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13 Shades of Blue: Fall/Winter 2016 Trend

The seasonal wardrobe update is just around the corner and it seems that blue is set to reign supreme. In numerous shades, such as electric blue, pale blue, turquoise, navy and lavender, the color is now a “must-have” for the upcoming season.

Electric Blue: Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Courrèges

Electric Blue: Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Courrèges

Proving to be a favorite among designers and fashion brands, the shade will be seen in designs that are set to be lively, feminine and sensual while retaining hints of rock’n’roll. At the latest fashion week shows, Louis Vuitton used the shade in numerous forms while Saint Laurent splashed electric blue on fur coats, shoes, dresses that were included in its retro, rock’n’roll style. Another brand that utilized the shade, was Courrèges who chose to pair it with touches of white.

Dark Blue: Dior, Prada, Kenzo and Stella McCartney

Dark Blue: Dior, Prada, Kenzo and Stella McCartney

Skipping black, the darkest blue was also another shade to be seen this season for womenswear. From New York to Milan, London and even Paris Fashion Week, the runways were filled with the hue. Kenzo was won over by this deepest of blues, choosing it for suits and coats, as a head-to-toe look, and combined with a tiger print, while Sonia Rykiel and Dior opted for a glittering, sparkly version of the shade. Stella McCartney unveiled two-toned dresses and midnight blue puffer jackets. In a more classic form, the color was in evidence at John Galliano and was chosen for military-inspired jackets at Prada, Jason Wu and Chloé.

Light Blue: Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Missoni

Light Blue: Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Missoni

For fall, the colour will be seen in pastel and bright shades such as azure, sky blue and turquoise. On the catwalk, Missoni paired the most audacious tones of blue with other bright colors, balcks and greys. Over at Fendi, the palestblue was seen on its thigh-high boots and fur while Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana added touches of sky blue to their collections.

Blue on Blue: Versace and Diesel Black Gold

Blue on Blue: Versace and Diesel Black Gold

Three brands deserve a special mention, for having blue as the dominating shade in the collections. Versace, used all kinds of blue as a head-to-toe look, combined with other colors, and mixed with hints of pink. Diesel Black Gold and Byblos Milano took a similar path with a whole range of pieces in the colors of the sky and the ocean.

3 Milan Runway Menswear Trends SS 17

All is fair in love, war and fashion. Milan was recently in the grip of Fashion Week as designers showcased what men could look forward to for Spring/Summer 2017. We bring you the three trends that dominated the runways of Milan.

1. AthleisureMilan-fashion-week-menswear-trends

The men really do get it in the style stakes, thanks to Prada’s colorful collection. With the help of neon piping, lightweight parkas and rain pants, sportswear gains traction as an acceptable outfit. Following in his footsteps is Philipp Plein with a collection that took its inspiration from the all-American basketball attire with tailored leather shorts while the sharp blazers add a little formality to an otherwise laid back outfit. Another brand that trekked down the path of athleisure was Moncler. Channelling an outdoorsy theme, the brand showcased a collection that had a boy scout-themed adventurous outwear.

2. DaydreamingMilan-fashion-week-menswear-trends-2

Versace brought out a collection that featured lightweight materials for long parkas of semi-transparent nylon, silk shirts reimagined as zip-up blousons and silk knitwear that was tied around the waist. In a similar manner, Salvatore Ferragamo chose to explore the spirit and the attitude of a “restless adventurer”. The result was a whimsical and imaginative show case that would have made any dream come true. Dsquared2 showcased their artistic side with an androgynous glam rock collection influenced by the ‘quiet rebel’.

3. PrintedMilan-fashion-week-menswear-trends-3

Of course, Dolce & Gabbana chose to go loud with a festive inspired show complete with leopard print trousers that really was the star of the show. Marni featured prints in their collection as well, with patterned jackets and accessories. Taking a softer approach to the trend, was Missoni with their multicolored patchwork knitwear that was inspired by the country of Guatemala.

10 Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17

The end of fashion collection shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, completes the full range of Autumn/Winter 2016-17 trends. With the fashion world still split on whether pieces in collections should go for sale immediately during the season or whether a delay is required to make the best of what they have, it seems that some designers are inspired by this tussle to mix it up a bit. Spring styles seemed to have bled a bit into Winter, among other stylistic ambiguities that made for an interesting series of Fashion Weeks.

Dreams of Spring


Dark and neutral shades such beige, white, brown, black, and blue are the normal palette staples for a wintry and cool hue but this time, spring came through. The cool hues were still dominant but lighter melds and more springlike tones intruded. Liselore Frowijn, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Francesco Scognamiglio cheered winter up with pastel explosions, bolder brights, and gay color. New York, though, stood apart from the rest, as, other than a few (notably Michael Kors), that Fashion Week kept to the dark, muted palette.


Blue is the new Black

AW1617-Trends-BlueFrom petrol blue to pastel blue; from midnight and electric blue to navy and lavender – all these served as counterpoints to timeless black. Versace, Diesel Black Gold and Fendi went big on blue while Rahul Mishra, Eudon Choi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, and Missoni presented looks in the color or used blue in smaller touches. Just see how much blue you can spot in this very story!

Denim, normally a famous blue, was less present than previous seasons but still featured in collections from Chanel, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and Ujoh.


Eye-Catching DetailsAW1617-Trends-Embellishment

Continuing the eccentric vibe of the season are eyecatching embellishments mixed with outstanding patterns sitting alongside and contrasting with minimalist designs. Such occurs normally with the clash of multiple trends but in this case such details featured in almost all labels’ collection to some extent. Dolce & Gabbana flashed it up with diamanté, alongside golden, mirror-effect embellishments and metallic Lurex while Saint Laurent used bold detail in a different way more suited to the collection’s retro stylings.


Flashy FursAW1617-Trends-Fur

Fur in color was another staple among labels, whether finished with multi-colored horizontal stripes or vivid shades verging on the fluroscent, or packed with prints. Fendi set the tone with pieces, detailing and accessories all made from brightly colored fur while Ermanno Scervino brought smaller touches of it to hoods and collars. Ellery finished fur in red, pink and burgundy, while Saint Laurent went for electric shades.


Winter’s OuterwearAW1617-Trends-Outerwear

To combat the cold, coats, jackets, parkas and down jackets are firm fixtures of the season. Going the whole range from classical and functional to extravagant, outerwear this season is sure to fit all kinds of tastes, leaving something for everyone. Zips were a key feature for many, sometimes used as embellishment, but other times allowing big coats transform into lightweight outdoor garments. One key trend — seen in particular at Léa Peckre, Burberry and Narciso Rodriguez — is a masculine coat with a long, wide cut, worn over a lightweight dress, a sure sign of designers thinking beyond traditional seasons. Oversized coats will be big news this winter but down jackets and parkas with touches of fur or color — as spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag&Bone — will be popular too. Chanel went for a more classic, highly feminine padded jacket.


Gender BendingAW1617-Trends-Unisex

Beyond the seasonal mix-up came unisex silhouettes and garments inspired by menswear. On the whole, though, the trend was still highly feminine looks with a few masculine details. Collections involved in the masculine/feminine trend include Paul Smith, John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham. Some showed suit jackets with big shoulders and wide-cut trousers. Lots of other labels though — like Gucci, Mugler and Elie Saab — previewed more feminine, sensual collections.


Nightwear for DaytimeAW1617-Trends-Nightwear

Lingerie and sleepwear made their appearance on the runways as outerwear in autumn/winter collections. Lingerie-style dresses worn under thick, heavy coats, like at Sonia Rykiel, as well as dressing gowns and pajama pants were also spotted on the catwalk for a laid-back daytime look. This trend was mostly seen on the Italian catwalk, at Trussardi, Missoni, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.



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Other designers rode on a sailor or seafaring theme with sweaters, pants and sailor-style buttoning, all in a palette of navy blue, red and yellow. Cédric Charlier went particularly big on sailor chic in a collection inspired by old photos of retro seamen. Y/Project, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger also showed nautical looks.


Size MattersAW1617-Trends-Oversized

Wide, baggy, and even oversized pants were prominent, although skinny cuts were still present. Chalayan went for wide-cut leather pants, Jacquemus matched them with a huge-shouldered XXL jacket, Giorgio Armani printed them with patterns and Ralph Lauren gave them a high waist. Shiatzy Chen, on the other hand, had loose-cut pants with patterns and transparent effects.


Sleek SportinessAW1617-Trends-Sportswear

Some brought hints of a sporty style to their autumn/winter collections, while others jumped into sportswear head first. Among those adding a few sportswear pieces to feminine, urban collections, or leaving discreet touches of sportiness are Carven, Alexis Mabille, Alexander Wang and, of course, Tommy Hilfiger. There were some interesting collaborations in the sportswear arena too, such as Fenty x Puma by Rihanna.

All images are courtesy of AFP.

10 Most Unusual Hair and Makeup Looks 2015

We love looking back on out-of-this-world beauty ideas from the fashion houses, especially because we do not cover it as much as the fashion looks themselves. While they are less common than eccentric outfits, totally crazy hair and makeup was very much in vogue on the catwalk during the fashion weeks in London, Paris, New York and Milan. Along with the AFP, we brought together some of the most unusual looks of 2015, which includes some of the usual suspects (hello Gareth Pugh and Rick Owens).


Marko Mitanovski

You might call this one an alternate look for the X-Men’s White Queen or white-on-white crime… The Serbian designer went for a 100% white look for both face and hands – London Fashion Week fall-winter 2015-2016.


Gareth Pugh

This British designer appears twice on this list and this look is the more conservative of the two choices, believe it or not. Gareth Pugh called upon an army of warrior models for his show. They strode down the catwalk with a large red cross painted on their faces, symbolizing Saint George’s Cross which is depicted on the English flag – London Fashion Week fall-winter 2015-2016.


Maison Margiela

Fashion insiders may be surprised by the appearance of this house, led today by fallen angel John Galliano, which typically avoids calling attention to personalities and models. For its fall-winter show, Maison Margiela hesitated between a dark, shady look and highly colorful makeup, as seen here in the form of broad brush strokes in fluorescent shades – Paris Fashion Week fall-winter 2015-2016.


Rick Owens

The American designer is famous this year for making the models themselves wearable – perhaps a commentary on wearable tech – and sending them down the runway as accessories for other models. We find this particular look quite arresting and it totally slipped past most observers who were understandably distracted by the aforementioned stunt. For the Paris Fashion Week fall-winter 2015-2016 show, Rick Owens opted for futuristic makeup, covering faces in gold flakes, which is delightfully festive.


Jeremy Scott

The People’s Designer got a lot of press this year, thanks to a feature-length documentary but the Missouri-born designer also had some notable moments on the runway. Bright orange lips and a retro look for eyes – and hair – at the Jeremy Scott show turned heads at New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2016. Also, Gigi Hadid…


Vivienne Westwood

The original queen of punk fashion remains an unstoppable fashion-forward force. She also seems to be channeling urban warrior aesthetics (like Pugh), going with ultra-wide smokey eyes, at London Fashion Week spring-summer 2016.


Gareth Pugh

Speaking of whom, here he is again. Pugh opts for an exaggerated look with this half-clown half-disco make-up that is almost unreal at the London Fashion Week spring-summer 2016. Seriously, we are not even sure if this model is a real person…



At Missoni, the eye makeup could not be accused of subtlety as it took the form of a brightly colored extra-wide line from the lashes to the brow line. This was seen at the Milan Fashion Week spring-summer 2016.


Olympia Le Tan

The French designer is known for her literary inspirations and we would like to know what book or books inspired what is seen here, from Paris Fashion Week spring-summer 2016. Red was dotted around the outer corners of the models’ eyes and combined with a scarlet lip or a mask.


Issey Miyake

Another one of the original fashion forward mavericks, Miyake retains his ability to push boundaries. Colored prints that looked like tattoos decorated the models’ faces at the Issey Miyake show at Paris Fashion Week spring-summer 2016. Perhaps this was yet another look inspired by either an impending zombie apocalypse or urban tribal warfare.

Missoni Home Tableware collection

Missoni Home launches luxury tableware

Missoni Home Tableware collection

After making a name for itself in fashion, textiles and furniture,  is making its first foray into tableware.

The new collection from the Italian design house includes a tea set, a coffee service set, individual bowls, serving bowls, flatware and placemats.

All of these new tableware items are available in four patterns: one with stripes and lotus flowers, another with a floral motif, a third with mushroom-like shapes and a fourth with Missoni’s signature zigzags.


Missoni Home Tableware

The tea and coffee service sets are produced in collaboration with Richard Ginori 1735, an Italian porcelain maker founded in the 18th century.

The brand is currently presenting the new collection to interior design professionals at Maison & Objet in Paris, which runs through January 27.

Missoni Home Tableware 2015

Rosita Missoni founded the Missoni fashion house 60 years ago with her husband Ottavio. In 1997, she passed on the fashion side of the business to her children in order to focus on the Missoni Home collections.

More information: www.missonihome.it

Missoni Bedding & Sheets

Missoni Home to unveil retrospective exhibit in Toronto

 Missoni Bedding & Sheets

 is set to unveil a never-before-seen retrospective during the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto.

The Italian brand will celebrate its 60th anniversary with the exhibit, curated by the show’s International Guest of Honor Wanda Jelmini, Creative Director of T&J Vestor, Missoni Home, who will also speak at the event.

“Missoni is a superpower in the creative world, rich in history and collaborations,” says Judy Merry, Vice President of Informa Canada. “We’re looking forward to hearing Wanda’s insight on its global success.”

The Missoni Home line was added to the company’s product range in 1983 and features colorful collections of furnishings, textiles, and décor characterized by unusual fabrics, whimsical prints, and simple shapes.

The line follows Rosita Missoni’s philosophy for living: “The home is alive. It’s constantly evolving and never finished… Furnishing my way means creating a habitat that’s ordered yet informal, versatile and welcoming.”

As Rosita’s niece, Jelmini has worked in the family business for 31 years.

“Inspiration can be captured at any and every moment,” she says. “We take out forms, shapes and colors and start by experimenting with how they could be applied in a new way.”

The Interior Design Show will run from January 22-25, 2015, showcasing hot-topic design trends and the most innovative of international and Canadian design.

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Missoni creates new compilation CD

M missoni CD

Missoni has created a compilation CD to celebrate the opening of the brand’s new Las Vegas store.

Curated by Epic Records chairman Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, the summer mix tape will be launched at a party in New York City Thursday evening to celebrate the M Missoni second line.

Pop acts Paloma Faith, Ciara, Avril Lavigne, Nyla, Kat Dahlia, Bonnie McKee’s, Sara Bareilles and Tamar Braxton all feature on the compilation.

Featuring the M Missoni ‘fish-eye’ image and a wavy spring-summer print, the colorful CD won’t be available to buy, but will be given away to customers at the brand’s new boutique in Las Vegas.

The label has also covered a luxury bus in Missoni print, which will run from the Hamptons to NYC from this week until August 18, with sporadic giveaways of the CDs.


Missoni Founder Ottavio Missoni Dies at 92

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Italian knitwear impresario Ottavio “Tai” Missoni, whose distinctive colourful zigzag dresses became a global fashion empire, died on Thursday at his home in northern Italy at 92, his family said.

Missoni co-founded the fashion brand in 1953 with his wife Rosita Jelmini and their designs have graced the rich and famous from Jackie Kennedy to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

Missoni was born in the then Yugoslavia on February 11, 1921 and started out with a career in track athletics after moving to Italy.

He became a national champion before World War II and took part in the 1948 London Olympics.

During the war, he fought in the Battle of El-Alamein and was held as a prisoner of war.

At the Olympics he met his future wife, whose family owned a textile business in northern Italy.

The Missoni brand quickly earned a reputation for testing new boundaries in the 1960s and was kicked out of the Pitti fashion shows in Florence when its models did not wear bras on the catwalk.

Missoni was a self-effacing, jovial man who told one interviewer that the geometric patterns on his dresses “were like that simply because we had machinery that could only make straight lines.”

But the company kept up a reputation for innovation in recent years and was the first to delve into the mass market through a successful partnership with US mega-store chain Target.

It also followed other major Italian fashion chains in setting up branded hotels in different cities including Edinburgh and Kuwait.

Missoni for Havaianas flip-flop

Missoni designs sandals for Havaianas

Missoni for Havaianas flip-flop

Italian brand Missoni, which specializes in original printed knitwear, is collaborating with Brazilian brand Havaianas for a high-end capsule collection of thong sandals.

Sporting iconic Missoni motifs, the thong sandals are composed of leftover pieces of the Brazilian brand’s multicolored rubber flip flops, which are then put together to create various forms of zigzag patchwork.

One of the new models for 2012, the “Missoni Loves Havaianas Slim,” is adorned with several jewel-style lucky charms and will be available in select retail outlets in mid-June for a price of 90 euros.
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Missoni Designs Condos In Manila

missoni bedroom

Missoni is partnering with Filipino real estate developer Century Properties to design the interior decor and amenity spaces of a condominium building in Manila.

Missoni Home is not new to commercial real estate. It designed the Hotel Missoni line with Rezidor Hotel Group, with hotels open or opening in Scotland, Kuwait, Turkey, Omanan and Brazil.
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Missoni-designed cabanas

Missoni x Four Seasons Resort Maui

Missoni-designed cabanas

Italian designer Missoni is lending its distinct style to Four Seasons Resort Maui for two of the property’s poolside cabanas that will feature Missoni furniture.

Missoni created floral fabrics that incorporate the brand’s traditional stripes and zigzags to mirror the beach setting of the property’s Serenity Pool.
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Hip-hop theme for next Missoni collaboration?

Rapper Drake

Rapper Drake has a penchant for sweaters made by the Italian fashion house and harbors ambitions to be part of Missoni‘s next capsule line.

The musician revealed his interest in a partnership with the label during an interview for the December issue of GQ.

“Hopefully Missoni hollers at me and we get a sweater line popping,” he told the publication, when discussing his frequent appearances in Missoni jumpers.
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Missoni Target

Missoni wants another low-cost line

Missoni Target

Missoni would like to follow its successful Target collaboration with another lower-cost line, this time on an international scale.

Back in September the Italian fashion house, famed for its signature patterned knitwear, launched a 400-piece line for US department store chain Target.

While a top-of-the-range Missoni gown typically costs over $1,000, many of the Target items were priced under $50, and thrifty fashion fans were eager to snap them up.
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Missoni for Target ad campaign

Missoni for Target

Missoni for Target ad campaign

After successful design collaborations with the likes of Mulberry, Rodarte, and Zac Posen, Target is readying the launch of Missoni‘s collection for September 13.

The lookbook for the 400-piece range, which includes clothes for men, women, girls, and babies as well as dishwear, a blanket, and even a bike, comes courtesy of new Tumblr blog All The Way Up Here, written by model Marina, who also wears the clothes in the campaign.
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Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Hotel Missoni Opens in Kuwait

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

The new Missoni Hotel in Kuwait held its official launch party this week, a timely reminder that when it comes to fashion hotels, travelers just can’t get enough.

Guests have been able to check in at Missoni since the hotel opened its doors in February, but this week’s star-studded launch saw three generations of the Missoni family on hand to launch their second property — and confirm that properties in Oman, Brazil and Turkey are in the pipeline.

The Kuwait property now features the 18th floor Luna restaurant with views of the Gulf, although it’s still not quite complete as the 1,500 Six Senses Spa still isn’t open.
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Milan readies for men’s fashion fest

men undies milan show

Milan is preparing to host its annual men’s fashion show on Saturday, billed as the biggest in the world.

Thirty-six brands including Dolce&Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Prada are set to take to the catwalks for the four-day fashion festival.

The autumn-winter collection show kicks off on Saturday with top brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce&Gabbana, Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli.
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Missoni for San Pellegrino Limited Edition Bottles

Italian sparkling water company San Pellegrino has collaborated with Italian fashion brand Missoni.

The collaboration allowed Missoni to cover the San Pellegrino bottle label with their signature zig zag pattern.

Thirty million units of the special edition bottles are being produced and will be available in the best restaurants worldwide.
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