Collection Review: Christian Siriano S/S 2018

This collection hit a home run for me! Let’s start with the models; what a variety! They really showed how versatile the pieces are, and how they can fit any body type. The fabric textures, colors, and patterns were definitely summer. I got nostalgic watching the show, and not due to the classic silhouettes featured. No, this collection followed the trend reports to a T.  The metallic dresses with peekaboo sleeves are sexy and curve friendly. I’d wear almost all the pieces featured. I wasn’t too crazy over the blouses with the emphasized shoulders, but I bet if placed with the right vintage denim, it would be very editorial worthy. This collection and the models represented great fashion for summer 2018.

p.s: And whoever that was in the front row… right on! LOL

Collection Review: Topshop Spring/Summer 2018

The spring/summer Topshop collection had some interesting contrasts to consider. Everything from the color palette to the actual textiles had a fun aesthetic to it. I loved the metallic pink jackets and long petticoats. Topshop is clearly capable of creating transeasonal pieces (items that transition into other seasons). Keep in mind; this is a European based company, so featuring long coats for spring isn’t too surprising. I mentioned the color palette earlier…not too crazy about it. What really caught my attention was the Lilac Opal, Apple Blossom, Frosted Fig, and Mauve pieces. Those skirts were driving me nuts though! Adwoa Aboah opened the show, and her skirt riding up was just so frustrating to me. It was all I could focus on. The problem could be the length. That fabric (whatever it was) probably isn’t the best choice. The silhouettes were basic, except for the more formal pieces. This IS a ready-to-wear retailer after all. I had to remind myself of that fact, which excused the basicness of it all. The sparkling velvety fabric and billowing sheer formalwear stole the show. The styling was interesting too; sporty and sweet meets formal and street. This collection maintained its youthful presents and I look forward to seeing it in stores next year.

 

Dolce & Gabbana joins the Abayas Market…

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Writing Abaya, Kaftan, or Hijab descriptions is something that I’m all too familiar with. I’ve done this for many companies, so when I read the article on Style.com Arabia about Dolce&Gabbana, I just had to sound off.  Dolce&Gabbana has decided to create a collection of Abayas for spring 2016. I’m going to not only review the collection, but also give my opinion on how the collection could inspire other high-end fashion brands to enter the Kaftan arena.

Dolce&Gabbana has always been a brand known for its exceptional quality. The designs are impressive; very creative and sophisticated. They’re Italian designers after all! The “Made in Italy” stamp is one of true significance. It’s interesting how Italian designers would all of a sudden invest in Arabic inspired clothing for women. There’s definitely a market there that’s worth millions, or more! With such stiff competition, will Dolce&Gabbana be able to compete? Let’s review the collection now.

Dolce&Gabbanas’ collection has beautiful lightweight silk, georgette, satin and charmeuse fabric. There’s also sparkling embellishments and intricately sewn lace. The patterns have floral prints like daisies and various quirky elements like lemons. Ah, see THATS where they incorporate their Italian roots. The fusion of Italian and Arabic fashion is so fluid. The color palette is subtle with it’s black, beige and yellow shades. It’s not too showy but ultra sleek. The construction of the garments are lovely too, with its draped and cowl neck looks. Over all I’d say this collection is a hit. It has so much personality to it. I personally love the daisy print piece, and the accessories that go with it. It’s high-end with superb quality…LOVE!

The Dolce&Gabbana Abaya Collection for 2016 could inspire other high-end brands to jump on board. The infusion of the Italian aesthetic is so creative. In a way, the kaftan (or abaya) is like a blank canvas for designers to incorporate their individual brand mark. There’s a risk of over saturation in this market though, and what about the already established Kaftan retailers? How will their business be affected if customers (who already appreciate high quality) start buying from brands that are well known throughout the world not just locally or in Arabic society. It’s a niche’ market really. Right now brands are testing the waters. At Fashion Forward in Dubai attendees were encouraged to support their local designers. Based on my experience, that’s the only way traditional kaftan retailers will stay afloat. It’s all about brand loyalty and excellent customer service.

Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2015/16 Review

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*****

Miu Mui’s color palette for this Fall 2015-16 instantly caught my attention; mustard yellow, burgundy, pops of bright yellow, etc. It’s a very retro palette, with creative fabric and texture combinations. I thought it was clever how they combined tweed with 3-d snakeskin  print on patent leather. The 70’s silhouettes are cute, even the blouse with the huge flounce going across the chest. The shoes were so kitsch and every skirt combination, although “librarian-esque”, had a sexy vibe. I loved the atmosphere too, the location was conservative and creative, which really brought out the nostalgic notes of the designs. The atmosphere wasn’t too distracting, and complimented the overall theme. Overall, the  creativity, and the color palette was unique. 4 out of 5 is my rating for Mui Mui this season.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2015-16 Collection Review

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*****

Set in a romantic cathedral in God knows where, Sarah Burton showcased her amazingly romantic and ethereal Fall/Winter 2015-2016 collection. The pieces ranged from leather coats with a sort of lacquered finish, to fluffy ultra feminine pink, red and black frocks. Its interesting how she incorporates pink into her color palette for Fall. It didn’t over power the line up. There were rosy, flouncy,  ruffly and flirty dresses, and ooh… pleats! I love the way Sarah Burton still embodies the SPIRIT of the late Alexander Mcqueen, while still representing her point of view quite nicely. Although his legacy has a powerful impact on fashion, her designs can hold her own; Sarah has fierce design aesthetic. It  just melds with Alexander Mcqueens style like butter on toast. There’s one thing I have to painfully admit. Sarah’s take on Mcqueen is a lot easier to swallow. Don’t get me wrong, I love Alexander Mcqueen’s hard edginess, but the girly-girl in me loves Sarah’s ultra-feminine vibe. Although some dresses just looked like a revamped version of pieces from her spring 2014 line; I really loved the lines and form flattering silhouettes. I give this a 3 out of 5. I always look forward to her shows, but I think the risk of being “one note” is teetering.