Ferragamo takes show outdoors

Milan designers are breathing fresh air into Milan Fashion Week.

Many fashion houses are showing their collections outdoors this season, or at least throwing open the windows on their grand palazzi venues, betting on Mother Nature with open-air shows. The late summer/early autumn weather has cooperated fully.

Angela Missoni’s 20th anniversary show was held in the courtyard of a former factory, with a colourful tent of foulards offering some protection from the sun. Roberto Cavalli returned to the stage with a new designer in a sleek-white open-air runway in Milan’s central Parco Sempione, which the brand founder often used as his venue.

Tomas Maier made sure the windows were open at the grand Conservatory where he showed his latest Bottega Veneta collection, while Vionnet and Max Mara located their shows in Renaissance-style courtyards.

Salvatore Ferragamo moved out of its usual Milan Stock Exchange venue into the square, hedging bets against the weather with some plexi-glass protection overhead.

To celebrate its new “Amo Ferragamo” fragrance, Salvatore Ferragamo energised Milan’s Piazza Affari with an open-air runway show on Saturday night, a sign of freshness and openness as womenswear design director Fulvio Rigoni previewed his third collection.

Models walked on a plexi-glass runway over a fresh lawn of real grass sprinkled with plastic daisies, and the fashion crowd was treated to a Botticelli-inspired light show on the façade of Milan’s stock exchange building before being invited inside to party with the British band Clean Bandit. The celebratory atmosphere was all meant as an antidote to trying political times, the designer said.

“I wanted to create a positive feeling at this particular moment,” Rigoni said ahead of the show. “At least in fashion, we want to dream a little.”

The foulard was the star of Rigoni’s collection. Twisted for a dramatic effect, they became the straps on halter dresses or oversized stitching on an off-shoulder dress, with the length of the silk scarf trailing. And dramatically, Rigoni created trompe l’oeil prints that gave the illusion of draped foulards on simple, straight dresses.

Rigoni said he imagined how he would dress Salvatore Ferragamo’s iconic clients, taking inspiration from Greta Garbo, Carmen Miranda, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe to create straight silhouettes from the 1920s, fringe detailing from the 1930s and flared trousers of the 1970s.

The Ferragamo rounded gancio, or clasp, was a motif throughout, as an anchor for scarfs, a handle on mini-bags and even a pocket detail. Laser perforations on suede dresses and coats had the feel of crochet, and hand-painted python boots and coats underlined the brand’s technical prowess. Colours included bright pink, emerald green, red and plum punctuated by neutrals.

“I wanted a relaxed vibe and an easiness that is perceptible and refreshing,” Rigoni said. “The collection is fresh because there is a casualness, even if it is very studied.”Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses perth


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Rejina Pyo

Today, four years after starting her namesake label, Rejina Pyo held her debut runway presentation at what turned out to be an opportune moment: Pyo’s nipped waist, full-skirted and -shouldered Greta dress was everywhere this New York Fashion Week. A milieu predisposed to fetishize the exclusive does sometimes find itself inclined to be inclusive—to wear what everyone else is—when the garment is good enough.

Pyo, a former assistant designer to Roksanda Ilincic, held her Spring show in a Quaker hall that was packed with many of her fanbase and that featured a casting staffed by it, too. The designer had recruited almost half the show via Instagram and calling on confirmed friends of the house. The question of casting is a sensitive point in fashion right now: The LVMH and Kering pact for Paris is one reason, but more broadly there is a feeling that the size 0/size 2 mafia needs to be broken if fashion is to reflect a vision of the world the world wants to see. It feels obvious, but still many designers don’t feel it. Pyo did.

Why? For the most wondrous reason of all. She reported: “I had a baby six months ago and that really made me think about all different shapes of women, and their roles. My role—a mother—is one that I didn’t have before and this is like a celebration. Nothing political or particularly feminist, just a celebration . . . I want to make clothes that people can wear every day and still feel special.”

My Aussie e-commerce seatmate almost whooped—actually, she shouted “Wowsers” and gave me the sharp elbow—as Eleanor Turnbull, a London-based artist, came out in a carnation red tiered-hem deep-V ruffle-neck dress that might just be next season’s Greta (and which we saw in a variety of fabrications). Pyo has a yen for deconstructed details and what she calls “overwhelming” shapes that are still easy to wear and live with. The models and mothers and women on this runway carried little baskets of tomato and corn and seemed communally sunbathed by happiness to wear Pyo’s clever but user-friendly suite of unorthodoxly inclusive clothes. Check them out: You might want to join in, too.Read more at:pink formal dresses | green formal dresses


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The action from today

It might be Sunday, but designers showed no signs of slowing down as the third day of London Fashion Week commenced. With a burst of big names on the line-up, we knew we could expect plenty of get-up-and-go, but our expectations were exceeded by exciting pops of colour and seriously star-filled front rows.

Mary Katrantzou

Kickstarting the morning, Greek-born, London-based designer opened with a trip down memory lane that compiled all her favourite childhood pastimes into clothes you can actually wear as a grown-up.

The woman that’s made pattern part of her fashion identity: this time, the Queen of print was inspired by paint-by-numbers, lego bricks and friendship bracelets, to create a series of high-fashion looks through a child’s eye.

There was a kaleidoscopic sweep of colour with the return of her signature Trompe L’oeil prints, which made reference to everything from Hama beads to Spirograph, while soft-touch plastic overcoats and toggled waistbands prompted memoirs of childhood camping trips.

Katrantzou also presented her latest Swarovski jewellery collaboration, which featured loose coloured crystals and pearls encased in geometric frames.


A lucid take on British subcultures, this season’s collection – known as Topshop September 2017 – was inspired by the dazzling streets of Soho.

To the sound of Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls”, an army of tenacious women – including Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Adwoa Aboah – stormed the runway wearing a series of pieces that reflect Britain’s style heritage, from the mini-skirts of the swinging Sixties, to Bowie glam-rock and even 1980s casuals.

In a nod to the party season, there were vintage-feel fur-trimmed coats, crystal accents and space-age silver trousers, while silky emerald green tracksuit tops, short shorts and boudoir-ready babydoll capes injected a fearless spirit.

Under its new name, the collection follows the brand’s move to “see-now, buy-now”, with items available to shop immediately after the catwalk show.

A room erected with plastic boxes encasing flowers set the scene for Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton’s spring / summer offering – a move which immediately illustrated the empowering message of the collection.

This time round, the duo wanted to talk about feminism and how, in spite of its associations, women should be able to embrace their femininity and not feel pigeon-holed.

Partners in real life as well as business, Thornton said they had their two young girls' future and the world they will grow up in on their minds, and elected a reading list of feminist works including The Scarlet Letter, The Second Sex and Growing Strong Daughters as their inspiration.

As such, the first couple of looks included youthful white dresses, matched with a blood red capital A embroidered on the chest and pilgrim hats that had an air of The Handmaids’ Tale about them.

A collection packed with important influences and fabulous clothes, the best pieces were those that you could imagine real women taking joy in wearing, from deconstructed ruffle-heavy dresses, to silver pleats and embellished slips.

The diffusion line of Italian luxury brand Versace, Versus is best known for its younger, cooler-than-cool approach to fashion and this season was no different.

Bound by youth, sexiness, defiance and fun, artistic director Donatella Versace said that this season was all about bravery and pleasure. “This is for everyone who dares to express themselves in everything they do,” she said.

A celebration of Nineties New York under the summer sun, the womenswear was made up of bikinis worn as streetwear, belted polo dresses with Versus lion head buttons and mini-dresses in bright, vivid colours. But, perhaps the most Versace of them all was an oversized mesh string vest worn by It girl and model of the moment, Adwoa Aboah.

In true style, every piece made a statement, imbuing the brand’s exuberant and glamorous aesthetic into everything from fringed accessories and glitter logos to studded cowboy panels.Read more at:formal dress shops | bridesmaid dresses


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A month after she proclaimed on Instagram that she’s looking for work, preferably “good parts to play”, Neena Gupta has bagged a role in Anubhav Sinha’s next. The social-thriller, Mulk, will see the actress play Rishi Kapoor’s wife. It also has Taapsee Pannu in the lead role. “It’s about a crisis during which the family sticks together to fight it. I loved the script,” says the veteran actress, who was last seen in the Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover 2015 horror film, Alone.

She starts shooting for Sinha’s film next month in Lucknow and Varanasi. Her post had sparked a dialogue on actresses of a certain vintage and the dearth of roles for them. Neena reveals she had put it up because people assumed that she doesn’t work anymore and had shifted base to Delhi, where her husband, Vivek Mehra, whom she married in 2008, is based.

"I have been living in Mumbai and go to Delhi whenever required. It was also because I was refusing certain offers from TV that I didn’t like. Every time I asked someone why they didn’t take me on, they were surprised to know that I’m still up for work,” she explains. The actress further reveals that friends would tell her that they didn’t think of her while casting for roles. “It’s because I’m shy and have done a variety of roles. Whenever someone thinks of casting, they come up with names that have played similar characters before,” she says.

Of all the feedback to her online appeal for work, Neena was most touched by her daughter, fashion designer Masaba’s reaction, who refers to her as ‘Neena ji’. “I was scared she would be angry about it but she wrote such a nice post, I teared up when I read it. People stop me at airports and on the road, saying, ‘You are so brave. I wish I could do that’,” she admits. Neena has got a lot of offers now but is reluctant to talk about them. “I have said ‘yes’ to a few TV projects but I am not sure about the pilot, the required approvals and slots. It’s a long process. I have agreed to do two films too, but can’t speak about them as I am yet to sign them. Pata chala koi aur cheen le mera role,” she jokes, reiterating that she just wants to act as she is “hungry and thirsty for it.”Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Stars spangled autumn sky


As the stars spangled Autumn sky shines down on the fashion world of stunning fall and winter collections, movie stars never fail to sparkle up the limitless sky of style and design. And often, brands and design houses rope them in as brand ambassadors for their product and shows.

The touch of movie stars to events and just about anything often works like the midas touch. This time, apart from other Bollowood actors and actresses, Bipasha Basu, Kriti Sanon and Nimrat Kaur have been roped in as brand ambassadors of different leading fashion shows and campaigns.

Nimrat has been announced as the face of Urban Gypsy – Autumn-Winter 2017 collection of works by designer Ritu Kumar. The collection campaign has been shot by Photographer Bikramjit Bose and videographer Christina MacGillivray.

Moved by the rich textile heritage and craftsmanship of Asia, Urban Gypsy attempts to reflect the global appeal of glamorous and sophisticated style of an urban woman with the ease of a bewitching gypsy through a mix of Indian aesthetics and global concepts.

And Bipasha is the face of Rocky Star autumn/winter season. The brand attempts to bring back designs from the good old world charm of classic style and beauty and a touch of modernity.

“Blending old world charm with contemporary fashion is something that Rocky Star is known for. This collection has traces of the Baroque and gothic time periods, the opulence of which is captured in the decorative, signature prints and embroideries,” the designer was quoted as saying by agencies.

Meanwhile, Kriti walked the ramp for couture house Kalki at BT fashion week in Mumbai on Sunday. The show showcased a collection titled “The Mirabell” according to a statement.

The collection is Inspired by the archives from the palace gardens of the Medieval European era. Using silk velvets, duppions and satins along with shear nets and organzas, the collection highlights florals, leaflets, foliate and birds’ motifs. The outfits are lovingly crafted to last generations, Kalki claims.

Every outfit in the line tell a unique story, the design house added.Read more at:formal dresses australia | short formal dresses


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VFiles RTW Spring 2018

What is VFiles? It’s crocs with spurs. It’s Vitamin B-12. It’s Ask Jeeves. It’s the leftovers in your Louis Vuitton bag. Those descriptions were projected on the walls as attendees entered the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — the show took place in the venue’s freight loading dock.

One presumes the youth-oriented collective was trying to say it represents many things, but for the past nine seasons, it has built a reputation for its splashy shows that highlight emerging designers, feature a musical performance or two and have a varied guest list.

The ninth edition of the show followed this formula. The front row was dotted with everyone from Dapper Dan, the well-known Harlem designer, to Yung Lean, the Swedish rapper who dresses like a suburban dad.

The show started with Offset of the Migos driving a Ferrari onto the circular runway, where it remained as a centerpiece of sorts, and was broken up with a performance from Jessie J, the British singer with a big voice who hasn’t released music for three years. She premiered her single “Think About That.”

It takes inventive clothes to compete with this ambience, and the winning designers, who were mentored by Dapper Dan, Khloé Kardashian, Emma Grede and Jimmy Moffat, held up their end of the bargain.

First up was JunJie Yang, a clever men’s wear designer from Antwerp who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Yang played with construction and volume. Models wore oversize faux fur hats, giant puffer jackets, fur coats covered in flames and wide-leg pants with large cuffs.

Louis Pileggi, a Chicago-born women’s wear designer based in London, presented a romantic collection of dresses and skirts made from taffeta and decorated with ruffles and hazy images. Pileggi merged these designs with knits and crochet details.

INXX, a Chinese streetwear brand, wasn’t a contest winner but a featured designer that fit in quite nicely although it was the most commercial of the bunch. Models wore reconstructed hoodies (the hood sat in the front of the garment), camo T-shirts and denim jackets, jogger pants embellished with zippers and INXX logos, and quilted bombers.

The show ended on an artful note with Christian Stone, a Central Saint Martins graduate who was influenced by the sea. Models looked as if they emerged from a forgotten shipwreck wearing crochet headpieces, flared pants covered in foil, silk, knotted blouses and garments made from bubble wrap.Read more at:blue formal dresses | pink formal dresses


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Keep it classy with Kasavu

Designs by Sajani Pallath

Sari is an integral part of Indian festivities but festive fashion wasn’t a rage a couple of years ago. Though wearing new clothes, specially purchased for festivals, is an inevitable part of our culture, it was only restricted to buying a new dress as part of the celebrations. Recent Onam festivies too saw a variety of fashion statements. Affinity towards the kasavu sari and mundum neriyathum for ladies and kasavu mundu for gents always persuades people to buy them for festivals like Onam and Vishu.

The fact of the matter is that kasavu sari or mundum neriyathum were not attires that were related only to festivals. A two-piece handwoven garment with thin borders (kara), mundum neriyathum used to be a daily wear for Malayali women. To make the attire look a bit lavish, the karas were woven with silver or golden threads. However, the kasavu sari is very much in demand today.

As fashion changes, various trends have surfaced in the market. People have adopted what is suitable for them in terms of comfort. As a result, kasavu saris and mundu come out of the closets only during festivals like Onam and Vishu.

Even though people prefer wearing kasavu clothing to showcase tradition, an element of freshness is demanded by the customers. Therefore, kasavu fashion has evolved a lot in the past few years. Fashion designer Sajani Pallath, gave a detailed explanation on how kasavu fashion has evolved.

“The saying that simple and classy things never go out of fashion is apt for our kasavu clothes. As a fashion designer, I always feel that a kasavu sari or mundum neriyathum makes a Malayali woman look very beautiful and enhances her beauty to a next level. Gents too look very classy and stylish when they wear mundu teamed with a shirt or kurta. The major change that kasavu fashion has undergone is with the border. The thin border has evolved into borders of various widths. Those mixed with coloured borders are also liked by everyone. Teaming it up with a blouse that is of the same colour as the kara accentuates the look of the entire attire. For last two years, teaming the set sari or set mundu with a brocade blouse was in fashion. But with different low-quality brocade materials coming up in the market, many have refrained from that trend this year. Attaching an extra broad border of materials like kalamkari and ikat against the golden border is trending this season. The blouse too is made with the same ma

terial. Kalamkari was already in fashion but this season customers have approached us with a demand of making handmade kalamkari paintings on the borders,” says Sajani, adding that these are just the basic things that both college students as well as middle-aged women prefer.

“Giving the blouse a trendy and rich look is what girls love. Different type of blouses in velvet, organza, chiffon, silk, etc. are in demand. Hand embroideries are also demanded by those who want to give their attire a unique look. Another section prefers hand paintings, which are also done on the sari or set

mundu along with the blouse, so that they complement each other. Mural paintings are equally preferred by gents and ladies. These days, motifs are trending and both ladies as well as gents prefer elephant or mural motifs on the saris and mundus that gives a festive feeling yet can also be worn for other occasions as well,” adds Sajani, stressing on the fact that people, irrespective of their age, like to experiment with various trends.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses | short formal dresses


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Match ado about separates

If you’ve been thinking that matching it all up (sartorially) was passe, think again. In keeping with what’s having a major moment; it’s safe to say matching separates is quite a (sartorial) buzzword at present — and perhaps one of the easiest ways to get noticed for your chic sense of style. We asked popular names from Bengaluru’s fashion fraternity to comment on this trend that is grabbing eyeballs.

Asserting how the trend that sashayed down the runway calls for oodles of confidence, designer Manoviraj Khosla lays down two pointers. “Zeroing on the right colours plays a pivotal role in how well your look will turn out. It’s refreshing to see one mix and match two awkward colours. But again, steer clear of anything loud and obvious if you aren’t too confident. The same rule applies with prints. Avoid clashing two different prints, unless you’re sure of what you’re wearing. It’s downright bizarre to opt for large prints if you’re not too keen on carrying off a flashy look. For a casual yet chic vibe, stick to subtle colours and plainer prints,” he says.

Wearing matching separates together instantly offers a perfectly pulled together look, as the outfit offers an effortless yet sleek and sophisticated vibe as it is one linear structure, believes blogger Shalini Chopra. “If you still aren’t sure about wearing matching separates together, try swapping either the top or bottom coordinate for a plainer alternative — that way you can still buy that coordinated outfit but swap around wearing just the top or bottom each time, separately with solid tones.

That kind of counts as doubling your wardrobe, right?” she suggests. For those wanting to ace a graphically-printed ensemble, the trick lies in keeping an eye out for printed details. “Keep the actual garments wild with lush printed details. But for added jazz, and yet striking a balance, leave the shoes, bag and accessories free of pattern, as it may clash in contrast,” adds Shalini.

On the other hand, designer Babita Jaishankar believes separates not necessarily have to be top and bottom pieces. One can also sport a dress with a matching jacket. “For a vintage-inspired look, perhaps. While wearing printed matching separates add more verve, adding block coloured footwear is a great idea. For single coloured separates, add printed footwear to your look,” she concludes.Read more at:formal dresses | sexy formal dresses


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