Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Jil Sander




JilSander-AW14-styleonthecouch-5I spied a wonderful pair of white boots on my fashion-friend Sara’s Instagram feed and I just had to asked her where they were from. She replied to me that they from Jil Sander, whose recent AW14/15 collection for Milan Fashion Week was an amazing series of cosmopolitan and cool designs in monochrome, grey and soft pastel hues.

Whilst Jil Sander’s namesake brand awaits a new Creative Director, the AW14 collection did not stray far from the brand’s original less and luxe design mission:

“[There were] architectural coats and waist-draped dresses in a tranquil palette of spearmint and blush: subtle stripes of tan and blue wool or watery coloured iridescent shift dresses giving a little life to a sober collection that concentrated on luxury of fabric and purity of line – while platform brogues in bright yellow patent or pink neon lizard skin hinted that the Jil Sander woman still has a sense of humour despite her serious attitude to fashion.”~

Vogue once described Sander as the ‘champion of minimalism’.  True, yet amidst the down-to-earth feel for AW14 there was some unexpected embellishment: “Tweed gets techy as teensy tiny sparkly flowers are crushed and woven in to create dresses that wrapped their way around the body.” – Dazed Digital.

I’d wear all of it.  Even the brogues :)

Images: Sonny Vandevelde.



Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana AW14


Dolce & Gabbana AW14-styleonthecouch



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.” –


Where is my Prince Charming?

Images: Sonny Vandevelde and Dolce & Gabbana.

Milan Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Gucci




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.” – 

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.