From last summer’s fearless fruitbowl prints in clashing brights to this season’s 60′s shifts and snakeskin ‘it’ boots, where Miuccia Prada goes the rest of the fashion world inevitably follows. With this in mind I think it’s safe to say that come Spring, our wardrobes will be bursting with ladylike staples in saccherine hues. For SS12 Prada offers us all the opportunity to embrace what it is to be women with the kind of deliciously flirty ensembles one could imagine imagine being worn by Marilyn Monroe. A-line pleats, appliqued pencil skirts, bandeau tops, collarless coats and fabulous pin-up style swimsuits came in delicate hues of candy pink, palest leather and cornflower blue. Miuccia’s renowned sends of humour was tangible despite the exquisite floral prints, elegant court shoes and intricate crochet detailing with the help of cartoon prints and signature eccentric eyewear. If biker girl leathers and tailored trouser suits don’t float your boat then take a leaf out of Miuccia’s book and embrace 1950′s femininity instead. As the saying goes; sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.
Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of Etro. Anything remotely boho immediately rubs me up the wrong way and they seem to do maxi skirts and tassles better (and more frequently) than anyone else. This season Etro shattered all my preconceptions with an extremely chic collection that combined holiday-ready styles with structured jackets and sleek monochrome looks. The brand’s signature floaty dresses were still very much present but graphic, tribal-inspired prints, pleat detailing and clean lines made for a collection that would be just as much at home at an elegant New York party as it would on a yaught in St Tropez. Fluid silks and sheer chiffons mixed with dazzling embellishment and eye-popping colours exuded effortless luxury. By no means were Etro’s latest offerings subtle but even I have to admit that they were flashy in a glamorous and highly covetable kind of way.
As someone with no artistic talent whatsoever, I struggle understand how anyone can dream up even one or two garments. But 79 gorgeous ensembles? Well frankly that’s beyond me. Evidently it wasn’t beyond Antonio Marras who wowed the crowds at Milan Fashion Week with an endless array of stunning summer looks. The collection was an incredible blend of textures, colours and prints including everything from watercolour numbers in soft hues to beautiful florals in summer-ready brights and even a few animal print emsembles. Full-skirted summer dresses were interspersed with crisply tailored cotton and attention-grabbing bodycon numbers. For SS12 Antonio Marras has created a hugely varied selection of grown-up, elegant looks and made them feel fresh and fun.
Love Ella. X