September’s trend spotting: ankle boots and shorts

Mid -September, and the sun still shines like in August. Climate changes or just God’s grace, I am not complaining about this wonderful weather. I actually love it when the summer stretches out for so long, although it’s a little bit weird to see window shops displaying sweaters, coats, and scarves ( I promise you!)  when all you want to put on is still just a vest and a pair of shorts…  Talking about shorts, don’t be afraid to wear them with a pair of ankle boots, it’s really a hot trend right now. Make your outfit chic adding a  loose silky top or shirt, and complete the look with a large tote leather bag. Ankle boots and shorts are the perfect choice for this time of the year, especially if your legs are still tanned ….very sexy!

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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!

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

Happy Valentine’s from Winter Wonderland

It has been snowing and snowing and snowing all over Italy in the past days and as this is not exactly a typical weather for this mediterranean land, we have all been surprised and enchanted by the beauty of the urban landscape suddenly transformed in a white winter wonderland. snow in milansnow in milan parco sempione

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Such a perfect, romantic background for Valentine’s day!

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Romantic, amazing, but cold , and I am never happy when I am cold! Luckily, there are so many winter accessories that we can use to keep warm, and, trust me, I have them all ! Scarves are definitely the most fashionable winter accessory this season, especially  bright coloured maxi scarves.  Colorful accessories in general are really trendy right now,  marvellous to face the cold and make the winter brighter… This outfits by Dior, really  warm and colourful, are just perfect for the coldest days of the year…

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This cutie here is also very accessorized for winter….

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Hope you are having an amazing , romantic , sexy Valentine’s Day !!!!

xxx

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

Getting over my bag…

I am pretty sure that the guy who stole my bag on Sunday while I was enjoying the most relaxing day ever, is now having a good time with a)my money b)my mobile phone 3)my digital camera.  And, of course, he has probably offered his girlfriend my beautiful, essential, little Prada bag  AND Prada wallet, very precious to me as it contained many bits and pieces of my life, like loved passport sizes pictures, my very private notes, various little lucky charms that I normally like to bring along , and so on.

I don’t own all this any more, it’s really bad, and I have been furious for a while, but, hey, I am trying to get over it now, what else to do?

So, when it comes to bags, I have one believe, which is: Prada comes first, Gucci second, and everyone else follows from a distance. I know, it must be because I am italian!

I have heard a theory according to which your bag should be proportioned to your hight, as in a ‘petite’ looks better with a small bag like a clutch, while tall ladies should prefer larger bags like totes. Well, it makes sense to me, but only if you are really petite or, the other way round, very, very tall. For everything else in between I don’t think there is a rule, really….

 As for me, generally I like to wear larger bags during the summer, and smaller bags during the winter, when there are already so many layers on me, so to balance the total look. 

Printed bags are really in fashion now,  as you can tell by this selection of bags that  I would just  buy, right on the spot.prada,clutch

Ciao ciao xxx

Our favourite spring summer 2011 fashion trends

Hello hello!

What a day…are you too surrounded by spring?

Among all the trends seen on the catwalks for this

coming season the one we like the most is the

tropical-inspired one.

                                                                                     

 We love the gorgeous floreal prints in Mother Nature’s

 colours, won’t they make you feel like you are strolling

 on a sandy beach in an exotic paradise?

Trend no. 2 absolutely not to be missed: the maxi dresses.

Ok, this is not totally new, as we have seen the look one too many times before, but the spring summer 2011maxi dress is super sheer, super light, and super long…a bit ’70s in fact…

Yes! The ’70s are yet another strong inspiration

 for the summer, although it’s more of a sophisticated look than a funky ‘flower power’ one.

So kiss your old skinny jeans goodbye and start thinking

 about high waist wide-leg pants, really high platforms,and geometrical prints. Add to it long flowing hair and…

… here you go, you have the perfect look for the summer!