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S/S11 – Milan

Hoooooray for holiday weekends… at least in the USA here. Earlier this week I was talking to a co-worker and she mentioned that soon enough we’ll forced back into cold here in the Midwest. So I replied to her that the people in the trend department already have their eyes focused on 2011 with all of the runway shows that happening in Milan. This sparked my memory that I really haven’t done any of my favorite looks from the RL runway in a long time. Since the Milan shows only happened a couple of weeks ago, I figured I’d jump right on it and get you some of my fave looks. I’ll work this alphabetically by designers that had looks I liked and give short descriptions of what I like. FYI all of these images were taken by Andrew Thomas for GQ.com, except for the Moschino images, which were given to GQ directly from Moschino.
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F/W09 Duffle & Plaid

Holy cow, I’m actually posting! πŸ™‚ I took a little break there for a bit, but I’m back to give you some more to think about for Fall/Winter09. In this post we’re going to hit on a couple of trends that were working their way around the shows. The first of the two that I’m going to attack is the duffle style.

F/W09 Duffle Jackets

This was popping up on a lot of different coats around the shows this year. In this spread here, we have 8 looks at a duffle coat from 6 different designers. The first look is from Dunhill and almost like a rain poncho cut of the jacket, but the material is something that you’d see more on a pea coat. I like how the mood of the jacket sort of emanates from the deep grays and blacks, but then the clasps are a bright white.

The next duffle coat we have here is from Iceberg. I’m a big fan of Iceberg and would let them outfit me head-to-toe just about any day of the week (if I had means by which to buy their entire collection). They pair up this very nice duffle jacket with a big full-zip or half-zip sweater, you can’t really tell by the shot, with a high turtleneck. This is definitely one of my favorites in the group.

Coming up next the queue we’ve got this very regal/high society sort of duffle coat from Loewe. The deep black color of the coat matched up with the leather duffle clasps and those clean leather boots just ooze the high society appeal of this look.

Three completely different uses of the duffle style coats come at you now from Paul Smith. The first one has plaids crossing all over the place, and I’ll be touching on plaids next. Much like the look from Dunhill, this Paul smith green and navy plaid jacket has white clasps that jump out at you, instead of the more textural accentuation like the previous coat from Loewe. Still near his green and navy plaid section that Paul Smith rolled out another duffle jacket, except this time it was in black and it’s excellent. The final coat from Paul Smith is this jacket with a sort of cowboy feel to the color of it, but the cut is very 80’s blazer. Any way he puts it together, I really like it.

The second to last one here is a very sporty feeling coat from Rag & Bone. The texture of the jacket almost feels like you could go for a jog in it. It’s almost like a Y-3 track jacket that I have from the S/S09 collection where it’s a nylon/polyester blend. It’s light-weight and still can keep you nice and warm. They threw a nice little shawl neck on top here as well that also gives it a nice touch.

The last duffle look we have here comes from Z Zegna. Like the Loewe coat, it’s definitely more of a dressed up coat with that brushed feel to it. As you can see on this coat, it looks almost exactly like a pea coat with the placement of the clasps where you would usually see buttons on a pea coat and a nice waist belt to hold it all together. With the thickness of the fabric that they used, you can tell that this will keep you warm on those cold winter nights.

F/W09 Plaids

The second style I’m talking about here is the plaids. They were all over the place and use in just about all respects from coats to shirts to pants to ties. Those above are just some of my faves. The first plaid pattern comes from the 3.1 Phillip Lim. I love black and grey plaid with the stripes of red through it. It’s a very cool and original pattern.

Next up we’ve got gray scale all over this jacket from Bottega Veneta. I love the pattern and also how the pattern on the sleeves matches up perfectly with the body of the jacket. This would be practically impossible to create in SecondLife, unless the sleeves or the entire coat was made with prims. It would take a talented primsmith like Cubic Effect to pull off something like this. Coming at you with another look from Bottega Veneta which is the same base pattern as the previous, but the colors are different. Also this coat comes off as more casual with the whimsical use of the wraps around the wrists, military button-up shoulders, and off-center pocket.

The first non-outerwear plaid pattern in this group comes from Etro in the form of this suit. I love the use of this deep brown, but personally I would have to break this up a bit. The plaid is great, but it can get a bit busy.

John Bartlett gives us a more refined plaid look with his take on the plaid pattern for Fall/Winter ’09. He breaks down the plaid and stripes barrier fantastically with the plaid coat and striped pants. My favorite part of this entire look is the plaid flower on the jacket. That little touch just sets it apart from all of the other looks in this plaid extravaganza here.

Moving to the bottom now, Loden Dager gave us a nice gray scale, lumberjack plaid on their coat here. It’s a lot like the look from Band of Outsiders that I showed earlier, but this is pattern has an obvious structure to it where the Band of Outsiders one was more abstract.

Sliding over, we have some more green and navy plaid from Paul Smith, but this time it’s on a blazer. Counting it up, we saw this plaid pattern from Paul Smith on outerwear, slacks, and now this blazer. He definitely carried that theme across different mediums very well.

Next on the list, we have this great jacket from Tommy Hilfiger that actually reminds me a lot of a coat that I’ve blogged before from :sey in SecondLife. The pattern on this coat has more lines in a tighter pattern than the one from :sey, but the colors are almost spot-on and the :sey coat gives you those great buckle straps.

Finishing off the plaids here we’ve got a couple of looks from Trussardi 1911. Maybe it was the Band of Outsiders hoodie that started me down this path, but I absolutely love this first look from them. The shirt, vest, and collar all just blend together so well and those pants are really great as well. The other look from Trussardi 1911 we have here is a very clean plaid. The lines in the pattern are very distinct and I love how this differentiated itself from the crowd where most used very busy plaids. Clean, simple, and very everyday.

I’ve got a lot more to cover here, so I’ll try not to take as big of a break between posts on the rest of them because of how much I have left. I’m going to try to pump these out as fast as I can. Stay tuned people. Same Oscar time, same Oscaresque station. πŸ˜‰

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F/W09 Colors

I’m back again with my runway madness. I know that when I put out all of my S/S09 picks that it was pretty much right in the middle of the F/W09 shows. Thus, I’m trying to get this one out before all of the S/S10 images hit the runway. Also, it’ll give the few designers that even read my blog some quality looks at designs they can implement into their digital design arsenal.

Kicking off my F/W09, I’m going to hit you with some of the colors that popped off the screen and slapped me in the face through my sifting. Although it was more like they were challenging me to a duel. Anyway here are some of the colors that were more prominent throughout the shows.

F/W09 Colors

Carrying over from last season, I still saw a lot of reds that showed themselves. Etro kicked out a couple of them in those first two shots as well as Tim Hamilton on the bottom. The Etro looks show a deeper red that was very synonymous with F/W08 shows. Speaking toward each look, the first actually speaks toward this sort of patchwork trend that was making its way through the shows with whimsical cuts of where one pattern breaks off another begins. The second Etro look is a very casual chic with a square-quilted pattern a lot of designers were showing off. Tim Hamilton’s look is a very striking, velvet red suit and no matter if you were to break up that suit, just wearing the jacket or pants, it would still hold the same sort of punch that the full suit does.

The next color above is that sort of mauve color that comes into play with the turtleneck from Etro. Where Etro shows you how the color can punch from an opened blazer, Loden Dager demonstrates the mauve color in a slightly more demure form in outerwear. There are two other things of note within these two looks. The first is that in the Etro look you have your shine texture still around in the fashion world. The second is that you’ll notice the rolled pant legs in the Loden Dager look. A lot of designers used rolled pant legs for their more casual looks in a lot of different ways.

Moving on, another key color that showed itself was this camel/khaki color. This isn’t so much of a color that would jump out at you, but it’s definitely a solid base color. The two looks that I chose for this color were from Patrick Ervell and Versace, respectively. I like how comfortable the Patrick Ervell look is. As I said a moment ago, Ervell uses an elastic band on the end of these pants, almost like rain gear, for the shortened pant look. The other camel/khaki look from Versace is a lot more of a comfortable style that you can take to an art gallery opening or something of the like where the Patrick Ervell look is much more meant for the artistic display of the runway. Note the perforations in the shoes on the Versace look. The only store in SecondLife, off the top of my head, that you can find a pair of shoes like these is at Adam n Eve. They’re called the Pepperpot, but I don’t think they come in camel like the ones in the Versace show. Also, the Pepperpot’s are slip-ons where the

The last color I want to talk about here is orange, and here’s the fantastically quirky jacket from Junya Watanabe. The hunters’ blaze orange offset by the strips of plaid is just awesome. Like I mentioned about the 2nd Etro look, this jacket has a much larger quilted pattern on the orange portion of the jacket. Also the brown accents on the pockets as well as the hat really bring this all together. When I saw this I thought that this would be something that you could find in the closet of say Ben Gibbard (lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie) or one of The Jewnas Brothers.

Alright, I got the easy post out of the way. Other colors that you should watch out for are teals in the light and dark variety, navy’s, and gray’s. These will manifest themselves later on through my posts that are coming on down line, but I felt like these were the most notable. That’s it for now, and I’ll be creating contact sheets and moving on down the line for more F/W09 fashion posts. Stay tuned fashionistas.

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S/S09 Dressy Casual

Alright alright! Two posts in two days. Don’t get used to it because I’m not! lol Moving right along in this series we have my favorite Dressy Casual looks from the Spring/Summer 09 fashion shows. Now, as I go through all of these understand that some of these attire categories are going to crossover to the trends and vice versa. Alright enough talky talk. The second attire category I’m touching on in this series is Dressy Casual. Let’s get to the pix!

Dressy Casual #1

Starting it off here again we have a look from agnes b. I love the clean lines on this outfit. This sort of clean style that I like also shows up in the Cerruti outfit if you hop over Alexander McQueen (don’t worry we’ll come back for him). These two clean looks really bring back in my memory some of the more “Golden Years” of US in the 1950s. That sort of Richie Cunningham/Happy Days (congrats Ron Howard on the Oscar nomination) appeal if you will. And we’re back to Alexander and jumping over to D&G. The one thing I noticed that I liked was items, whether they are sweaters or jackets, that were overall pretty plain but with that extra touch that set them up on the next level. For the Alexander McQueen jacket is a cigarette smoke plume dancing elegantly from one side of the jacket to the other and for the D&G it’s the small six-shooter center piece (almost reminiscent of the gun that Michael uses to kill Sollozzo in the Godfather Part I). I love the bow tie too. Moving right along we have almost a collegiate professor look from DSquared2…if your college professor was in his 20s and really into fashion. The look is really eclectic, but somehow pulls it all together. Although I’m not a huge fan of how the pink lighting affects the color on the two from Emanuel Ungaro, the looks are the classic blazer/button up shirt/jean combo that’s very prevalent these days from the bars to the first dates. Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing casual suit from Etro. It’s very reminiscent of something that you might see at Meriken in-world. I love the green & brown tartan print that’s present, but doesn’t full takeover the entire look. I have a pair of nice dress pants IRL that are gray with a blue outlined tartan print on them and they’re one of my favorites. In the Dressy Casual category that suit is probably my favorite and those shoes…oh man those shoes are just killer.

Dressy Casual #2

Starting off this second set of Dressy Casual is Fendi. I liked this look, and a lot of the looks in Fendi, for the very intelligent use of shine fabrics. I believe while looking through all of these images I dubbed Fendi the Ryan Darragh collection because they just fit his style so perfectly. There are three more looks coming from Fendi in the Suits section I’ll be touching on in my next post, so hold your horses or fast forward to them. Next up we’ve got a double shot of Giorgio Armani. I chose these two because it demonstrates something coming to the runways with a lot of suit separates. I also just love the color on these two. You can pick up a blazer that’s very similar in color and material to the blue at Hoorenbeek. It’s the Velvet jacket in Blue and it’s L$520 for a single (L$945 full pack of 4). Down the line, we have Givenchy with the wide collar shirt and somewhat channeling Josh Hartnett in their look. The following Kris Van Assche look is on there for that little black accessory on breast of the jacket. The jacket really makes the look and what looks like a black synthetic corsage really makes it shine. The final three in the Dressy Casual category all feature ties in different ways. Louis Vuitton attacks the tie in a pretty normal form, but on a pink shirt and using it to further accentuate the accented seams. Rock & Republic tackles the tie in skinny form with somewhat skinny pants as well. The pants are really more between a straight leg & skinny style. Salvatore Ferragamo tucks in the orange tie under a very nice sweater, touching on the fade pattern that was big in charcoal to gray this fall.

I know! I lied! I’ll try to get around to doing the Suits tonight. I guarantee it’s worth the 6 or 8hr wait until I get those done. So next up are Suits!

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