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Gucci celebrates freedom and diversity with Resort 2020 show

Gucci celebrates freedom and diversity with Resort 2020 show

Gucci showed its Cruise 2020 collection in the historical setting of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, founded in the 15th century.

This spectacular setting showcases the history of Ancient Rome and is home to a multitude of statues, which stood among the guests present to take in the show.

Guests took their seats in a room plunged into darkness, discovering collection silhouettes thanks to torches left on their seats.

Alessandro Michele made plenty of references to 1970s Italy in this latest Resort offering, celebrating freedom, self-expression and diversity.

These notions were channeled via details such as a sequinned uterus embroidered on a long-sleeved pleated gown. The collection also referenced Ancient Rome, nodding to the show’s setting, with draped gowns evoking the togas of yore.

Alessandro Michele also created several pieces featuring messages, slogans and significant dates. A jacket, for example, featured the feminist slogan, “My Body My Choice”, while another look featured the date, “22.05.1978”, evoking Italy’s law number 194 legalizing abortion under certain conditions. – AFP Relaxnews

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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