Alexander McQueen Goes to Seville For the SS 2016 Campaign

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Alexander McQueen continues to impress with its subtle ad campaigns, and for the spring 2016 photoshoot, the brand traveled to Seville, Spain. American fashion model Natalie Westling was cast to be featured in the Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2016 ad campaign, which was photographed by David Sims, a talent not new to the McQueen scene.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2016 Campaign

The setting was totally natural, with the clothes and Westling as focal points, with no other scenery around to distract the eye. Even in black and white, all photographs exuded freedom, which is something shoppers of this brand are known for with their fashion choices. But the brand also disclosed that the ad campaign served to explore the duality of the McQueen woman’s personality. So Westling had a big job on her plate, and seemed to properly execute it.

In the shots where she is out in the naturally bright landscape of Seville and those with the simple black and white backdrop, Westling is the epitome of the McQueen customer, with her carefree, dreamy expressions and ability to conform to each new shot’s requirements. As would be rightly expected, the light shots were accompanied by garments, which featured lightness and color. Conversely, the monochromatic photos featured tailored pieces, so the small, well-executed details could be more easily noticed. This helped emphasize the best qualities of each piece, without having to do anything special for each one. And they did look stunning against their respective backdrops. The clothes were given an edge of mystery in the natural landscape, when the frills became slightly blurred alongside the slight plants, which gave a fresh perspective on the photoshoot.

The setting makes the decisions for the Alexander McQueen spring 2016 campaign interesting, as there isn’t much of the Seville scenery in the campaign’s photos. The frames themselves are gorgeous, and knowing the photos were taken in Seville certainly adds a layer of exoticism, but aside from the lighting and minor plant life, the viewer isn’t really transported to any location. In placing such heavy importance on the location, it is up to the viewer to imagine the location in which these pieces could be worn, such as in Seville, since the exact images aren’t readily provided. There is still room for imagination, so wherever it is you want to go wearing these clothes, you can image the rest of the backdrop for yourself.

The Alexander McQueen spring 2016 campaign will be hot in the media, as it was released Monday evening to a plethora of influential media, such as several editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, T Magazine, T Magazine Japan, and W Magazine.

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Valentino Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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There are few designer houses, which have more than 40 looks prepared for a pre-fall show. There are few who generally have over 60, no matter what season they are going for. Yet, we are faced with a rather spectacular eighty-four looks from the Valentinopre-fall 2016 collection alone, shown but two weeks shy of the men’s couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo. It is crazy, it is awesome and there are more outfits here than we can imagine trying on to figure out our purchase.

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

The themes are interesting as well, for there is a sort of travel involved, the looks seemingly spanning worlds at a time and showing off architecture and monuments in combination. It appears that the merger is of the West, mostly covering New York and Americana, with a Japanese fusion in the Far East. The main pieces seem to be ones, where New York is personified, colorful and full of stars on top, the Chrysler building deftly created out in metallic sequins.

What accounted for the Japanese designs included an emphasis on the natural, from wabi-sabi embroideries of cherry blossoms to clouds and flying birds, all appearing on outerwear that featured tradition quilted lining.

What we see a lot of are long-sleeved dresses and pajama sets, button down and pleated skirts; there’s a karate gi with a tie-dye treatment, as well as the depiction of Mount Fuji combined with red, white and blue fireworks all around, as seen on a mini dress and a double face coat.

The whole of the Valentino pre-fall 2016 collection is positively delightful, from the neon colored cat on a black leather skirt and jacket collection, appearing as if it is a children’s drawing on a blackboard, to the gorgeous Frozen style dress with the long sleeves and the blue ocean spray design, ombre in is color and positively regal in its cut. Of course, the subtleness of such pieces is counteracted by the crazy graffiti colors seen on other such jackets, the New York look really bringing in the wackiness, while the Japanese being all about burst of color in a tasteful manner.

Tall boots also seem to be a thing here, alongside pretty denim that has been cuffed at the bottom, sheer jackets with tufts of fur and even a few ferocious dragon images on the ladies with the sweaters.

All in all, Valentino is by far one of the best designer collections and when it comes to pre-fall they certainly know what they are doing, hands down. We have been fans of Valentino for years now and it only seems to keep getting better as they give their fans exactly what they want and need, filling closets up with both casual pieces and the sexier looks, the gowns that may be seen on the red carpets and the simple everyday dresses that are so very much loved by us all. At the end of the day, Valentino tops it all with its creativity and sheer attention to every last detail in their work.

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Tommy Hilfiger Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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As more and more pre-fall collections begin to unveil, we have been looking for theTommy Hilfiger versions with impatience for we expect it to be a blast. As expected, it does not disappoint with a lovely nautical theme to it, playing on the blues, red and whites and really giving into that seaman fantasy style. We see rather charming Breton stripes, along with naval coats, sailor tattoo prints and lots of shiny gold buttons. It is a woman’s fantasy turned into her own wardrobe collection really, from the outerwear to the shoes, the dresses and cuts and lovely denim that only Tommy can really pull off. The Tommy Hilfiger pre-fall 2016 collection is certainly one of our favorites and it has the best in casual everyday clothing you can find out there. There is even a fresh take on the Texas Tuxedo in all denim!

Tommy Hilfiger Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Velvet pants in a diver hue look especially good when paired with the captain’s jacket, complete with golden stripes and buttons as model Immy Waterhouse shows off the beauty of the creations. Fur, velvet and stripes are all common trends to be seen throughout the Tommy Hilfiger pre-fall 2016 collection, with a lovely faux fur jacket with an anchor in red and white across the back really looking grand.

There are twenty-nine outfits that appear in this collection, from high-waist shorts to bow on chest little black dresses, starry skies and stripes seen all over and the typical varsity jackets reigning supreme. Who does not love a varsity jacket anyhow? For women, it means they date the most popular guys in school, and when Tommy makes them to fit a woman but look as oversized as a man’s you only feel like you want it more.

Pleated olive colored skirts are certainly a favorite, alongside the black velvet shorts, the green and red striped shirt and pants combo with matching belt looking almost out of place among the rest. Those fury handbags are really cool though! Stars on maroon colored caps also make for an interesting fall look. Velvet overalls in black and gold are pretty sweet as well, particularly when paired with red and blue striped tank tops.

If you are totally American, you might want the star spangled flag in an interesting design created on a gorgeous sweater, paired with a pair of high-waist denim culottes and pumps that scream American pride. Who would not want them? This ensemble is perfect for a late Fourth of July bash, or if you plan on representing your country as you tour the world after peak season has passed.

Between the model and the collection unveiled, we have to say that this is our favorite Tommy Hilfiger line-up we have seen yet! We are looking forward to a whole lot more of this come the fall and winter 2016 Fashion Week runway shows, where we can enjoy some sweet live action and many more creations unveiled.

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Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Long sleeves are a common sight; fur appears in a myriad of striped designs, in colors and creations that are all too lovely to gaze upon and very much what we expect from aGiambattista Valli collection. Skirts reach mid-thigh, pants are tight with slight flares at the bottoms and boots go up to the knees. This is what pulls together and makes up the Giambattista Valli pre-fall 2016 collection, what with the loveliness of its typical designs, made to match a modern woman.

Giambattista Valli Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

One look that really attracts us is the long ruffle end sleeved little black dress that is all plain throughout, comes down to mid-thigh and has a mesh embroidered panel across the chest that clearly shows off the silhouette of the bare breasts beneath, almost appearing as if it is not covering much at all. It has a high ruffled collar that gives it a Puritan style look, or something from the Victorian era, while the open legs are testament to one’s youth, combined with lace up stiletto boots also in black.

We especially love the long white dress in crepe, long sleeves and bow across the best interesting, the cut accentuating the length of the body and looking all the more appealing when paired with open-toe snakeskin stiletto half boots. Things are really lovely with the matching blazer and trouser sets, pantsuits in floral print and really pink styles worn with a high collared sweater underneath to match in the gentle hues. The pants have center pleats and are cropped at the ankles, while the sweater underneath also has white lace ending to the sleeves, which peak out from under the blazer sleeves.

The whole Giambattista Valli pre-fall 2016 collection is a lovely one and looks positively practical, from the whimsical long chiffon dresses to the pretty mini frocks, the groovy magic mushroom print suit to the traditional tweed, it is all about a lady who is very unique and prefers to be known in as a muted style savvy fashionista.

It is missing out on the eveningwear styles actually, which we are more than used to seeing on the red carpets, the latest couture piece of which was donned on by Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes having turned into a meme that we are still wondering if it is more on the flattering side or not. At the end of the day though, no one does fashion like Valli and we are really happy to see both the laid back and crazy cool looks that he can bring to the fashion front.

We will certainly be getting our hands on a few of these pieces, from the leopard print fur coat to the body flattering dress pants, the tweed pieces or the short chiffon dresses. Our closets will love us all the more for it all and going to work will only be more fun with such outfits donned on. Maybe we’ll even get a raise?

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Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Guillaume Henry has sent us a gift, wrapped in lace and tagged “The New Pre-Fall 2016 Collection for Nina Ricci!” And we’re hyped! Nina Ricci has always been known for its feminine style. The gentle, flowy, and soft look of a Nina Ricci girl haunts us whether we’re looking for a perfume or a dress. But Guillaume Henry is doing something different this time, and that’s why many consider the Nina Ricci pre-fall 2016 collection by far the best he has done for the house so far.

Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Henry is introducing a small dose of natural minimalism both in shapes and colors. It has put the house on the list of most up-to-date collections by designs, and not just another feminine image of the same kind that was slowly becoming redundant.

See for yourself. “I like to design feminine clothes that are not so proper, a bit scruffy, mixing the poor and the rich,” said Henry. The inspiration for this has probably been the terra-cotta dress or the pearl blue gown that would be the ultimate showstopper.

In fact, if you take a closer look, the collection does have many details you can get lost in, despite all the minimalistic standards. Take the deep green fur coat made of patchwork of Mongolian sheepskin and mink. Now that’s an intriguing combo, isn’t it?

We’ve also seen the season’s favorite, sheer lace pieces adding to the sexiness level. The most intriguing one is the strapped top made of sheer lace and … nothing else, just lace looks just as fine (thought Henry when making it … probably). It is revealing, and daring, but you’re not a standard woman, are you? Yes, we thought so too.

The color palette follows the general trend – black and white are in the leading roles, with other shades like baby blue and red intersecting the duo. Henry would not be the only designer this year to capitalize on white, stressing it out with a long loose dress that is oh-so-elegant and comfortable in the same time.

The muse of the Nina Ricci pre-fall 2016 collection has been a narrative about an actress, so mysterious and alluring that all men felt the magical ties towards her. Henry’s main focus was on the movements, gestures, and textures of the story, picturing her walking in the streets of Paris (need I go on?) and turning faces as she steps forward. The plain silhouettes are in the base, with some exception of the bell skirt (frankly, nothing can beat Dior at this one, not even Nina Ricci) and perfectly-constructed shoulders.

Henry has caught the appeal of a woman dressed in men’s coats and used the same idea in lingerie, dresses and even the ballgown.

The color palette, design details and even the way male attributes were used are very feminine, so the Nina Ricci fan base won’t have a reason to pick on. The fabrics were all selected to look soft, even the leather; it looks light as a paper. It’s a beautiful contribution and we can stare at every piece with amazement … what else can we do – it’s the Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry duet!


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First Look At Gucci’s Spring Summer 2016 Campaign Short Film

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First look at the Gucci’s director’s cut of the Spring Summer 2016 campaign short film, directed by Glen Luchford. Featuring urban spaces of Berlin, scenes from the video are shot at dawn on the rooftop of the Maritim Hotel, in a block designed by architect Aldo Rossi in the 80s. The video’s soundtrack is “Goodbye Horses” performed by female vocalist Q Lazzarus. Producer William Garvey wrote “Goodbye Horses” in 1988 about transcendence over those who see the world as only earthly and finite. In Hindu philosophy horses represent the five senses, the song references the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this perspective.

Gucci's Spring Summer 2016 Campaign short film, directed by Glen Luchford

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