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it’s a wrap

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The scarf trend, launched by the shemaghs Nicolas Ghesquière showed in his Fall 2007 collection for Balenciaga, shows no signs of abating. This week alone, we’ve spotted women wearing them as capes, head scarves, and even cocktail dress alternatives; men, on the other hand, are sticking to draping them around their necks à la Hedi Slimane. On the runway, Veronique Branquinho attached scarves to clear plastic visors, while Christian Lacroix turned them into head wraps and wearable parasol/satellite dishes. Looks like we’ll be wrapping up for a while to come.

Photo: Gudrun Willcocks

water marks

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Summer ended abruptly right at the beginning of the third day of Milan fashion week, with a seemingly never-ending rain that lasted from morning to night. Not everybody was prepared and, as we all know, looking stylish in a downpour, no matter how romantic it might sound, is tricky. We spotted many impromptu solutions around town. Most of them revolved around cellophane, which, in a timely twist, is also a main catwalk trend. One stylish girl, who refused to give us her name, covered a brand new Chloé Bay bag with a plastic sheet, leaving only the handle exposed; the combination made for a piece of abstract art. Another woman ran around in a red plastic mac that gave her strict black outfit a much-needed twist. Pac-a-macs, incidentally, were everywhere, leading us to wonder if the reign of the trench is coming to an end.

new reviews today

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This morning, we posted the following reviews and runway shows from Milan:
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burberry prorsum>
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gianfranco ferré>
giorgio armani>
just cavalli>

sparkle plug

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Sparkles

It might be the reflective sparkle off Damien Hirst’s million-dollar skull, but twinkling diamonds are all over London fashion week—on the catwalks, in the seats, and on the street. While many garments shimmered like disco balls, the finest glitz was subtle, not flashy. Model Jasmine Guinness was seen at the Gareth Pugh catwalk show wearing her sparkling dress under a fitted man’s tuxedo jacket, giving it an insolent flapper flair. And the large gems in Saturday’s Bora Aksu show shone under layers of smoky chiffon. The overall moral appears to be: If you have it, don’t flaunt it; leave it flirty.
Ana Finel Honigman


Photo: Ana Finel Honigman

there goth the neighborhood

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Valentina

Day one of London fashion week, and already a prevailing aesthetic of stylized gloom-and-doom has emerged. Valentina Ilarda of the Italian fashion quarterly Drome typified the chic-crypt sensibility in a public-schoolboy jacket—note the skull-and-cross bones badge—that was more Poe than Harry Potter when paired with her PVC leggings, bondage boots, and dried-blood lipstick.

Ana Finel Honigman


Photo: Ana Finel Honigman