As 2010 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on the past 12 months and the fashion moments that have defined a year in style. (via style.com)
From Tom Ford’s return to womenswear and Lanvin’s collection for H&M to Giles Deacon's appointment at Ungaro, this has been a year of newsworthy highs and tragic lows - Alexander McQueen died in February and Corinne Day passed away in August.
The Lowdown On Valentino's Incredible Roman Extravaganza"Make it beautiful." That was all Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti told Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda when they hired them to design an exhibition marking 45 years of the designer's work. Everyone connected with the anniversary celebrations in
"Nothing looks old," a bedazzled Elizabeth Saltzman Walker declared, speaking for everyone at the Ara Pacis. To prove the point, Dr. Lisa Airan was wearing a dress from the archive that was designed 40 years ago but could have been from Saturday's show. "Valentino made one of my wedding dresses," Astrid Muñoz said cryptically. "It was red."
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Their 50th Dolce & Gabbana collection was a romantic and poetic salute to their heritage of clothes for the sensual woman, both dressed and undressed.
The show was staged in the old Metropole Theatre, where Maria Callas once sang, which is now a Dolce & Gabbana headquarters.
A total of 75 models, wearing variations on tailored black jackets over black satin and lace corsetry, formed a dramatic visual encapsulation of the brand's tradition, walking against a backdrop of black-and-white footage of the work done in the studio to bring the collection to fruition.
The collection was as much a romantic homage to the duo's strong feminine ideal, as it was about a shared, enduring passion for designing beautiful clothes.
Called 'Sartorialita, Sicilianita, Sensualita', the collection, for next autumn/winter, revisited the brand's signatures of tailoring, corsetry, leopard and rose-print, and the age-old black garb of the Sicilian woman, updated in knits, lightweight silks and stretch fabrics.
The following month, a select group of editors gathered at the PPR headquarters to see a moving tribute to McQueen’s great talent. To the backdrop of classical music and gilt-edged mirrors, 15 exquisite looks, inspired by religious iconography, were shown in a moment of profound poignancy.
From exclusive product launches and one-off designer collaborations to competitions and live fashion advice, it was one big online fashion party. And all for a good cause too – a portion of the night’s sales was donated to the children’s charity KidsCo.
“What’s amazing with his couture is that he manages to make it modern while infusing it with all the gravitas and impact of couture and you really get to see the detail of it,” said Vogue’s fashion director Kate Phelan.