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

Vogue US July 2012 | Emma Stone by Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

In case you missed it, Emma Stone makes her all-important Vogue debut on the cover of Vogue US July 2012. I never thought Emma Stone would be one for the big leagues but I guess you never know. From Superbad to Zombieland to more credible and serious roles in Easy A, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Help and finally to mainstream commercial success in The Amazing Spiderman. Not bad for an actress who made her feature film debut in 2007 and is now only 23 years of age.

Shot by Mario Testino for the pages of Vogue US July 2012, Emma Stone dons a variety of Annie Hall meets couture glamour outfits from the likes of Jil Sander, Versus and Dries Van Noten among others.

“Nathan Heller encounters the actress at the cusp of a pivotal transformation in her young career, after earning her reputation as Hollywood’s go-to girl for strong, spunky characters bridging unreconciled worlds, going brunette for her Superbad audition and making her move from comedy to The Help.” -Vogue US

Check out the full editorial spread, titled Comic Relief, of Emma Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US July 2012 below.

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Emma Stone, Vogue US July 2012, Mario Testino

Image Credits: smartologie

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection | Raf Simons’ Debut

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

Appointed in April this year as artistic director of Christian Dior after being let go by Jil Sander in February, Raf Simons finally made his debut at the Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Show, churning out 54 looks no less.

Over a million flowers lined the walls from floor to ceiling at the venue on Avenue d’Iena, as Raf Simons referenced the first 10 years of the Dior house (1947-1957), paying homage to Christian Dior’s love for flowers, the bustier bodice, the Bar jacket and of course the midcentury couture silhouette of that time.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“I’ve been very much involved with the period that Christian Dior defined, 1947 to 1957, and it seemed to me very normal to jump into it and work with that, to work with the archive and see how it can be modernized.” -Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

It was the classic Christian Dior aesthetic updated with Raf Simons’ modernised minimalism. Beadwork and embroidered or appliquéd flowers lined full-skirted dresses, cinched at the waist and cropped to ballet length. Intricacies around the bust area were also a highlight if you look close enough. The injection of colour was just as refreshing, as were the structural peplums. The Bar jacket and coat dress were also continually referenced throughout. All in all, the Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture collection had it all.

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“And I think couture is very much about curating something unique for women. Fashion is so mass-produced now; I hope there will come a refocus on how people see couture.” -Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“His debut collection was beautiful, modest in its approach to femininity, and thoroughly engaging from the chic tuxedos and cigarette pants that opened the show to the last outfits: long organza and tulle dresses with their backs embroidered with delicate flowers in one color and the fronts in a more intense, Futurist tone.” -Cathy Horyn, The New York Times

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“Take things from the archives, then reenergize them in acid yellow or electric blue, colors that weren’t part of the Christian Dior aesthetic. I like to juxtapose elements.” -Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“By avoiding theatrical gimmicks, he ran the risk of looking as though he hadn’t done much, but this was a clever, subtle reworking of Dior’s DNA, which promises well for collections to come, and delivered all that he wanted.” -Lisa Armstrong, The Daily Telegraph

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“My challenge is to find a beautiful balance: to make women beautiful, to make a woman dream to wear a beautiful outfit.” -Raf Simons

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

“The result of Monday’s presentation was not a triumph, but it was a selection of ideas by a designer who has a rare aptitude: to meld modernity with romance.” -Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

Catch all 54 looks of the Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture Collection on style.com

Christian Dior Fall 2012 couture, Raf Simons

Image Credits: WWD

 

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Zuzanna Bijoch | Vogue Paris September 2011

Zuzanna Bijoch, Vogue Paris September 2011, Josh Olins, Véronique Didry

Zuzanna Bijoch dazzles for Vogue Paris September 2011. Photographed by Josh Olins and styled by Véronique Didry, up-and-comer Zuzanna Bijoch is immaculately dolled up in expensive jewels from the likes of David Yurman, De Beers, Van Cleef and Arpels, Harry Winston and Boucheron among others with clothes from Gucci, Jil Sander, Oscar de la Renta, Miu Miu and Manish Arora. Precious metals and gems juxtaposed with prints never looked so good plus Zuzanna Bijoch is one of my favourite models at the moment. Check out the rest of the Zuzanna Bijoch for Vogue Paris September 2011 editorial below.

Zuzanna Bijoch, Vogue Paris September 2011, Josh Olins, Véronique Didry

Zuzanna Bijoch, Vogue Paris September 2011, Josh Olins, Véronique Didry

Zuzanna Bijoch, Vogue Paris September 2011, Josh Olins, Véronique Didry

Zuzanna Bijoch, Vogue Paris September 2011, Josh Olins, Véronique Didry

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Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign | Arizona Muse

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

The final Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign has been unveiled. After just three short years, Uniqlo +J collaboration, which Jil Sander herself collaborated in, will be coming to an end with this final Fall/Winter 2011 collection. The Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign features Arizona Muse and Bastiaan Van Gaalen, shot by David Sims.

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

Uniqlo +J Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Ad Campaign, Arizona Muse, Jil Sander

Uniqlo +J has been about luxury minimalist basic wear showcasing the oh-so-familiar Jil Sander aesthetic at affordable price points. Fans should not be disheartened as there is still the relatively new Jil Sander Navy diffusion line to look forward to. Into its second collection come this fall, Jil Sander Navy is a lower-priced line that is targeted at the more casual and younger customer, priced at $125 for a shirt to $795 for a coat. Not too bad I would say. Quite unlike Uniqlo +J, where basic wear is the main focus and the colours more muted, Jil Sander Navy will be your go-to place if you are looking for affordable Jil Sander. It will essentially be what Marc By Marc Jacobs is to Marc Jacobs or what T By Alexander Wang is to Alexander Wang; or another money-making avenue if you will.

View the Jil Sander Navy ad campaign and collection.

View the Jil Sander Fall 2011 Ad Campaign & Collection.

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