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

Retro Fitted: NYFW Spring 2014 Highlights

According to Lady Gaga, there’s a theory that nostalgia’s for geeks, which would make me quite the nerd. But judging by the amount of retro-inspired looks that sauntered down the runway at New York Fashion Week, it looks like the fashion world is still having a love affair with the 1940s and ‘50s.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from New York Fashion Week that have me dreaming of Spring.

What are some of your favourite looks?

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

This was without a doubt one of my favourite collections. My highlights included a gathered lapel jacket paired with a pencil skirt in matching houndstooth, tea dresses in sweet  – but not cutesy – botanical and polka dot prints and a lime green dress embellished with white flowers and lace trim.

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KATE SPADE

Inspired by European travels, the Kate Spade Spring 2014 collection evoked the gardens of Giverny, the wrought-iron gates of Paris and the citrus fruits of Capri. This collection had me dreaming of my own Parisian or Roman holiday.

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MILLY

The hourglass figure was celebrated by Milly this season with high-waisted wiggle skirts dominating the runway. Also taking centre stage were neons, multicolour parrot prints and wicked cat eye frames.

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PRABAL GURUNG

Prabal Gurung’s muse this season was none other than Marilyn Monroe. Looks like we have something in common. Gurung found inspiration from Monroe’s last sitting with Bert Stern and punched it up with his own modern take. Wiggle dresses, opera coats and narrow pencil skirts – topped off with graphic cat eye shades – appeared in pastels, acid brights and even PVC.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

‘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

Make A Mise En Scene In Ruffian

I have a confession to make. In the past year, I’ve developed a crush on Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. There’s just something about their youthful yet sophisticated designs that make me all tingly. The Fall 2009 collection of  ladylike bow blouses, pencil skirts and tailored jackets in velvet and wool houndstooth, and point d’esprit stockings was a perfect mix of strong confidence and soft femininity with a Victorian twist.

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Right now at Anthropologie stores you can get your own dash of Ruffian dandy with their limited edition collection for the retailer called Mise En Scene By Ruffian. Included in the collection are tailored jackets, ruffled blouses, lacy stockings and even candles and stemware. Below are a few of my favourite pieces.

Deidre Blouse

Deidre Blouse $132.28

Jacquard Gala Dress

Jacquard Gala Dress $255.59

Quilted Velvet Jacket

Quilted Velvet Jacket $210.75

Luxe Dotted Tights

Luxe Dotted Tights $42.60

— Jodi Goulart