented us woodland animals (appliqué woodland creatures prints); late Baroque mini-dresses and coats and hoods for a modern-day Red Riding Hood.

But oh for the finale, Blog Reader.  In a perfectly wicked Medieval turn, D&G gave us an army of female knights in shining armour – shimmering tunics and jewel encrusted rompers (and models with legs that would stop any jousting tournament).

“Rich brocade mini dresses printed with gold keys came over leggings and little jewelled T-bar pixie shoes or ankle boots – this was all easy to wear in shapes that were almost practical at times, but all with the extra special Dolce treatment – the finale produced an army of girls in glittering silver and black cocktail dresses fit for parties all over the world next season. On the penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week, a good story was just what we needed – and David Gandy, Monica Belluci and Eva Herzigova in the front row ensured that, no matter the narrative, the emphasis here is all upon beautiful people.” – Vogue.com

So.

Where is my Prince Charming?

Images: Sonny Vandevelde and Dolce & Gabbana.

Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Gucci

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Gucci-AW14-styleonthecouch250s pastel hues and 60s mod styling: preppy glasses and go-go boots; mohair and leather textures meant a distinctly new feel for the usually ‘foxy glam’ Gucci this AW14.

The subdued pastel colour scheme was a win for me in this collection.  Susie Lau, writing for Dazed Magazine described this as a ‘My Little Pony palette’ of desaturated pinks, greens and blues.  The buttery-tan leather skirts, Vogue notes, could have passed for silk.

“Sleeveless A-line dresses with bibbed fronts popped up again and again in various guises, and were mostly paired with square-heeled python boots, or otherwise, a neat update on the house’s signature snaffle loafer: now it morphs into a knee-high boot, and it set looks off with an authentic Sixties swing. It was young, girlish, and extremely attainable.” – Vogue.com 

Never one for too much shearling, I wasn’t a fan of the fluffy coats and sweaters but I did love the modish boots, even those with the python print.  Mod culture was said to give young women high visibility and relative autonomy – the Gucci girl sets out to seduce, and here she does so in a highly cool and hip way, embracing still, like her 60s counterpart, all things sexy and streamlined.  Congratulations to Frida Giannini for creating a delightful daywear collection and taking Gucci in a subtle new direction.

Images: Sonny Vandevelde.

Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Versace

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Versace-AW14-styleonthecouch-4For AW14, Donatella Versace tells us “This is a collection about the power of a women.”  Military styling (think the Beatles in their Lonely Hearts Club stage) met with baton twirling dancers in this sexily-styled, provocative collection of mini dresses with lace-up boots, long, lean silk dresses and not forgetting the signature Versace bling.

“Bias cut dresses spliced from matte silk and shiny satin had asymmetric hemlines, which felt dated but to a young generation looking at this (young enough not to remember it in the early Nineties) then it must have looked novel. Then again, a Versace girl might choose to skip the dress altogether and go straight to the coats. The thing about this season’s thigh-skimming red alpaca jackets and bi-colour minks is that one needn’t necessarily wear anything underneath.” – Vogue.com

My favorites from this collection that surprisingly won me over were the black fringed skirts and short (short) dresses and the longer gowns (I remain a complete sucker for thigh high splits).  Now to locate my straightening irons and peroxide blonde, and you can sign my up for this Versace army.

Images: Sonny Vandevelde.