Malaika Firth was photographed by Steven Meisel for Prada’s new Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign. Malaika Firth is the first black model to front an ad campaign for the Italian fashion house since Naomi Campbell was the face 19 years ago in 1994! Wow! This is a big honor. Prada usually only has one black model in each fashion show if that, so this is really big. Photo from Models of Color.
Every season there seems to be more and more shows, with more and more trends, touted by more and more designers. Even menswear is feeling the effects of the “commercialization” or rather popularization of fashion and because of this, the sector is being hit with more pieces, trends, and collections than ever before. But as dutiful writers we sift through all of this to bring you our favorites, and so the following are a few of my favorite shows from the Menswear Spring 2012 fashion weeks.
I remember the very first time I saw a picture of Shala Monroque. I didn’t know much about her except that she was black, fierce, wearing cute kitten heels, and was featured on Tommy Ton’s siteJak and Jil which meant that she was somebody. As a matter of fact, the caption under her photo read in all caps, “KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN FOR SHALA MONROQUE. SHE’S ONE TO WATCH.” From there I knew I would be seeing more of her, for when Tommy Ton’s camera deems you a fashion star…you are a STAR!
For Prada’s Monkey Prints, Banana Prints, and Stripes?!?!? Discuss. Photos from Style.com.
3rd trend: Revival of the 50’s and 80’s
Although these eras are long ago, nearly every decade celebrates its comeback, sooner or later. This fall it’s the 50’s and 80’s turn.
Derivation of the 80’s Wall Street look:
A new type of woman created a furor in those times: the successful businesswoman. In 1988, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver taught the business world the true meaning of fear in their movie “Working Girl”. And to show the women’s toughness, many men’s clothing classics got adopted to the female wardrobe.
The look is very businesslike. Coats, chemises and cravats are a pretty good investment. Typical 80’s: classical shapes & shoulder pads. To mix it up, mini-skirts can help to interpret the look in a female way. Noble hats cap the look.
The characteristic silhouette is defined with small tops and wide flared skirts. A plunging neckline caters for modern sexiness. Very hip: slinky bustiers or a basic t-shirt combined with a skirt. Moreover, former floral prints get replaced by modern art-appeal.
4th trend: Baroque ‘n ‘ Roll
In the 60’s, musicians like Jimi Hendrix knew how to play to the gallery, and they mixed glam outfits with quillings, velvet and brocade. The style carried forward to the 80’s and now. You definitively must have a look at the video clip “Prince Charming” by “Adam and the Ants”.
Precious brocade and sparkling gold threats come to the fore. The stylistic dimension varies from baroque-inspired glory to the sixties look and the shimmering 70’s disco style. Who doesn’t like to be that sparkish: A minimalistic combination of black and gold sets priorities without gaudiness.
-Sabrina La Belle Fleurie
Milan Fashion Week was very short. It really isn’t as long as the other fashion weeks. I mean it really doesn’t even last a week. Anyway. I really was not as impressed with the clothes this season. I usually love Milan Fashion Week. Just like Paris, the clothes are usually very sophisticated. I was a little disappointed with what I saw. To me most of the fashion from Milan either looked bland or played out. I couldn’t even get into my favorites like Fendi and Albino. Je suis tres triste. Photos from Style.com.
I did like Gucci, Dsquared, and Prada. Gucci was very sexy and 70s Italian chic. I thought Anja and Freja did a good job of portraying the looks. The lace was hot. The models flowing hair was hot. The coats were gorgeous and I loved the pantsuits. The collection actually make me wants to wear pantsuits again.
Dsquared was so beautiful. I love the use of the colors black and red to make a very sophisticated, sexy collection. I know the PETA people are going to be after me, but I loved the fur coat that Chanel Iman wore. Gorgeous!
Prada had an old school Mad Men look to it. Everything was very 60s looking. The cast of Mad Men could even wear some of these clothes next season. I don’t know if they are but it would be to their advantage. I also have to applaud Miuccia for calling some curvy Victoria’s Secret models in at that last minute because the other models were too small. If you are looking for the best coats and sweaters next fall, go to your local Prada store.
I have never heard of designer Albino D’Amato or his collection Albino before,but I figured I would give it a look. The collection was inspired by a safari and “Out of Africa.” The jackets and skirts were oversized, and the prints were orange and red. I like this collection a lot, but I think it would have been better off being presented for Fall 2010 instead of Spring 2010. It was just too autumnal for me.
Miuccia was obviously inspired by Lady Gaga. The pantsless look was featured in another runway show. There were patterns, shorts, and short jackets. Grey was a big color in this collection, but there were also splashes of blue, yellow, and white. It was an overall great collection. Would I wear it? No, but I can see people who love the Prada look totally buying it.
Blumarine was a beautiful collection that I could see lots of girls wearing on the beach. The long dresses, jackets, and shorts are just right for the Tropics. The Jamaican color scheme made me look forward to summer. There were tie-die in bright and cream colors, camo, and drapery. Anna Molinari designed a young and sexy collection.
Roberto Rimondi and Tommaso Aquilano designed a beautiful collection for Gianfranco Ferré that was light and airy. The colors ranged from white to nude to black. Everything was sheer with rough edges. Some tops had exposed bras. They also did this neat thing with the dress fabric where they pleated it and then folded and shaped it into what looked like elaborate flowers. Simply gorg!
Photos by Style.com.