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I’m Back!

Hi Everyone!

I’m back from my unannounced hiatus! I was really swamped with work and the beginning of school so I barely had any time to update. But now that I have my life somewhat back in control I’ll be back to posting regularly! Now to commemorate my welcome back, this post will be dedicated Daphne Groeneveld and Gemma Ward, who both returned to the runway this season!

Daphne hasn’t been seen since the F/W 13 shows and I am so glad she is back! I always missed her unique look and her youthful vibe. She brought something else to the shows she was in. And now she is looking better than ever before! She’s been booking shows left and right in New York and Milan, and hopefully she does the same in Paris. It’s like she never left! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her next!

And let’s not forget about Queen Gemma! She hasn’t set foot on the runway since the S/S 2008 shows. But after 6 long years, Gemma is finally back on the runway (even after having a baby!). She made her debut with the brand that launched her career: Prada. The whole world stopped for a moment when they realized it was Gemma, who OPENED the Prada S/S 2015 show. It took everyone by complete surprise! The Prada show was the only show she walked in while she was in Milan, but let’s hope Paris is a new stepping stone to the return of Australia’s Gemma Ward.

Next week I’ll give you my review of the best and worst collections of New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Stay tuned!

-R.N.

Milan Menswear SS15: Day 4 Favorites

The last day of Milan had finally arrived! And it sure did go out with a bang! From updated classics to loud colors and patterns, this last day had something for everyone!

Giorgio Armani
As Armani’s 80th birthday arrives next month, he wanted to create a collection that reflected his years at Armani, and titled the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection “Armani Echoes”. He updated the style of his past collections with new styles of shirts, sweaters, and pants, as well as using prints such as gingham, checks, and polka dots. Armani stated, “Today I presented what clients have been asking us for: soft jackets for men that highlight their bodies and dress themselves with personality”.




Dsquared2
Dean and Dan Caten traveled back in time to the 1980s for their collection inspiration. Throughout their collection, they were inspired by the artists that dominated the 80s Art Pop scene such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. The runway was filled with colorful patterns and beefcakes (a Dsquared2 favorite).




Roberto Cavalli
We’ve been traveling all over the place these past few days! From world-travelers to time-travelers we’ve done it all. Our last stop on this time-travel journey is at Roberto Cavalli. Cavalli was inspired by 1980s, à la Miami Vice. The collection has that Cavalli spin with the use of graphic floral prints and snake-skin designs. So if you’re ever feeling a little out there on a Friday night, wearing this collection would be the way to go!




Well, it sure has been a whirlwind of fashions in Milan! Our last stop of the Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections will be in Paris, the city of love and Parisian style! Until then!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 2 and 3 Favorites

The saga continues of the Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections! Home of Fendi, Gucci, Prada and many more, Milan always has a lot to offer. Slim cuts and great colors conquer the runways of Milan. Of course with there will be hits and there will be those that completely fall off the map. But let’s focus on the positives shall we?

Tod’s
The theme of world-class travelers has been popping up with different designers these past few shows. Tod’s Spring/Summer 2015 was the embodiment of the stylish traveler, with a sophisticated balance between business and play. Stylish loafers paired with classy suits gave the collection a laid-back vibe, with neutral hues beige, blacks, and blues. Great to wear on the plane heading to Cannes, or casually shopping on Rodeo Drive, this collection will make you look and feel like a million bucks.




Prada
“Anytime I do a men’s show, I’m thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders,” said Miuccia Prada. Miuccia Prada wanted to create a menswear collection that also complemented women. The collection also had a slight 60s vibe to it, with the fit, the styles, and the sweaters. I really liked the difference in color of some of the topstitching on some of the jackets; it made it different and made the jackets really pop.




Diesel Black Gold
The Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2015 Collection had a rocker vibe to it. From the leather jackets to the slim cut pants, the collection was very well designed and flattered the male body. I really loved all the blazers and jackets in the collection. They were very versatile in a way that you could wear them as a stand-alone piece, or you could mix and match the jackets with different outfits, and it wouldn’t stand out in a bad way. I could really see myself in some of the pieces from this collection.




Gucci
A lot of the Men’s Collections this season had the influence of rock-and-roll and the 60s in their collections. Gucci also implemented this trend into their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. But what set Gucci apart from some of the other designers, was that they also added some military influence into the collection. You could see this the double-breasted blazers and jackets. And some of the bright reds and blues made some of the clothing pop.




Fendi
If Fendi designed your school uniforms, I think this is what they would look like. The Spring/Summer 2015 Fendi Collection had collegiate vibe to it. From the headphones that the models had on and bags they carried, to the letterman jackets and tailored blazers, this collection just screams fashionable school student. If guys from my high school and college dressed like this, the world would be a better place.




What does everyone think of the Milan Collections so far? Let me know in the comments below. Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing collections shown from Dsquared2, Giorgio Armani, and Roberto Cavalli. Then it’s off to the last set of shows in Paris. Be on the look out for my thoughts for those this week and next! Laters!

-R.N.

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 1 Favorites

Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections started on Saturday! I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections for each day in Milan.

Neil Barrett
One of the collections that I really enjoyed was Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. It was modern, clean and simple. These are the qualities that I love in some types of clothing. Neil Barrett wanted to challenge himself with this collection by “Taking an idea and developing it in a tight palette”. Barrett definitely succeeded in doing this. Throughout the collection, he explored different ways on how to make each piece in the collection fresh and new.





John Varvatos
The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection that John Varvatos came up with was very interesting. All of the pieces had slim cuts, and I got a vibe that it looked like it was influenced by late 19th century mens fashion, a little bit of the 1970s mixed into it, with an added rocker vibe to it. I really liked the usage of using layers for light fabrics, and also the use of different textured fabric in the collection. This collection may not be for everyone, but for me it’s a great one!




Versace
Of course we cannot forget about Versace. When anybody says anything about Italian fashion, they immediately think of the very sexy Versace. And this collection is no different from the other Versace collections. For the Spring/Summer 2015 season Donatella Versace was influenced Cuban culture, as she has visited Cuba many times in the past. Bright colors dominated the collection, as well as cut-out shirts and pants, graphic jackets, and skimpy swimwear. The collection seemed very easy going and fresh, just like Cuban nights. Of course if I ever wanted to wear anything from Versace, I would have to workout a lot more. But if I were to have the body the models had, you bet that I would wear some Versace pieces.




What did everyone else think of Milan Menswear so far? What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! Laters y’all!

-R.N.

All photos belong to Style.com and the designers mentioned