Monday, 1 March 2010

Icons, divas and body politics .. it must be Milan fashion week!

Megan Fox as the new face of Emporio Armani, on the giant ad spot in via Ponte Vetero at the corner of via dell Orso 

Julianne Moore's cover for Vanity Fair
Julianne Moore is all over the place at the moment, not least because she is in Tom Ford's new film 'A SIngle Man' 

International movie diva over here, local election campaign posters over there
No other country blurs the line between Fashion, Celebrity and politics quite like the Italians

At the shows ...

Prada and Dolce & Gabbana

I haven’t stood in a Milanese fashion show before and found myself thinking about my childhood holidays in Tynemouth, northern England, but one such same vivid memory flashed uncomfortably before me at Prada then Dolce & Gabbana as they sent out crabby-textured oversized knitwear reminiscent of those rationed post war days when mother knitted all you needed, from head to hose, and even as in my case, hearty seaside shorts. Fortunately I was too naive for embarrassment (and anyway I wasn’t alone), but I still remember the monastic discomfort of unrefined fibres against pink skin, and the unwelcome surprise that when wet, my shorts became longs, and the extra weight necessitated the gait of the Lone Ranger!

Knitted undies by Dolce & Gabbana

Knit one, pearl one, at Prada


Body Politics
Miuccia Prada's collection has fuelled the debate over what's fashionable for a woman's shape, the clothes were body hugging and accentuated the hourglass figures more commonly associated with 50s and 60s movie divas. Think Kim Novak in Hitchcock's Vertigo meets Christina Hendricks  in Mad Men. Curves, cross-over bras and starched bodices  and all here at least, in a sixties style that  only Prada can manage to make a to-die-for cool.


At Giorgio Armani

Style icon, Anna Piaggi of Italian Vogue snapped here outside Giorgio Armani at the Armani Theatre in via Bergognone


At Jil Sander by Raf Simons ...

before Jil Sander ...

Jil Sander finale

Warren and Casey aka Fischerspooner arriving at the Jil Sander show

These two icons of electronic dance music and über-cool film (forgive me, I had to google! it's a long time since my days at the Ilford Palais) were arriving at the Jil Sander show, when they stopped  and photographed my camera box. "What a great box!" they exclaimed .. I must say I have to agree. We got chatting and they gave me their card, so I could get the spelling right here. "Friends of Raf's" they indicated "invited to see the show". When the rest of the team saw the card it was all "cool", "wow!" "amazing!" etc etc (

My well travelled box, it looks like I feel at the end of a show day, still upright but peeling a bit around the edges.


At Alberta Ferretti

Watch the birdie!


At Bottega Veneta ..

Mariacarla Boscono

One more picture, Mariacarla trying to leave Bottega Veneta!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to meet you yesterday, happy to see the blog.