Max Mara Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Max Mara, one of the most famous Italian luxury brands, is going through one of its brightest phase since it was born. Rediscovered and subsequently worn by more and more celebrities since earlier this year, Max Mara’s creative director Ian Griffiths is now trying to give the label a younger, yet still sophisticated look, which could keep on appealing more to its cosmopolitan audience. Known for often getting inspired by the big city life, this time Griffiths got charmed by New York’s streets, giving the Max Mara pre-fall 2016 collection an ultimate urban-chic turn. He looked for diverse sources of inspirations, finding himself lost in the many writings and songs of three New Yorker heroines: Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie Sioux and Dorothy Parker.

Max Mara Pre-Fall 2016 CollectionPunk rock artist Lydia Lunch was one of New York’s most rebellious teenagers, and still is one of the Big Apple’s most notable citizens, even though she now lives in Barcelona. Being the indisputable princess of the No Wave scene, her style reflected her empowering lyrics and songs, and aimed at outraging and surprising New York’s upper class. Siouxsie Sioux’s style also turned her into an unconventional icon and still charms us with its romantic and often overly dramatic, Gothic influences. Although she hated being considered a style icon, Parker indeed was a trendsetter, and her snappy classic and dark-hued style was reflected on her writings. You could easily spot her wearing big hats, round-neck long-sleeved cashmere sweaters, black dresses and princess coats.

Keeping these three heroines and style icons in mind, Griffiths’ intention to celebrate and combine their unique styles becomes apparent as soon as we approach the first pieces of the Max Mara pre-fall 2016 collection. Fishnet stockings, sheer fabrics and a sophisticated palette of autumnal shades and dark Gothic hues meet Max Mara’s trademark coats, among which a re-edition of the iconic and traditional 101801 swing coat in tawny brown has made a relished comeback.

Dramatic makeup and hairstyles, which clearly recall Sioux’s style, complement the leathery double-breasted biker jackets and Parker-inspired pencil skirts, the slightly sheer fabrics of which create impressive contrasts with the earthy colors of the coats. Lunch’s punk-rock style finds its place within the collection’s many accessories, such as studded bracelets, which once again have been paired with refined Parker-inspired cuts and Sioux-inspired fabrics. Instead of only focusing on one protagonist, Griffiths opted for mix-and-match of influences, creating a line-up that somehow manages to be highly sophisticated and quirky at the same time. That’s also why he combined punkish fishnet sleeves of the earthy-colored sweaters and coats with patchwork motifs, topping it all off with sleek leather ankle boots with stiletto heels.

Of course, he could not miss the chance to include some of pre-fall’s main trends in his collection, such as pleated skirts and bell-bottom/palazzo trousers. Alternating autumnal hues, patchwork motifs, total black and even floral prints, he completed the Max Mara pre-fall 2016 collection with perfectly tailored high-waisted palazzo and bell-bottom pants that just succeeded in creating jaw-dropping outfits that totally aim at celebrating any woman’s independence and strength.

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Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Carolina Herrera stayed true to her aesthetic in her pre-fall 2016 collection, creating clothes not conforming to any particular season. With this mentality, the designer was able to create a collection of stunning clothes for any event year round. Because of this, the designs were able to focus on what women need, without basing it on any particular seasonal trend.

Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Going into the design process, Herrera had a clear plan to keep things simple and straightforward, a beautiful idea, especially since it was executed so well. With Herrera’s non-seasonal clothes, it is much easier to host the garments in your wardrobe, since you know they carry a lot of versatility. You could open your wardrobe and see all of the possible pieces, without having to limit yourself to what works well for summer or winter, or whatever season is at hand.

None of this means the clothes themselves are simple, however. The elegance of the eveningwear and the flirty feminine daywear coexisted in an extravagant state, where the garments didn’t have to sacrifice creativity and exuberance to become more versatile; they were the best of both words in that realm. Simple silhouettes were revamped to be bolder and more extravagant, while embroidery was used to ramp up the excitement to other pieces.

Because of this boost, a lot of pieces in the Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2016 collection were classic silhouettes, with modern twists to create an interesting edge. The designer took simple white button-down shirts, and gave them sleek, enlarged sleeve to create a unique sophistication to be paired with flirty skirts A-line skirts.

Another quirky method used for the photoshoot of this collection was featuring two looks in one photo. Each set would share some likenesses, so it appeared easy for the designer to pair up two outfits to be featured together.

One set of outfits was grey and black outerwear, both styled as dresses. The looks, because of the fabric and the purpose, made a perfect cohesion, because the jackets were distinctly different from one another. One was a long, classic coat with a lapel, and the other was more of a shell, with a higher neck and was more oversized. These were the types of pairings chosen by the designer, and the result was intriguing and fabulous.

In similar fashion, a pair of outfits with the same abstract blue leaf pattern showed two different outfits carrying an acute cohesion. One look being edgy separates, perfect for a party, while the other was a drop-dead gorgeous floor-length gown.

The focus on gowns was a remarkable trait to the Carolina Herrera pre-fall 2016 line-up. The style varied from one to the other, not staying static to one particular fashion sense. This makes the entire line more diverse to customers, since the looks cater to multiple taste levels for different women. It wouldn’t be surprising to see any of these looks on a red carpet, but it would definitely cause an interesting stir.

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Brand Personas – Part II

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What does your favourite luxury brand say about you? This edition, we look at Givenchy lovers, Mulberry ladies, Balenciaga fashionistas and Saint Laurent femmes.

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The Balenciaga fashionista loves her hardware and structure, much like the power woman she aspires to be. She loves bold lines much like the other pieces in her wardrobe; you’ll find structured coats and defined heels in a Balenciaga lady’s wardrobe.

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Fashion-forward stylistas would definitely have a Mulberry satchel or two in her wardrobe. She’s either inspired by Mulberry girls Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne or loves understated, classic styles. A small logo–embosssed, engraved or cut out, speaks volume for any Mulberry lover because they know a timeless brand when they see it.

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Demonstrating the best of French luxe chic is none other than Saint Laurent. Whether she’s a fan of Saint Laurent before Hedi Slimane or after, she knows a quality investment when she sees it. She loves the iconic YSL interwoven logo, as well as the Y logo, and you might just find her initials on everything she own. The Saint Laurent girl loves her letters.

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A Givenchy girl is often on the fence; she cannot decide if she likes the Antigona’s structure or the Nightingale’s smooth and supple leather better for the weekends. She loves monochrome outfits that you’ll often find her in a style she can distinctively call it her own. She’ll never steer away from Givenchy, if she can help it.

And there you have it! Another 4 brands to add to Prada, Céline, Burberry and Chanel’s personas. Share with me what other brands you’d like to see and it might just make it on our next Brand Personas edition.

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Dolce & Gabbana Gifts Ideas for Holiday Season

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The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana exclusively brings a vast selection of timeless classics or trendy must haves which make perfect gifts for the holiday season 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana One of A Kind Luxury Holiday Gifts For Her

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas brings a charming daily issue of one of kind accessories created especially for the festive moments. Many enchanting ideas for women, from playful embroidered crepe dresses or delightful printed chiffon or organza long dresses with satin, scalloped or satin appliqué, designer Mix Sicily Handbags in limited edition, hand painted straw totes, intricately decorated minaudieres and other iconic leather goods selection to bedazzled tiaras or sparkling jewellery, this luxurious selection contains both precious gift guides for someone special, or unique accessories to treat yourself with. Don’t miss also delicate chic and fabulous essentials at Kate Spade Holiday Gift Guides for Women Under $200.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Gifts Guides # Evening Dresses

Playful and chic in any occasions of the holiday season, thanks to Dolce & Gabbana round neck and long-sleeved crepe dress with embroidered designs ($ 5,997.00) in white double crepe fabric featuring hand-embroidered and fun yet lively 3-D drawings with stretch satin lining for effortless attitude. As an alternative, you can also opt for a charming silk brocade shift dress ($ 3,897.00) in red floral pattern with embroidered crown and “Amore per sempre” pop writing, this exceptional luxury gift idea for her is also featuring slightly flared silhouette with high neck with sumptuous buttons closure and long sleeves, perfect choice for a sensational evening look.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: party wear & evening dresses

For a joyful accent in the evening or parties, Dolce & Gabbana holiday gift guides also suggest an elegant yet delicate long dress in printed chiffon with satin belt ($ 5,397.00) made of fine silk with feminine and beautiful rose print. Enriched with signature details of the house, this dress is also featuring crewneck, long sleeves, belt tied at the waist and fully pleated skirt to strengthen a luxurious ladylike allure in the evening. Another option is a fabulous scalloped lace long dress in black and white ($ 9,900.00) featuring long sleeves, a round neckline and a full skirt for delicate chic and feminine attitude at festive evening party. Enhance your evening look also with timeless elegance of H&M Eveningwear Double Trouble Collection Edition.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Holiday Gifts Ideas # Handbags & Leather Goods

For women, you can complete the look with limited edition of designer Mix Sicily handbag ($ 1,895.00) crafted from luxe calf-leather featuring pale gold galvanized metal and other signature details of Dolce & Gabbana, this iconic handbag available in various choices of color options. As for elegant accent at joyous evening party, the enchanting enameled metal sacred heart minaudière ($ 12,000.00) is also among the luxury gift guides for her. You can also pick a small leopard print velvet Sicily backpack ($ 4,295.00) for classic chic statement look from day to night within this holiday seasons.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: luxe leather goods & handbags

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: iPhone cases & Accessories

Other luxury leather goods of Dolce & Gabbana are also iPhone covers which available in various embroideries, prints and colors. Black I-phone cover with embroidered sequined patch in black calfskin ($ 545.00) or iPhone 6 case with playful family patch ($ 495.00) and the iconic iPhone 6 cover Sicily print plastic ($ 125.00) in light blue will be a charming gifts to be given in the special moments during the holiday season. You can also discover the Dolce & Gabbana Mini Von Bags Collection: Luxury Phones & Gadgets Accessories 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Luxury Gifts Guides #Jewellery

The luxury Italian house also exclusively presents an exquisite collection of never-before-seen pieces of jewelries for this festive holiday seasons. One of the most charming gifts is the exclusive – filigree crown with multicolor crystals ($ 6,945.00), a charming velvet headband ($ 1,945.00) embellished with brooches, bows, intertwined and feathers and grape cluster and gold-plated metal necklace ($ 645.00) with Swarovski crystal pearls, these unique jewelries are finished with unique touch of the brand and featuring signature details that make exceptionally fabulous on each item. Discover also the charming Gift Guides for Her from Max Mara Special Holiday Collection 2015-2016.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Gifts Ideas: women's charming jewelries

Those are among the must-have luxury gift ideas for women from Dolce & Gabbana dedicated exclusively to be among the most charming pieces within the festive moments of the holiday season. For ladies, you can pick more stunning items featuring unique details of the house. To complete her look at evening, party and any other important and festive occasions these pieces are available 

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Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Tory Burch found inspiration in a hopeful place for the 2016 pre-fall season. She discovered poet and artist Etel Adnan, a woman who began her fame in her late ‘80s. Adnan has been an artist her whole life, and Burch tapped into her free landscapes, which are simple in nature. This inspiration shines through in the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection. The loose yet deliberate silhouettes use bold colors and graphics to ramp up the excitement, so she pursued a more abstract approach to using her inspiration.

Tory Burch Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

“You have to move your customer,” said Burch, in an interview with WWD. “You can’t just do obvious things.”

And she succeeded in that idea. You wouldn’t be able to know she took inspiration from a landscape artist, but after hearing the story many of the design elements become clear. She used colors commonly found in landscapes, particularly an evening scene, and also played with lines to mimic Adnan’s own work. Burch’s sophistication was prevalent in this collection, as everything was created with finesse, even a bohemian schoolgirl-esque dress.

It consisted of a scallop-hemmed miniskirt and bishop sleeve, so it’s a more refined take on such an outfit, but it is an interesting point of reference for the designer. When put into contrast with her tea-length lace color-blocked dress, it shows Burch put a lot of thought into range for this collection. She didn’t stick with one idea or one sense of style, but flitted around to be more encompassing, and in doing so found a larger audience for the line.

Regardless of their style, the use of color-blocking is great middle ground for the designer of many talents. It begins to reach out to less adventurous fashionistas who don’t much prefer mixing colors or prints in their looks, while still being exciting enough for those who like to wear fun prints and mix color in their wardrobe. Burch is so good at different styles, so it’s nice to see her combining two in one collection. This could precedent more thought in the future, where we may see more juxtaposition between two fashion sensibilities playing out in one line.

Aside from the playing around with color, of course she utilized a print. A bold, slightly abstract floral print was featured on a floor-length dress that skirted the line between maxi and evening dress. The large, almost tribal pattern is casual to be for everyday wear, but the overall presentation suggests a more elegant purpose behind the garment. An interesting prospect on the garment, deeming in multi-modal!

Overall, she kept the Tory Burch pre-fall 2016 collection light. She used lightweight knits and cotton so as to not bog down women wearing her looks, and maintained a relaxation throughout. Oftentimes it’s the heavier knits that achieve the ultimate comfy, relaxing vibe, but she achieved it through an unmistakable casualness, while still evoking tones of elegance and sophistication. She has created a great showing for pre-fall, and stayed true to the renaissance artist she drew her inspiration from.


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Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor has finally unveiled her eponymous line’s recent collection, wherein a strong retro style meets some contemporary patterns and edgy cuts. As the designer declared during the preview of the Rebecca Taylor pre-fall 2016 collection, she had found inspiration in American award-winning and bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s latest book, “The Nightingale”.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

“I’ve been reading The Nightingale [by Kristin Hannah], which is about the women in the French Resistance during World War II. It’s so inspiring, and there are some amazing images of them in these beautiful dresses and trenchcoats,” Taylor told Vogue regarding the novel, the story of which revolves around the life of a woman in the French village of Carriveau before and during the Nazis invasion of France. The protagonist of the novel is a determined young woman whose strength and willingness to strive for independence is vividly represented in Taylor’s line-up through the sophisticated pieces that are basically meant for the modern woman. Other similarities between Hannah’s novel and Taylor’s collection include perhaps the opening quote reading: “In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are”. As for the protagonist of the book, Rebecca Taylor is also looking for the right place where she could just be her true self, eventually finding it in the middle of two seasons.

Although featuring strong Forties influences, the Rebecca Taylor pre-fall 2016 collection is extremely versatile and eclectic, nonchalantly showing an astonishing succession of elegant and casual pieces that meet everybody’s needs and senses of style. She took old classics such as delicate peplum shirt, skirts and sweaters, as well as drop-waist dresses, and translated them into their more contemporary versions, adding contrasting bold cascades of flowers to the designs and pairing them with pointy-toe ankle boots. Those head-to-toe floral patterns also confirm one of next season’s soon-to-be most featured trends, as proven by Kate Spade’s latest pre-fall 2016 collection, too.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

A burgundy cropped leather bomber jacket perfectly combines Taylor’s retro reminiscences with her more romantic side, wherein fluid balloon sleeves, pleated white skirts and ethereal white shirts create a great contrast with the line-up’s casual outfits. The collection has, in fact, it all, total-denim looks included. Wide-leg jeans, along with denim jackets and pants in pink, travel forward in time, taking the line-up to the Seventies. Instead of celebrating the hippie decade, Taylor alternates boho-chic turtlenecks and tunics with 1970s soccer hooligans-inspired details, such as the striped cuffs on a pair of silk pants.

Moreover, to better meet everyone’s needs, the talented designer also gave the collection a few quirky sophisticated evening looks that, thanks to some maxi flared skirts with sheer patterns and a lace maxi dress with geometrical motifs, perfectly manage to combine each one of Taylor’s sources of inspiration into one single piece.

Rebecca Taylor Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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