27 Sep 2011

Themes from the catwalk: macrame'

If you gave a look at the just passed Milan catwalks, you should have noticed the presence of a trend which is being all the rage everywhere: macrame'.
To impose the trend of this kind of lace- once consigned to the pieces of embroideries which decorated the household or bed linen of the grandmas- to name a few, Dolce&Gabbana and Prada (also Blumarine in the past spring summer collection).
Dolce&Gabbana doesn't betray the Sicilian identity of the brand, it gets quite stronger. Here macrame' covers entirely dresses, skirts and tops with 50s shapes, sometimes combined with light dresses with prints of vegetables, on the whole sensual and provocative in a fresh way. The declared inspiration is a cult movie - I posted about a year ago HERE - where Sofia Loren dances Mambo Italiano.
At Prada the use of macrame' is sophistication, made of appliques of little flowers of two tones over boxy coats, jackets and skirts. The aim is decorating clothes with a romantic effect. The colours are delicate, light blue, green, pink, salmon.


26 Sep 2011

Bottega Veneta, Made in Italy

Everyday luxury: Bottega Veneta collections give me always the idea to be thought for a woman who wants to stand out against the wild mass wearing luxury fashion. A reserved woman who don't flaunt - don't need a tag on her clothes - her distinctive sign is the appreciation of quality, both of materials and manufacturing and a modern retrò taste. This catwalk is a synthesis of masterly research on hand-crafted and sartorial pieces, with the purpose of combining the charm of discretion to a flair made of details, feminine and sleek shapes.

What predominates are delicate prints in orange, green and purple, thin and light fabrics, fluid dresses to wear in the city in midi lenghts. All in a mix, kind of urban-intellectual-ethnic, which lends a contemporary allure, nothing banal. What I loved most is the outfit beside, a bustier dress in purple print, a little sweater with geometric figures and orange profiles. See also below the elegant intrecciato plastic degradè-tone bag.