Saturday, December 21, 2013

INSPIRATION Balenciaga FW2011||12 ad campaign... Balmain SS||2014 ad campaign

My blog is not the first one to notice the resemblance between the advertising campaigns of two of the most important historical French fashion labels, and it is quite incredible that this could have happened. The Balenciaga ad for FW 2011||12 has been photographed by Steven Meisel [left] and might have been an inspiration to the SS||2014 campaign shot by Inez and Vinoodh [right], even if both recall a dance scene from the movie Flashdance, directed by Adrian Lyne in 1983.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

INSPIRATION Louis Vuitton FW 2013||14... Zara FW 2013||14

Walking into a Zara store today, I just got overwhelmed by the quantity and variety of tartan-lace negligés [right] proposed by the Spanish fast fashion label for FW 2013||14. The inspiration for this kind of item lies of course in the 'Grand Hotel' collection Marc Jacobs has created for Louis Vuitton [left].

Saturday, December 14, 2013

INTO THE ARCHIVES...Yves Saint Laurent 1980 and Saint Laurent SS|| 2013

With his first collection as the creative director of Saint Laurent, for SS||2013 Hedi Slimane has proposed a totally new approach to revive the heritage of the early eighties version of Monsieurs Yves' tuxedo [left]. Proposing a leather biker jacket [right] with the typical YSL styling was a really clever and freshening and gave it a cool contemporary vibe.

Monday, December 9, 2013

INSPIRATION Stella McCartney FW 2013||14… Zara FW 2013||14

Whatever the wonderful Stella McCartney proposes on her runways is always destined to be a huge trend within the season. So it is not a surprise that more than one look of her last winter collection [all lefts], in which the british designer exhibited one of her favored themes: the interchange between masculine and feminine, has been chosen to be a major inspiration for fast fashion label Zara [all rights]. In this way the Spanish Inditex label confirms that the banker's pinstripes used by McCartney is a must have material for FW 2013||14.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

INTO THE ARCHIVES… Valentino Garavani 1967 and Valentino FW 2013||14

The two amazing creative directors of the maison Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, never forget the heritage of the label they designing for, and often elaborate a modern version of the style essence of what Valentino Garavani has created. Within the FW 2013||14 collection there have been some outfits  [right] that recalled a hem detailing of a delightful Valentino dress from 1967 [left].

Monday, December 2, 2013


The big SS||2014 TREND ROUNDUP is online...... Read the full story on my column for Grazia.IT.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

INSPIRATION supermodel Iman 1991... Balmain SS||2014

When I came across this wonderful picture from 1991 of supermodel Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, here with her husband David Bowie, wearing an eye catching optical outfit [left].... it reminded me immediately of the collection of Balmain for SS||2014, where Olivier Rousteing has used the same dashing black and white Tartan|| Pied de Poule pattern combination [right].