Milan Fashion Week: Dsquared, Gianfranco Ferré, Jil Sander and Versace

It’s day two of fashion week in Milan. On February 26, Dsquared, Gianfranco Ferré, Jil Sander and Versace revealed their fall fashions.

Dsquared

Dsquared’s line was my favorite out of the day. I love the stark contrast of black and red used subtly interlaced on the lipstick, dresses and tights. The majority of the clothes were black business suits with a 1940s and 1950s cut.

Gianfranco Ferré

This line featured a lot of black power business suits and neutrol tones of white, beige and gold. The gold dress is the boldest fashion choice by Gianfranco Ferré this season.


Jil Sander

Personally, I didn’t care for any of this designer’s clothing. I choice two of the more interesting samples. The first is a black plaid dress outfitted and the second a plaid suit that was replicated in many dark fall colors.

Versace


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Milan Fashion Week: Fendi and Prada

It’s fashion week in Milan! On February 25, Fendi and Prada debuted the latest trends for fall. Here are selected pieces:

Fendi

I love the balance of the white billowing sleeves and black shirt with black leggings. It looks very chic.

I’m never a fan of fur in fashion, but this one screamed Curella de Ville. Anna Wintour, anyone?

Again, I dislike the use of fur, but mustard is very in for the fall fashions. It was a huge theme during New York fashion week. The cut of the dress is calling back to the power suits of the 1980s.

Prada

A black dress is always in style, but this coming fall season, there is a hearkening back to the Victorian fashions.

There were several coats in this plaid style in variations of black, gold, purple and green.

I wasn’t floored by any of the designs from the Fendi and Prada shows, but it’s still early! What are some of your favorite fashions so far?

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New York Fashion Week!

For the past two weeks the fashion world has been rushing about preparing for the latest designs for Fall 2010. Over 50 major designs have featured their latest creations. The fall fashions are repeating the long lean look with color inspirations of mustard, plum, mauve and globs and globs of black!

Here are some of my favorite designs:

Band of Outsiders

Christopher Kane

Elie Tahari

Burberry

Ralph Rucci

Vera Wang

Matthew Williamson

What were some of your favorite fashions? Or some of the wildest?

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The Top 10 UK Singles for February 21, 2010

1. Everybody Hurts – Helping Haiti


2. You Got that Dirtee Love – Florence and the Machine


3. Fireflies – Owl City

4. If We Ever Meet Again – Timbaland featuring Katy Perry


5. Empire State of Mind (Part II) – Alicia Keys


6. Rude Boy – Rihanna


7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Glee

8. The Way Love Goes – Lemar


9. Halo/Walking on Sunshine – Glee


10. Starstrukk – 3OH!3 featuring Katy Perry

Information compiled from the BBC Singles Chart.

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Alexander McQueen Found Dead – AP Reports

Alexander McQueen, Designer, Is Found Dead

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 11, 2010

Alexander McQueen with Naomi Campbell, left, and Kate Moss in 2004.

LONDON (AP) — British fashion designer Alexander McQueen has been found dead at his London home, his spokeswoman said. He was 40 years old.

Company spokeswoman Samantha Garrett said McQueen’s body was discovered Thursday morning but said she had no information ”in terms of circumstances.”

Police did not directly comment when asked about how McQueen died, but said officers were called by the ambulance service at 10:20 a.m. (1020 GMT) to an address on Green Street, in central London, and found a 40-year-old man dead. They did not name him but said next of kin had been informed.

The force said a post-mortem would be conducted but that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Original article at New York Times.

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Top Ten UK Singles for January 24, 2010

1. Owl City – Fireflies


2. Replay – Iyaz


3. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Glee 🙂


4. Starstrukk – 3OH!3 featuring Katie Perry


5. Riverside – Sidney Samson


6. Won’t Go Quietly – Example


7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey


8. Broken Heels – Alexandra Burke


9. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga


10. One Shot – JLS


All information compiled with the BBC Singles Chart.

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Highgate Cemetery

I read Audrey Niffinger’s book “Her Fearful Symmetry” which was set mainly in  and around Highgate Cemetery, a working Victorian high Anglican cemetery. It took a bit of a while to get there–I live in west London and the cemetery is far North–and to actually find the cemetery I had to walk out of the tube, up two streets, left, another left, and down Swains Lane (which is not easy to find). It was completely worth the visit however. I took a guided tour of the west cemetery, and saw some beautiful statues and mausoleums and learned a lot about Victorian life by observing how they remembered their dead. It was painfully obvious who was wealthy or who wasn’t in death, some of the graves said where the people lived as evidence of how rich they were. Some also built giant mausoleums to house their families, but those who were poor just had small grave markers.

Here are some of the pictures I took there:

A Sleeping Angel over a grave.

They built some graves in the shape of pyramids because they believed it made it harder for the devil to lie on top of the graves.

Alexander Litvinenko, the poisoned ex-KGB agent is buried here. It’s still a working cemetery.

So tragic, this grave is of a 19 year old burned to death, and it took her ten days to die. At the bottom, it says, In the bloom of youth, I prayed amid agonies for death.

A catacomb of a well-to-do-man.

I highly recommend visiting Highgate if you have a chance! The village Highgate is also quite beautiful, and has a wonderful quiet charm. It’s high up on a hill, and it has some gorgeous views of London if you look from the right spots.

Cheers!

Sarah

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