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