[Fashion & Styling] Best of Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks

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Goodbye, ciao, au revoir New York, London, Milan and Paris!  Fashion weeks throughout the top destinations are finally over.  The good news (or bad?) is that it doesn't end here, now onto Japan.  However, even for a fashion lover like me, I'm feeling a bit trend-overdosed.  Can we make this a legit word?  With so many talents and staggering amount of beautiful clothes to choose from, it is impossible to pick "the best" collection.  Besides, I'm too critical to favor a singular designer, so here are my "favorite" looks.

Loewe:  If you are a fan of animal skin, then Loewe is the collection for you.  With embossing and incised flower appliques, super thin leather, transparent mesh, and floral-printed suede trenchcoats, pencil skirts, and hooded jackets strutted down the runway.

Etro:  Returning to its heritage of color and prints, Etro S/S 13 expanded to embrace many East inspirations including the Indian Sari, Chinese Cheongsam, Korean Kimono, and Persian Caftan.

As the son of a furrier, Gabriele Colangelo cut a wicked sheared-mink strapless dress to spice up his otherwise clean, minimalist collection.

Guilaume Henry caught our attention 3 years ago when he was appointed Creative Director of Carven.  He has since re-established the old couture house with swiftness and confidence.  Known for his cheekier sensibility, he described this collection as moodier, sophisticated, and more grown-up.  Some pieces in the collection look more fit for fall with fabrics like tweed and felt.  Evidently, designers seem to shrug off seasons more and more these days.

Uniqueness is indeed unique in many ways; not only the collection is quite refreshing, but their use of technology is highly notable.  In addition to showing the line in season, made possible by her relationship with the fast-fashion brand Pinko, Alessandra Facchinetti also crowd-sources ideas from her social media followers.

A personal congrats to Ms. Facchinetti for her creativity and perseverance.  In case you didn't know, Alessandra was one of Tom Ford's right-hand person at Gucci, who got promoted to head up women's apparel after Tom's departure; only to be released in a short period of time.  She later was hired as Creative Director at Valentinobut again was let go within a year.  

The moral of the story:  never give up!

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