>> Get a head start on next season with these super-chic nail looks, poached straight from the Fall 2012 runways. From the quirky polka dots on offer at Kate Spade New York to the moody "modern moons" at Antonio Berardi, there's definitely no shortage of inspiration to glean. Click through to see some of our favorites, and stay tuned for more to come from Paris and Milan.
Posts for February 22nd 2012
>> The release of the complete lookbook a few days ago was only part of the story — now, the entire Marni for H&M ad campaign is here. Lensed by Sofia Coppola and featuring model Liu Wen and actress Imogen Poots — who also stars in the collection's campaign video — the images are exactly what we'd expect: dreamy, exotic, and rich with want-now patterns and prints. See the images here, now.
>> Alessandro Dell'Acqua tapped "Queen Elizabeth in her private life, particularly when she is gardening in the country, but in a contemporary way," as his inspiration for Fall 2012. The designer also expanded on the menswear influence he focused on for Pre-Fall, working in masculine fabrics and some sharp sartorial tailoring into his signature fit-for-an-Italian-screen-siren aesthetic. Adding an element of girlie sparkle — and Queenly glamour? — were mini-dresses embellished with holographic sequins, delicate lace, and multi-colored rhinestones.
>> Holly Golightly meets leather and lace in Alberta Ferretti's Fall 2012 collection. To the soundtrack from Breakfast at Tiffany's, models trotted out in looks tinged with '60s femininity and modern-day edge. There were cocktail dresses aplenty; most were straight-cut and embellished with fringe, beads, lace, or sheers. Separates, and especially strong-shouldered jackets, made a strong showing as well. Here, they came thigh-length and belted at the waist in textural bouclés and super-bright furs.
>> Back in black. Gucci kicks off Milan Fashion Week with a moodily enchanting Fall 2012 collection in nearly every shade of black — or near black — imaginable. Silhouettes were flowing, dramatic, and — for a touch of toughness — accented with military details. Off-the-shoulder gowns, high-neck blouses, and mullet-hemmed skirts came in flocked-velvet florals and sheer silks, while billowing riding capes and jodhpurs were cut in patterned brocades and tapestry textiles. A smattering of wintery florals and caramel-colored furs provided softness. "This is a modern-day romanticism, a dramatic sensuality, a dark glamour, with subtle games of provocative intellect," creative director Frida Giannini explained.
>> The fash pack crosses the pond this week, bringing with them lots of wildly inspirational street-snapped style. Who's on deck? UK favorites Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey, and Jade Williams, of course — plus many more. See them all right here, in our best-of-London street-style slideshow.