Retro Fitted: Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

Milan Fashion Week has now come to a close and the word I can best use to describe my favourite collections is “sumptuous.” The amount of artistry given to the details in these collections is truly astounding and inspiring. It felt as if I was on a luxurious trip to the south of Italy, ancient Greece and even Las Vegas when the Rat Pack ruled. Sit back, take a look at some of my favourite collections and be transported.

What are some of your favourite looks?

DOLCE & GABBANA
Every season time and time again, my admiration for the artistry – and obsession, let’s be honest – with Dolce & Gabbana grows stronger. The Dolce & Gabbana signatures that channel silver screen goddesses were here – black lace slips, bustiers, pencil skirts, skirt suits, polka-dot blouses and coat-dresses. There was also an ethereal femininity that balanced out the sexy show with flowy, almond blossom embroidered dresses and floral crowns.

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ALBERTA FERRETTI
The rich and fiery colours in the Alberta Ferretti collection were as awe-inspiring as a sunset. The palette seemed especially vibrant when it appeared in ribbons, stripes and floral embroidery. Delicate-looking white dresses and crisp white shirts really benefited from this pop of sunny and carefree colour.

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DSQUARED
DSquared shows also look like a party that you wish you got an invite to. This season, Dan and Dean Caten hit my fashion sweet spot with a collection that paid tribute to Las Vegas during the swinging sixties heyday when the Rat Pack ruled. Set against a tiki bar backdrop; bathing suits, cocktail dresses, shorts and pedal pushers in fruit punch colours and animal prints all hyper-accentuated the models’ hourglass figures. Punctuating the look were lampshade hats and cat-eye glasses.

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MOSCHINO
Celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary, archival pieces were brought out and book-ended the new collection – two models at a time – that played on the “good girl” vs. “bad girl” theme. In most cases, I favoured the “good girl” look seen in full polka-dot skirts and floral- and gingham-print dresses accentuated with pearls and heels with bows.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

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Retro Fitted: London Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

There’s something about the British style sensibility and my style crush on Brit It girls – Peaches and Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kelly Osbourne and Paloma Faith – that always inspires me. It’s that combination of anything-goes, quirky cool with polished refinement that finds its way onto the runways and into the front row during London Fashion Week.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from London Fashion Week.

What are some of your favourite looks?

BURBERRY

I’m a sucker for lace and pastel so when I saw the combination of the two with the Burberry Spring collection, I got seriously giddy. Designer Christopher Bailey injected the image of the classic English Rose with some sexiness – cashmere cardigans pulled back over lace pencil skirts exposing knickers underneath and polka-dot pencil skirts paired with soft sweaters.

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HOUSE OF HOLLAND

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet from 1996, Henry Holland’s collection paid homage to the film while incorporating the look of chola girl gangs from nineties Los Angeles. Iconography including roses, crosses, hearts and even the Virgin Mary found itself on chino shirt dresses and wiggle dresses. Other highlights included the acid-hued gingham plaid on full skirts, dress shirts and slip dresses.

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MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

The Valley of the Dolls meets pop-art Barbie aesthetic had me drooling over the images from the Moschino Cheap & Chic collection. Flamingo and palm-tree prints, tweed in neon brights and fluffy feathers on strappy heels had me dreaming of cocktail pool parties in Palm Springs.

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L’WREN SCOTT

While I save my fashion-collaboration dollars for the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection, images of the designer’s Spring collection will easily tide me over. Scott’s collection was inspired by Japan and exuded a glamorous, sophisticated sexiness. Kimono-style dresses, tailored pantsuits and lacey umbrellas were my highlights.

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TEMPERLEY

Look up the word “pretty” in the dictionary and the definition should be: Temperley. This collection had me swooning in a pretty pink haze. Rose damask fabrics, pink embroidered flowers on organza, crystal embellishments and cherry-blossom prints were pure sartorial confection.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Pulp Fiction Vixens: The Second Chapter

In my previous “Pulp Fiction Vixens” post, I focused on the femme fatales on the Christian Dior Spring runway and how to achieve their pastel lids and bright red lips. Now I’ve turned my attention to the cropped trenchcoats, lace slip skirts, bodycon lace dresses and bustiers that these dangerous dames strutted in. The outfits inspired images of film noir femmes  and pulp fiction damsels who, after brawling with bad boys, throw on their trenchcoats — over their lingerie of course — and flee the scene with smoking gun in hand. Look below for the runway looks and pieces to help dress the part of Dior’s vixens. With Topshop now shipping to Canada and the Canadian dollar close to parity with the U.S. dollar it’s never been a better time to shop!

Christian Dior Spring 2010

Topshop Cropped Swing Trench Coat $135 U.S.

Topshop Zip Lace Slip Skirt $70 U.S.

Christian Dior Spring 2010 Runway

H&M Bustier $39.95

Topshop Scallop Lace Bodycon Tunic $80 U.S.

— Jodi Goulart

Freshly Squeezed

Spring accessories are starting to crop up in stores and the big, bright and fruity finds are perfect for a modern-day Carmen Miranda. Known as the “Brazilian Bombshell,” Miranda became a film icon in the  ’40s known for her singing, dancing and colourful costumes, which included a headdress of fruit.

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I couldn’t help but think of “the lady in the tutti-frutti hat” at the sight of cherries, bananas, pineapples and apples cropping up on tote bags, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. The tutti frutti accessories have me longing for a tropical trip and also realizing that I’m probably not getting enough Vitamin C in my diet. Look below for some of my freshly-picked favourites.

Forever 21 Sweet Fruit Earring Set $4.80

Aldo Follin Charm Bracelet $15

Forever 21 Sparkly Pineapple Earrings $5.80

Aldo Wexell Tote $25

— Jodi Goulart

Take A Piece Of My Heart

I’ve never been one to shy away from cutesy details on clothing and accessories like hearts and bows. Luella, a designer who always puts ladylike and traditional English tailoring through a cheeky punk wringer, gave feminine details her signature spin on the Spring 2010 runway. The fun, feminine and quirky collection featured big bows in shades of lemon, bright orange and lipstick red adorned on bouffant hairstyles. I tracked down small bow pins at Forever 21 that you can use to dress up your hair.

Minnie Mouse Bows At Luella Spring 2010

Forever 21 Satin Grosgrain Bow Pins $1.50

Forever 21 Satin Grosgrain Bow Pins $1.50

One of my favourite highlights of the collection were the heart-shaped cut-out details on the front of dresses. I found a cute-as-pie gingham print dress at Fred Flare with the heart detail on the back of the dress.

True Love At Luella Spring 2010

Gingham "I Heart You!" Dress available in black or red, $54 U.S. at Fred Flare.com

Gingham "I Heart You!" Dress available in black or red, $54 U.S. at Fred Flare.com

— Jodi Goulart

Bake Shop Betty

I’ll find any excuse to bake. Whether it’s cookies, squares, cupcakes… the list goes on. Though I’m a fiend for baked goods, I avoid baking a whole cake unless it’s for a special occasion, meaning my boyfriend and I won’t be the only ones indulging. Now that the holiday season is in full swing I’ve been baking some yummy treats for friends and family. My recent excursion in the kitchen had me looking rather sad in my boyfriend’s too-big, striped brown apron. So I tracked down some cute and kitschy aprons to make whipping-up sugary goodies even more fun.

The Lady's Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie

Baker's Delight Apron, $34.89 at Anthropologie

Mrs. Claus Apron, $19.96 US at Pier 1

Earth Angel Designs Apron, $38 at Doll Factory By Damzels (1122 Queen St. East, Toronto)

If you’ don’t have much of a sweet tooth (for shame!) or need to feel a little more inspired to get in the baking mood, then lather up with Cake Beauty‘s scrumptious-smelling Bath & Shower Bubbles as part of their Winter Wonderful collection. Available in three scents, Gingerbread Woman (soft ginger and sweet vanilla frosting); Snow Woman (toasted walnuts and vanilla cream); Jacky Frost (raspberries and vanilla crumble), the Bath & Shower Bubbles at a hefty 473 ml will leave your skin super soft and smelling good enough to eat right through winter.

Cake Bath & Shower Bubbles, $20 at Sephora and specialty retailers

— Jodi Goulart

‘Cause She’s A Lady

With holiday parties coming up I’ve been finding inspiration in Christian Dior’s Fall 2009 Couture collection. Yes, the models were dressed in various stages of un-dress, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look to the garters, lace-trimmed slips, girdles and stockings for inspiration of what to wear under your holiday dress.

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The contrast of blushing pink and black frilly under-things with the bright lime, orange, raspberry, yellow and animal prints of the fitted jackets, pencil skirts and cocktail dresses made for a striking image. The lady-like accessories of pearls, hats with veils and long gloves were also to die for.

Below are some of my picks to get the look. Next week, I’ll post my beauty finds to create the ’50s chic makeup looks from the collection.

H&M Blue Strapless Dress $49.95

Forever 21 Jewel Button Cardigan $34

H&M Corset $29.95

Kimchi Blue Silky Lace Tap Short, $28 US at Urban Outfitters

H&M Feather Hat $17.95

Long Leather Ruched Gloves, $48 US at Urban Outfitters

Forever 21 Chiffon Pearls Necklace $10.80

La Senza Beyond Cleavage Bustier $54.50, Lace Garter $24.50, Lace Thong 3 for $30

— Jodi Goulart