Wednesday, 16 January 2013

notes à la mode 27

I think it is time to devote some space to menswear in my NOTES À LA MODE. I don't really follow the men's fashion weeks but I am always interested in seeing the collections from the Milan fashion houses. It's probably the Italian craftsmanship that fascinates me; these people just know how to create beautiful clothes and accessories. Honestly, I didn't know what to think when I saw Armani's Autumn 2013 Collection, that is, when the meggins, or male leggings, appeared on the runway. Seriously, Armani?!! Giorgio Armani is probably my first favourite fashion designer (we share a birthday - 11 July - which is probably one of the reasons) so my heart was aching. I will forgive him one day, I'm just not there yet. Did any of you see the show?

The designer who didn't disappoint me was Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta. The Autumn 2013 Collection that he unveiled on Sunday was sophisticated and elegant, consisting of tailored suits, lean coats and gorgeous accessories (I absolutely loved the styling of the scarves). To me this was flawless.


  After viewing the Bottega Veneta collection I made A promise me to give me the Bottega Veneta book on my next birthday. It has been on my wish list since its publication and I want it on my coffee table
  I know there is a lot of red carpet talk on blogs after the Golden Globes. I didn't watch the ceremony but when I viewed the photos from the red carpet I felt a little bored. Maybe I just wasn't feeling it this year. I find it painful to see a beautiful dress doing absolutely nothing for a woman with a beautiful figure. Don't these women have stylists to help them out? The dress I loved was the Louis Vuitton that Jessica Alba wore at some after party. Had she worn that one to the ceremony as well she would have been my favourite. She nails that LV dress but the one she wore to the ceremony was simply boring, beautiful but boring (sorry Oscar de la Renta)
  Speaking of being bored, could someone please tell Raf Simons at Dior to stop boring me! I think I liked two outfits from the pre autumn 2013 collection and I found some of them simply hideous (I cannot believe I'm using that word for Dior)
  Has anyone seen the Balenciaga pre autumn 2013 collection? It was the fashion house's design team that created it because Nicolas Ghesquière has left and Alexander Wang isn't presenting his first collection for the fashion house until the Paris fashion week in February/March. I found myself loving many pieces and I shared a few on one of my boards on Pinterest

PS. I don't really feel the need to make any excuses but I wanted to let some of my close blog friends know that I'm not commenting much on blogs these days because of a pain in my right wrist. I had to type this post with my left hand only, which almost took forever. This is so annoying but I'm slowly getting better. Keep up the good work people and keep those beautiful photos coming!

photo credit:
Yannis Vlamos + Alessandro Viero via


  1. I never follow men's collections, Lisa, so I had to search for Armani to see why was so disappointing :D. No comment! I like all these Bottega Veneta outfits and the scarf for men is a classic. I watched last night part of the Golden Globes, but did not catch the whole show. For me, choosing the favorite red carpet dress was not that taught this year, there were a lot of dresses that really did not tell me anything, for example Marion Cottilard: I did not understand her shoes with that dress, the outfit was just not right. I was sure that Jessica Alba was wearing a Dior until I read your post, but I liked her choice, the color was nice and Oscar de la Renta is one of my favorite designers.

  2. What a beautiful collection! What style, what elegance! I love how the scarves are tucked in the jackets. This is the men's style i like. Why do they insist on experimenting? Some results are so ridiculous.
    All I can say is that Dior is going through a tough time. I don't get what's going on there.

  3. The men's collection here is beautifully elegant, nice to see:)
    I am sorry to hear about your wrist, I know only too well how hard it is to work on the computer with wrist pain, I have nerve damage in both wrists and fingers from my ME and recently tore a ligament in my thumb! You have all my sympathy Lisa, get well soon.
    Wendy x


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