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Alessandra Rich

this collection by Alessandra Rich was actually released way back in October when the Spring 2013 collections came out, so I’m surprised i’ve only caught on now. why have those fabulous flamed dresses been eluding me for so long! not to mention that first lace number. yes. there’s also a bit of The Never Ending Story Childlike Empress thrown in, which you won’t hear me complain about.

…her collection was inspired by a lot of thinking about Russian girls. Rich gave her girls names—Olga and Irina—and a backstory that saw the merging of the iconic Russian female gymnast and the (now equally) iconic Russian jet-set glamour girl. It was an oddball starting point for a collection, but it worked.Style.com

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Dulce Dolce

out of all the fashion weeks i find Milan to be the most fun – mostly because of my ever favourite italian design houses Marni, Prada and Missoni… but this year my favourite FAVOURITE favourite collection by far, ever, possibly in the history of all fashion weeks, was Dolce & Gabbana. which surprises no one more than myself because i’ve never been a big D&G fan.

just one quick glance over the entire collection and a myriad of things come to mind: summer holidays, the italian riviera, hammocks, umbrellas, summer heat, ripe fruit, cold drinks, seaside stripes – as if all the facets of a dream holiday had come together in one hot delicious melting pot wardrobe. and the best thing is that it’s all so wearable. the dresses have beautiful flattering silhouettes (tucked waists & flowing skirts! yes!) not to mention the detail that went into every fabric and every accessory (those shoes! those bags! those earrings!). holy MOLY guys, i can’t put into words how much i love this collection…

so i did a colour comparison instead. matching some of my favourite Dolce & Gabbana outfits to vintage travel posters, so that i can dream about going to exotic destinations and looking awesome at the same time.

truth be told i could have done one of these for each and every outfit, but i simply don’t have the time (alas) so please be sure to check out the entire collection plus the close up details at Vogue.

runway images courtesy of Vogue, travel posters courtesy of Boston Public Library.

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Valentino Resort 2013

remember this bride who wore Valentino S/S 11 to her dreamy italian wedding? well i can already see the Valentino Resort 2013 collection plastered all over the thousands of wedding boards on pinterest. i for one would love to see a bride rock this look (no.3 in this sequence). see the entire collection at vogue.

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Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

the second i saw the first image from the Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 collection all i could think was WOW! outfit after outfit after outfitwow, wow, wow. and if you’re about to comment about how crazy the shoes are or how you’d never wear such insanely bold colours all at once – i want to stop you right there. because this is rad and i won’t hear any of it.

Marc Jacobs’s resort collection was infused with a spirit of giddy optimism that drew on uplifting Pop Art color and print, and toyed with playful proportions that sampled the linear seventies, the puffball eighties, and the deconstructed nineties—all spun into a uniquely Jacobsian 2013 mix. – Hamish Bowles

i chose my ten favourite looks, but please go look at the entire collection over at Vogue.

all images courtesy of Vogue

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The Red Dress

today’s guest post is from Mallory of Where The Lovely Things are. we share a love of many things, but we really bonded over our shared love of Melvin Udall in As Good as it Gets.


I’m Mallory (I mostly blog here, but also here & here, plus I tweet & pin) & every season I’m compelled to at least glance at every designer’s collection who presents during fashion week. I have no reason to do this (thus why it’s a compulsion). Do I work in fashion? No. At a magazine? Nope. Could I ever hope to buy something from a collection? Ha! Yes, I sometimes blog about my favorites, but I don’t look at the collections because I’m going to blog about them, I blog about them because I spent all that freaking time clicking through each look. I think – “I might as well throw together few posts. Don’t totally waste hours of your life, Mal”.

A week or so ago I lay in some sort of zombie-daze state looking through collection after collection and I realized that I got a little jolt of excitement every time I found an awesome red dress. I realized (or at least I tried to convince myself) that that was why I ended up scrolling through all these fashion fests when I should be sleeping: I’m looking for red dresses. Because I looooooove red dresses.

When I was a little girl and my mother dressed me, red dresses were always prevalent. When I started dressing myself they cropped up just as much. My favorite dresses I ever wore to dances in high school – red. If I’d been invited to the Oscars I’d have worn the color of the carpet. And when I get married someday I may wear white, but only for a little bit (if at all) then it’ll be… yeah – red.

So, for this guest post I thought I’d put together some of my favorite red dresses from the Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collections as well as some of my favorite red dresses from movies (because I love movies as much as I love red dresses). Here we go…

Felder Felder / See by Chloé / Imitation of Christ / Emilia Wickstead

Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna in Inglorious Basterds

Karen Walker / Monique Lhuillier / Jonathan Saunders / Calvin Klein Collection

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless

Matthew Williamson / Michael Kors / Marchesa

Grace Kelly as Margot in Dial M for Murder

Thakoon / Jonathan Saunders / Michael van der Ham / Christopher Kane

Stockard Channing as Rizzo in Grease

St. John / Tadashi Shoji / Monique Lhuillier / Sachin + Babi

Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge

Sophie Theallet / Monique Lhuillier / Imitation of Christ / Monique Lhuillier

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei and Jane Russell as Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Emilia Wickstead / Reed Krakoff / Jil Sander

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in (obvs.) Mary Poppins

Finally, I had to include Helen Hunt as Carol in As Good As It Gets because one of the reasons Diana is awesome (other than her amazing blog) is her ability to recognize quotes / references from this movie. I’ve encountered few people who know what I mean when I say “Good times, noodle salad”, so I totally appreciate when I find someone who does. Sadly for Carol the Waitress, Melvin insults her lovely red dress when they go out on their date. But then to make it up to her he tells her “You make me want to be a better man” and she says it’s the best compliment of her life, so it’s all okay. For a few minutes, at least.

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Fashion Month Favourites

as you’ll see in her disclaimer (haha) kate does not actually work in fashion – but you might think she does considering that she occasionally styles mini-editorials, frequently updates her fashion-fueled tumblr, contributes to wearing the pants and writes cool pieces for local blog it’s what i’m into (including a Q&A with current  street style it-girl eleonora carisi). we often gab on gchat and twitter, she’s an absolute favourite.


I should probably start off with a disclaimer: I know nothing about fashion. Except that I look at it. A lot. I’ve been working on this post for about a week, actually, maybe two. And with every day and every show it gets more and more difficult to edit myself. There’ve been a ton of collections with stuff I would wear (let’s face it I’m not one to turn down designer gear), but if it’s made it onto this list it means I really liked it. And when I say “really liked it” I mean it filled my heart with pure, unadulterated fashion joy! In keeping with Miss Moss’ fashion week rules, I have decided to limit myself to 4 outfits per collection, because otherwise things would get crazay. So, here we go!

Prada

I am a huge fan of Miuccia Prada. In fact, I may name my future daughter Miuccia (even though I have no idea how to pronounce it), that’s how cool I think she is. I mean, the lady was born in 1949, but season after season she creates these fresh, unimaginable women. A little bit classy. A little bit quirky. Always left of centre.This season’s eccentricity came in the form of an army of bad-ass steam punk villians. It was like Dr Evil meets Willy Wonka. Purple, green, tan, yellow & orange sat side by side in perfect harmony. Even the black ensembles didn’t bore. Miuccia, ti amo!

Carven

Fashion and art collide on the runway with a collection that, according to vogue.com, was “borne of the fantasy of a girl walking through a museum filled with sixteenth and seventeenth century art and stealing things off the wall and out of the display cases for her wardrobe”. I like that. A lot. The first time I saw this collection, I literally started chanting “Carven! Carven! Carven!” in my head. I went all tingly inside and I couldn’t breathe. It was very strange and I’m a bit worried about my mental health. I think I went temporarily crazy for Carven.

Proenza Schouler

Personally I don’t think liking Proenza Schouler needs any explanation. Have you seen how cute they are? Dream-boat designer boys aside, I thought their Fall collection was pretty cool. At first, I just liked the hair. But the closer I looked, the more I liked. In fact, I think one of those satin Asian inspired padded jackets has punched its way up to the top of my Dream-On Fall 2012 Wishlist. (You can throw in the sweaters too).

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc’s collection fulfilled all my schoolgirl fashion fantasies. Although undoubtedly the least flattering skirt length ever, I couldn’t help but fall in love with his prim & proper, post-war appeal; complete with it’s very own technicolour dream kilt.

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel’s collection appeals to the part of me that wishes I dressed like a grown up. Or a lady. Or a grown-up lady. Super chic knits graced the runway in cream, a colour I would never dare to wear because of my tendency to spill things on myself. The black headbands added a cool flapper charm and kept the luxe looks from taking themselves too seriously.

Marni

Marni was back with a Bang! (Hair Pun!) I’m not gonna lie, the white tights threw me a bit. They reminded me of the medical kind you have to wear to keep varicose veins under control… I think they call them compression stockings? Anyway, back to the runway… I love the combo of red and baby blue, and the fact that the red came in the form of a cape to rival all capes was an added bonus. The embellished tee & matching bag was a feast for the eyes. And #3  reminds me of a colouring book slash pajamas, which looks super fun to me.

Kenzo

Kenzo, so cool. I know it’s sad, but that’s all I can think of when I look at the Fall collection that was worn by the 50 models who travelled up and down escalators in a 4-storey high building for the audience at Paris Fashion Week. Tiger print sweaters tucked into satin column skirts. Tasseled shirts & skirts that turn to armour. Tablecloth prints and monochrome clashes. It’s bold, without being ridiculous and totally 100% wearable, if you’re that way inclined.

So I think I’m done. And, as this was a completely subjective look at Fall 2012, I encourage you to head on over to vogue.com to check out all the collections and pick your own favourites!

Images via Vogue

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