Bananarama – Venus

Well, I’ve been absent from my blog quite for a long time. But now here I am!
The first time I heard this song it was because of an epilator advertising on tv about ten years ago, I think.
I rediscovered it today! Crazy song. It remembers me summer. This is a cover of the Shocking Blue’s one, great as this.
In this period I’m so in love with Seventies fashion such as psychedelic prints and tie and dye t.shirts.
Maybe I’ll post some photos of vintage dresses of that period I found in my parents’ wardrobe.

Hope you like it!

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Naomi Campbell on Vogue Italia

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Just a last look at the February issue of Vogue Italia. On the fivefold cover: Naomi Campbell wearing Blumarine. Photographed by Steven Meisel.

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On the back: Dior advertising.

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Worst Dressed – Oscar 2013 and Vanity Fair Party

I was looking the last photos of the Academy Awards and thinking about the looks of the stars and I found that too often more space is given to those who wore a beautiful high fashion embroided gown with precious jewelry and luxury accessories, with a great make up and hair. But what about those poor women who completely went wrong in choosing their outfit?

Well, let’s talk about it! I’ve chosen five looks that in my opinion are entirely amiss.

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She’s Solange Knowles, the younger sister of Beyoncé, wearing Emilio Pucci. It seems a bad taste revival of eighties. At any moment she could start singing “I will survive!”. Yellow is a very difficult color to wear, only people who are really sure that it won’t cover their personality can wear it. I’m not sure if Solange is in this condition. Wrong gown. Wrong hair. Wrong accessories. No.

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Here is Olivia Munn wearing her Atelier Versace gown. The slit is too much high, it risks to be vulgar. The breast is really going to say “Hello everybody!” to the audience. And the back is too uncovered. Please stop.

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Well, Kristen Stewart is Kristen Stewart. No matter. But in this picture seems to be more a girl bad wrapped in a grandma’s quilt. And the tulle is overcoming from the back of the gown so approwimately. The gown is by Reem Acra, but the face is from a just woken up girl.

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Let’s focus the attention on the girl in the centre of the picture. Yes, she’s a gilr, not a huge carnivorous flower from South America. More precisely she’s Fan Bing Bing wearing a Marchesa gown. Image

The faboulos actress Helena Boham Carter wearing Vivienne Westwood. In this picture she remembers me of Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter. Maybe the messy ensemble of fabric that seems more appropriate for a wicked reunion than for the Oscars.

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Ermanno Scervino Fall Winter 2013 Womenswear Collection

Ermanno Scervino presented the fall winter 2013 collection this morning in Palazzo Serbelloni’s garden during Milan fashion week. The main colors he used were gray, mauve, white, black, blue and bordeaux. Scervino is worldwide known for the precious materials he used, such as pure silk, swarovski embroidery and fur. In his last collection he confirms the elements that have made him famous. When I saw the first look of the runway I immediately thought to Sarajevo in the war’s time. Maybe because the model was wearing a little fur as a foulard on her head in a very old fashioned way. But now it is already actual and fashionable! How designers can change things in such an easy way.I think that this theme remains also in some other collections of famous brands, but lets the fashion weeks end and I’ll let you know all. With fur he also made some stoles used as scarf. We could say that Scevino wanted to protect his women from cold of the hard journeys on a van, trying to escape from enemy soldiers and reach an ally country. Another trend he followed was the animal print such as the leopard, also proposed by Versace.

He also inserted some double-breasted coats and jackets made up in angora and flannel and he followed one of the main checked trends for the next winter, that is to say transparencies, using black and dark gray organza in geometric patterns.

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The shoes reminded me of Galliano’s style, but the evening gown were exquisite, as always. Good collection, but, as concerning the other collection presented till now, I found nothing special.

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Prada Spring Summer 2013 Adv Campaign Video

Prada presented its advertising campaign video by Steven Meisel. I think that it is much better than the collection itself. The video seems to retract some psychiatric hospital’s patients. Models are ripping flowers’ petals, toppling balls from a glass, measuring their body using fingers. And I really love the idea, even if I am not sure if it was the early purpose.
The protagonists are 11 models: Vanessa Axente, Saskia de Brauw, Irina Kravchenko, Eva Herzigova, Sung Hee, Irene Hiemstra, Kirsten Owen, Sasha Pivovarova, Amber Valletta, Maartje Verhoef and Raquel Zimmermann. The models could express their own personality on the set and the leitmotivs of the scenes are flowers, real ones, printed, patchworks.
I love Irina! She’s wonderful in the video with her red hair and wearing those glasses.
Just for a time I’m in favour of Prada. Great video.

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Prada Spring Summer 2013 Womenswear Campaign

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Prada has now an adv campaign for the next season by Steven Meisel. When I first watched the fashion show last september I thought it was a joke by the funny Miuccia Prada. Unfortunately it wasn’t. This collection, as many others for the next season, underlines the lack of creativity of the fashion houses in this precise moment. Prada created mere little black dresses with disgusting floral patterns that seems to be painted by a mentally disturbed child. Shoes are hard to watch.

Scarpe Prada, sfilata donna primavera estate 2013

The extreme oriental inspiration is obvious. But so many designers in the past offered a restyling of the old geisha style and the traditional chinese and japanese garments, for example Yohji Yamamoto, but also the british Alexander Mcqueen, that Prada collection appears banal and foregone. Maybe Mrs Miuccia tought that if she inserted some fur in the hot season, her collection would be irreverent and extravagant and so she could stupefy the audience. Poor her. In the collection out of the runway she inserted terrible pointy shoes that obviously remind to the most successful Dior’s ones.

Hope the next season will be great, colorful and inspired.

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Dsquared2 Spring Summer 2013 collection.

Today I’m talking about the spring summer 2013 collection by Dsquared2. Well, where to start? I’ve always tought, and I still think so, that Dsquared2 garments were really better taken sigularly, because Dean and Dan Caten have the marked ability of combine colors, patterns and materials in such a terrible way. Every season they confirm that. Except the latest one. Oh God, did they really succed in reaching a sort of good taste in combining clothes?! Obviously no. Mere is the answer: they used colors as black, white, pink and red, colors that, as everyone knows, stay fine together. But, and here is the “surprise”, they were any way able to create confusion and bad taste. They used an exaggeration of golden and silver chains decorating denim shorts and skirts, banal t-shirts, jackets and jeans. Black leather cop hats and vulgar bondage trikinis made the beginning of the show, also thanks to the fake photographers and make up artists acting, like the set of a californian porn film, theme explored by the two designers, yet. Too much black for a spring summer collection, I think, but this is a trend of the next season, as we can see from the runways of brand such as Valentino, Prada, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. The music was awful and disturbing and I really worried about the ones who were sitting at the show, obliged to stay there. And a big chain rained on the runway at the beginning of the show, respecting the collection theme. Probably, the only dress i liked was the last one, an enormous train evening gown, just because it was very scenographic and dramatic and a lot of fabric was used to make it. The dress was moved both by the model and a huge ventilator.  I’m really tired about Dsquared2 bad girl look, the brand absolutely needs a change!

The twins also inserted in their collection two looks shamelessy copied by other brand. Pathetic. I hate when brands copy from each other. It is an insult to the creativity of young designers that struggle to emerge, a lack of respect towards customers and a heavy disappointment for the ones that, like me, love fashion. Here they are:

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On the left: Dsquared2 – Spring Summer 2013. On the right: Blumarine – Autumn Winter 2012-13.

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On the left: Dsquared2 – Spring Summer 2013. On the right: Balmain – Spring Summer 2012.

See the collection.

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