13 October 2011
10 October 2011
From the moment the first look came down the runway, a simple white button up with colored panels of bright pink, red, baby blue and a yellow collar with an asymetrical pencil skirt with a technicolor fringe, I was smitten. Nude tops with conveniently placed colored stripes, color blocked zippered tees, asymetrical shorts and pants in the freshest pastels. Add to that a mindboggling skirt and dress seemingly made of paint chips in every imaginable shade of the rainbow. The Katharsis collection is pure magic. It's the new Prep of the future. One particular piece that is going to be a must have is a sleeveless pastel paneled modified motorcycle jacket. In bubble gum pink, kelly green, tan, saffron, ice blue, orange and white this jacket is unlike anything you probably have in your closet at the moment.
Ever since I discovered Davidelfin on his other half Pelayo Diaz's blog I've eagerly waited for each new collection. Pelayo collaborated on some of the finishing details of this collection with David as evidenced from the Mawi jewelry and Dr. Martens shoes and it's perfection.
The Katharsis collection is simple but yet so complex with its strange geometries and multifaceted color palette. With a season full of crazy patterns, textures, and heavy accesories this collection is a breath of much needed fresh air.
Louis Paul Pisano
06 October 2011
04 October 2011
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13 September 2011
On via Frattina, the roman boutique of Patrizia Pepe will present "Tribal Excess" with a special DJ set Ema Stokholm. Nobody knows what it is, but we are very curious to find out.
To conclude the Fashilosophy's tour will be Rione Monti with all its indi shops where young designers create and sell their handmade concept collection, a mix of creativity and a modern reinterpretation of the tailoring and handmade.
Ps: The night of fashion turns Campari red: once again, this year, the historic brand will be the official drink of Vogue Fashion's Night Out. A marriage, that between fashion and Campari, made even stronger by the presentation in Rome, on September 15, of the Red Passion Prize, an award that not only will be given to the personality who embodies Italian passion and excellence in the world, but also to a woman and a man who were able to better interpret - and be ambassadors of - the Italian style.
Roma, la città che pensavamo morta sotto il peso del suo ruolo politico e religioso, sembra aver attirato nuovamente su di sé le attenzioni che, un tempo, il fashion biz le riservava. Giovedì 15 settembre, infatti, Roma ospiterà la prima edizione della Vogue Fashion's Night Out, un evento-moda a scopo benefico che ha riscosso grandi successi in tutte le capitali.
Per questa occasione boutiques, griffes e giovani designer emergenti apriranno le porte dei loro mondi per celebrare tutti insieme il bello della creatività e dell'espressione individuale. Le vie del tridente, da via del babuino a rione Monti, si animeranno per una notte all'insegna dello shopping e del divertimento modaiolo: cocktails parties, innaugurazioni, presentazioni e items in limited edition creati apposta per supportare questa iniziativa firmata Vogue.
Tra gli appuntamenti più interessanti (che potrete trovare dettagliatamente sul sito di VFNO) Fashilosophy vi segnala Valentino e REDValentino, con i loro cocktails parties presso le boutiques di via dei Condotti e via del Babuino, dove potrete ammirare le collezioni ed essere rapiti dal mondo Valentino, accompagnati da un super DJset e dalla raffinatezza.
Secondo appuntamento da non perdere sarà Hoss Intropia, il brand spagnolo, che celebrerà il suo arrivo a Roma con l'innaugurazione del primo flagship store in Via due Macelli, tra la Maison Valentino e quella di Fausto Sarli a due passi da Piazza di Spagna. A scaldare la serata di Hoss vi saranno un ambiente minimal-chic (l'allestimento della boutique è incantevole), la musica di Lara Martelli e della sua band e ovviamente Mojitos a volontà. E per farvi innamorare, Hoss ha creato un gadget limited edition che sarà regalato a coloro che si daranno allo shopping sfrenato!
Su via Frattina, la boutique romana di Patrizia Pepe presenterà "Tribal xcess" con uno speciale d-set by Ema Stokholm. Nessuno sa bene di cosa si tratti, ma noi siamo molto curiosi ti scoprirlo.
A concludere il giro che Fashilosophy farà ci sarà il rione monti con tutti i suoi negozietti dove giovanissimi designers creano e vendono le loro concept collection handmade, un mix tra creatività e una reinterpretazione moderna della sartorialità e del fatto a mano.
Ps: La notte della moda si tinge di rosso Campari: anche quest'anno infatti, lo storico brand protagonista del happy hour, sarà official drink della Vogue Fashion's Night Out. Un connubio, quello tra moda e Campari, quest'anno reso ancora più forte dalla consegna a Roma il 15 settembre del Red Passion Prize, premio che verrà assegnato (oltre che alla personalità che incarna la passione e l'eccellenza italiana nel mondo), anche alla donna e all'uomo che hanno saputo meglio interpretare -e farsi ambasciatori- dell'Italian Style.
04 September 2011
30 August 2011
Crafted by italian artisans but completely influenced by the London avant garde scene the pieces range from ornate gothic headpieces to simple cross necklaces and studded double rings. The concept of Maria Francesca Pepe is revolutionary, her "Jewellery-Wear" blurs the line between clothing and accessories while retaining the functionality of both with the latter being the main feature. The iconic tubular bracelet has become a sort of cult classic worn by everybody from Jennifer Lopez to Beth Ditto. Nicola Formichetti also often goes to Maria Francesca Pepe when he needs a special pieces commisioned for Lady Gaga.
Maria initially studied literature at Milan University for 2 years before realizing her true calling was in fashion and transferring to Istituto Marangoni and pursuing a BA in womenswear fashion before going on to achieve an MA at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. Before finally starting her label she briefly worked for Vivienne Westwood as well as Jens Laugesen for the spring/summer 2008 season. Immediately after her first show she had buyers from all over clamoring to carry her line, from Dover Street Market to Henri Bendel and LuisaViaRoma.
In 2009 she was nominated for Emerging Talent in Accessories at the British Fashion Awards. Although Maria did not win you wouldn't be able to tell from her soaring popularity and social relevance especially with her loyal fanbase of celebrities. Steven Klein, Nick Knight and Nicola Formichetti are huge fans of her designs and often incorporate pieces into their editorials.
A must have for the fashionista who doen't mind a little edge on the competition, Maria Francesca Pepe says in her own words "I sell objects of desire" and she's absolutely right.
Louis Paul Pisano
02 August 2011
13 July 2011
Lady Gaga for FASHION Mag wear a top and skirt by Irina Shaposhnikova, head sculptures and hair by Bob Recine, makeup by Billy B for Bridge Artists, manicure by Aya Fukada for Hair Room Service.
Photographed by Mariano Vivanco
Styled by Nicola Formichetti.
11 July 2011
Take a look. Enjoy it!
09 July 2011
Lauren Sherman, a fashion writer at Fashionista.com says this of the highly criticized shoe "It doesn't matter that they're ugly and not sexy because they're Prada, Prada is known for its subversive sexiness. It's geek chic. People are sick of wearing hooker heels."
06 July 2011
Since taking the reins two and a halfyears ago as creative directors at VALENTINO,designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have faced numerous challenges—not the least of which has involved building upon the enormouslegacy of the legendary Valentino Garavani, who retired from the house that bears his name in January 2008. Mr. Valentino may have left his business, but he didn’t retreat from the fashion world and certainly not from his very active social life. Today Valentino’s imagecontinues to loom large, both figuratively and literally, over the fashion empire that he and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, built together over the span of nearly five decades.
Chiuri and Piccioli, who had previously served as accessories designers under Valentino for more than a decade, were appointed in 2008 following the brief run of Alessandra Facchinetti, who took over after Valentino’s retirement and promptly moved to etch out a new, very different image for the Valentino woman, but lasted just two seasons at the helm. In stepping in after Facchinetti’s departure, Chiuri and Piccioli were thrust into the position of having to determine the future of a brand at acrossroads. The journey has not been without some bumps along the way: a debut collectionthat some deemed too reverently old-school Valentino; another, an Avatar-inspired collection thatothers deemed not Valentino enough; and their ongoing struggle to carve out their own path as a design team—and working to reconcile that vision with the history of Valentino—in a very public way. Recently, though, Chiuri and Piccioli have started to hit their stride. Their Fall 2011 collection, presented this past March in Paris, offered clear evidence of why they’ve quietly captured the hearts of Young Hollywood’s hippest girls (among them, this month’s cover girl, Michelle Williams, who wore Valentino to the Golden Globes), while creating a new language of grace and fragility in fashion—one that contains a delicate balance of romantic prettiness and edginess that has gently seduced women back into kitten heels, longer lengths, sheer layers, lace, ruffles, and bows—and a lightness of being that is quickly becoming the signature for the Valentino girl of the future.
The day after the show, Chiuri and Piccioli visited Giammetti at Valentino’s castle, Chateau de Wideville, in Davron, a half hour outside of Paris, to discuss the burdens of stepping into the shoes of their former boss, the Last Emperor, and how they think they’ve found a way to the future by looking into the past. Since taking the reins two and a half years ago as creative directors at Valentino, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have faced numerous challenges—not the least of which has involved building upon the enormous legacy of the legendary Valentino Garavani, who retired from the house that bears his name in January 2008. Mr. Valentino may have left his business, but he didn’t retreat from the fashion world and certainly not from his very active social life. Today Valentino’s image continues to loom large, both figuratively and literally, over the fashion empire that he and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, built together over the span of nearly five decades.
Read the Chiuri-Piccioli's interview by Giancarlo Giammetti on Interview Magazine.
05 July 2011
Credits of pic: Paolo Roldan photographed by Doug Inglish for "The Green Light", an editorial inspired by classic novel The Great Gatsby, Numéro Homme China. Styled/outfitted by Paul Mather.
29 June 2011
Going on the run, the duo explores notable Parisian locations such as the Mini Palais, Place de la Concorde, Place de l’Alma, Champs Elysées and the Centre Pompidou.
Vesna Filipovic aka Fashionela
25 June 2011
If you are a romantic woman, you will fall in love with the magical surrounding.
The collection was created solely for this fairytale space: each garment and accessory was especially designed and presented in this dreamy, light-hearted setting. Flirty garments and accessories are playfully paired up with garden elements. Work aprons and rubber galoshes becomes whimsical accessories for overalls, while flowers and butterflies embellish the fabrics of dresses, skirts, and accessories, all in a burst of colourful prints.
Even the colours are inspired by nature: rose, hyacinth, and thyme are used on natural materials that are traditional elements of the RED Valentino world.
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
22 June 2011
The collection is built around one idea: "THE NET." It is presented in different sizes, colours and materials and used either in transparent or lined in washed cotton poplin for jackets, trousers, Bermuda shorts, T-shirts, bomber jackets, tracksuits and sweaters.
In addition to the "NET," the presence of silk/wool mohair tailored suits is still strong and characterised by new proportions for the lapels, the length and the construction.
21 June 2011
BUT WAIT!? Does anybody remember back in 2008 when Donatella Versace told people in NY she would never do a diffusion line? Seems the designer has had a change of heart. She once stated that a diffusion line would “confuse” the brand. But what will a mainstream brand like H&M do to the lofty and exclusive world of Versace? Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M said: 'Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times, and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. As Italian fashion blogger Andrea Ravieli said on his blog of the recent Lanvin collaboration “Isn't it just a cheap copy in the end? “ What do you think?
Louis Paul Pisano
18 June 2011
Fashilosophy is always on the women's side, especially women of fashion, therefore we wanna talk about a new brand that just raised, has already done so much to talk about itself, for quality of its fashion concept and the initiatives to which it has joined, immediately creating a brand-loyalty relationship with its followers through a cross-media promotion and communication strategy, which emphasizes the great care that the brand reserves to virtual reality and blogging, now a reference point for fashionsystem.
Maggie Jeans, this is its name, offers us a strong and determined woman, who is aware of who is and what she wants. Not just a matter of jeans, but a real philosophy. Women will save the world, the pay-off chosen by Maggie Jeans, clearly expresses the message by combining the finest collections in a strong social spirit. Could you get anymore? Sure! During the last edition of FashionCamp, the MJ's team has launched a fresh and fun contest, "Looking for Maggie" with the aim of finding the real Maggie, the blogger who truly reflects the spirit of the brand, in flesh and blood...and MJ's jeans. The name of the winner will be announced in September and the girl chosen will become the editor of brand's blog for a whole year. That's great. The initiative has a very simple format of participation and you will find all the information here.
What you waiting for?!
Maggie Jeans's Facebook fanpage.
Community web coordinator & digital PR - Egizia Mondini.
Vesna Filipovic aka Fashionela
14 June 2011
12 June 2011
10 June 2011
One of my new favorite emerging lines in Milan is Miryaki. The brainchild of designers Riccardo Polidoro and Mia Vilardo, this label, which won the prestigious Clam Award at Mittelmoda last July, meshes together the designers’ distinctly different backgrounds together effortlessly ,resulting in stunning wearable art.
The strange beautiful geometry coupled with the combination of textures and color palette creates a multi dimensional look. It’s haute couture made street smart, wearable on and off the runway.
The Spring/ Summer 2011 collection is simple and chic as spring summer collections should be. The dresses in the gorgeous palette of white, black, and varying shades of blue are cool, elegant and serene, perfect for an evening spent perhaps enjoying a cocktail by the sea in Portofino or a rooftop dinner party in Milan.
Every aspect of this brand is well thought out, from the incredibly sleek website with the fun little video that welcomes you, to the ad campaigns, my favorite being the spring/summer 2011 shot by Giuseppe La Rosa in the iconic Centrale Stazione. It oozes the gritty glamour the city is known for. Ricardo Polidoro and Mia Vilardo are definitely names you should be keeping an eye out for and judging from what they’ve already produced they are on the fast track to international stardom.
Louis Paul Pisano
Malaan for Faint Magazine, 4th issue, phothograped by Alexandre Dubois. Make up art by Victoria Komis.
Get ready for another pack of stunning avant-garde photography with the 4th issue of Faint magazine ready to come out on the 10th of June as the The Colours & The Kids issue, this impressive cover is work of Alexandre Dubois.
New and the previous issue are available on magazine's in digital form for free.
09 June 2011
The whole season of Resort, in theory at least, is about the young and the cute making like snowbirds—that is, skipping town and hitting the beach. Plenty of houses disregard the vacation impulse. Not Marc by Marc Jacobs. The idea of a chic city slicker heading for Miami provided the inspiration. But December (resort time, naturally) is also when Art Basel turns the town into a sophisticated urban playground. That allowed the MMJ team to whip up a collection that was frothy but also urbane. You had to smile at hothouse florals three ways—"day floral," "beach floral," and "evening floral." Like a heliotropic bloom, this label's girl changes color and shape by the hour. And why not? At this price point, she can afford an outfit change.
Unlike seasons past, full looks were emphasized, rather than separates: lipstick red shorts with matching zippered tops in Clark twill, pajama suits (an emerging must-have), romper dresses, and for the chilly evenings, a knit dress paneled in black leather. (Black leather? Well, you can take the girl out of New York…) The old Marc codes were all in effect, including polka dots (in print and paillettes on a single dress) and bows. And as with many other collections we've seen so far for Resort, the team here emphasized the waist. Dainty bows and thin chartreuse belts offered a welcome squeeze of sweet and sour.
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08 June 2011
07 June 2011
Grunge be gone. Missoni loved the nineties for Fall, but they're throwing it back further for Resort, embracing a softer silhouette that evokes the 1920's. This season's girl is spending her vacation seaside, naturally enough, and apparently the ocean breeze was blowing strong in the design studio. The beach motif played out quite literally on a dramatic violet gown that had a sheer skirt loaded with conch shells, sequins, and puckered chiffon resembling coral reef. (The house's own Margherita Missoni said it was her favorite piece in the collection.) Another striking dress had a tie-dye effect and was trimmed with padded strips of braided silk. Other looks here were more straightforward. The signature space-dyed raschel knit technique showed up everywhere, but was coolest this time around on a pair of psychedelic trousers and paper bag-waisted walking shorts—both of which will blend seamlessly into the Missoni archives.
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For all the lip service paid to it of late, heritage can be a heavy load to bear. Vaunted traditions can quickly send their standard bearers into staleness. At Burberry, though, Christopher Bailey continues his neat balancing act of being both conservative and bold. The brand will always stand behind the trench (the company invented it, after all), the car coat, and the parka. But how to keep them fresh, season in and season out?
Here's where the boldness comes into play. Bailey keeps the bones of the Burberry coat and blasts away the rest, bringing in studs one season, colors the next. For Resort, he gave outerwear an artisanal spin. "This collection started with our iconic heritage as the foundation," he said. "We really wanted to emphasize this feeling of artisanal and decorative pieces that had been touched by hand, celebrating craftsmanship but always with this playful element." The result was a series that looked homespun—if, that is, you could spin your own two-tone, bonded leather trenches at home. Stitchwork became a major design element, whether tonal or in contrast colors of jewel-toned raffia. Wooden beads decorated shoulders and plackets for a crafters' corner kind of fun.
The dusty rose palette was brightened up with shots of chrome yellow, malachite, azure, and emerald. And a new, vaguely protoplasmic print of geometric shapes floating in a sea of scrambled color appeared on everything from silk blouses to mid-length skirts and dresses to full-length coats. They looked like a trip. Not what one would expect from good old Burberry, perhaps. Which means, in effect, Bailey has done it again.
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06 June 2011
Credits of pic: Siri Tollerød in "I Cykelverkstan" (The Bicycle Workshop) by Andreas Sjodin, ELLE Sweden, February issue 2010. Outfits by Calvin Klein, Wrangler, Levi's and Cheap Monday.