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HIGHLIGHTS / MILAN FALL 2016 READY-TO-WEAR

PART TWO

FENDI.

 

OH THE BAGS! RUFFLES, FRILLS AND A TOUCH OF THE RAINBOW. I WANT ONE OF EACH PLEASE. ENOUGH SAID.

 
 

EVERYTHING. ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LOOK IS GORGEOUS. CONTEMPORARY, MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED. THE BEAUTIFUL RESTRUCTURED JACKET PAIRED WITH THE FAUX FUR STOLE AND STRIPE TURTLE NECK SWEATER ARE SO EFFORTLESS YET ALSO SO POWERFUL. 

AS VOGUE SAID 'IT LOOKED UNFORCED' - AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

 
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THE THIGH-HIGH BOOTS WITH SOFT WAVE DETAILING. ALSO A HIGHLIGHT. SO FRESH AND FUN.  IT FEELS LIKE KARL LAGERFELD DESIGNED THIS COLLECTION FOR US GIRLS WHO LOVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH FASHION IN A CONTEMPORARY, GIRLY AND CHIC WAY - IT'S EXACTLY WHAT GIRLS WOULD WANT TO WEAR NOW. TO ME, IT'S PERFECTION. 

 
 

FAUX FUR COATS LAYERED WITH POPPING FAUX FUR STOLES - SO SIMPLE IN CONCEPT, YET SO EFFECTIVE IN REALITY.

 
 

AGAIN, EVERYTHING. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LOOK. THE BELT AND THE RUFFLES AND THE MINI SKIRT WITH FAUX FUR DETAILING. THE BEAUTIFUL RICH DARK COLOURS. THE WAY THE BELT SHAPES THE BODY. THE WAY THE U-SHAPE DETAILING ON THE TOP FOLLOWS THE LINES OF THE WAIST BELT. IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL.

CAN YOU TELL I LOVE LAGERFELD? IN MY EYES, HE CAN DO NO WRONG. HE MAY NOT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF FASHION LIKE OTHER CREATIVE'S, BUT HE ALWAYS MANAGES TO EXHIBIT A COLLECTION THAT I CAN RELATE TO AND FALL IN LOVE WITH. HIS DESIGNS ARE FEMININE AND LAVISH. HE CONSTANTLY HAS ME LUSTING AND DREAMING.

 

PRADA.

 

THE BELTS AND THE COATS.

I GUESS HERE WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE THAT WAIST BELTS ARE A THING. INVEST IMMEDIATELY. COME TO THINK OF IT, LOCAL DESIGNER GEORGIA ALICE HAS A BEAUTIFUL WAIST BELT - SLIGHTLY MORE AFFORDABLE THAN PRADA ALSO.

THE STYLING OF THIS SHOW WAS IMPECCABLE. THE LAYERS UPON LAYERS OF PIECES THAT FRAME THE MODELS BODIES WITHOUT MAKING THEM LOOK FUMPY AND PURPOSEFULLY LAYERED. EACH LOOK IS FLATTERING AND SLEEK. 

THE CLASSIC PIECES ARE THE SORT OF GARMENTS I WOULD LOOK TO INVEST IN. COATS SUCH AS THOSE ABOVE ARE TIMELESS. 

 
 

THE SHOES. I AM CURRENTLY SAVING FOR. SO RAD.

 
 

THE VELVET. VELVET ISN'T A TEXTILE I WOULD USUALLY BE DRAWN TOWARDS, HOWEVER WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL VELVET DRESSES, I WAS EXACTLY THAT, DRAWN TOWARDS. THE CUTS ARE SO SIMPLE AND ELEGANT, COVERING MOST OF THE MODELS BARE SKIN. 

 
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THE BAGS AND THE BOOKS. 

MIUCCUIA PRADA MADE A TELLING REMARK FOLLOWING THE COLLECTION DEBUT: 'I FEEL MORE AND MORE, AS I GET OLDER, THAT IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH'. AN INTERESTING NOTION THAT POTENTIALLY INFLUENCED THE CREATION OF THE SMALL LEATHER-BOUND BOOKS, STUDDED WITH GOLD STARS AND MOONS, THAT HUNG FROM THE MODELS NECKS AND HANGBAGS.

THE INTRICATE HANDBAG DESIGNS WERE ALSO CLEARLY INFLUENCED BY THE THEME. EACH REPRESENTING SOMEWHAT OF A BOOK - FILLED WITH SECRET NOTES? WISDOM? WHO KNOWS, BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, THEY ARE MEANINGFUL AND BEAUTIFUL - WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?

 

GUCCI.

 

THE SHEER TEXTILES AND THE INCREDIBLE DETAIL IT IS ADORNED WITH. THE PEARLS, THE FEATHERS, THE RUFFLES, THE LACE, THE BEADS, THE CHAIN, THE MESH. SO DETAILED AND INTRICATE.

EXCEPTIONALLY WHIMSICAL, GLAMOROUS AND HEART WARMING.

 
 

GUCCI GEEK CHIC.

THE SHEER SKILL INVOLVED IN CREATING SUCH INTRICATE PIECES IS ADMIRABLE. WHETHER IT'S THE PEARL AND CRYSTAL FAUX NECKLACES THAT ARE EMBROIDERED ONTO THE SWEATER, OR THE KNITTED VESTS PAIRED WITH TIE-LIKE SCARVES, THE AESTHETIC IS VERY MUCH WARM AND WELCOMING.  

 
 

THE BAGS. IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN.

THE TRADITIONAL GUCCI LUGGAGE STRIPE AND BAMBOO HANDLES ARE SO SEAMLESSLY INCORPORATED INTO DESIGNS OF THIS COLLECTION. ALESSANDRO MICHELE IS MODERNISING THE TRADITION, AND DOING A GORGEOUS JOB OF IT.  

 
 

THE DETAILS. IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT DESERVES UTTER ADMIRATION, ITS THE INTRICATE DETAIL WOVEN INTO EACH PIECE OF THIS COLLECTION. 

 
 

THE STATEMENT COATS. WELL, JUST BECAUSE. 

 

J XX

 

IMAGE SOURCE: VOGUE.COM

 

 

WORDS BY JAIME RIDGE