London & Milan Fashion Weeks

After fashion month kicked off in New York, the fashion world moved across the pond to London and Milan respectively for their Fashion weeks, with a lot to say.

I wasn’t all that impressed with the J.W. Anderson runway. The more relaxed skirt in the white ensemble was how I thought more of the line should have had. The puffiness and feathers are out of balance and replete.

At Roksanda, warm and cool colors were mixed for an unusual palette, but relaxed and enticing none the less.

Margaret Howell is the master of the art of unchanged dressing, and I do like that although oversized and in heavier fabric, can still look feminine or masculine.

Erdem had a romantic energy to its runway with a light color palette, fluttery skirts and soft fabrics.

More impactful style from London by Anya Hindmarch, Simone Rocha, MM6 Maison Margelia, Roland Mouret and Pringle of Scotland.

I liked the menswear presented better than the women’s apparel at Burberry. They were utilitarian and layers built details, in knit, pattern and color.

The women’s line was sloppy and poorly constructed. The proportions were off, elongated sleeves and the asymmetrical attire was extremely irritating.

Onto Milan, while there were great pieces and styles, something was left to be desired.

Sportmax was crisp and a bit moody. The jacket midi lengths were really great muted but modern pieces. This was my favorite line from Milan.

Gucci showed a men’s and women’s collection for a total show of 120 outfits. There were lots of colors and inspirations from different eras, but it didn’t have any kind of flow to it. With that massive presentation, it was difficult to follow. I think Alessandro Michele should leave the street style on the street so his runway is less chaotic.

Angel Chen said this was a playful line with a blend of eastern and western culture with a nod towards unity and togetherness. I found it to be a bit monotonous.

I did like this color combination and the geometric lines from Byblos. I thought the mohair pieces added an additional, whimsical texture to the outfits..

..but this half fur style from Au Jour Le Jour does not look good at all.

Red was a popular color in Milan, the red boots at Fendi were the star of the show. It definitely stood out, though I’m not sure it there was a reason to include such a strong color, or if it was merely coincidence.

Clockwise from top left, Tod’s, Jil Sander, Missoni, Fendi, Byblos

Some other looks that were good from Missoni, Au Jour Le Jour, Tod’s, and Etro. A weird debut new to Milan was from Annakiki, a Chinese brand whose collection this year was an ode to aliens. (Middle photo)

How are you feeling about the latest fashion collections?

Photos courtesy of Italian Vogue, Now Fashion and Hero Magazine

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