Monday, 17 August 2015

FASHION TRENDS: Animalier excess

The Fashion Talk

Fashion goes in a circle and trends keep coming back and then fading away at the speed of light. 
In the 80's, years of rebellious behaviours and revolutionary desires, the animal print is a big part of fashion, with its reckless audacity. 
After a time where elegance and femininity are the key, in the 70s and 80s a bleaker period for fashion starts: all the ideals of sense of fashion are suddenly overturned. Women start to highlighten their  curves with tight leggings and mini dresses, men get crazy with fancy suits and jackets all printed in animal patterns... that is the chief novelty, THAT is what the youth want, desperately trying to seek more attention than ever with their bold style. And animal prints are apparently bold enough: it can be snake, tiger, leopard... the crazier and more over the top, the better.
And now more than ever in fashion we find ourselves in front of a big battle: bon ton/sixtish feminine 
vs hippie/showoff. 

In 2015 flared trousers come back to life for high couture designers, especially in the mix-and-match version and preferably in leopard or tiger print. If you are that kind of person who loves to seek attention with his outfits, then this is the year for you. 

Indeed next to a more elegant, good-girlish look, a more hippyish and brave one gets a lot of positive feedback in the fashion industry. Prints can be put together in the craziest ways: spots, leopard, stripes, pois... over-the-top is amazing, it looks good in fashion magazines and high fashion runways. Especially leopard prints are coming back, flared trousers with a pair of thick wedges and a tweed coat. 
The absurd love for that out-of-the-standards mix and match culture comes from the 90s at its most extreme boldness, but since high-fashion does not always necessarily look good on the streets or in an average shop, then you can simply soften the whole jungle look with a touch of elegance. 
Since the 60s are always nice to be seen in the fashion industry, even and overall nowadays, a leopard pronted bon ton little dress with a tweed coat, striped if you feel brave enough, can look absolutely great and up to date with the constantly evolving trends and fashion tastes. 
Why not? Leopard, spots, stripes, no rule, all fantasy: sounds perfect, doesn't it?


Saturday, 15 August 2015

FASHION TRENDS: An ultra feminine comeback

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"Pink was always underrated, but fashion is smarter than people... we can't help it, what looks good will be back on trend": talking to my fashion expert grandmother, who's worked for Prada, DKNY and Calvin Klein for more than twenty years, is a continuous surprise. Last week I was in Moscow, wandering in complete awe though the corridors of a Russian high-fashion shopping centre, when Prada's glamorous shop window caught my attention. An extremely bright and sweetly elegant bunch of clothes left me absolutely speechless for its femininity, which is not the main thing you expect to see in Prada's collections.
Everything was pink, from leather small bags with simple handles, as the last trends suggest, and arm-long silky gloves to exquisite mini dresses inspired by the 70s risky and edgy look.
Mischievous bon ton and a not-too-elegant or cutesy look is selling itself really well on runways and high-fashion shops'  windows. Two months ago I had read on vogue about a comeback of pink, but it took a while to actually start seeing it on models, magazines and street fashion. This morning I found myself happily diving myself into the September issue of ELLE magazine, one of my favourites for the joyous variety of articles and the quantity of arty images: the whole issue is literally filled up with pink... pink bags, pink accessories, pink coats, pink furs, pink whatever. To me, a comeback of such a controversial hue is quite exciting, edgy and risky: we've been swaying through a period of fashion where women are likely to dress in a more androgynous way, with tight jeans and sporty shoes, or else to show off more vulgar looks with the revolutionary hot pants and crop tops. It's thrilling to imagine (or even hope) that things could go back to a more "sixtyish" look.
As positive as I can be about a dainty, twee revolution, I must say that pink is not an easy colour to wear: it can look overly girly and too feminine for our judgemental society, especially if we imagine women actually going out wearing brighter shades of an already bright colour. A mostly pink outfit can be considered controversial: a feeble shade may look overly soft and tender, whilst a bright one recalls too much of the ideal of the silly teenager too caring for make-up and gossip. Right. Remember how many movies like that we girls watched? Mean girls, for example? Depend upon it, the general hate towards a slightly more feminine colours comes from our culture: remember the mythical Sharpey Evans from High School Musical? Remember how she walked down the school's aisle with that confident and rather odious smile, wearing pink shirts or pink trousers and pink hair bands and ties? I do. And suddenly pink becomes a symbol of too much ridiculous femininity.
Nowadays, women have a lot of power. They study, they work, they run around with kids and a starbucks coffe and their laptop... always working, always thinking, always multitasking without even realising how much the ideal of woman has changed. This is not either wrong or right, it's simply a fact: we really have changed. And that's why I think sometimes it's nice to see a little bit of girlish dainty outfits out there: as much as women look lovely with sweat pants and trainers, they do look quite appealing with a pair of heels and a dress.
So, conclusion is: embrace the trend, be reckless and wear pink. A gentle touch of such a feminine colours can soften a more aggressive look. As usual, balance is the key in fashion.

Dior, 2015
Prada, 2015

Prada, 2015
Prada, 2015

Have a good day everyone,

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Fashion in gorgeous Moscow

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Elegant, charming, spacious and beautiful. If I was asked to describe Moscow with a couple words, these are the only ones I would use. Hands down, the Russian capital was one of the most fascinating cities I've ever visited. Apart from alluring landmarks and that habitual sightseeing that good tourists are always supposed to do, I mostly got excited for life and fashion in the streets. What I loved about Moscow were all of those things that you don't get to learn in schools, those things that academic books won't tell you of.
Cafes, restaurants and both traditional and international shops scattered in airy beautiful streets all around the city make it even more pleasant and walking around elegant and historic metro stations is priceless. The culture, I've always thought, is the most fascinating and interesting thing you can ever hope to learn of a population.
As an aspirant journalist, I've always found it enticing and fascinating to just sit down for a while and look at the constant flow of people in the street. I's wonderful to see everyone in a different mood, walking with a different pace or wearing something that catches your eye. 
By looking at people, what I understood about Russian fashion is that Russian women don't joke around: they dress up, constantly. Even if it's just for a coffe, you'll see those beautiful tall women elegantly walk down the streets with stilettos and a dress, with a pair of tight leather jeans and a silk blouse... no matter what's the occasione, Russian fashion is shimmering, elegant and brave. High fashion and garments are courageously worn on the streets so casually that you feel like they're wearing a tracksuit. Frankly, I had never seen such elegance clothing-wide in any other city.
Plus, you can't walk even forty meters before you see a Trussardi or Bulgari shop. I once decided to go in a shopping centre... I think I had never seen such expensive brands all together in one floor: Pucci, Prada, Versace, Gucci and so on. The funny thing, a lot of people were there to buy and the lowest price I found was probably around two thousand euros for a summery little dress. That was the  equivalent of a Chinese market shirt for me, I guess. 

In a city that would continuously impress me as I was walking down some of the major streets of Moscow, a window in particular caught my attention. I saw a fairytale-kind dress, with a sweeping long skirt and and a fitted bodice... I fell in love, since I've always been a big fan of feminine and elegant dresses, and even a little edgy and lavish sometimes is not bad to look at. The fashion house is called Igor Gulyaev, I had never heard of him before but his fashion house opened recently, in 2009 and inside the shop I was told that it was the fur that made the brand so successful in his first collection. The elegance of his last one especially is breathtaking, every dress is created with attentive care to search the perfect materials and his clothes really bring us back to a time where women were celebrated for their soft features and curves, to that time between the forties and fifties, to the New Look, when fashion for women was all about dresses. Have a look at the link, I think I fell in love like I have rarely before with this designer's peculiar style.

Loved Moscow, loved its fashion, loved Igor most of all :D
Have a good day everyone,


Monday, 3 August 2015

An innovative catwalk

The Fashion Talk

"You don't learn style from watching people on a runway. Fashion happens every morning when you wake up" wise and beautiful Alessandra Ambrosio states during an interview. I couldn't agree more: fashion is everything, from culture to art to lifestyle... and yes, it happens every minute of our lives. Actually, it IS in everything and every second of our lives.
But still, who doesn't love a good catwalk?
Flashing light, colourful clothes, annoying paparazzi and glamorous guests make the fahion world known for its classy runways, making every fashion lover's heart beat fast with thrill and excitement. But in the fashion industry it's hard to stand out: it's all about people and, depend upon it, people want and need innovative.
The world is growing fast, we live in a fast-forward world and must learn to appreciate it instead of passively criticize it: fashion is evolving with us, there's never only one trend, never one model of the year, never one designer everyone admires. As fashion should be, it's currently more than anytime before a reflection of society. Diversity and innovation is the key, you must be creative and catch the attention of the rich lady on the limo and of the man running down the street and late for work. And, trust me, impressing a constantly impressed world is quite a challenge.
A few days ago, as I kept idling wiping my finger down my Iphone screen checking facebook, I finally found something worthy of my real attention.
Russian designer Jana Nedzvetskaya spiced up her fashion show by catching the audience's attention with an unusual way to a catwalk.
Beautiful models literally dropped into the water with flowy, sweeping dresses looking ridiculously alluring underwater. What I loved the most was the way the models just dropped into the water and didn't  simply dive in. It was unexpected, it caught my interest and made me want to search something  more about that collection.
The fabrics looked absolutely ravishing underwater, bright colours gained a powerful lightness and the bodies of the models looked sinous and feminine while elegantly moving underwater.
Lesson for any designer: be new, do something no one's ever done before. Impress everyone. See your clothes in an intelligent way.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Furry northern people

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The first thing I noticed as soon as I got off my ferry to Helsinki, Finland, was a casually dressed teen with ripped Abercrombie jeans, a random t-shirt with a rocky print and an extravagant, oddly shaped fur hat projecting outward and embellished by two flaps hanging there on the sides. Very odd, I suddenly found myself thinking. Overly odd, I stated as a good italian used to elegant high heeled ladies and well-groomed, pink-shirted men. But I mean, we all know, besides stereotypes, that northern people have a quite unique and honestly controversial perception of hot and cold.
Around march, on the beggining of the lovely and much desidered spring, in Italy we basically wear what I see Brits wear in November, and as soon as the tiny little streets of my minuscule city get crowded and filled up by curious tourists, northern people are always quite easy to spot. They are without the shadow of a doubt the ones with weird open sandals, pale complexion and no sleeves while we Italians bravely start feeling springy by showing off a pair of white jeans instead of black wintery trousers.
Since the first moment I arrived in Helsinki, where I currently am on holiday, all I saw was FUR. Fur everywhere. I kept seeing it in every tiny corner like a nagging nightmere... I actually think I started having delusions and hallucinations after a while. Beige and grey beautiful furs in the classy high fashion shops, furs in the everyday wear shopping centres, furs in the traditional open-air market down on the port. Everywhere, honest.

As a fur's lover, I tingled with excitement.
Fur is the only good thing about cold weather and my favourite excuse to look classy and on trend; indeed the trend keeps coming back and you will never think it's old school neither too modern... Still, in a way I feel like it's both old school and modern. And why is fur so great? To me, personal opinion, it's because it can be used in different ways and overall with different intentions: fur can give a little more attitude to a boring white blouse, yet it has an immense power to embellish and refine an even more boring jeans and a t-shirt. As I always say, fur can change your outfit, as much as the right shoes and accessories can do.
Afterall, the main goal for a woman as regards her style is to always be able to balance things in order to look never too elegant, never too casual. Even though, this Fins definetely do not do. To them, wearing a t-shirt when it´s ten grades outside is ok, but only with an overly warm hat or scarf. Again, creepy. And odd.
Despite this little incomprehension issue between a typical italian girl and phisically insensitive Fins, what I'm loving the most about Helsinki is the street style. As it should be in every good capital city, even small ones, I could pleasantly see a lot of diversity. While it could sound a little cheesy, trust me: diversity in terms of clothing is usually given for granted and as a native of a tiny minusculous city I can definetely say that people LOVE comformism, they love not being judged and they love looking like each other if no one has that little sparkle of creativity to stand out. Actually finnish people seem to be quite brave and positively careless of what everyone else thinks, which I love.
Besides, it's not like they wear sloppy outfits just because they don't care. With a bit of reasearch, in fact I now know that finnish fashion has made a striking entrance in the fashion industry recently. Indeed it is always more prominent and important in the Helsinki Design week thanks to new seminaries and courses led in the spring. Finnish designers work also abroad for some of the most important houses in fashion industry, like Diesel, Calvin Klein or Nina Ricci. Moreover, thanks to bloggers and the press the world is getting to know some talented finnish designers and in the last few years some grand design exhibitions where held in New York and Tokyo. Compared to other northern designers, like the Swedes, Finnish ones have more character and usually make interesting and creative products more likely to have a chance in international markets. As far as style and fashion are concerned, creativity is the key. New and fresh is what greedy buyers look for, and apparently finnish designers are doing good.
To sum it all up, Finland is not all about shy and awkward fish lovers, but it rather has a cool fashion world and a nice amount of good fur that, let's make this clear, we all envy (Italy first). Go and you'll see... it's worth the journey and the cold to see graceful parks, a beautiful scenery and such lovely open-air markets selling real finnish food and clothing.

Traditional, creative, beautiful. Loving Filand and its oddly-worn fur.

Love you all,