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Double respect is due to John Galliano for making fabulous designs and setting a romantic mood for Christian Dior this season. Show was inspired by a ‘film noir’ backdrop of a derelict warehouse, suffused with shadowy light and dry ice.In keeping with Bacall-Bogart theme, the trench-coat was a key piece, worn with jeweled-lace petticoats or satin French knickers.

The 1940s mode was embraced by vintage-look short dresses, in floral chiffon with ruffled skirts, or in metallic Lurex, pointelle knits, hemmed to enhance bust and featuring built-in wears and knickers.Necklines were tied with bows, puffed sleeves and high, platform wedge-shoes that echoed retro vibe. The exposure factor was particularly compelling when black lace came over jewel-bright purple or fuchsia satin. Continue

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Christophe Decarnin has always done excellent job for glittery, and highly padded shoulder designs. It’s a known fact that cost of his single jacket (costing $9,000 or thereabouts), could pay for an entire wardrobe of Balmain knockoffs for ten teenage girls. But it hardly matters for fashion enthusiasts who are crazy for Christophe designs.

For Spring 2010, Decarnin brought another whammy of a no-brainier blockbuster. His army of sleek-limbed, sizzling super-girls strode out with huge-shouldered, metal-epaulet military tailcoats with tattered T-shirts, and bullet belts slanged around artfully stained and holed jeans. Continue>>

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Gareth Pugh, young British designer famous for his extreme, cyber-gothic, all-black, collections, made it a grey day at Paris Fashion Week. He created a melancholic vision in every shade of grey from smoke to pewter. Pugh mixed menswear and womens-wear in his show. His men’s clothes were significantly more restrictive than women’s. Models were dressed in such a way that it was almost difficult to identify them.

His first outfit, a trench belted, over a floating chiffon dress, in tone-on-tone shades of gray, set the mood for show. Models were done with a shaded face makeup as though they’d walked through an ash cloud, with grey head wraps. They marched to mournful sound of strings and drumbeats, a Matthew Stone soundtrack that featured a stentorian interpretation of the theme from Requiem for a Dream. Continue>>

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Giorgio Armani looked in future and explored the world of ‘plastic fantastic’ in his younger, Emporio Armani collection at Milan Fashion Week. Armani exploded colors like fireworks on graphic PVC catwalk, sending a clear signal that he is back once again, working at full creative power after battling with hepatitis over summer.

It was designer’s second show in Milan, but this collection delivered an equally vibrant Giorgio Armani main line for spring/summer 2010. Bikinis and swimsuits were bedecked with Plexiglas brooches and necklaces as bright as molten lava, while sandals featured crimson Perspex heels and ankle-straps. Short, party dresses in Vesuvian shades of fuchsia and bright orange, were cinched with shiny, shocking-pink, and patent-leather belts. Continue>>

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Three years back, Christopher Kane brought skin-tight, body-conscious’ trend at London Fashion Week. But now, he’s back with his more sweeter, and more feminine collection for spring/summer 2010, shown under Topshop NewGen umbrella yesterday at LFW.Kane, 27, dropped thigh-high trend he once favored, and which was predominated at New York Fashion Week last week, by lowering hemlines to a refined, on-the-knee level.

Gone were the days when sprayed-on, lingerie-looks in fluorescent lace; rock-chick velvets and snake-skins were in. But, American-gingham dresses, in pink, navy and chocolate, spruced-up as Sunday Best, has covered them all, while gospel music played on soundtrack. Continue>>

If you’re looking for a perfect little white dress for next summer, then there’s officially only one place to head, and that’s Osman. His latest Spring/Summer Collection for 2010 was produced entirely in pure white, with a few highlights of gold here and there.

The collection looked influenced by North Africa and Japan clothing styles.Injecting a breath of summer cool to the day’s proceedings, Osman’s every summer staple was awesome. Cotton shirts with pleated chiffon panels across front, cropped cigarette pants, beautifully draped take on polo shirt, full mini-skirts and short tailored jackets, all his white dresses were beautifully incarnated. Continue>>

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Red themed creations were highlighted at the sensual sounds of samba, in Caroline Charles’s collection for Spring/Summer 2010 at London Fashion Week. ‘Girls from Ipanema’ were seen in cute frilled bikinis and one-pieces in large and small polka dot, and spot motifs.

The ‘tequila sunset’ patterns continued in empire-line dresses with ruffled sleeves and necks. The dresses were featured with drawstring details at side to display more tanned thigh. Ooh la la!! Continue>>

Michael Kors had a clear vision for his new RTW Spring 2010 Collection. The key features of his collection were strategically placed pieces of colorless acrylic material, adding lightness and sex appeal to a season of “urbane renewal.”

The show was kicked off by Noah Mills and Carmen Kass. Carmen was wearing white leather shift dress with a zigzag of zippers down the front. A bleach-splatter fitted dress, silver crimple lame sheath and black “cage” dress with an abbreviated bodice and checkerboard of black patent leather as its back all looped back to Kors’ interest in graphics and architecture. Continue>>

Michael Kors Spring 2010

Michael Kors Spring 2010

In place of polo fields or tony stomping grounds, this time Ralph Lauren took us back to 30’s and 40’s fashion trends. The collection was inspired by character of worker, farmer, cowboy, and pioneer women of prairies, as he wrote in his program notes.Models were seen in newsboy caps wearing faded and torn oversize jeans with blue work shirts, patchwork overalls, and nightshirts in mattress-ticking stripes. The line was cinematic like most of Lauren’s collections. After some white cotton organdy dresses and some thirties suits, pinstriped three-pieces with cropped and gathered pants were seen on the ramp.Continue>>

Ralph Lauren Collection

Ralph Lauren Collection

Marc Jacobs seems to be on mission to keep the funky outfits in fashion. For his Marc by Marc Jacobs line there were bright, mismatching colors, clashing prints, or color-block jumpsuits in emerald green and a prom dress in peacock blue.All topped off with enormous Fergie bows on heads for a distinct touch of the 80s. His spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection at New York’s fashion week brought somewhat jarringly bright colors and patterns to runway, impressing many and surprising some. Continue>>

MARC-BY-MARC-Jacobs Collection

MARC-BY-MARC-Jacobs Collection

Inspired by the Mediterranean, christian siriano opts for neutrals to showcase his first several pieces for Spring 2010. The collection was paired with grand floppy hats, to present the feel of seaside relaxation and high class.The prolific line included fun, lady-like cocktail dresses evoking 80s trend in the softest possible way. Colors ranged from peaches, creams and champagne tones to blue lagoon watercolor splash to an orange-red that were virtually setting dresses ablaze. Continue>>

Christian Siriano Spring 2010 Collection

Christian Siriano Spring 2010 Collection

For an array of designs packed with silks, sequins, and suedes, the Cynthia Steffe Spring 2010 collection was surprisingly boyish. The creative director, Shaun Kearney, hit his stride with a Spring collection that brilliantly unites Steffe girl’s propensity for sweetly feminine looks and modern mix-up sensibility favored by cool chicks like Alexa Chung.

Cynthia Steffe brand, known for its great wear-to-work basics, are mostly designed with an eye toward minimalism, including color and prints when necessary. And they have maintained their trend in this show as well. Continue>>

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