Tuesday

Dries Van Noten


My clothes revolve around neutrals. I appreciate pieces that all go together. But, somehow, in his most recent collection, Dries Van Noten has convinced me that color can be creatively combined.

Noten made bright yellows and oranges look sophisticated when layered with khaki and navy. His relaxed silhouettes centered around sportswear pieces made the colors seem approachable, yet he managed to make them rich through fabrication.

I do not plan on revamping my wardrobe with color, which still frightens and confuses me, but I believe his collection will be realized as being important and impressive in this year's series of Parisian shows.

(Photos from style.com)

Friday

Who wrote that?/There is more outside/It was on the floor/Beams make it nice

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Prada



Milan Fashion Week came and went, and only one collection truly stood out to me: Miuccia Prada's collection. The sober looks evoked a sense of British tailoring and sportsmanship. The woolen, broad-shouldered coats and loose pencil skirts, monochromatic in coffee and red, were gorgeously simple and easy, emulating the overcoats worn by fox hunters. And the loose rainboots, lined with ribbed fabric and suspended with buckled straps, and thigh-high fly-fishing boots added an extra layer of sportsman style. The silhouette is refreshing and classical.

Yet, in the midst of this sophisticated palette, it was a loose black dress, with a deep v-neck, in a sturdy fabric, that evoked my sense of style. It had a youthfulness that is elsewhere lost in this collection. I appreciate this touch of playful casualness.

Miuccia manages to bring an atypical sophistication to Milan Fashion Week, which is typically bombarded with overt sexuality. She has a refreshing sensibility that I appreciate, and this collection is winning.

(Photos from style.com)