Backstage at Milan Fashion Week | Spring/Summer 2013

Fendi, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Backstage at the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 is where the high fashion extravaganza begins. Take a good look at the eyewear on display here. The sports-influenced trend continues in angular shapes as with tinted lenses that came oversized and adorned with anything you can imagine.

Now let’s not deviate from the clothes. Jil Sander returns to, well, Jil Sander. Emilio Pucci takes on China while Prada heads to Japan and not so surprisingly, Dolce & Gabbana settles on Sicily again.

Gucci holds back with rich fuchsia shades while Marni on the other hand stays true to shape and proportion. And finally, the Versace girl goes sexy-grunge in gladiator heels, no less. Don’t forget the rest. Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi (top) and Giorgio Armani complete this roundup of backstage scenes at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013.

Fendi

Fendi, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Fendi, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Dolce and Gabbana, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Dolce and Gabbana, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Emilio Pucci, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Giorgio Armani, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Gucci

Gucci, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Jil Sander

Jil Sander, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Jil Sander, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Marni

Marni, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Marni, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Missoni

Missoni, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Missoni, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Prada

Prada, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Prada, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Prada, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Roberto Cavalli, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Versace

Versace, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Versace, Backstage, Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2013

Image Credits: vogue.co.uk

Dolce & Gabbana Debuts Alta Moda | A Couture Collection

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

Dolce and Gabbana finally debuts its first ever couture collection called Alta Moda. Having previously produced one-off gowns for Scarlett Johansson, Bianca Brandolini and Andrea Dellal, you would think taking the Haute Couture initiative was the next natural step.

So after 27 years of ready-to-wear, 6 years of planning and 6 months of production, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana and their 35-strong design team have finally made history by showing their first-ever haute couture line –a whopping 73 looks– at the San Domenica Palace Hotel in Taormina, Sicily.

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

Only selected media were invited, namely The Daily Telegraph, Le Figaro and Corriere della Sera as well as editors of the various international editions of Vogue. Other notable guests included Monica Bellucci, Laetitia Casta, Scarlett Johansson, Isabella Rossellini, Francesco Scianna, Naomi Campbell, Marpessa Hennink, Stephanie Seymour and the current face of Dolce and Gabbana, Bianca Brandolini. No tweeting, filming or publication of any kind were allowed except for a few photo opportunities. Ultra secretive a la Tom Ford, but does it live up to the hype?

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

The debut Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Couture collection was nothing but full of classic Dolce and Gabbana signatures. Sicilian lace, embroideries, corset gowns, appliques, jewels, florals, bows, sheer fabrics and sheath silhouettes laden with Baroque elements. It was feminine flair as usual, nothing special or different from the ready-to-wear collections of late but perhaps more expensive craftsmanship and embellishments with a slight extravagant quality. Still, I can’t wait to see the full collection.

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

A first step nonetheless but it remains to be seen if Dolce and Gabbana will ever be inducted into the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and show at the Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. Only time will tell.

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

“…is not because of us, but the customers. They really do not want to see their dresses in a magazine.” -Stefano Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

“This is our style. It is not trend, I do not care if it is cool. Prêt-à-porter is different, it is about cool and how many covers will we get this season. Here, we are completely free. So for me this is not work but pleasure.” -Domenico Dolce

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

“Where Parisian couture riffs on French cultural tradition, this Alta Moda would look to all things Sicilian, from the ornamented excess of its Baroque period to the dress worn by Claudia Cardinale when she dances (to that same Verdi waltz) in The Leopard.” -Luke Leitch, The Daily Telegraph

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

“Lace and double satin tailleurs, embroideries dresses and simple sheath dresses, as well as redingotes and lambskin little coats and painted dresses…A new chapter in the history of Italian fashion was written today.” -Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Italia

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Haute Couture Collection Debut

Image Credits: telegraph.co.uk, tfs/@CameronDecades

Harper’s Bazaar US September 2011 | Maryna Linchuk

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt

Harper’s Bazaar US September 2011 forecasts a series of colours and garment shapes that will be hot this Fall starring Maryna Linchuk. Shot by Paola Kudacki in a plain background to allow the various mid-tone colours to stand out, Maryna Lindchuk strikes a great variety of poses for this Harper’s Bazaar US September 2011 editorial titled Color Story. Really love this simple story and the flare and movement of the clothes and as you all know, when it comes to colours, anything goes regardless of the season. Suzy Menkes, fashion editor from the International Herald Tribune also writes an accompanying article, with her take on the current trends for this Fall. Maryna Linchuk wears a Gucci dress, a Chloé cuff and Tom Ford sandals in the first photo above. Check out the rest of the Maryna Linchuk for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2011 editorial below.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Ralph Lauren dress, Aurélie Bidermann cuff and Emilio Pucci sandals.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a blazer, dress and pants from Haider Ackermann, Aurélie Bidermann necklace, Giles & Brother ring and 3.1 Philip Lim sandals.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Blumarine dress and a necklace and ring from Aesa.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress and Christian Louboutin pumps.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Lanvin dress and Tom Ford sandals.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Vera Wang dress, Tom Ford cuff, Aurélie Bidermann ring and Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Akris dress, Tom Ford cuff and Lanvin pumps.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a coat, tunic and pants from Hermés, Tom Ford necklace and Sergio Rossi pumps.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a Stella McCartney dress, necklace and sandals from Tom Ford and ring from Aurélie Bidermann.

Maryna Linchuk, Harper's Bazaar US September 2011, Paola Kudacki, Natasha Royt
Maryna Linchuk wears a cuff and dress from Versace and Christian Louboutin pumps.

Image credits: Harper’s Bazaar/Paola Kudacki, tfs

Anne Hathaway | Interview Magazine September 2011

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer

Anne Hathaway fronts the cover of Interview Magazine September 2011 in a veil; hard to recognise her at first glance. Shot in black and white by (yes you guessed right) Mert and Marcus, and styled by Karl Templer, the accompanying editorial spread in Interview Magazine September 2011 features Anne Hathaway very much like a vamp from the Victorian period. I actually quite like this Gothic setting. Check out the Anne Hathaway for Interview Magazine September 2011 spread below.

Also, check out the article and interview with Anne Hathaway at interviewmagazine.com.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress; Tom Ford belt; Maison Michel headband (around neck); Bottega Veneta bracelets.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Alexander McQueen dress and veil from New York Vintage.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Dolce & Gabbana dress; Tom Ford belt; Maison Michel headband (around neck); Bottega Veneta bracelets.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a dress and bracelets from Bottega Veneta.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a veil from New York Vintage.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Chanel dress and veil from New York Vintage.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Nina Ricci dress; Tom Ford belt; Maison Michel headband (around neck).

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a shrug and briefs from Gucci; dress from Dior; headband (around neck) from Maison Michel and thigh highs from Falke.

Anne Hathaway, Interview Magazine September 2011, Mert and Marcus, Karl Templer
Anne Hathaway wears a Nina Ricci dress; Tom Ford belt.

Image credits: Interview Magazine/ Mert & Marcus, tfs

Kristen Stewart | W Magazine September 2011

W Magazine September 2011, Kristen Stewart, Mert and Marcus

Kristen Stewart fronts the cover of W Magazine September 2011 wearing a Max Mara mohair and wool sweater looking rather unrecognisable; quite unlike her usual self. The only recognisable part of her is probably her jawline. Shot by Mert and Marcus and styled by Edward Enninful, the Kristen Stewart for W Magazine September 2011 editorial inside reveals similar heavily airbrushed photos of the 21-year-old starlet. Yay or nay?

Yay for me and kudos to the creative team behind this cover story because to be honest, Kristen Stewart is rather nay to me most of the time. But this! This is a whole 180 degree transformation from frumpy girl to glamour girl. Quite refreshing and different. Imagine this editorial with Kristen Stewart’s real face; it’s probably going to be blah and less of a talking point in social media circles. Heavily photoshopped or not, Kristen Stewart is who she is -the cool indie kid who dresses up- but I’m glad we had a glimpse of who she could be. It’s all about styling. I just wished more photos were published. Check out the rest of the Kristen Stewart for W Magazine September 2011 editorial below.

Also check out her cover story for W Magazine September 2011 at wmagazine.com titled Woman on the Verge.

W Magazine September 2011, Kristen Stewart, Mert and Marcus

Kristen Stewart wears a Theory Scotia angora polyamide blend sweater.

W Magazine September 2011, Kristen Stewart, Mert and Marcus

Kristen Stewart wears a Asprey 18k yellow gold, citrine, orange sapphire and diamond ring.

W Magazine September 2011, Kristen Stewart, Mert and Marcus

Kirsten Stewart wears a Junya Watanabe leather motorcycle jacket; Dolce & Gabbana silk bodysuit and Elizabeth and James sterling silver bangle set.

W Magazine September 2011, Kristen Stewart, Mert and Marcus

Kristen Stewart wears a Gucci silk chiffon gown.

Image credits: W Magazine/Mert & Marcus