Ralph Lauren Collection F/W 2012

Ralph Lauren Collection F:W 2012“I have always loved the heritage and romance of England. My collection for Fall 2012 is about a modern glamour inspired by the timeless character and refined elegance of an authentic way of living.”Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren‘s inspiration were obviously the Roaring Twenties. The first part of his show was devoted to boy-for-girl suits, followed by flapper-like dresses in gold and platinum Art Deco embroideries. So beautiful!

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I especially love the Ralph Lauren Collection shoe collection for F/W 2012. Riding boots have been seen on many runways and the American designer’s take on them is just perfect. Click HEREicon to shop.

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2012: Twenty-first Century Twenties

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Designers took inspiration from the Roaring Twenties for their S/S 2012 collections, favoring elegant hemlines and intricate beadwork. The mood is flapper, but spring’s Deco dresses are about high gloss, loosening up the idea of evening. Fresh in stores now, explore the must-have pieces below encapsulating the highly coveted collection’s ’20s aesthetic.

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For a masterclass in tapping spring’s ’20s-inspired trend, look no further than Gucci‘s stunning S/S 2012 collection. Art Deco motifs inspired Frida Giannini‘s lavish designs. Those dropped-waist dresses adorned with exquisite fringing will definitely be on my shopping list.

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The dreamy Etro S/S 2012 collection could have stepped straight from Fitzgerald’s pages. It was packed with fringes, intricate beading and embellishments that were colourful for a modern twist.

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Romance was in the air at Alberta Ferretti with Gatsby-esque pieces, from beaded dresses to delicate lace and tulle fabrics. Seriously, what more could a modern-day Daisy need?

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This S/S 2012 fashion trend is preparing us for the upcoming American film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel set in the Roaring Twenties. It will be directed by Baz Luhrman and star Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. It is said to be released on December 25, 2012.

LoL, Sandra

The Best Show Ever: Louis Vuitton

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Yesterday morning in Paris, I attended the Louis Vuitton F/W 2012 show which was the best I have ever seen (It even topped Chanel’s Paris – Bombay…).

When I arrived, I found myself inside a 1920’s inspired train station with a huge Louis Vuitton station clock hanging from the ceiling. And what looked like the runway in the middle, was actually something else…

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The show started on time as usual and a gigantic gate opened, there was steam. All of a sudden, I saw rails…

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…and an amazing old-fashioned train with a lot of steam rolled inside the hall. The crowd cheered and applauded. Believe me, it takes something to charm the fashionable audience.

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Inside the wagon, the models were seated. You could already see the gigantic hats. The ambiance reminded me immediately of the Titanic era. The ladies looked like belonging to the upper class de-boarding the “Vuitton Express”.

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THE BAGS

Each lady had a her own porter helping her to carry the oversized bags which were absolutely divine. Hat boxes, vanity cases, weekend bags and petites valises all make an appearance for everyday use. The traditional canvas Monogram finds itself trimmed in real crocodile or embroidered in sequins on a blanket wool, trimmed with box calf. The Speedy has an intense reworking this season, based on and featuring a round signature buckle.

Mink makes its way into Vuitton baggage, utilising vibrant colours to accompany its rich, sumptuous texture.

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Marc Jacobs played with proportions and this collection seems to be for the tall ones among you. It is all about elongation. The clothing is layered in rich, sumptuous fabrics; long skirts over cigarette pants, long coats over all, each look topped by a tall hat. There is a certain, simple geometry to this elongation, an extended A-line to engulf the entire body.

The normal sized porters seemed tiny in comparison to the tall models. Marc Jacobs did it on purpose to reinforce the point of his towering female silhouette; the men are merely added accessories.

The materials are rich, from kangaroo leather that is patch-worked and bejewelled with plastics to heavy metal yarns replicating Afghan blanket fabrics and brocades and jacquards.

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I loved Marc’s thinking about the company’s nineteenth-century origins and travel heritage. Can you believe that he started Louis Vuitton’s Prêt-à-porter collection fifteen years ago… time flies!

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Another reason for my enthusiasm for this amazing, outstanding Louis Vuitton F/W 2012 show might be that it reminded me so much of a collection inspired by the Titanic era that I created during my fashion design studies.

LoL, Sandra

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At the Gucci S/S 2012 Show

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Today I drove to Milan for Fashion Week S/S 2012. It is actually pretty nice to take the car as there is so much space to fit in all the lovely outfits. My first show was Gucci. As you know, I love the Italian brand.

Frida Giannini started of the show with some iconic prints and the combination of green and black. There was a lot of black and white to follow, definitely less colours than her two last seasons. Sharp tailored pants with cropped jackets. Fringes were all over. Next summer, there will be a lot of glitter and shine. Sparkling sequined flapper dresses, reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties, finished of this very wearable, beautiful collection.

Are you a Gucci girl? I surely am… stay tuned for the outfit I wore today (…and somebody else, too!).

LoL, Sandra

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A 1940 Retro Vibe for Men F/W 2011

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The outlook for men’s F/W 11 fashion season has some similarities to the women’s trends, for example, it encompasses the World War eras by combining references of the 1920s with the 1940s. Military inspired pieces, feodora hats, spy-like looks that evoke the style of a gentleman from a previous decade. Just get inspired and make it your own, you don’t want to look like going to a costume ball.

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A great way to wear the retro vibe would be the new Monterubello Zegna watch. The Zegna coat of arms was in fact officially created in 1939 when the founder Ermenegildo Zegna was made Conte di Monterubello.

The new classic timepiece encapsulates the history of the Zegna family’s region with the eponymous mountain and expresses the passion of the Italian brand for its history and ancestors. The Monterubello Collection is manufactured by Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux.

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Monterubello Solo Tempo – Rose Gold with Alligator Strap
CHF 12.500, Ref. 38525-52-121-BK60

(also available in White Gold with Alligator Strap, CHF 13.800, Ref. 38525-53-122-BK60)

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Material: rose gold, Diameter: 38.00 mm, Height: 8,52 mm, Crystal: sapphire antireflective, Case-back: sapphire crystal, Water resistance: 3 ATM

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Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0030, mechanical with automatic winding, Calibre: 11 ½’’’, Frequency: 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz), Power reserve: min. 46 hours, Jewels: 27, Functions: hour, minute date, seconds

PR ZegnaMonterubello Chronograph with Alligator Strap
CHF 23.000, Ref. 38527-52-121-BBBA

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Material: rose gold, Diameter: 40.00 mm, Height: 12,63 mm, Crystal: sapphire antireflective, Case-back: sapphire crystal, Water resistance: 3 ATM

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Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0032, mechanical with automatic winding, Calibre: 13’’’, Frequency: 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz), Power reserve: min. 46 hours, Jewels: 63, Functions: hour, minute date, seconds, chronograph

Photos: Courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna

LoL, Sandra