London Fashion Week is over and now all eyes are on Milan where big names like Prada, Gucci, and Pucci presented their Autumn collection's over the weekend. Here is a quick round-up of some of the big shows that took place over the past few days.
Credit crunch? What credit crunch? Roberto Cavalli appears to be laughing in the face of the global economy crisis this week as he looks to continue his world domination plans. In December he opened the Cavalli club in Florence and has now revealed aims to venture in to finance. Cavalli has revealed interest in launching a credit card which, of course, is complete with a snakeskin-finish. The card comes with privileges including special sales at Cavalli and invites to fashion shows. What do you think, a step too far even for Cavalli?
Kate Moss is still racking up ad campaigns and this week her latest shoot for Just Cavalli has been revealed. Kate has long been the face of the younger Cavalli label and back in July I revealed her Autumn campaign. Spring 2009 sees Kate clad in fur with oversized shades. Just this week Roberto Cavalli added to his fashion empire opening his first nightclub in Florence.
Kate too has been expanding her empire as she is confirmed for more collections with High Street giant Topshop. She first launched the collaboration in May 2007 but today her contract was extended for a further 3 years. Kate commented,
"The last two years have been an exciting experience, and Topshop has given me the perfect platform to develop my own collection, which is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I am really looking forward to working with the Topshop team on our new collections and thank everybody who already owns a piece of Kate Moss for Topshop!"
The day is drawing to a close so we're heading off to get dressed up for this evening's parties. Take lead from Roberto Cavalli, Erin O'Connor and Jaime Winstone for your fun costumes or check out the celebrity halloween costumes quiz for more dress-up ideas. Happy Halloween!
Milan Fashion Week, Spring '09: Roberto Cavalli Cavalli's moody prairie Fall collection didn't float my boat, but his flavorful Spring collection sure does. I know designers feel the pressure to switch things up, but when your forte is mad prints and dramatic cuts, your fans tend to lean on you for such splendor. Cavalli delivered the goods, while showing some new angles.
Who Wore It Better? Roberto Cavalli Silk Floral Maxi This dress was absolutely stunning on the Spring Cavalli runway so it's no surprise Hollywood's youth are all over it, or rather, all in it. Mischa wore a heavier floral version with a hippie headband at Cannes in May, Juliette Lewis standing by. And Lauren Conrad wore hers on the beach for The Hills premiere party.
It's getting to be a bit of a common occurrence that Roberto Cavalli speaks out against everyone (except for Victoria Beckham). Back in May the Italian designer talked about many celebrities but now his rant has become more model specific.
Cavalli, who is famous for his use of animal prints took a swipe at Kate Moss whilst speaking to the Observer Food Monthly (quite how Kate would come up in a conversation about food is beyond me) who he thinks just doesn't "have what it takes to be a true star." He added that, "There are thousands of models like all other models. Naomi Campbell is the same way." Ouch.
Naomi recently shared her own views on models but these were slightly more realistic. Roberto, on the other hand, is suggesting that he is the puppet master of the fashion world adding, "For me, models are just pieces of wood that I carve to make clothes look beautiful." Is anybody else slightly scared? Also, if Kate isn't that special, why does she feature in this season's Just Cavalli ad campaign?
Here at FabSugar UK we have long been shouting about the style credentials of Princess Beatrice. The fifth in line to the throne has been raising the stakes at Mahiki (pictured here leaving Mahiki last night with a YSL Tribute bag) and impressing us with her work experience stint at Selfridges. Now it seems that Roberto Cavalli has caught on to her passion for fashion and is said to be considering her as his muse.
Wouldn't it be great if she appeared on the catwalk? Let's hope she remembers who backed her first when she's at the top.
Last night The Sunday Times hosted an evening with Roberto Cavalli at London College of Fashion as Colin McDowell held a conversation with the designer about his history and his designs. In between offers of a stay in Florence, a copy of his painted portrait and small gifts Roberto Cavalli treated a small audience to an evening of fun showing how one man can achieve so much through sheer passion.
Colin McDowell began the interview asking Cavalli about how he broke in to the world of fashion and despite being concerned that his English wasn't going to be good enough, he talked about the beginning of his career in Florence and life as an artist. He started off making printed t-shirts and claimed, "You don't need money, you just need to believe in yourself." And indeed Cavalli is living proof that this is true.
He quickly turned to the audience for questions taking over from Colin McDowell. He continually discussed the lack of ideas in fashion right now, insisting that instead of taking inspiration from the past we should create something new. "London has the best fashion in the world, but one problem, you don't know how to make it!" he laughed. read more
As I'm preparing my best animal print outfit for tonight's talk with Roberto Cavalli I am getting increasingly excited about the scandal that will ensue. Cavalli, it seems, is not one to hold back and he truly spoke his mind to The Telegraph this weekend.
He spoke about Madonna, "She is not nice with anyone: she doesn't know how to be nice," and Victoria Beckham, "Sadly, now that she's in LA, it's difficult to see one another. We talk all the time on the phone, though. She is such a fantastic woman." He is also spoke out about high street/celebrity collaborations,
"I'm very much against all these celebrities doing diffusion lines. Do I suddenly get up in the morning and say that I am going to start a singing career, with the horrible voice that I have? That's what these girls do when they show the world how horrible their fashion ranges are. Money is the most corrosive aspect of life today because it means that all attention to detail is forgotten. Kate Moss's collection was badly made, stupid and bland; you see things like that everywhere. You can't just buy things for the label - it's ridiculous."
It's got to be said that I can't help but agree with the Italian designer, hope he saved some scandal for tonight though which I will of course report back tomorrow!