Paying attention to the latest fashion trends can only be beneficial so take a peek at the top 7 fashion collections for the spring summer 2012 season and find out which style will most definitely be a part of your new spring wardrobe collection!
Tim Blanks reviewComing from a long line of naval tailors, Neil Barrett has the cut in his blood. There is always a military precision in the way he creates new hybrids from his influences. This season, for instance, he blended army fatigues, biker leathers, and the natty houndstooths and herringbones of the 2 Tone ska revival. Then he shrunk and cropped the whole lot to Barrett's signature proportions and sat it on top of chunky cyber-bovver sandals. Some of the combinations looked completely natural, like the tan trench or wool blazer hybridized with a motocross jacket, or the biker vest with the army green cotton back. They were the most convincing. Other pairings were less so. True, within the mandate of the collection, a leather-patched aviator jacket over houndstooth shorts was logical enough. Likewise, the herringbone blouson with the cropped pants.
Tim Blanks review
Anyone who still imagines fashion remains willfully oblivious to current events would probably be surprised to learn that Tomas Maier was inspired by 2011's Arab Spring, when he conceived the latest men's collection for Bottega Veneta. The Arab world's pursuit of democracy got him thinking about the integration of different sartorial traditions in a way that was about genuine synthesis, rather than banal ethnic influences. By the time they reached the catwalk, Maier's creative impulses had been well and truly sublimated. A casual overview might suggest that relatively conventional two-piece tailoring ruled (even if the suits were crumpled). Still, a residue of the Great Elsewhere lingered in the unplaceability of a number of the clothes, neither Middle East nor Midwest, but with an undertow of both. The buttoned-up-tight mandarin-collared jackets and matching pants had a military mien—add sunglasses, a general's cap, and a hundred kilos, and you'd have yourself a best-dressed dictator. That control was contrasted with a shopping list of fabric treatments: washing, creasing, over-printing, over-dyeing, dip-dyeing. Checks were bleared like they'd been hand-blocked. A tweed was really a printed cotton. Just a fashion illusion, but here it poked as much as it pleased.
Tim Blanks review
Dean and Dan Caten are twenty-first-century vaudevillians, incapable of presenting a new collection without couching it in a saucy variety show. Today's revolving stage coughed up some sexy Scandinavian fisherman, a buffet of Mykonos beefcake, a couple of lower-the-temperature Roman ragazzi, a handful of droogy rockers, and Kazaky, four dizzy queens from the Ukraine whose post-Gaga get-outta-my-way-bitch shtick involved a gravity-defying dance routine performed in skintight leather pants and sky-high heels. Phew! Oh, there were some clothes shown, too.
Tim Blanks review
Riccardo Tisci always wanted to be a surfer when he was a kid. He could never have known that the biggest luxury conglomerate in the world would one day wave its wand over his wish. And so it came to pass that Tisci got to create a collection of clothes that turned his childhood fantasy into an elaborate, provocative reality.
That's been the story of Tisci's life since he was taken on by LVMH six years ago to reanimate Givenchy. Fairy tales do come true. And truer. After establishing himself as the embodiment of fashion's dark night of the Catholic-Gothic soul, Tisci has gone into the light with his new menswear collection. It was dawn in Givenchyworld—tropical-flower prints, crystals and sequins sparkling like dew on leaves, and white… so much white, banishing every trace of the black that has been Tisci's trademark up to this point. More to the point, it was a triumph.
Matthew Schneier review
Nicolas Ghesquière has spent seasons making sportswear sportier and pushing ever farther into menswear's future. For Spring, he threw on the brakes, temporally and conceptually: He reintroduced the Balenciaga suit. It can't surprise any label fans that he can cut a very good one. These were two-button jobs, slim in the waist, through the arm, and down the leg, in wool-mohair blends. They were shown, like almost every look, with white turtlenecks as layering pieces for a slightly sixties spin.
Matthew Schneier review
The house of Balmain is in new hands, but fans of Christophe Decarnin's moto-roué look won't be disappointed by the first collection from his former assistant Olivier Rousteing. Whether Rousteing stages a farther departure from his boss' example in women's remains to be seen, but for menswear, he hewed close. Trim tux jackets (slightly longer than usual), paneled biker jeans, and leather jackets will always have a place here. New this season is a range of pieces in pastel: tees, scarves, and even those biker jeans now come in ice cream colors (lemon, mint, and orange), mottled to look sun-bleached. Also new: swimwear, printed denim (in an abstract feather pattern that will also figure in the women's Resort collection), and a boxy new jacket shape, shorter and shorn of its lapels.
David Sims captures actor Tobey Maguire for Prada’s fall 2011 campaign. Photographed in a classic interior setting in New York City, Tobey wears a boxy three-button suit and mock turtleneck sweater, defining this season’s silhouette for the Italian luxury house.
After several years of neglect, Jimmy Choo, the popular women’s shoe brand, has finally relaunched their men’s footwear line, which was discontinued back in 2002. The Fall/Winter 2011 Collection ($782-$1,431) consists of loafers, sneakers and boots with leopard, tiger, crocodile leather and paisley jacquard print. What do you think about the men’s shoe collection and which one is your favorite?
On the final day of Milan’s menswear fashion week stylist Brad Goreski was spotted wearing Dsquared2 from head-to-toe. He sported a two tone tuxedo blazer, hot pink pants, and black lace-up leather shoes ($650). Do you like his look?
It appears as if Kanye West is a Dallas Mavericks fan. He was spotted arriving to Lure Sushi Restaurant for dinner wearing a Just DON Dallas Maverick snakeskin cap and a limited edition Prada embroidered monkeys t-shirt from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (seen below in different colorways). Kanye finished off his look with a pair of mustard yellow pants and all white Balenciaga sneakers.
Actor Ryan Gosling attended the “Drive” Gala Premiere during the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival styled in a navy blue two-button Burberry sartorial tailored suit. He completed his look with a pair of suede loafers and used red socks to add a pinch of color to his outfit.
Kanye West attended designer Kim Jones first collection as the menswear Style Director for Louis Vuitton. Kanye wore his favorite hat of the moment the Just DON Dallas Mavericks snakeskin cap, several gold chains which included his custom Takashi Murakami Jesus piece, and appropriately threw on his Louis Vuitton Patchwork Don sneakers ($915) in a rose colorway.
Justin Bieber attended his manager Scooter Braun’s 30th birthday celebration in Los Angeles this past weekend. He wore the celeb favorite Balmain silver sleeve bomber jacket ($5,370) from the Spring 2011 Collection which he layered over a black Yves Saint Laurent logo t-shirt ($285).
Miuccia Prada looks to the game of golf for a youthful spring outing. Capturing the eye with bold retro prints and stud adornments, Prada once again creates a world that is wholly her own. Outside floral prints and the ample clutch, relaxed checked suits provide the necessary grounding to a season of editorial-ready pieces, ranging from fantastic shoes and cropped jackets to great hat accessories.
The success of Prada's Spring Summer 2011 Espadrilles Brogues sees this popular design make a comeback for Fall Winter 2011. But this time, the summer element of using jute rope trimmings (espadrilles style) has been removed and exposing the stripe detail sides on the soles. Colours are also adopting a more sombre tone, in deep burgundy and timeless black.
VERSACE will design for H&M this year, becoming the latest high fashion label to work with the Swedish high street brand.
"I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience," Donatella Versace said this morning. "The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere."
The announcement marks a turnaround for Versace, who in 2008 claimed that a high street diffusion line simply wasn't the Versace way. "I respect everyone who does it. But the reason I didn't do it is because I work very hard to put the Versace line in the luxury section. I think to put the Versace line in H&M would confuse the brand," she told New York Magazine. However, rather than 'diffusion', this line is being sold as an 'Iconic Collection' for which Donatella will raid the archives of the Italian fashion house that was founded by her brother Gianni in 1978.
|First: Prada FW 2011 men's shoes / Second: Balenciaga SS 2011 women's shoes|
Inspiration or imitation?!
Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Gresso, unveiled its new exclusive project, the iPhone4 Time, “designed specifically for people living in the rhythm of world time”.
The iPhone 4 Time Machine houses six independent mechanical Swiss watches behind the smartphone’s case protected by a mineral glass with diamond coating.
The 6 clocks display time zones of the world’s business hubs: Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong.
As a shopping destination, Hong Kong has over the past decade charted a course towards the very high-end in brands — and it seems retailers are now paying a very expensive price for the trend.
With a 46 percent rise in rents, quarter on quarter, Hong Kong is now second only to New York in terms of what tenants pay for retail locations across the city.
Hong Kong last year surpassed Sydney as the second-most expensive city in the world, with the average cost being paid now hitting US$1,687 per square foot per year according to global commercial property company CB Richard Ellis.
New York still tops the charts with rents at US$1,900 but Hong Kong seems intent on closing the gap as the world’s leading brands continue to set up shop all over town.
"Christopher Bailey didn’t look far when it came to casting for Burberry’s fall ad campaign. All of the actors and models shot by Mario Testino, including Felicity Jones, Cara Delevingne (younger sister to Poppy), Jourdan Dunn and Edie Campbell, all hail from Britain. “I was inspired by iconic British portraits and our own archive campaigns from the late 1960s of Jean Shrimpton using her trenchcoat to shelter herself from the poetic and romantic British weather,” said Bailey. “We wanted to create a group of portraits celebrating British actors, musicians and models.’’ The campaign will run across all digital platforms, including the brand’s Web site, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter". -wwd
Kanye West attended the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards where he had the privilege of of presenting Céline designer and creative director Phoebe Philo with the International Award. For the event he kept it simple and clean wearing a shawl collared cream tuxedo jacket, Balmain jeans ($890), and a pair of Stubbs & Wootton slippers ($425). For the after party Mr. West livened up his look by adding a Chicago Bulls snapback hat.
According to Uk publication The Telegraph, the fashion-conscious rapper is getting ready to show his first full men’s and women’s ranges this fall.
Kanye West is currently working on the high-end creations, based out of a studio in central Paris, the paper quotes a source.
Just last year, he had told Elle: “Did you not see the Lindsay [Lohan] and Ungaro collection? That was 9/11 for celebrities doing fashion. After that I thought: ‘Well I can’t do a line now’.”