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Fendi pays homage to Karl Lagerfeld with breathtaking haute couture show

Fendi pays homage to Karl Lagerfeld with breathtaking haute couture show

Well after Paris Couture Week wrapped up on Wednesday (July 3) in Paris, Fendi kept the festivities going the next day, with an exceptional runway presentation at the Temple of Venus, on Rome’s Palatine Hill.

The iconic fashion house took the opportunity to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away in February, but also to its native city of Rome, hosting its guests in a historical location.

The evening was Silvia Venturini Fendi’s occasion to pay homage to the late, great German couturier in her way, through a number of elements subtly inserted throughout the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, such as draped dresses and geometric necklines.

During the show, no less than 54 looks were presented, the same number as the years of Lagerfeld’s tenure at the luxury house.

Christened “The Dawn of Romanity”, the grandiose show also honoured the Eternal City, its architecture, and the allure of the Roman woman – three sources of inspiration that marked the collection’s pieces, which are embodied by an omnipresence of marble prints, patterns evoking iconic Roman locations, strong shoulders, sheer panels and sexy openwork, all steeped in extreme elegance.

The palette was also inspired by Rome’s minerals such as citrine, jade, rose quartz, and chalcedony, combined with that utmost expression of the city’s power and light – gold.

Some of the a-list guests in attendance at the once-in-a-lifetime show included Zendaya, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chiara Ferragni, Susan Sarandon, Jason Momoa, Zoey Deutch, and Isabella Ferrari. – AFP Relaxnews

What to look out for at the Autumn/Winter 2019 couture week

What to look out for at the Autumn/Winter 2019 couture week

After hosting its round of menswear shows for the Spring/Summer 2020 season, Paris is gearing up for the next edition of its traditional and prestigious haute couture fashion week, running June 30 to July 4.

Some of the world’s biggest fashion houses are set to present their Autumn/Winter 2019 couture collections in exceptional locations in and around the city, while jewellery houses will showcase their latest creations.

Virginie Viard’s First Couture Collection For Chanel

Although this isn’t Chanel’s first collection designed entirely by Virginie Viard (she also designed the label’s latest Cruise collection), it will be her first solo haute-couture offering for the label.

As a result, all eyes will inevitably be on the Chanel show, slated for July 2, showcasing the couture creations from the legendary Karl Lagerfeld’s successor.

Although the French fashion designer worked closely with the late Karl Lagerfeld, her own personal touch is expected to shine through, as much in the collection’s designs as in the transformation of the Grand Palais – a particular highlight of the label’s shows.

In any case, the fashion world is likely to be out in force to witness this new era dawning at Chanel.

A New Chapter At Schiaparelli

After officially confirming the departure of Bertrand Guyon, Schiaparelli named Daniel Roseberry as creative director of all its collections in April.

The 33-year-old designer, who worked alongside Thom Browne for over a decade, is now set to present his debut haute-couture collection for the historic fashion house.

The show will open day two at Paris haute-couture week, July 1. Daniel Roseberry is expected to delve into the Schiaparelli archive to draw on the fashion house’s heritage, while also bringing a more personal, modern touch – something the designer hinted at on the day of his nomination.

“It is my great honor and my joy to pick up where Mme. Schiaparelli left off some 85 years ago,” Roseberry said in a statement published on Instagram.

He added: “It is my privilege to collaborate with the astonishing talents of the atelier and in the traditions of haute couture to carry the legend and myth of this storied house into the future.”

Fendi Pays Tribute To Karl Lagerfeld

Rather than showing in Paris, the Italian fashion house will be presenting its latest haute couture collection at Rome’s Palatine Hill, a history-rich location chosen in honour of Karl Lagerfeld, who died February 19, while also evoking the luxury fashion brand’s roots.

Come July 4, hundreds of specially selected guests will discover the label’s “The Dawn of Romanity” collection, comprising 54 looks, nodding to the number of years the designer spent at the fashion house.

All in all, it promises to be a grandiose and emotional show, watched closely by the fashion world and the wider public.

This will be the second tribute event staged to honour Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel, Fendi and the Karl Lagerfeld brand previously brought together some 2,500 people, June 20, to celebrate the life and work of the legendary German designer and photographer. – AFP Relaxnews

7 of the most gorgeous 2019 Resort collections

7 of the most gorgeous 2019 Resort collections

Eeveryone deserves a break from routine and monotony. For the stylish, this involves a carefully curated wardrobe of chic essentials perfect for all lifestyles. While some designers reflect on the past, others look to the present for their 2019 Resort (also known as Cruise) offerings.

Here’s a look at some of the standout collections.


Do The Coco

One word – berets. The accessory defined the Chanel collection, making it cooler without losing a classic feel. As it is, the looks paint a picture of what someone like Coco Chanel would have herself worn to go on a holiday.

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Straight From The 90s

Prada embraced the 1990s with designs that put “ugly prints” back into the limelight. Silhouettes were kept clean though, with trim jackets, neat skirts and low-slung pants adding structure.

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Riding High

Dior took to the rodeo for the presentation of its Resort range. Models walked a makeshift runway among horseback riders, showing off extravagant skirts, arched jackets and – because it’s a rodeo – rubber boots.

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Taking It Easy

The Californian city Palm Spring inspired the Carolina Herrera collection. Soft colours and bright designs were the focus – or in creative director Wes Gordon’s own words: “It’s a little quirky and glamorous at the same time.”

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Statement Mix

Fendi conquered the season with a beautiful blend of energised eclecticism and sharp tailoring. From double-breasted jackets to backpacks and cowboy boots, the pieces came together to offer modern women a sense of freedom.

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Bring On The Attitude

Louis Vuitton’s Resort designs brought some major attitude to the runway. Sequined jackets and feathered tops were matched with short shorts and mini skirts, together with thigh-high leather boots featuring chunky soles.

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Classic Charm

It is the opulence of texture and print that defines Bottega Veneta’s designs for the season. The sheen of leather, plush feel of wool and sobriety of muted tweed – they offered an appeal that seems almost timeless.

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5 designer labels to check out for the Pre-Fall 2018 season

5 designer labels to check out for the Pre-Fall 2018 season

Pre-Fall is not about taking big risks. After all, most fashion designers usually save up their best works for the bigger scale shows of the Autumn/Winter season. Not this year though.

While still practical, the 2018 Pre-Fall designs have a more whimsical quality to them. Swingy tent coats, handkerchief-hem dresses, edgy tapered trousers – it seems that the season is determined to have fun.

Here’s a roundup of five designer labels to look out for when you are doing your season’s shopping.

Aye, Aye Captain

Karl Lagerfeld draws inspiration from the high seas for Chanel’s Pre-Fall collection. But his vision does not include your average uniformed sailor. Rather, it is more of a beatnik rebel meets Upper East Side housewife that comes to mind.

Cool sophistication is the theme. Peaked caps, thigh-high boots, ribbed leg warmers, bootie bows, hourglass jackets and patchwork pants all come together for a natucial adventure of sorts.

The designs also celebrate Lagerfeld’s hometown of Hamburg. The northern German city, which is a major European shipping port, served as the perfect location for the runway show.

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Where The Heart Is

Versace’s collection harks back to a place the fashion house calls home. The stately Milanese palazzo in Via Gesu – bought by the Versace sibling back when they were young – is now the inspiration for sharp and bold tailoring.

While neo-classical borders are used on ribbons in graphic lines, medusa medallions on top stitching create new necklines on day dresses and add a touch of the iconic on accessories.

A vintage logo comeback is seen revamping the signature “more-is-more” mantra as well, creating a chic yet sporty all-over print featured on knit, nylon outerwear and denim.

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Contrasting Beauty

Giorgio Armani’s signature dualism is renewed and reasserted for Pre-Fall 2018. Floral motifs are enhanced by Kidassia and Mongolian fur details for example, whereby the nocturnal black palette is lit up with pale neutral sparks.

Sensuality is observed coming through in tactile textures: flocked velour, snakeskin, heavy satin and velvet. Small, precise jackets are paired with flowing trousers for a contrasted look.

For accessories, look to the small-heeled, pointed booties and velvet or leather bags. Conceived as essential design objects, these complete the looks in a restraint, subtle manner.

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Love Me Do

Fendi celebrates love and luxury for the new season. Striking a balance between pure elegance and style extravaganza, the collection exudes a sense of empowered and polished modern femininity.

Hearts steal the spotlight. Infused with an artsy feel, the iconic symbol pops up on a wide range of signature garments, from the easy-chic sweatshirts and the cozy sweaters to the upscale fur coats.

It doesn’t stop there. A hyper feminine halter neck dress reveals a seductive heart-shaped bodice too, and heart padlocks are the colourful intarsia decors enriching a striped mink fur coat.

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Unrestrained Eclecticism

Gucci taps into the dark side of Italian cinema for its current collection. The designs pay homage to horror films by Italian director Dario Argento, exploring the relationship between beauty and horror.

Fashion photographer Peter Schlesinger captured the lookbook at various locations in Rome, such as Casina Delle Civette, Quartiere Copped and Hotel Mediterraneo among others, all previously seen in Argento’s works.

Loud motifs, off-kilter silhouettes and a jumble of colours are featured in abundance. Mismatched aesthetics seem to be the key theme, offering everything from baseball caps to silk chiffon party dresses.

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5 key shows of the AW2018 Milan Fashion Week

5 key shows of the AW2018 Milan Fashion Week

For Autumn/Winter 2018, fashion houses are turning to the idea of modern beauty for their designs. This includes elements of both classic elegance and everyday practicality.

That said, eclecticism was a key highlight at Milan Fashion Week. It made an appearance on the runways in the form of over-the-top accessorising and quirky styling.

Here is a look at some of the highlights from the recent shows in Milan.

Wonderfully Weird

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The shock factor was ramped up to a full effect on the Gucci runway. Some models carried replicas of their own heads (yes, you read that right), while others were accessorised with a third eye, or even a baby dragon.

Nevertheless, the designs were sublime – when picked apart. They include elements such as turbans, balaclavas, headscarves, Chinese pyjamas, 1980s suiting, English tweed, Scottish plaid and a whole lot more.

Fluorescent Flair

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Miuccia Prada unveiled an urban chic collection for Autumn/Winter 2018. Her eponymous label explored the idea of modern femininity, tempered with a little sweetness and plenty of grit.

Models walked with a vibrant skyline as a backdrop, in a high-rise building towering over Milan. The clothes were bright and had a practical feel to them. They incorporated materials like neoprene, as well as padded waterproof fabric.

Feel The Love

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Dolce & Gabbana’s show was a heartfelt declaration of obsession with the industry. Titled “Fashion Devotion”, it presented looks piled with exuberant accessories in a magpie-like manner.

“Fashion is not work, fashion is devotion,” Domenico Dolce said in a preview before the show. “You live, sleep and eat with fashion, you never stop thinking about it and you love it with all your heart.”

Playful Elegance

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The Fendi collection denoted the idea of a romantic uniform in a woman’s world. It presented classic silhouettes, coloured with a palette of navy, black, moss green, camel, claret, ivory and blushing pink.

Pleated silk dresses and scalloped blouses were adorned with needlepoint collars and encrusted lace. The Fendi double-F beige-brown logo patterns were deployed over everything from tights to sweatshirts and bags.

Celebrating An Identity

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Last season saw Versace paying tribute to its late founder Gianni on the 20th anniversary of his death. This time around, the fashion house sought to please its adoring fans.

It was a celebration of the ever-changing Versace spirit on the runway. Or, as pointed out by Donatella Versace, “What I wanted to show with this collection is the different Versace women through the years and today.”

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