Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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With an eclectic line-up that seems to be inspired by Persephone, one of Zeus’ many daughters and the lovely wife Hades, the Blumarine spring/summer 2016 collection takes its duty seriously. Like Persephone herself, the Blumarine woman is ready to spend six cold months in the underworld before re-emerging full of life in our beloved sunny weather. Blumarine back to spring leitmotiv runs through every single piece of the collection and enjoys playing with different fabrics, sizes and styles. Somehow, Anna Molinari managed to interpret this theme in more than 30 significantly different ways, making her collection one of the most impressive and multifaceted lines seen so far. In fact, even though some of her creations may not satisfy everyone’s expectations or personal tastes, her ability as a fashion designer is undeniable here.

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Blumarine’s celebration of spring and summer begins with a great number of maxi dresses, harmoniously adorned with floral embroidery patterns. Embellishing the hems of each skirt, these flowers seem to belong more to Mother Nature rather than to the dresses per se, thanks to a romantic optical illusion that gives all the outfits an ethereal and sophisticated allure. This ethereal allure finds a good ally with the great amount of sheer fabrics Anna Molinari has skillfully applied to almost every piece, often using them as a modern variation of the vertical striped pattern.

However, see-through fabrics and floral embroideries are the only things all the pieces have in common. In fact, Molinari’s talent to sift through her back to spring leitmotiv goes beyond the mere usage of different fabrics, embracing different fashion styles and cultures. While the first part of the collection has in hippie influences, the second part travels forwards in time to the early Eighties, bringing puff sleeve blouses and structured shoulder pad dresses, at the same time, wide-leg pants, along with oversized shirts and trench coats that give a sophisticated unisex appeal to the line-up.

Shortly after, we find ourselves thrown into the mid-Eighties and early Nineties thanks to some short wrap-around skirts, sleek fabrics and black crop tops, which give the collection a mystic sensual allure that may be linked to Persephone’s love for Hades. The third and last part of the show, which may be seen as soulfully futuristic, gives us some good examples of what fashion might be in a not so distant future: practical, ecological and architecturally inspired by nature.

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Last but not least, it is also extremely interesting to see how Molinari has been inspired by the Asian world, with its Zen philosophy and martial art tradition. In fact, while some outfits seem to celebrate Japanese cherry blossom gardens, others look like futuristic versions of kimonos. Whether you see the Blumarine spring 2016 collection as too chaotic or not, Anna Molinari’s ability to dress up Persephone is tangible, and will surely inspire future fashion designers.

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Marry Like a Boho Babe in Revolve’s Wedding Dresses This Fall

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You have been crazy in love for already a year; you have already experienced that electricity passing through your body and millions of butterflies flying in your belly, you have already confronted with your beloved so many times and have hugged him so tightly afterwards and eventually this breezy fall finds you quite ready to become an all-white fairy and walk down the aisle to become his affectionate and loving wife. You may definitely face a problem in choosing your wedding dress only if you are playing out of the system and preferring loose flaring bohemian bridal dresses to those heavy corset ball gowns that so many conventional girls find to be the best options ever. The online retailer Revolve that is collaborating with more than 500 fashion houses and brands has recently launched its fall 2015 wedding lookbook featuring a range of exquisite and dazzling gowns not only for the bride-to-be but also for the bridesmaid, the guests, for the reception and, of course, a handful of bohemian accessories.

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

So as to fully disclose the free spirit and gipsy twist of the dresses Revolve has invited the German irresistible model Carola Remer and American electrifying model Cora Keegan to star in the lookbook with the dazzling pieces hugging their sensual bodies. The Revolve wedding shop includes staples from such popular brands as Rachel Zoe, Stone Cold Fox or BCBGeneration.


See also: How to Organize a ‘Boho Chic’ Wedding


Revolve is here to symphonize with your bohemian spirit modulations, with your active body’s motions and with your craze for fluttering like a butterfly from one place to another. You do not think that wedding dresses should be exceptionally snowy white and that is why you are now here navigating through Revolve’s lookbook stumbling upon silver, ivory, milky and champagne pink wedding gowns and frocks. Being a boho babe you just adore nature and are planning to organize your wedding party on a beach or in an all-green field and here comes Revolve with its helping hand. The collection is chock-a-block with sophisticated lace, glittering sequins, beads and sheer effects. The ivory halter neckline gown will hug your body slightly at the waist then nonchalantly flaring down, all covered with eyelet effects. But it is the frock’s open back design that makes frustration threatening to distract everybody’s attention from your charming eyes.

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

Shop REVOLVE’s Wedding Collection

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

The draped cowl back gown with high sky side split and a metal clasp on one sleeve or the Fabienne lace dress with fringe trim panels or a loose fitting frock with beaded contrast at the top and feather contrast at the bottom will leave your beloved one nostalgic, recalling your first meeting and thanking the fate once more for receiving such a sweet boho babe as a gift. Mix boho chic with luxury and you will get a strapless champagne pink gown with wrinkled effects on the bottom, a beaded and sequined dress or an embellished one with mermaid tail design. Mind blowing are the high neck gowns that come to be with keyhole designs either on the neck or on the back.

Revolve is here again to embellish your neck with gipsy-inspired necklaces, your ears with heavy earrings, your hands with refined clutches and your hair with beaded headbands, flower like combs or crystal head wraps strongly instructing you to wear messy wavy hairstyles ideal for your bohemian look.

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

REVOLVE Clothing Fall 2015 Wedding Dresses

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LFW Spring 2016 Street Style Spotlights

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As delicious as the showstopper gowns and incredibly creative designs are on theLondon Fashion Week runway shows, it is the street style that often needs the spotlight as well. Four days into the week and we can see the beauty of each and every person radiating through, while some of the street fashions by the It girls coming to check out the latest trends was possibly even more fabulous than the pieces they had come to appraise for themselves! Some of the best London Fashion Week spring 2016 street style looks noticed throughout the different days include:

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• A brown wraparound coat worn over loose fitting comfort jeans that are cuffed up to the ankles, white sneakers clad around the feet and a lovely black leather clutch to finish off the look with nary a matching color. Wavy highlighted hair had an ombre effect that only lent to the autumn look of the ensemble.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• For those with a love for showing off their toned legs, we truly found the black and white combinations fascinating, pairing a white cotton blend shirt with a high waist pleated black leather skirt and finishing off with white heeled blue-black velvet ankle boots with pointed toes. That was incredibly beautiful.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• Open midriffs are a common theme, mixed with pants, skirts, embroidered designs and asymmetrical hems. Add classy, yet brightly colored shoes to the mix and some cool sunglasses and you have some very interesting looks despite the slight chill in the air.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• A long green velvet coat in a forest hue looks incredible with a turtleneck white blouse and a mid-thigh length high waist skirt with buttons up the center to give it a very 1970’s look. Those fur tuft espadrilles with the leopard prints are intriguing enough but we have to wonder how well they match with the rest of the sophisticatedly youthful look.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• While many opt for the sneakers, the espadrilles or the sandals, we love the thigh high suede boots in the burgundy coloring. The lacy multilayered dress is attracting attention to itself. We might rather prefer a different form for the top of the dress, but the see through style of it is certainly in tune with this year’s trends. Add a lovely black blazer on top and a pretty grey clutch to the mix and it becomes a very 1970s meet 2015 ensemble.

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

• One particular look that most definitely took us for a ride was the chiffon dress with the high neck and skirt up the side, the gentle beige coloring giving the daisies depicted on the top especially a very subtle background. Add a Mongolian shearling coat on top and masculine black leather boots to the mix, while braiding the hair into double pigtails and you have an autumn look that is positively fabulous!

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

Throughout the Fashion Week, we’ve seen knit tops, form-fitting turtlenecks, dog prints on color block shoes, extra-long sleeves, furry sandals, masculine slouched feminine suits with shorts instead of trousers, plunging necklines and voluminous skirts, bowler hats and lots of frills. We’ve seen transparency abound and a whole lot of fur in general. While we love the collections shown off on the runways, they can’t hold a candle to some of these street styles we’ve spotted throughout the past couple of days. London Fashion Week has been a hit!

London Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

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THE AGENT PROVOCATEUR TRICJA BIKINI TOP IS THIS SUMMER’S NEW MUST-HAVE

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Summer is here and if you’re planning to make heads turn or hearts flutter or maybe even make them boys do a little somersault, you need the new, sexy, ultra-glamorous Tricja Bikini Bra top. Available in black and white, the bikini top has been rightfully made for poolside posing but we reckon you could take a few laps ‘in’ the pool too. The top is a bandeau with concealed, underwired cups with large gold eyelets that run along the neckline, linked to a white neck choker by detachable T-bar chains. The choker and chains can be removed for a different look.

The Tricja bikini top is part of Agent Provocateur’s demi-couture collection – Soiree and costs $490 – bra only. Matching bikini briefs are available for $250.

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So do tell us where you’ll be flaunting your set, while we swoon over these here.

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Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week

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If there’s one thing to be said about the latest Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2016 collection, it’s that there wasn’t a dull moment. With his in-your-face use of red, white, and blue, Jacobs quite literally celebrated what America means to him. And apparently that is a lot of different things. From the Forties to the Eighties (and every year in between), it seems the designer drew inspiration from everything he laid his eyes upon. There was glamour, grunge, street styles showgirl spunk, and a heavy usage of pop art that would have made Andy Warhol proud. What seemed to be sprinkled on top of the entire collection, however, was an idea of deconstructed Stars and Stripes.

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

As for the variety of garments, there seemed to be no method to Marc Jacob’s madness. From start to finish, he created a fashion display that was as loud as an American Fourth of July fireworks show, which was portrayed just as he wanted it to be.

It is undeniable that all who were present were in for a wild treat. Yet spectators must have questioned Marc Jacobs’ thoughts when he was coming up with this fashion bonanza. One can only guess, but there are some valid questions to be raised; maybe even questions the designer had asked himself: why settle on going out with a bang when you can make each piece just as bold as the last? Why create a collection from one source of inspiration when you can mesh together multiple decades of fashion into one?

One thing that is for certain is that Jacobs celebrated diversity in his spring collection. He presented his models as actresses walking the red carpet (and even had them each stop on the red carpet for photos before continuing on to the real runway), each sporting a different trend from a multitude of decades. Jacobs also pulled in singer/songwriter Beth Ditto to model a white, embroidered gown with a high slit. Everyone from the audience to the models to the designer himself had a blast with this showing, and there is no other way he would have had it.

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Although one issue I’m finding myself battling with is the idea of this collection as being ready-to-wear. There is no doubt that there are some beautiful pieces in the Marc Jacobs spring 2016 collection, but as an overall collection it seemed more of an attempt at celebrating his Americanism and creating an unforgettable, party of a runway show (a very successful attempt, might I add).

That all being said, as a collection of walking art, someone could look multiple times at each garment and find something new each time. There was clearly a close attention to detail that went into this line, and everything is pristinely executed, especially when looking at embroidery and tailoring.

There is no doubt in my mind that Marc Jacobs wanted his audience to walk away from an explosive performance, and he definitely accomplished that with the bright colors, prints, and uniquely eccentric patterns.

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week

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When it comes to New York Fashion Week we stand assured of seeing a generous amount of Hollywood-style gowns and frocks that are arrogantly spreading glamour and glitz all around. The British fashion designer, Jenny Packham is one of those initiators, who year by year comes to prove herself as one who is absolutely alien to casual style and casual manners, persistently adhering to her Kate-Middleton-esque style. It is not only Kate Middleton, who has been spotted wearing a Jenny Packham shift dress covered with yellow flowers or a pale blue one with white polka dots while leaving the hospital. Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Uma Thurman, Miley Cyrus and many other celebrities have found something very familiar and unique about Jenny Packham’s designs. The designer’s eponymous fashion house, famous not only for designing evening dresses but also bridal apparel, has recently presented the charmingJenny Packham spring/summer 2016 collection, which was not expected to deliver something new and experimental.

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

However, Jenny Packham was partially innovative this time focusing on feminine and masculine monolithic energy that allows blurring all boundaries between the two sexes. She brings forward a very provocative frame of reference that the most attractive men have something feminine about them, while the most attractive women have something masculine about their character. She was mainly inspired by some feminine touches that her favorite musicians Mick Jagger, Nick Cave and David Bowie were emanating out. This very concept has been put in action to give birth to her spring/summer 2016 somehow androgynous collection.

Stating that the collection was all about Ying & Yan would be wide of the truth, as the runway was logically constructed in a way as to present a couple of androgynous options between ultra-feminine gowns. Actually, this concept proved to be quite effective and emphatic. The show, of course, opened with a masculine ensemble consisting of silk blazer and lean pants with palpable feminine elements like crimson wildflowers and leaves all interspersed here and there. Another masculine outfit that the onlookers were confused to see was the all-black chiffon shirt with sensually sheer sleeves all unbuttoned, paired with loose fitting trousers. Notable was also the floral printed blazer paired with cozy skimming trousers or chiffon pants topped with chiffon shirts all covered with flowers.

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Between these bewildering pieces we could see Pickham’s signature glittering gowns embellished with studs or henna crystals that were mimicking multiple stars glistering in the night sky. Floral prints, appliqués or embroidery continued to find their place on massive ball gowns that seem to come right from a royal family. Sticking to the floral theme is somewhat trendy and popular this year around, so from this standpoint Packham is no way innovative but what makes her flowers different from others is their looking utmost natural on the models’ bodies, sometimes even turning them into real flower girls when there is tulle around. The embodiment of naturalism was definitely a mid-calf gunmetal georgette dress with cap sleeves and V-neckline that has been spotted by many fashion bloggers and fashion addicts as one of the most impressive staples in the collection. The palette of the collection was not only close to nature but also royal, among them being crimson red, lavender, rose pink, silver, grey and different shades of green like emerald and lime.

As for the models’ hairstyles and makeup solutions, we again didn’t fail in our predictions, witnessing ultra-natural wavy hair and pale makeup sometimes becoming bright by crimson red lips.

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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