Raf Simons, formally of Jil Sander, will be replacing John Galliano at Dior. After many months of speculation, many say that the official announcement will come from the couture house on Wednesday. Many can rejoice because Raf Simons seems to be a great fit for the house of Dior. His last collection for Jil Sander for the Fall 12 season was a massive hit with critics, and looks to be a precursor to what Simons may design for Dior now that he is on board. I wonder what is going to happen to Bill Gaytten. He was Galliano’s lackluster assistant that took over after Galliano was fired from Dior. Photos from Style.com.
To prove that, because of my cold, I have way too much time on my hands, I have decided to write in my iPad Notebook a little cheat sheet on the following fashion industry rumors. This is my way of keeping it all together. Since Galliano was fired from Dior a year ago, the fashion world has been going through a guessing game of which designer is going to which fashion house. This morning sees the rumors going on overdrive yet again.
Above: J. Mendel Resort 2012, Stella McCartney Resort 2012, Jil Sander Spring 2011.
If you’ve been keeping up with my TREND Report posts (which obviously you have, my dearly devoted trend setters), you might have noticed that I never shy away from brights! In fact, I am DRAWN towards them. And you should be too! Not only are bright colors a great way to announce your arrival, but they also exude self-confidence and style, when done right. The trickiest way to wear brights: color blocking. The key to color blocking is to wear compatible colors in tailored and polished shapes. While keeping the accessories neutral is common, if you’re feeling ultra daring, add more color in your shoes and bag!
Images: Jil Sander S2011 RTW, ADAM Resort 2012, Bottega Veneta Resort 2012.
Ladies and gentleman, let me reintroduce you to an old friend: Monochrome. You might not recognize monochrome from the pictures above because recently, monochrome has undergone a makeover. No longer does the idea of wearing an outfit entirely of one color apply only to black and white. In fact, for summer, the brighter the better. BUT, since wearing orange or yellow head-to-toe may be a bit intimidating for many women, here’s how some brave fashionistas carry off the trend in real life:
The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine, pops in purple, while a Style Pantry owner re-defines blue jeans. Finally, The Sartorialist spotted the third woman on the streets of Milan and couldn’t resist taking her picture. The trend is easier than it looks and I guarantee your overflowing closet could put together more than a few monochrome looks. For more ideas, check out the SHOP section below and boldly go where your closet has never gone before with monochrome!
Coral: Chinti and Parker Organic cotton tank, Vanessa Bruno Tapered crepe pants.
Green: Splendid Cotton tee, Alice + Olivia Cady satin shorts.
Tan: Chloe Silk-crepe shirt, Kelly Bergin Leather mini skirt.
Red: Chloe Cape-back silk-crepe top, Michael Kors Samantha skinny pant.
Allison of Lady in Red Lipstick
While Paris Fashion Week is starting with arrested designers, here are a few of the collections from Milan Fashion Week that I thought were worth mentioning.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was one of my favorite collections. I loved the oversized plaids, warm looking fur, and short skirts. This is a collection that I could actually see myself wearing.
Dolce & Gabbana was a little hit or miss with me. I didn’t like the whole Teddy Boy mixed with starry print dress look. I loved the dresses, and actually like the Teddy Boy look, but not when they are together.
Milan Fashion Week has come to an end and Paris Fashion Week is on day two. I am behind in shows due all kinds of craziness, but I wanted to bring you the last little bit of Milan Fashion Week, so you four shows that really made an impact on me during the last few days. Photos from Style.com.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was very beautiful and colorful. I am really getting into shorts and bold prints for spring, but the midi-length skirt really caught my eye too. This is something I probably wouldn’t wear too much of, but I like the way it was presented in this collection. I think it changed my mind.
Missoni was inspired by different cultures, and I think that was obvious. The clothes looked like a mix of prints from all over the world Missoni style. The bright colors are perfect for spring, and the wide hats are perfect for shielding you from the summer sun.
Dsquared² was a perfect mix of feminine and masculine. The pants, tuxedos, and dresses really looked great without making the woman look too androgynous. I am noticing a lot of hats in the Milan shows this season. These fedoras match the oxfords that the models wore. Speaking of which, wasn’t it refreshing to see some shoes from the Dsquared boys that didn’t look like you would break a hip in them?
Jil Sander was by my favorite show of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011. Apparently a lot of other people liked the show as well. The colors and stripes, mixed with the prints and silhouettes made for a perfect collection. I used to wear t-shirts with long skirts a few years ago. I think I am going to break that look back out again.