Gabriele Colangelo -

RAW + POLISHED Milan: Citing rocks and erosion as the inspirations behind his F/W collection, Gabriele Colangelo didn't stray from a stony palette of gray, taupe, tan, sand and pewter. But regardless of the humble reference, the hues were exciting, and the color combinations brilliant. There were both matte and shiny surfaces, and many garments had sheer encasements that added an ...
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Kim Noorda + my Bike

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Missoni -

COUNTER CULTURE CRAFT Milan: After several seasons of controlled collections based on a single idea and multi-layered styling, Angela Missoni branched out for Fall, offering more options, new ideas and a wider range of silhouettes. The beach-bound hippies of last season evolved into patchwork and crochet-loving bohemians with a  downtown hipster attitude. The patchwork pieces were a highlight, mixing pattern and ...
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Dolce & Gabbana -

TRADITION + CRAFTSMANSHIP Milan: A black and white film was projected on a giant screen during the Dolce & Gabbana show, depicting the designers cutting fabric, sewing and fitting their designs on models. The collection was all about tradition and craftsmanship, and the designers made it clear that they have every intention of continuing the path they began over twenty years ...
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Anteprima -

FANCY ROMANTIC Milan: Luxe, arty, and a bit whimsical, the F/W Anteprima collection was designed for ultra-femme types with a dark, poetic edge. Creative director Izumi Ogino's sheer blouses and skater skirts made from fancy fabrics like lace, dotted swiss and velvet were the picture of romantic, made slightly punky by the mostly black palette. Oversized sweaters and sweater dresses were ...
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Play Ball

Above (All): Edwardian, Ivy-League Football c. 1910-1920
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Inside Cheap Monday

Check out this interesting video interview that features a behind-the-scenes look at Sweden's denim brand Cheap Monday. Orjan Andersson, Co-founder and Creative Director, talks about their Spring 10 collection, chock full of pieces inspired by 70s and 80s street culture. As an added bonus, you get a great glimpse of the Södermalm district in central Stockholm, home to the Cheap Monday ...
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Prada & the Opera

For the new season of New York's Metropolitan Opera, Miuccia Prada agreed to design the costumes for the cast of Attila.  Many of her most recent runway designs have found their way to a different kind of stage. For example, the leather strip fringe of her women’s dresses for F/W 09 now stream down a leather cape. The ubiquitous metal ...
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Marni -

PEP SQUAD Milan: Consuelo Castiglioni’s Marni label has always had a brainy sensibility and slightly quirky personality that greatly appeal to women who share those traits. This season, Castiglioni stayed true to her aesthetic and delivered a collection that is sure to appeal to devotees, who await each runway presentation to see how Marni's haute bohemian will evolve. Dimensional peplums were ...
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Etro -

ORIENT EXPRESS Milan: Veronica Etro’s fall collection brought with it a laundry list of influences – the Orient, military garb, Tony Duquette’s sumptuous interiors, Egyptian jewelry. Coupled with the house’s signature print-heavy flash, the effect could have been overwhelming, but each entity worked to soften the edges of the other, resulting in a collection that was tastefully rich and visually ...
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Gucci -

NEW SOPHISTICATION Milan: The minimalism and the down-to-earth styles that have been in the air this season have even found their way to the ultra-sexy house of Gucci. This season, designer Frida Giannini embraced clothing that her customers could wear beyond the club and the red carpet; a subdued palette and chic silhouettes gave the collection a level of sophistication that ...
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Antonio Marras -

WHERE THE BOYS ARE Milan: Fall found Antonio Marras’s fanciful heroine on the run with her usual trove of grandma’s hand-me-downs, plus a spiffy new menswear wardrobe on her back, perhaps stolen from a spurned lover. The inspiration was the Sardinian “bandit queen” Paska Devaddis who was as notorious for wearing men’s clothes in the early 1900s as she was ...
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Bottega Veneta -

POWER HOUR Milan: The sleek black leather pantsuit that opened the Bottega Veneta show signaled that Tomas Maier was yet another Milan designer who chose to examine what power dressing means for today. Maier’s take on the pantsuit took on the 80s proportions, but the slick leather gave it an edge. In contrast to his Spring collection’s meditation on the cream ...
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Maurizio Pecoraro -

UNDERSTATED ORNATE Milan: Despite its layers upon layers of embellishment and statement-making design details, Maurizio Pecoraro's F/W 2010 collection managed to look more understated and feminine than gaudy. Woven wools in chalky blue-grays and dusty mauves made structured suits less aggressive, while heathered brown knits looked soft and worn. Mongolian lamb accents were dyed to match, making for easy surface transitions, ...
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FRANKIE MORELLO -

GLAM MOTO Milan: Frankie Morello is one of the younger collections showing during Milan fashion week, a reliably well edited collection of on-trend Junior staples. F/W 10 was no different, this time combining motorcycle styling with upscale sparkle and slick textures in a somewhat derivative take on edgy apparel. Despite a predictable exploration of black, denim and rocker-girl looks, the collection ...
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