This post a bit of a tradition now! I love looking at what the pros wear during Fashion Month, i.e. the four Fashion Weeks at New York, London, Paris and Milan. I have previously covered Spring Summer 2011 and Autumn Winter 2011; now is the turn of Spring Summer 2012. Some favourite fashionistas of mine below: Taylor Tomasi Hill of course, looking amazing in a Thakoon skirt in Milan and elegant with a twist in Paris; Kate Lanphear looking badass as always in Paris; and Joanna Hillman rocking some pyjama style trousers as only she could.
A couple of new faces too: I covet blogger Leandra Medine’s Alexander Wang silver loafers and 3.1 Philip Lim jacket; model Aline Weber off-duty with a perfectly styled velvet skirt; and stylist Stevie Dance’s cutout dress as shot by The Sartorialist is stunningly beautiful.
Last week the place to be, in fashion terms, was Milan for SS2012 Fashion Week. It was not however where I was! I was in Rome for the first time. While there were lots of lovely women (in amongst the HORDES of tourists, which I know is a bit rich considering I was a tourist too, but I have never seen anything like it..worse than any other city I’ve ever been to…where were all the Italians?) I was particularly taken by the men’s fashion. Italian men as a whole are much more smartly turned out than almost any other nationality I’ve encountered.
They are distinctive by their attention to detail and their insistence on quality. They wear beautifully tailored clothes which are the best they can afford. In particular I love the way they wear suits. Generally they prefer single breasted jackets which button up quite high and slimmer trousers than Irish or English versions. I didn’t see any garish pinstripes or excessive patterning which was a relief, and any accessories were leather and burnished to perfection.
In addition, pretty much every single Italian man smells divine. Nothing too modern or faddy, just a simple clean aftershave which is fairly unobtrusive and classically masculine. This in combination with their clothes and gorgeous accents means it’s fairly easy to have your head turned!
I’m not a street style photographer so I didn’t take any pics of the stylish men I saw, however I thought I’d illustrate this by way of Scott Schuman, AKA The Sartorialist, who has a wealth of material in his archives. From suits to casual these guys wear it well and are the epitome of classic Italian style.
I love Fashion Month! Not just for the collections but also for the style inspiration. I love checking out what the editors, stylists and insiders are wearing. Below are some of my favourite looks from the last four weeks in London, New York, Paris and Milan. I know there’s more than one of Taylor Tomasi Hill but she continues to wow me with her style and she knocked it out of the park this year!
Earlier in the week I posted my favourite shows from the SS 2011 fashion month programme in London, New York, Milan and Paris. However my favourite part of fashion month is seeing what the fashion editors and assistants wear to the shows. I find it inspirational to see how these insiders put together looks. Below some of my favourites from September 2010.
SS 2011 fashion week in New York, London and Milan are over and Paris is almost through. Here’s something to commemorate the passing of another great fashion month: parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Welcome to your new catchphrase: “I’m not prepared to reveal my vibe.”