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9 posts tagged "Blumarine"

Tie-Dye: Tired Or To Die For?


Are the eighties over as a source of fashion inspiration? Tommy Ton’s recent street-style photos seem to indicate a move toward easier seventies styles, and we found further evidence of the trend in the tie-dyed looks that brightened the Spring runways. “There’s something about tie-dye that speaks to everyone,” says Tory Burch, adding, “it’s a little nostalgic but also feels modern.” If Blumarine‘s caftan belongs cheerfully in the former camp, Proenza Schouler‘s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough gave the dyeing technique new life by applying it to sleek and of-the-moment active-sports styles. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, meanwhile, pieced together ragged, postapocalyptic looks using fabric usually associated with long-haired flower children. Are you ready for the re-dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

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Photo: Marcio Madeira

Backstage In Milan


At the somewhat melancholic Jil Sander show Friday, Auguste Tomasuite cried her way down the catwalk. Was it an allergy? A fight with her boyfriend? Or had she just had it with shoes that weren’t really made for human feet? As we sifted through other backstage scenes we found other models in better moods. Isabeli Fontana, behind the scenes at Blumarine, was thinking about food. “As soon as the plane hits the ground at Malpensa all I can think about is pasta, with a good simple tomato sauce,” the model said dreamily, revealing that her favorite Milanese eatery is La Brisa, a restaurant so in love with celebrities that a photomontage of them hangs in the window like a trophy. At Cavalli, Chanel Iman declared that scooping up discounts is her preferred Milanese pastime: “Dmagazine Outlet on Via Montenapoleone is great. I managed to get a gorgeous military-style Balenciaga jacket there knocked down to €500.” (That price might not be available to everyone—Iman did admit to a little haggling.) And at the Dsquared² show we found CSI actor and heartthrob Gary Dourdan, who, he told us, wasn’t in town for a crime scene but to see the shows and to indulge in his hobby, architectural photography.

Photo: Jasmine Serrurier

Sound Meets Vision: The Music of Milan Fashion Week


Hard beats and powerful female voices—Tina Turner, Grace Jones—characterized the catwalk tunes this season. These strong sounds helped models put their best feet firmly forward. Here’s what we heard on the runways this week.


The Mood: Girly voices to sweet tunes
The Specifics: Feist, “1234″


The Mood: Melted-chocolate smooth tunes, transporting us back to the eighties
The Specifics: Grace Jones, “Sunrise Sunset”

Alberta Ferretti

The Mood: A meander through three versions of the same powerful nineties disco beat
The Specifics: “Your Love” by Florence and the Machine, Frankie
Kuckles, and Candi Station

Dolce & Gabanna

The Mood: An explosion of hard-beat grit
The Specifics: U2, “Get On Your Boots”

Salvatore Ferragamo

The Mood: A trip through haunting, melodic, and sophisticated sounds
The Specifics: Bat for Lashes, “A Forest”

Burberry Prorsum

The Mood: Earthy, almost acoustic tunes beautiful in their simplicity
The Specifics: Adele, “Hometown Glory”

C’N'C Costume National

The Mood: French pop eighties-style with a jumpy beat
The Specifics: Vive la Fête, “Nuit Blanche”


The Mood: Retro-feel music moving from slouchy to stringy
The Specifics: Q-Tip, “Move”

Roberto Cavalli

The Mood: Squelchy techno
The Specifics: Franz Ferdinand, “Ulysses”

Giorgio Armani

The Mood: Strong and powerful classics
The Specifics: Grace Jones, “Sunset Sunrise”


The mood: High-drama music tunes
The Specifics: Juno Reactor, “Rotorblade”

Luisa Beccaria

The Mood: Light tea-party tunes
The Specifics: René Aubry, “Désordre”

Gianfranco Ferré

The Mood: Postmodern smooth
The Specifics: Circlesquare, “Hey You Guys”


Designers De-Stress Close to Home


When the fashion week flurry dies down and designers can partake in some R&R, where do they head? While our first guess might involve Learjets and palm fronds, it seems that just getting out of town is the priority—no private plane necessary. We polled some of Milan’s leading ladies of design for their-post show detox plans, and their answers are definitely not jet-set. Angela Missoni, for example, travels for an hour before resting her work-weary legs on the vine-leafed terrace of Borducan, a restaurant and hotel near her hometown of Varese. Blumarine‘s Anna Molinari takes off in her sports car to Forte dei Marmi, a seaside town frozen in the 1950′s, while Alberta Ferretti prefers hitting the slopes of Cortina. For Veronica Etro, her wonderfully restored family estate in Piacenza, just outside of Milan, is the perfect place to decompress.