Spring 2013: the best of Milan Fashion Week (Part 2)

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Red soles tried for you at Christian Louboutin


Trying on beautiful shoes and leaving the shop without them can be very frustrating. It feels a bit better if you transform a non-fructuos shopping experience into a piece of information for everybody else, like I’m doing now.

I’ve seen the Christian Louboutin En Bout pumps at celebrities’ feet and on glossy magazines, but how are they in person?

Once I entered the Christian Louboutin Sydney boutique, my pick was the blue-and-green snakeskin design with PVC and studs. The PVC creates an illusion of bare feet, and drives all the attention to the studs and crystal-embellished tip – sexy and intimidating at the same time. The shoe fit is very tight: I had to go up a size and still found it pretty restrictive, although, I have to say, the double strap around your ankle makes walking almost comfortable.

Less statement but still outstanding are the other designs available: black or silver with crystals and studs, and colourful in plain patent leather.

These absolute beauties retail at a four-digit price starting with “2”.

And here are my ratings on a scale from one to five:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Vogue Fashion Night Out 2012

On the 8th of September the shopping heart of Sydney lit up for a night of fashion and entertainment events, part of the internationally held  Vogue Fashion Night Out 2012.

I was there with my camera in hand and on my highest wedges to better see through the crowd and document the event. This is how it went.

The night developed under the Tower of Sydney, the high-density shopping area of the city.

Most shops offered Champagne and canapes to the costumers, together with special discounts and gifts with purchases.

Exhibitions, promotional events and themed decorations in the beautiful Strand Arcade.

The luxury lingerie boutique IM displayed pieces from their collections on live models.

Chatting with Josh Flinn at Alex Perry’s. The designer himself was taking care of customers and alterations. (picture from Sweaty Betty)

The beautiful fashion designer Anaessia was also in her Strand Arcade flagship store.

Entertainment meets fashion with these beautiful dancers from Rythm Brazil – it’s instant headpiece envy!

Let’s not forget the focus of the night: fashion! Retailers had the opportunity to present their recently arrived spring collections.  (picture taken at The Corner Shop)

Making myself comfortable at Bottega Veneta: doesn’t this bag go perfectly with my outfit? (Teal Intrecciato Nappa Tote)

What’s a Vogue Fashion Night Out without Vogue Fashion Director? Stunning Christine Centenera from Australian Vogue was busy all night with interviews and appearances.

And of course, on-and-behind-the-scenes queen was the glamorous, respected, hard-to-get, honorable Australian Vogue Editor in Chief Edwina McCann.

 

 

Typewriting in fashion

It’s almost Spring 2012 down in Sydney, when the Northern-hemisphere-centric fashion world is already focusing on Summer 2013. So why not flipping through next winter collections to complete the picture?

One of my favourite and most iconic pieces from the catwalks is Mary Katrantzou’s typewriter dress. This dress alone is a complete outfit, it doesn’t even need earrings.

The designer expands the concept of clashing prints incorporating pop-culture style, romance, and futuristic volumes.

The typewriter printed on the fabric is a mass-produced plastic design, nothing too intellectual, something that reminds of offices and secretaries: it’s the pop working tool elevated to art-status.

The everyday look of the utilitarian object clashes with a romantic ornamental print, sculptural like the iron gate of a sumptuous villa.

To add depth, the skirt cut recreates the dramatic volumes of theatrical costumes through an architecture of waves, folds and doubled fabric.

Finally, an element of rigor is introduced by the rigid collar and the straight lines on the shoulders, as a subtle military touch.

All of these details together contribute to a beautifully crafted stand-out piece of fashion, a dress that is an outfit by itself, no need to add earrings.

Brilliant idea, but not out of the blue. There’s a whole typewriter-loving movement, a nostalgic trend that goes through fashion, accessories, and gadgets. My theatre director back in Italy never stopped using his typewriter to edit scripts, refusing to convert to computers. He will be happy to know that the retro charm of typewriters is totally back on stage.