Versace Goes “Versace” – Spring/Summer 2012

Seventeenth century Baroque architecture and art was used by the Roman Empire to impress visitors by expressing triumphant power and control.  The Versace name has always lived and breathed Baroque.  While many of the fashion houses are muting or getting rid of colour altogether for next spring/summer, Donatella has cranked up the volume.  Sure, there are plenty of timid grey and beige suits, but even they have nuances of Baroque in the detailing.  SS12 is about classic, raw, in-your-face Versace.  Highlights of the collection included Glen plaid suits, a canary yellow suit (featured in several of the Milan collections), the footwear including the gladiator sandals, the buckled sports jackets/suits, an elaborately studded black leather jacket, the swimsuits, and definitely those gorgeous terrycloth robes.  Versace in all its glory.  A return to vibrant intrepid colours, audacious zebra prints, buckles, shackles, and gold studs –  a return to 1980s Miami.

Versace SS12

Versace to Design Iconic Collection for H&M Fall/Winter 2011

Margareta Van Den Bosch, Creative Advisor for H&M announces plans for a Versace capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2011.  The collection is scheduled to launch here in Canada on November 19th amidst a consumer frenzy the likes of last year’s Lanvin, maybe worse.  The collection will feature reworked iconic pieces from Versace’s past and present.  Donatella promises a glamorous 40-piece collection for the women and 20-piece for men, accessories on top of that.  She was so excited about the collaboration that she actually wore one of the leather Versace for H&M dresses to the Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 show in Milan yesterday.

Versace for H&M

Versace for H&M - Photo c/o Style.com

D&G: An Homage To The Great One? – Spring/Summer 2012

This was at least the second season in a row where the D&G diffusion line has creatively eclipsed the premium Dolce & Gabbana collection.  From the James Brown Get On Up versus Prince’s Kiss mix that ran the entire show, to the brilliance of the collection and quality of production – it simply kicked ass.  If you don’t exactly know what foulard is, Domenico and Stefano are making it their mission to indoctrinate you.  The colourful printed silk fabric that originated in the Far East used predominantly in scarves and neckerchiefs, had dominated the D&G Spring/Summer 2012 Collection as the designers have decided to test the boundaries using it for and in everything.

With the exception of some linen, denim jeans and dress shirts – the sports jackets, dress shirts, trousers, and swim shorts are all foulard.  Raffia hats and suede moccasins prove the perfect accessories for one of the most impressive collections to come out of Milan this Fashion Week.  My only concern is that between Dolce & Gabbana’s numerous black pieces and the D&G silks, we’re going to be roasting under the sun next year.

Silk, denim, and raffia are shaping up to be the big trends for SS12 and D&G are leading the charge.  The relaxed silhouettes and bright foulard prints come together with distressed faded denim and scream of another decade, another designer.   An homage to the late-1980s / early-1990s and the late great Gianni Versace?  Perhaps.  Whatever the case, it’s nice to see the wild prints and ripped jeans back.

D&G SS12

White Dominates The Red Carpet At Cannes

Cannes Film Festival 64

The 64th Cannes Film Festival kicked off last Wednesday and with only a few days remaining of week-and-a-half long festival, I thought that It’s All Style To Me would highlight some of the elegant Red Carpet looks that were competing for the attention of the paparazzi at Cannes this year.  In spite of the tendency to “color block”, a wave of white was dominant at this year’s Festival, offering a genuine sensation of glamour paying homage to the model of sophistication and timeless grace inspired by the festival’s poster.

Uma Thurman in Versace and Chopard

Uma Thurman in Versace and Chopard

The tone was set during the opening ceremony by the dazzling Uma Thurman, who wore an immaculate FW11 Versace white dress bordered with feathers.  A very elegant pair of nude Jimmy Choo’s created a complete silhouette of glamour perfected.  The only hint of colour conceded by the star was through a pair of Chopard emerald earrings and matching bracelet.  Uma, also a jury member, had begun her day in a white Dolce & Gabbana dress (not shown).

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The Peacock Has Landed: Über Statement Sports Coat

Statement Sports Coat

Spring/Summer 2011 Sports Coats by (Top) Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Custo Barcelona, Versace, (Bottom) Walter Van Beirendonck, Tom Ford, Nautica, Etro

They are bold, they are in-your-face, and they are definitely not for everyone.  I’m not talking about plaid, check, gingham, or tweed sports coats.  In an effort to bring man one step closer to becoming a peacock, vibrant pattern-drenched fabric befitting of your grandmother’s finest curtains have been fashioned once again into sports coats.  Tom Ford, Etro, Walter Van Beirendonck, and several others have lead the Spring/Summer 2011 charge of 70s inspired über statement sports coats.  Tom Ford’s formal, patterned single-button sports coats, have large peaked lapels and designed to be worn in lieu of a regular tuxedo jacket.

Others are going for a more relaxed, unstructured look and feel for their boldly patterned and vividly coloured jackets.  Unlike our big bearded friend Mr. Walter Van Beirendonck, if you’re going to don one of these masterpieces, be sure to keep the rest of your outfit tame.  The styling by Etro and Nautica is a great example of how one should go about coordinating their sports coat with a pair of neutral-coloured trousers or shorts.  Same goes for the dress shirts or t-shirts – keep them simple.  If you’re keen on some added colour or flair, it can be done playing with coloured accessories such as ties, belts, or shoes.  You’ll likely end up paying a bit for one of these snazzy jackets, they can also be pretty hard to find.  Try giving vintage and consignment shops a look as well.  You never know what you might find.  Happy peacocking guys.

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