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Ode to Versace: Subtle Sexiness FW16

The fashion pantheons will forever remember Versace for slinky dresses held together by safety pins, a flowing and cleavage-adoring jungle-green dress, gaudy printed silks and lurex miniskirts. Gianni Versace set the standards for his house back in the ’80s and ’90s and since Donatella took his place as the creative head of the brand, there’s been a sense of struggle between obeying the va-va-voom of Gianni, and the more “real woman” sensibilities of Donatella – well, as far as smoking Marlboro lights and drinking champagne is relatively real.

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FW16’s outing from the brand is, on the surface, perfect for the times. Donatella opened her show with a series of tightly tailored sportswear silhouettes: leather panelling atop heavy felted wool – here was the street and the urban sense. Progressively, the color story evolved from a sober grey and navy to electric turquoise, bright spectrum-grazing yellow and outright hot pink – the fun was back in. The show really hit its stride when Karlie Kloss, Amazonian embodiment of the Versace woman that she is, stalked out wearing an asymmetrical mini-dress. Its hem and neckline sat at two different lengths. The left panel of the dress featured the brand’s recurring graphic motif this season: jagged lines racing down the dress panel that called to mind topographical lines and uneven edges left by a tear. The look was simple, suggestive and flattering, yet respected a woman’s right to choice of exposure. In other words, it was a damn good dress.

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Donatella’s defining moment this season is mastering the subtle gesture. Notice the adornment of zips on garments that function as much hardware as cut-out features. Here’s where the Versace sexiness comes in: tempered and treated so as to put flexibility in the wearer’s hands. The tailoring and urban utility is a valiant attempt (as much as the Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss-fronted advertising campaign) at getting the Versace woman out of the club and into the real world. Where the brand indubitably shines, though, is its special ability to make goddesses out of women. And this season, according to Donatella, who says the ordinary woman can’t be one?

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

 

Etro does stripes - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

5 Highlights from Milan Fashion Week SS17

Spring/summer 2017 of Milan Fashion Week bridged subtle sentiments and exuberant opulence. Even though eyes will be on Paris now, some offerings were just simply unforgettable. Here, we recap five highlights of the Milan presentations.

Frills for days

Like many labels showing collections in Milan, Diesel Black Gold brought frills to its spring/summer 2017 line. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Just like New York and London, frills were the trend-of-the-moment at Milan Fashion Week. It brings a display of flamboyance with a side of sensuality. Gucci’s interpretation was adorned with golden embellishment, while Blugirl and Diesel Black Gold (above) incorporated frills on their dresses.

Prints plethora

Prints on the Dolce & Gabbana runway - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

No matter the shape and size, prints and patterns are here for the season. Florals in spring may not be groundbreaking, but it is a perfect match – as demonstrated by Blumarine and Roberto Cavalli. Other designers also played with varieties of stripes (Etro, Cristiano Burani, Fendi), spots (Anteprima), geometrics (Versace, Byblos Milano), ethnic prints, and abstract patterns (Giorgio Armani). Dolce & Gabbana (above) stood out with Italy-inspired prints. 

Diverse array of dresses

A long dress by Blumarine - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Dresses were all the rage at the Milan shows. Some were cut short, like at Francesco Scognamiglio, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Giamba. Longer iterations carrying a bohemian and romantic vibe were seen at Blumarine (above), Gucci, and Etro. Meanwhile, N°21, Anteprima, and Bottega Veneta opted for calf-length cuts

A sporty finish

A pleated dress by Byblos Milano - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The trend was spotted at Fendi, Versace, Byblos Milano (above), Philipp Plein and Francesco Scognamiglio. Even though most collections were naturally feminine and elegant, designers added more color with sportswear accents. Specialist materials, zips, hoods, pockets, and sneakers were incorporated to the collections. Athletic-inspired pleated dresses were also spotted.

Retro-grade

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The past merged with the present in conversation-worthy attire. Designers paid tribute to the 1970s with tight high-waisted hot pants and sensational prints at Prada (above), as well as Roberto Cavalli’s flared pants. Gucci in particular, fully embodied the retro spirit as it continues its current period.

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3 Beauty Trends: Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week is over and we are gearing up for the next round of runway shows that we will certainly cover in due course. However, before we hop over to Paris, we took a look at some of the beauty looks that made an appearance on the ramp. The three beauty looks here may even be key trends to look out for this season.

Glittery FunFendi Milan Fashion Week 2016

The vibrant trend was out in full force starting with Fendi. Bringing his love for fun and games to the runway, Karl Lagerfeld decked Gigi Hadid and the rest of his lovely models out with winged eyeliner and glittery pouts (above). The result was a striking and sequin-like effect that captivated the audience. Over at Giamba, models sported the glitter in a way that created an illusion of floating brows. Versace featured the trend as well but concentrated on the inner eyes, making their take on the trend slightly more wearable. However instead of using actually glitter, the brand chose to use just a dab of iridescent metallic shadow that captured the light.

Youthful HairDiesel Balck Gold Milan Fashion Week 2016

The trend saw a playful vibe carried over from the beauty looks to hairstyles with unsophisticated styles dominating the runways. From miniature top knots (above) at Diesel Black Gold to the pigtails at Fendi, the designers added a little bit of fun to their collections. At Emanno Scervino, models walked the runway with ruler-straight schoolgirl bangs and pastel hair shades.

Surreal FashionAtsushi Nakashima Milan Fashion Week 2016

Of course, fashion week would be a yawn without a few daring designers who went to the extreme with their looks. At Atsushi Nakashima, models presented the designs while sporting painted-on misplaced lips (above). Over at Cividini, prismatic eye shadow in colorful hues made for a bold look while Gucci embraced exaggerated wigs (main picture) that played with proportions.

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Emmy Awards 2016: 3 Red Carpet Trends

The Emmy Awards have delivered not only recognition to the best of US television but also a parade of fashionable stars that blew us away. The red carpet proved to be a colorful one with various hues that sent the camera flashes into overdrive. We take a look at the three trends that dominated the award show in California.

Bold In Red
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Tatiana Maslany

The bright shade was seen on not one but three actresses this year. Tatiana Maslany scooped up the award for best actress in a drama, for her role in the cult favorite Orphan Black. The actress was dressed in a red Alexander Wang dress that featured cut-outs to show off just a hint of her midriff.

Another vision in red was Kate McKinnon, who proved that a simple crimson gown with a V-neckline could be glamorous. Apart from being one of the best dressed on the red carpet, she also took home the statuette for best supporting actress on the legendary comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live.

Rounding out the red parade at the Emmy’s was Priyanka Chopra who proved to be the picture of elegance in a pleated one-shoulder goddess gown by Jason Wu. While she did not receive any awards during the night, Chopra did entertain the shutter bugs with a twirl that showed off the full skirt.

Lemonade
Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

No we are not talking about Beyonce’s anthem for all the jilted lovers out there. We are talking about the bright hue, usually called yellow, that has proven to be a surprise hit at award ceremonies. First up was Angela Basset, from the hit horror show American Horror Story, who wore a yellow kimono dress with a plunging neckline by Christian Siriano.

Channeling her alter ego on Empire was Taraji P. Henson in a figure-hugging canary gown by Vera Wang. Star of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper wore a belted yellow Jenny Packham column dress that contrasted her red hair, worn in a bob. British actress Minnie Driver, who will star in new ABC show Speechless this season, stunned in a yellow Versace gown with daring shoulder and waist cutouts — and a deep slit up the side.

Back in Black
Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner

It may seem like the safe choice for many but black proved to be a winner at the Emmy Awards. Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones stunned on the red carpet in a lacy black Valentino slip dress. Maura Tierney, a nominee for best supporting actress in a drama for her heart-wrenching turn as a woman wronged on Showtime’s The Affair, wore a strapless gown with a leaf pattern along the neckline and skirt from Siriano. Scandal star Kerry Washington, who is heavily pregnant, glowed in a strapless black gown from Brandon Maxwell that accentuated her baby bump.

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Limited Edition Versace Palazzo Empire

Back in March, Versace invited the public to participate in a competition called “7 bags for 7 cities” that would create designs for the iconic Versace Palazzo Empire bag. The seven limited edition versions feature seven famous and iconic fashion capitals that come in various colors.

To join the competition, participants took a photo of a monument, a unique place or an unseen side of the city that they chose. The images were then shared with Versace’s creative team who selected the final images that now make up the limited edition collection. The buildings in each city, are featured in black, while the skyline is filled with fading shades that help to get our attention. Paris is captured in plum and pink, New York in blue, Milan in orange and Tokyo in pink. Hong Kong, Beijing and Sao Paulo also feature in the limited-edition collection.

The Paris edition of the Versace "Palazzo Empire" bag.

The Paris edition of the Versace “Palazzo Empire” bag.

Versace has created only 10 models of each design. Starting from next week, the bags will arrive in their respective cities and will be sold in selected boutiques.

The original Versace Palazzo Empire is made from calfskin leather and can be carried by its handles or worn across the body. This iconic design is instantly recognizable and stands out thanks to the Medusa head detail – the symbol of Versace – on the front. Various special editions have previously been created, including models in crocodile skin and python leather.

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.

9 Outstanding AW’16 Fashion Campaigns

Over the last few weeks, we have been inundated with fashion news, from Paris Fashion Week to autumn/winter ’16 ready-to-wear and accessories campaigns and new store openings. As far as the autumn/winter 2016-2017 campaigns go, the tease is definitely on. We certainly haven’t covered all of it but happily the AFP has compiled a report on nine significant ones, in the eyes of the wire service at least.

Here then is a look at the most striking campaigns in store for the autumn/winter 2016 season.

All the hottest models of the moment have been signed up to front campaigns for big-name fashion brands this season, showcasing ready-to-wear clothing collections or various lines of accessories and footwear for autumn/winter 2016-2017.

Famous Faces

It is no surprise to see the Hadid sisters – currently among of the most in-demand models in the world – take center stage in several campaigns for autumn/winter 2016. Gigi Hadid fronts three major campaigns, for Versace, alongside Karlie Kloss, Stuart Weitzman and Max Mara accessories. Bella Hadid stars in a Givenchy campaign with a whole line-up of top models, including Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge and Mariacarla Boscono.

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The other star model of the moment – Kendall Jenner – is also among the famous faces signed up for autumn/winter ads. She can be seen as never before, totally transformed in a campaign for Marc Jacobs. The designer has also enlisted Cara Delevingne, Julia Nobis, Susan Sarandon, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.

Australian model Julia Nobis is the star of the Dior AW16-17 campaign, stepping into the role of a modern and stylish woman on the go, photographed in movement by Steven Meisel.

Other flagship ads see Anna Ewers fronting the Miu Miu campaign and Moschino sign up Anna Cleveland, Stella Tenant, Anja Rubik and Raquel Zimmermann in a campaign from Steven Meisel. Anthony Vaccarello picked the stunning Eva Herzigova as the face of his eponymous label.

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Standout Campaigns

Two campaigns stand out in particular this season, for two very different reasons. First of all, Saint Laurent has unveiled its first campaign under the creative direction of Anthony Vaccarello, giving followers a taste of what’s to come from the French fashion house. With a less rock’n’roll vibe, the black and white shots have a pared down, minimalist feel, and show the new logo against a white background. The campaign is shot by Collier Schorr.

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The second standout is the autumn/winter 2016 campaign from footwear label Jimmy Choo, also celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary. Jimmy Choo is marking the milestone with Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Pivovarova, Taylor Hill, Lexi Boling, Jasmine Tookes and Xiao Wen Ju, all starring in individual campaign photos shot by Craig McDean.

18 Best Pre-Fall Womenswear Trends 2016

From androgynous dress suits in floral prints to saccharine-sweet pastels and kitsch sensuality, the trends for Pre-Fall 2016 are pretty diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Here, our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have done the research for you to bring you 18 looks you should sport for the transitional season.

DRESSY SUIT

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Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci

When it comes to suiting now, bolder is better. Give your classic navy and black suits a rest and look to versions in daring prints and opulent fabrics – think Bottega Veneta’s mismatched tailoring or Givenchy’s flower-embellished stunner punked up with studded boots.

STANDARD (RE)ISSUE

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Military gets a cool downtown vibe with Alexander Wang’s introduction of grunge elements – beanies, 
chains and opaque tights – and unexpectedly ladylike accents in the form of velvet heels.

DOUBLE COATED

Dior

Dior

A clever take on layering by the design team at Dior, with a gently curved olive coat shrugged over another coat in rich brown fur. A lace-trimmed slip and sparkly flats lends ease and lightness to the look.

SHEAR THING

Burberry

Burberry

Shearling continues to be a giant trend for Pre-Fall, turning up as cool outerwear at brands as diverse as Coach, Paco Rabanne and Stella McCartney. Christopher Bailey showed an oversized one at Burberry, which he paired with sleek flares and a boyish rucksack.

FUN FURS

Fendi

Fendi

Shearling’s more luxurious cousin is also having its moment in the sun, but these furs are not your grandmother’s dowdy ones. Pre-Fall’s best shaggy pieces come in fabulous hues and patterns like those on Marni’s graphic check fur stole, Valentino’s ombre fur robe and Fendi’s floral explosion.

CANDY CRUSH

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection

Considering the fact that most Pre-Fall collections hit shop floors at the height of summer, it makes sense to drench them in sweet, uplifting shades. Giorgio Armani showed tiered dresses in washed-out blues, Sportmax proposed pale lemon for our outerwear, while Michael Kors had us thinking pink.

MASCULINE FEMININE

Versace

Versace

Boy-meets-girl is a trope fashion loves to reinterpret. This season’s offerings include Jason Wu’s jackets that were sculpted for a feminine silhouette, butterfly and lipstick prints on an Alexander McQueen pantsuit, and Prince-of-Wales tailoring at Versace shot through with baby blue and worn with a tiny skirt.

SHINE ON

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Who says that sequins should only come out when the sun goes down? When styled with the right pieces, metallics make a wonderful daytime statement too. Case in point: Phillip Lim’s gold wide pants, worn with a silk shirt, and Emilio Pucci’s sequined shirt, paired with a breezy skirt and a sandal-sock combo.

PRETTY PLEATS

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Gucci

The pleated midi skirt is fashion’s favourite skirt shape of the moment and no one does it better than Alessandro Michele. This season he rendered it in high-impact silver worn with an equally shiny pink bomber. Elsewhere, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara also offered beautiful options of the pleated midi.

MODERN ETHNIC

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

The current-season way to pull off ethnic influences can be seen in the collections of Alexander McQueen and Altuzarra. The key is to go for a sharper, more fitted silhouette; the end look needs to come off sleek and polished instead of billowy and bohemian.

POWER TULLE

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Where Miuccia Prada goes, others are sure to follow. After last season’s enchanting tulle layers at Miu Miu, the gauzy fabric is shaping up to be a key layering element. Molly Goddard has built a name with her joyful tulle creations, while Stella McCartney presented a womanly version worn over trousers and a bustier.

TIE DYE TWIST

Valentino

Valentino

Designers are reinventing tie-dye with a luxe spin, moving it farther away from hippie-dippy and muddy music-fest connotations. Our favourite version is from Valentino, where the saturation is amped way up and cut into a modern anorak, juxtaposed with a smart shirt and thigh-highs.

SWEET ’60s

Bally

Bally

The youthful charm of the ’60s look has always endured – who can resist the appeal of a little skirt, a fitted jumper and a flattering peacoat? The best looks aren’t faithful reproductions, though; we love Pablo Coppola’s take at Bally where the coat is cut ultra-sharp in bright red and the skirt comes in glossy leather.

’70s REDUX

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

The ’70s is another decade that fashion keeps returning to, but no one makes a more convincing case than Hedi Slimane. At Saint Laurent, he conjured up the bohemian glamour of Loulou de la Falaise with his swishing culottes and midi skirts, all topped with silken blouses and showstopping cloaks and capes.

NAUGHTY & NICE

Chanel

Chanel

Fashion loves a good clash of contrasting ideas and this season, designers are riffing on the themes of naughty and nice. Bally has a sharply tailored trench in glossy, fetishistic patent; Alexander Wang put fishnet tights under prim skirts and Karl Lagerfeld invoked Italian screen sirens wearing leather and lace with tweeds and pearls.

SPORTS COUTURE

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne

Athleticism in fashion is here to stay but the most talented, innovative designers are constantly finding new ways to elevate and marry it with high fashion. J.W. Anderson, for example, created bold new things from the idea of nylon and tracksuits, while Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne cleverly mixed zippers and mesh with lush materials for an effortless but luxurious take.

PUFF PIECE

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

The grandly exaggerated Edwardian shoulder continues to get more play for Pre-Fall. It showed up with retro inflections at Gucci, while at 3.1 Phillip Lim and J.W. Anderson, it was deconstructed and updated for today’s cool girls. But the most interesting mash-up was at Louis Vuitton where Nicolas Ghesquière paired sculpted shoulders with motorcross leggings and edgy, chunky boots.

DENIM DREAMS

Valentino

Valentino

This wardrobe staple has been given a fancy upgrade for Pre-Fall. At Carven, it was mixed with shearling and shown as a total-look statement. Julie de Libran also showed denim-on-denim at Sonia Rykiel but her looks were embroidered while Massimo Giorgetti’s Pucci pieces were printed with feathers. The most whimsical were Valentino’s versions, which bore elaborate scenes and dreamscapes.

 

 

Versace FW16 Campaign Celebrates Chicago’s Vitality

Versace is renowned for its penchant for loudness but this FW16 presents a sleeker image of the Italian brand. A campaign film shot by Bruce Weber, “Chicago Is My Beat” depicts It Girls Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss as young parents, but in an empowering light. Models are decked out in smart leather jackets, suits – and of course – skin-tight bodycons and cropped tops bearing prints closely associated with the Versace name. It is a celebration of diversity and strength, with the abundant display of love a reflection of Chicago’s vibrant heartbeat.

Watch the film on Men’s Folio Singapore.

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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

Versace Launches Boston Store, Capsule Collection

Versace may be an established Italian fashion label but that doesn’t mean it misses out on milestones or that it is everywhere – yet. The brand now boasts its first store in Boston, Massachusetts, adding to its growing presence in the United States.

The 225 square meter space in the heart of the city boasts the opulence of Italy with modern elements. The floor of the store features marble mosaics that take their inspiration from ninth century Byzanite churches. In contrast to the historical touches are the Perspex walls and shelves with brass stars and metallic details that add to the feeling of luxury.Versace-Boston-capsule-collection-shoes

The retail space boasts a selection of ready-to-wear collections and accessories for both men and women. Also available within the store are capsule collections by the brand and limited edition offerings that will be made available at the new boutique. To commemorate the opening of the store, the label’s creative director Donatella Versace has designed a mini-collection that borrows elements from the Star-Spangled Banner. The capsule collection will reimagine the brand’s Palazzo stilettos and handbags in brand new shades and shiny cracked leather finishes. The designs will also be embellished with the iconic Medusa and a metal tag inscribed with “Versace Red, White & Blue.”Versace-Boston-bags

“I just adore the design concept of the new Versace Stores, which pays tribute to Italy’s cultural heritage,” said Donatella Versace. “In fulfilling this project Jamie Fobert has created a space in which the new Versace spirit can take flight. For me the boutique suggests an uninterrupted dialogue between our past and our future, between me and Jamie Fobert and obviously between Versace and our clients,” the Italian designer concluded.

Versace Resort 2017

Joining the host of brands in unveiling its pre-spring 2017 collection is Italian fashion house Versace, with a sneak peek at a series of outfits that are sleek and modern. That isn’t to say that the designs lack that air of romance we have seen in other Resort collections though. With Donatella Versace leading the creative team, the brand conceived a collection with the idea of an imaginary coast-to-coast road trip in the USA. This drove the brand to its mix of pieces with floral motifs and others that call to mind the brightly lit colors of New York mixed into abstract designs.

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One of the important themes for the collection was the concept of ‘freedom’ for the Versace woman, along with sportswear. The brand also stretched out a series of primary colored polo shirts to make pleated dresses. Flared pants cut above the ankles look especially chic when livened up with platform shoes to create a steady look.

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Leather also has its place in the mix, where the material is paired with calf-skin on jackets, as well as patent leather with colorful patches. Floral prints play a part of the romantic side of the collection, while the hues of the sunset — think yellow and orange— are quite prevalent in several designs. Some exude a strong geometric sense, bringing to mind the colored abstracts of Mondrian translated into womenswear.

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Beyond this collection, Versace also lifted the lid on its autumn/winter 2016-2017 campaign, featuring two star models – Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. The campaign will be shot by well-established fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

Images courtesy of Versace

Jonathan Akeroyd Is New CEO of Versace

Following his stint at Alexander McQueen from 2004 until May 2016, Jonathan Akeroyd joined the Gianni Versace S.p.A family as Chief Executive Officer earlier this week and is expected to take office on June6,  2016.

“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Akeroyd as our new CEO. Jonathan brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth and driving strategic development. Jonathan Akeroyd’s industry expertise and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s development,” said Donatella Versace, Vice President and Artistic Director.

The new appointment brings Gian Giacomo Ferraris’ successful tenure to an end. He joined Versace in 2009 and led the Italian couture house to grow despite trying financial times and an earlier brush with bankruptcy.

Akeroyd brings his expertise as CEO from Alexander McQueen, where he successfully expanded the brand internationally, working hand-in-hand with creative and leadership teams during one of the company’s most robust periods.

“It is an honor to be joining such a dynamic and innovative organization. Versace is an iconic lifestyle brand recognized globally as a premier name in luxury,” said Akeroyd. I look forward to implementing a long-term business strategy that supports the visionary and creative direction of Donatella Versace and her team. This is an exciting opportunity to take Versace to even greater success.”

 

Armani/Casa at Milan: Light At Play

The Milan Furniture Fair has its fair share of Fashion Designers trying out their hand at interior decoration including Bottega Veneta and Versace. Armani/Casa, the luxury interiors division of the Giorgio Armani group, featured a specially designed space located within Corso Venezia. With minimalist furniture and soft natural lighting mediated through exquisite embroideries, the whole space has a tasteful tinge to it that carries a zen-like appeal. While it never made it into our own lists for the Salon Mobile this year, our friends at Men’s Folio Singapore liked enough to go big on it.

For more information, you can check out Men’s Folio here.

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

5 Menswear Looks to Match 5 Porsches

The clothes horses at Men’s Folio also love fast cars. They put together five looks to go along with five Porsche models and got their ambassador, actor Lawrence Wong, to anchor this lovely spread. He kicks things off with the Porsche Cayman GTS (above), featuring himself in a Givenchy leather jacket, acetate sunglasses from Porsche Design and wool sweater and wool pants from Saint Laurent.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Contrary to popular belief, the name of the car does not refer to the Caribbean islands. Instead, Cayman is an alternative spelling of caiman, a Latin American alligator. When the first Caymans arrived at dealerships for sale, the automaker adopted four caimans at Stuttgart’s Wilhelma Zoo. Lawrence Wong fronts this shot in a three-piece suit from Dior Homme.

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Specs:

Output: 340hp

0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds

Top speed: 285km/h

Porsche Panamera GTS

The Porsche Panamera production model was unveiled at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show on April 2009. Since its debut, the full-size luxury car has become one of the best sellers of its class and has attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Matthew Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Ryan O’Neal. Lawrence Wong puts together the appropriate look with an all-Saint Laurent affair, from wool sweater and wool pants to leather jacket and leather boots. The acetate sunglasses are by Porsche Design.

Specs:

Output: 310hp

0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds

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Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

The iconic 911 has long been a favorite among the who’s who including Ralph Lauren and Jerry Seinfeld, who have owned rare 911s. In the shot above, it peeks out from behind the Panamera.

Specs:

Output: 430hp

0-100km/h: 4.6 seconds

Top speed: 304km/h

Porsche Cayenne S

It was possibly the most talked about model in the Porsche portfolio. Porsche enthusiasts weren’t exactly sure what to make of luxury SUV from the celebrated sportscar maker. However, it has become one of the most sought-after luxury SUVs on the market, and its success silenced its critics. Today, some of the most prestigious sports carmakers are jumping on the bandwagon to produce their version of SUVs including Bentley and Lamborghini. Lawrence Wong is dressed to match in a Versace polyester jacket and wool pants, with leather boots by Saint Laurent.Porsche-Cayenne-S-MF-Dec-Jan

Specs:

Output: 420hp

0-100km/h: 5.5 seconds

Top speed: 259km/h

Porsche Boxster GTS

The Boxster’s name is derived from the word “boxer”, referring to the vehicle’s horizontally opposed or boxer engine. Right from the start, it was an instant hit, just four years after the Boxster’s debut in 1996, its sales volume had almost quadrupled to nearly 56,000 units. Lawrence Wong owns this look with a Saint Laurent wool jacket and Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 edition.Porsche-Boxster-GTS-MF-Dec-Jan

Specs:

Output: 330hp

0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds (PDK)

Top speed: 279km/h

Story Credits

Text by Lance Lim

Photography by Richard Chen

Grooming by Sam Ong using colors from Sephora

Outfits by Porsche Design; Givenchy; Dior Homme; Saint Laurent; Versace; Chopard

This story first appeared in Men’s Folio.

Homage to Curves: Versace Spring 2016 Haute Couture

One can always count on Versace to bring aggressive sexuality to the fore and it did just that January 25 at its Spring 2016 Haute Couture show. The Versace woman has always been a bold one but the fashion house took its daring twist – with ropes and silicone grills – on glamour to new heights.

The show opened with a series of taut, minimalist looks featuring crisp white ski pants and bomber jackets with sporty buckle details in a nod to the current athleisure trend. White blazers with contrast panels, geometric dresses with mesh inserts and laser-cutout miniskirts all channeled a young, powerful and independent vibe.

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The collection then evolved into something much more sensual as swishy, cutaway dresses took over. Slashed to the hip and the navel and cinched in at the waist, the designs were an homage to womanly curves, exaggerated by strategically placed flashes of skin across the hip bones and barely there straps. Harness-like necklines, straps made from rope and silicone grills made for an overtly sexy yet very feminine look.

As Donatella Versace used bejeweled Swarovski ropes to hang dresses from the neck or string sequined panels together, flared skirts gave the collection a dramatic floaty, Riviera-style appeal while retaining every inch of the high-voltage glamour that the house is so well loved for.

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3 Key Looks from Pre-Fall 216

Ahead of more extensive coverage on upcoming fashion season, including haute couture in Paris, we pick up with the AFP’s selection of important looks. The Pre-Fall/Resort/Cruise 2016 collections are coming thick and fast, and a few key trends have already emerged. Here are some of our (preliminary) favorite looks.

Romantic Minimalism

Clean, neat romance was the name of the game at Ralph Lauren (pictured above), where the collection focuses on classic, feminine styles with a modern twist. A crisp color palette of soft ducky pinks, camels and monochromatic black and white forms the basis for wide leg trousers, pleated midi skirts and belted trench coats. Athletic separates and puffed bomber jackets inject a youthful edge, as do brown leather patch motifs on black trousers and accessories.

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Independent Urbanism

Urban streetwear gets a funky makeover at Versace, where the Pre-Fall collection focuses on heavily structured silhouettes, from puffed-out sleeves, to stiff A-line hemlines and razor-sharp stirrup pants. Oversized outwear, sporty ‘microdresses’ and patent Chelsea boots combine to create a pulled-together and edgy look, based on a colorful palette of bright oranges and blues breaking up swathes of black.

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Bohemian Eccentricity

Casual elegance was one of the core themes at Alexander Wang, where iconic wardrobe staples have been reinterpreted with eccentric irreverence. The use of metal embellishment, tonal embroidery, fabric treatment and deconstruction create a play on texture, while fluid tailoring is sharpened by metallic x-shaped zips and buckles. A dual-tone green and army parka metamorphoses into a bomber, and a trench into a blouson, highlighting the idea of transformation. Asymmetric draping and ruched silks and leathers are reissued in pieces emblematic of the insouciant and confident sensibility of Wang’s work.

Versace Goes Gigi for SS16

Italian fashion label Versace is featuring Gigi Hadid in its Spring/ Summer 2016 campaign visuals. So, it is not that we have soft spot for Hadid, just a symptom of an overwhelming media stampede towards the latest It Girl. There are other candidates though, as we showed in this story about 2015’s usual suspects.

In this newest bit of Gigi Hadid news, Versace is the latest fashion brand to feature her, but the brand is hedging its bets by also including Raquel Zimmerman and Natasha Poly. Some sources are calling Poly and Zimmerman veterans…the horror. L’Officiel Singapore ran this news first and we are just revisiting for some additional details. In particular, we wondered why we are looking at the California salt flats and who that seemingly random guy in the background is. Also, this shot below has so much going on we don’t know what to say…

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Well Versace and the AFP inform us that the male model here is fitness instructor and mixed martial artist Lukasz Grabowski. His appearance, while seemingly a throwaway, is actually a teaser for the men’s campaign, which also features Benjamin Benedek and Nathaniel Visser. As for the salt flats, we still have no clue what’s going on there so we’re going back to looking at the pictures and trying tell the models apart from one another.

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Versace makes its debut in Ginza, Tokyo

Focusing its Asian presence in Japan, Versace has opened a new boutique in one of Tokyo’s most prominent shopping districts – Ginza.

Conceived by Donatella Versace in collaboration with English architect Jamie Fobert, this new 430 square meter space features a juxtaposition of the old and new.

Inside, you will see beautiful mosaic floors, inspired by Byzantine churches of the Ninth Century, matched with perspex walls and shelving that seem to float in mid-air to create a clash between the past and the future.

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Both menswear and womenswear are given their own dedicated floors on the second and third level respectively. The menswear space features fior di bosco marble floor, while women’s section on the third level features fior di pesco marble floor creating an exclusive and unique environment.

Donatella says, “For me, the boutique suggests an uninterrupted dialogue between our past and our future, between me and Jamie Fobert and obviously between Versace and our clients.”

 

The new Versace boutique is located at 6-7-12 Ginza Chuo-Ku Tokyo. For more information visit www.versace.com.