Wednesday, 26 September 2012

notes à la mode 15

Today's post could just as well be called 'Blogger Garance Doré at the Milan Fashion Week' because she took all these runway photos. I so enjoyed the Milan Fashion Week this season and if I were to feature all my favourites that would make one long post. Too long! That's why I decided to go for Garance's photos only and was of course limited by the collections she has featured on her blog.

There is another reason why I chose Garance's photos. It wasn't until the MFW started that she was posting photos from the runway on her blog again. Before that she had only been posting videos and even though I liked those, I missed her photos. I missed viewing the collections through her lens. She simply has that wonderful eye for certain details that I always enjoy viewing. I guess yet another reason is that I'm a bit tired of the classic runway photos posted by all the Vogue websites, and others. Of course it is valuable to have access to all those but they always have that same look and today I was in the mood for something different.

I'm not adding many words; I will let the photos do most of the talking.

I'm starting with Gucci because that top photo has been on my desktop since I first saw it. I know it doesn't sound deep but I loved their spring/summer 2013 collection. There is really nothing I can add to that. Love is enough, right?




In case you missed it, Jil Sander is back at Jil Sander. Does this sound weird to you? I think it's best to quote Sarah Mower because she explained the situation pretty well in her review of the spring/summer 2013 collection for Vogue US:
The drama that has resulted in the third return of Sander to her eponymous label has had more corporate and personal twists, intrigues, plots, subplots, and hysteria than a soap opera. Suffice it to say that the conflagration fanned out to include the firing of John Galliano from Christian Dior, the abrupt departure of Raf Simons from Jil Sander, the eventual hiring of Raf Simons by Dior, the hiring of Sander by Uniqlo, and her departure from the Japanese mass retailer. Further back in the mists of the millennium, it’s complicated by the fact that Sander sold the house she founded to Prada, and then quit it, twice. Now she has been rehired by the new owners of the company, Onward Kashiyama.
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And I had to add this fabulous photo.


  There were many other collections shown in Milan that I would have loved to feature here, like Bottega Venetta, Missoni and Salvatore Ferragamo, but I have to add something from the spring/summer 2013 collection by Massimo Rebecchi. I really liked what he showed on the runway and I have already pinned the stripes and butterfly top
  What was the styling of that last outfit by Giorgio Armani all about? I expect to see something fun from the likes of Marc Jacobs but Armani ending a show with stars orbiting around a model? No thanks, that wasn't funny at all, that was tacky
  On Saturday I bought the September issue of Vogue Italia, which is actually a huge package containing the magazine and a few extras. One extra is a beautiful photo shoot for Dolce & Gabbana, taken in Taormina, Sicily by photographer Paolo Roversi. One of the models is the Italian beauty Monica Bellucci who simply nails it. The photo to the right is just one of many from that shoot
  The Paris Fashion Week has started and today I'm waiting to see what Dries Van Noten will represent for spring/summer 2013. If you have been following my blog for some time it shouldn't be a surprise; that Belgian is one my favourite designers. Tomorrow we have a feast: Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester (another Belgian), Balmain, Nina Ricci and Lanvin, just to name a few. Here is the schedule
  Dior has released the second episode of their Lady Dior Web Documentary featuring Marion Cotillard. This one is called Up and Up - a good dose for couture junkies
  Natalia of Fashioned by Love has a beautiful Reiss scarf giveaway on her blog
  Ada of Classiq has a The Sartorialist: Closer giveaway on her blog. I can highly recommend that new book by Scott Schuman; it's filled with wonderful street style photos

photo credit:
Garance Doré at 1-3 Gucci / 4-5 Dolce & Gabbana / 6-7 Prada / 8-9 Fendi / 10-12 Jil Sander / 13 Jil Sander / 14: Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia


  1. Ah, such a fresh take on the shows! It's hard to pick my MFW favourites from all those amazing shows. That's why I've decided to write separately about Dolce & Gabbana. There was something about that collection that will stay with me for a while. You've mentioned quite of few of my other choices. I loved Garance's shots too, I like a little diversity, I never see all the details I would like. I haven't started to devour my Italian Vogue yet, but I've taken a look inside and I enjoyed what I saw.

    Thank you for the mention, Lisa. :)

  2. argh,.. just lost my comments.. try again.
    Yes, gucci because it was the first show I saw those images have stuck with me! Was that stars at Giorgio Armani? Very odd... and Monica Bellucci - bellissima - I have a couple of images saved on my desktop too. I'll be doing a round up of all 4 cities during fashion weeks at the end I think... there's too much to wade through! :)

  3. i would love to attend MFW! how amazing. i love, love the gucci and the dolce gabbana. but, honestly, i love everything you shared with us. and you are right these images look so different than the stylized and still shoots for magazines. these just look energetic and alive. thanks for sharing!

    1. "energetic and alive" describes these photos perfectly ;-)

  4. Beautiful images particularly the first one.

  5. Oh mANNNN! Love love love love. I am so sad that I'm not rich and famous and able to go to Milan and see this beauty for myself.

    You're so right. Photographs really convey a certain feel that video just can't. In a photograph, you can tell so much more in an instant, and really get an idea for what's going through the photographer's head - what they're focusing on, what they're not, what they like and what they don't ( and where they're sitting ;) )

    These pictures are phenomenal. The lighting is fantastic. My favorites are the first Dolce and Gabbana, and then the Jil Sander merlot suit. I would sell a child for those earrings and that suit. They are absolutely to die for.

    Thanks for reblogging these - I hadn't seen them on Garance's yet, so you did me a favor!


  6. Hey Lisa!

    I've just stumbled on your blog! Love this post on Milan Fashion Week! My favorite had to be Gucci's line up, understated elegance!

    Great Blog!

    Love Tasha!


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