Bikinis, Bikinis, Bikinis!

Do you know the old phrase used by property experts that goes ”location, location, location”?

Well, I believe nothing is more appropriate than that when talking about summer and bikinis.

Splendid white-sand beaches and transparent emerald waters are the perfect background for swimwear campaigns, as proved by H&M’s 2012 collection  ads, recently covering the walls of many cities around the world. The photos are really amazing…by looking at them all you want to do is pack your bag and fly to a tropical, warm and colorful destination.

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It’s incredible how a simple (and affordable) black bikini can look so gorgeous just with the right accessories and a perfect golden tan.

As for what you can get from Italy when it comes to bikinis,  Calzedonia is definitely the most well known beachwear brand, with a shop in nearly every corner, and all really busy at this time of the year.

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Calzedonia collection is so wide that offers an almost unlimited choice of shapes, cuts, prints and colours, able to satisfy everyone’s taste, and always in line with the latest trends.

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Next to Calzedonia another really widespread and fashionable bikini brand  is Yamamay

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Talking about trends, this year most favourite bikini top style is bandeaus tops, super sexy, yes, but only possible if you are a small size. Frills, ruffles and fringes are very fashionable  and can really help adding fullness to your figure should you need it! Prints of all types, flower prints, abstract prints, metallic prints, are also a dominant trend in 2012 beachwear collections.

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One piece bikini or monokini can be very sexy, but the downside of it is a very awkward tan-line.

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Some designers are suggesting a vintage look with high-wasted bikinis, following the path of high-wasted shorts that have so much come back in fashion since last year. Pin-up Stars, another italian bechwear brand, has designed a really cool bikini collection.

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Summer is here, ladies,and  holidays are just around the corner, which means the time has come for you to dive into deep blue waters, lay on warm sand , and think about absolutely nothing….enjoy!

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Cannes 2012: back to the Dolce Vita

The 2012 Cannes film festival is about to end, and everyone in the industry is getting ready for  this evening gala ceremony,  where once again the Palme d’Or will be awarded to the best picture. For us who love fashion it’s time to vote for the best dressed celebrity…difficult choice, as we have seen so many stunning gowns on the red carpet!

But surely among all the  stars’ looks one stands out: it’s  Bianca Balti, dressed in an incredible Dolce & Gabbana black multicolored floral gown. She made a memorable entrance at the festival with all the glamour of a proper  diva, just back from the Dolce Vita. Bianca  is Dolce & Gabbana’s new muse, as the super model also appears in the designer’s 2012 spring summer campaign. Her Italian beauty definitely recalls the divas of the 50’s, and the model/actress has been compared  many times to the iconic Sophia Loren. The dress is inspired to the atmospheres and colours af Southern Italy, which is also the distinctive sign of Dolce & Gabbana spring summer collection for 2012.

Subtle make up and jewelery, black nail polish, and a natural curly updo hair style complete and balance this very sensual and dramatic look.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, what should I wear this summer?

Summer is coming, and we are all ready to get a tan in order to look super sexy in our sequined dresses ….

The following image shows an amazing summer look by Blumarine (www.blumarine.com)

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Skinny pants are still going to be a key-word for the new season, partnered with a monochrome T-shirt. Favourite colours for this trend are the neutrals, especially blue,  sand, and cream.

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Add some glam to your wardrobe, be cool and eye-catching by wearing sky high heels and – why not – a pair of ankle socks.   These gorgeous heels are respectively by Valentino and Calvin Klein.

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Wear mini skirts –  if you like the bling style, go for the metallic brocade look..

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Accessorize you outfit with  shocking-colours :  use neon yellow  or  hot pink  and match it with neutrals, – you ‘re going to have extra style points! (Clutches by Blugirl and Miu Miu )

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By Krizia Ribotta

Highlights from Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week has ended a couple of days ago, and it’s  just the right time to spend some words on how amazing were the designs we have seen on the runways. On top of my list I would put D&G’s collection,  at least for these gorgeous  colorful  dresses, beautifully shaped out of  a foulard and very inspired by the  classic  Hermès  prints.

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Fendi was able to come up  with a really stylish, glamorous, and unique collection designed by Karl Lagerfield. Most of all, I love the haircut ! So so cool! I have decided  I must try it out…

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Very imaginative is  Moschino‘s  spanish inspired collection, based on a total black color scheme, with gold and white accents, and a lot of embroideries and accessories.  The black skinny trowsers and the gold sandals paired with it will definitely be a must have.

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Love it or leave it, studs are the distinctive sign of Versace‘s 2012 Spring Summer collection.

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Giorgio Armani‘s designs are  as usual the most sophisticated one can imagine, with a neutral,  pastel based colour palette. The cut of this dress is so perfect that  it could just be a sculpture . By the way, I am glad to see that one shoulder tops will still be on fashion next summer. I really love this cut.giorgio aemani ss 2012giorgio armani s s 2012

Just Cavalli‘s inspiration remains linked to animal prints,  fringes , and the wild west. The general look of his collection, no surprise being Cavalli’s,  is intended to be very sexy.

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On the opposite side, there is the classic, minimal, and monochrome collection by Max Mara.

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For next season Gucci suggests a seductive trend, with a lot of glitter and gold, very “Charleston”.  These are my favourite outfit by Gucci’ Spring Summer  2012.

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So, here are my picks from Milan. How about you, is your wish list ready? xxx

New York Fashion Week: my favourites

It was raining this morning in Milan, but if you are thinking that the summer is over, then you have to think again. In just a few days in fact the spring summer collections 2012 by the world’s most exciting designers will be presented on the city’s runways. Milan Fashion Week will start on Wednesday 21st September, and until the 27th the city will be sparkling with the presence of models, designers, and celebrities.

While London Fashion Week is still on, the show in New York closed few days ago. What did you think about it?

Victoria Beckham

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I liked the very minimal yet feminine collection Victoria Beckham presented in NY, accessorized with beautiful Laboutin shoes especially made for her…this sandals up here are to die for, absolutely!

Carolina Herrera

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I really love the way Carolina Herrera used geometrical motives in her collection also presented in New York. These ‘total white’ dresses are incredibly elegant, sophisticated and glamorous.

DKNY 

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DKNY inspiration for the designs seen in NY has a tribal vibe. The colors she used for this collection are black, brown and ochre, mixed in graphic, bold prints, and used on shapes that are sinuous and feminine.

Tommy Hilfiger

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Very colorful is the ‘pop and preppy’ collection for next summer by Hilfiger.

Marc Jacobs 

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Even Marc Jacobs collection was very colorful, still following the color block trend that has been so popular this year.

United Bamboo

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Last but not least amongst this selection of designers, I really liked United Bamboo, with the minimal, fresh, but at the same time ‘très chic’ look of their collection. So…what are your favourites from NY Fashion Week?