Dolce & Gabbana
The Dolce & Gabbana show was bursting around the set theme – “Queen of Hearts”, and the collection proudly embraced the matters of love, and not just any love, all kinds of it. Whilst many designs welcomed elaborate embellishment based around the regalia and finery of the Queen of Hearts herself, some designs were completely covered in quirky fruit and vegetable prints. Flowy, feminine silhouettes were incorporated to showcase a sultry vibe whilst the lingerie-exposing hourglass dresses and corseted tailoring stayed true to the designer’s trademark ethos. The designer set to impress this season as well as change the theme up a little, and we must say it worked – with a variation of sensual black bodycon silhouettes and provocative lingerie sets offset by colourful, tropical at times prints and sheer, yet covered-up pieces this collection is a true work of versatility and celebration of differentiation.
Staying true to the designer’s glamazonian principles, Roberto Cavalli presented a show like no other. Channelling a particular aesthetic this collection perfectly blended Cavalli’s trademark zebra stripes, animal prints and glamorous silhouettes with completely reformed approaches, sharp tailoring and streamlined sultriness to offset the designer’s established sensuality. There are two things synonymous with this collection – the way you can recognise the designer instantly and the way it makes you want to purchase the whole collection. Celebrating the timeless metropolitan woman, this collection undoubtedly presented a new take on tailoring and evening wear. Off the shoulder necklines, hints of glitter and diamante, sultry halternecks, and glamorous animal printing were the pinnacle of celebrating the new age sartorial woman and we are loving it. Don’t ever change Cavalli!
The celebration of Donatella’s passed brother Gianni Versace was the core of this collection and it paid tribute to his life, the eternal relevance of his designs and feminist leanings. Quite literary, the creative director of the company pulled out all of the designer’s key prints and pieces from the years of 1991-95 and brought us all back the bespoke, iconic Versace collection. By remaking the famous blouses, squared-off shoulders, printed leggings, catsuits, trench coats and maxi silhouettes the collection faultlessly celebrated the designer’s legacy, genius ability to fuse vulgarity and sensual beauty and of course, his acclaimed daring character. As well as welcoming the original models and faces of Versace, this collection presented a host of new models looking stunning in the everlasting pieces. Nevertheless, the collection spoke more than just bringing back the icons and it unquestionably proved that his legacy will always remain in our hearts.
Biker ballerinas! This collection offered everything we had hoped for. With a host of leather jackets, satin bustiers, tulle skirts and trademark fishnets were the pinnacle of this quirky collection and with hints of DIY slogan tees adorned in my little pony prints this show faultlessly celebrated youthfulness and fearless individuality to completely take our minds off all things dull. As always, Jeremy Scott delivered positivity and good vibes only and it was clearly seen in every piece he incorporated. Even though a lot of toughness and rebelliousness was present, the show closed with a host of models adorned in flowers which spoke a completely different message. Nevertheless, as Jeremy Scott never fails to pleasantly shock this collection cleverly and creatively celebrated roughness and femininity.
Inspired by Andrey Remnev’s work – a Russian painter whose artwork represents a fairy-like vibe with a suspension between past and present, the Vivetta Spring 2018 collection spoke a dazzling vibe that captured the meaning of odd yet inspiring character. Vivetta collaborated with the artist to fuse her peculiar surreal aesthetic with the beautiful mystery of Remnev’s work. The collection presented a host of whimsical embroidery and applique that was inspired by mythological creatures, owls and dragonflies. With layers of tiered organza dresses, delicate satin and curlicue silhouettes the collection completely liquidised into a surreal fantasy. Celebrating the designer’s single-mindedness with a burst of frills, flowers, feathers and birds this collection has truly captured the epitome of surreal reality.