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July 25 2014

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64 posts tagged "Milan Fashion Week"

Wang Watch

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It’s rare to see new designers joining the Milan fashion week ranks. Rarer still for that designer to be a Chinese woman. Uma Wang, an alumnus of China Textile University and Central Saint Martins in London and the founder of a nearly seven-year-old eponymous line with a flagship store in Shanghai, made her Italian debut on Sunday night. Guests who managed to squeeze her show in between Aquilano.Rimondi and Versus witnessed a collection from the Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester school of fashion. Colors were mostly blacks and neutrals, with a hit or two of red, and her cuts, for the most part, were asymmetric and unconstructed. There was a focus on innovative knitwear and dramatic coats—often in one piece. It’s too soon to say if Wang will be back next season (she showed in Paris once last year), but wherever she ends up, she’s a designer to watch.

Photos: Giovanni Giannoni

Battle Of The Fashion Weeks Continues

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“We can’t move the dates earlier in September as they would interfere with Labor Day,” Steven Kolb said yesterday. “If Milan goes before New York, how would that work?”

That’s the question fashion insiders are asking right now as they sort out the international fashion week calendar for 2012. Since New York decided to start the runway shows after Labor Day next year, the week of September 13, Italians are threatening to move the Milan shows earlier “to satisfy production needs,” WWD reports.

Right now, Italian designers are contemplating three different options: show in July, show before New York fashion week in September, or let Milan and London overlap. They have yet to reach a decision.

Photo: Carly Otness / BFAnyc.com

On Our Radar: Fausto Puglisi

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You probably saw Anna Dello Russo wearing the mini, embroidered dresses in candy colors during the Couture shows. Then again during New York fashion week. After seeing ADR in them a few times in a row, you may have wondered who designed them. I was curious, too. Turns out it’s Fausto Puglisi, a Milanese designer who lived in New York for many years and has since returned to his hometown. Since I’m in Milan for the collections, I had to set up an appointment to see the collection in its entirety. Inspired by Halston and Gianni Versace, the collection has a unique vibe to it. The “Grecian cheerleader dress” (pictured), as Puglisi likes to call it, was one of my favorite pieces, and the miniskirts were so beautifully done that it’s easy to understand why Anna would want the same one in multiple colors. The only downside is the collection is not available at high-end department stores in the U.S. just yet. Here’s my official request for that to change.

Photo: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi

D&G, Done And Gone

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Today’s D&G runway show in Milan will be the last from the Dolce & Gabbana line, WWD reports. The company announced it will instead incorporate D&G into its signature line. The designers say they hope it will bring “even more strength and energy to our collection.”

Photo: Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

MObama’s Art, Karl’s Clothes, And More…

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Cintra Wilson reviews Isaac Mizrahi’s new shop (remember, he’s not calling it a store) and ends up reviewing Isaac himself. He’s the “Falstaff of the fashion world,” she writes, which, we think, is a sneaky way of saying he’s lovably loud. [NYT]

Turns out there was no truth to the rumor circulating earlier this week that Rome would replace Milan as the seat of Italy’s fashion shows. In fact, it’s “nonsense!” But Rome may reprise its own fashion show—Donna Sotto Le Stelle (“Woman Under the Stars”)—where a bunch of models would “[teeter] down the Spanish Steps.” Ooh, sounds so fun and dangerous! [WWD]

What with the threesome going on behind him, you may have missed Karl Lagerfeld’s jacket Monday night for his bow after the Chanel show. Apparently it was from Calvin Klein. Does this make Italo Zucchelli the new Hedi Slimane? [WWD]

Former Emanuel Ungaro designer Giambattista Valli weighed in on the house’s latest collection: “An actress ought to be an actress, and a fashion designer ought to be a fashion designer.” We wonder who he means? [FWD]

File under awww. Alexander Wang went to his first Paris show. [WWD]

Finally, now we can gush over MObama’s taste in fashion and art. [NYT]

Photo: Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images