Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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For many, Byblos is a magical city in Lebanon that all who venture towards the Middle East should visit at least once. The wonder of the place is remarkable. In the fashion world, however, Byblos is an Italian fashion house with incredibly good looking designs meant for both men and women. It even has an art hotel holding its namesake. The lines Byblos carried include more than just womenswear, featuring fragrances, shoes and home collections alongside the men’s and women’s apparel in ready to wear designs. It also is no wonder that we were anticipating theByblos fall/winter 2015-2016 collectionto be shown off on the Milan Fashion Weekrunway today either.

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

The fashion house simply dazzled us with the optical illusions, particularly at the end, though looking at the initial knee length trench coat in a pinkish coral with the black leggings and turtleneck sweater, finished off with black leather boots, you would not even think it was possible. The sharp geometric shapes have certainly done their number on us, from the bold blue, black, white and red stripes of the second pieces to be worn out onto the runway to the purplish pink, pinkish coral, black and white A-line flared midi dress coming in a few looks later. We loved the asymmetrical black and white woven check patterning on the slip of a midi dress and the leather bow belted top, while we could not help but admire the black and white with coral inserts stripes jacket over the turtleneck fitted sweater and asymmetrical coral color blocked skirt ensemble we were treated to.

While there didn’t seem to be a large amount of focus on the trending fashion styles throughout the fall and winter collections on any of the Fashion Week runway shows around the world, there were still odes to the trends in certain pieces, such as the asymmetrical hems in the skirts and even the coatdresses, the plunging necklines that are not so plunging in these designs, and the ankle straps on the shoes that nearly all designers have added for extra feminine effect. The midi skirts are there, as well as the looser fitting pants, while we are also given a small taste of translucent materials that barely cover up the bare chest underneath. We even have the crop top with high waist belted trouser design that has us staring at the chest because of the black and white optical illusion creating along the bust.

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Those optical illusions play a major role in the final batch of the outfits presented, particularly one particular piece that is just too lovely to pass by. It is a round collar midi dress with a frilled A-line skirt and a leather T-belt tied at the waist. The optical illusions change from the chest down to the skirt, starting with a checked design and moving into swirling checks that look as if we are staring through a fish eye. The ankle strapped black high heeled shoes in question definitely do much to show off the length of the legs, while the dress itself elongates the torso and looks quite demure in its styling. We have once again fallen in love with the Byblos fashion house, and that with really good reason.

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Byblos Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

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Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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Holding the lapels closed to ward off the chill, the Max Mara fall/winter 2015-2016 collection has officially found its way onto the Milan Fashion Week runway and we couldn’t be happier to see these incredible looks inspired by Marilyn Monroe. From the beige to the camel hues, the light blue fur moving into herringbone and checks, throwing in some black into the mix as it went along, we saw some elegant and timeless shades. We had white and we had greys, with soft tints and gentle fabrics. There was even a funky leopard print coat to be had, completed with purple moccasins and matching suede large handbag.

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

The Italian fashion house was founded in 1951 by Achille Maramotti, the “Mara” coming from his surname and the “Max” adding a masculine powerful feel to an international branding. He envisioned the production of high quality designer clothing in ready-to-wear fashions, despite his stare in the couture world. With about 2250 stores in 90 countries, the Maramotti family can officially claim that the legacy left behind is quite monumental. It’s no wonder there were so many fans worldwide excited to see the unveiling of the Max Mara fall/winter 2015-2016 collection. This is a brand that is forevermore maximally stylish with 23 collections covering all manner of wearable garments and accessories.

The pieces presented on the runway today were lovely, sophisticated in their looks and meant for the woman and not the girl. They add a touch of sexy while keeping true to the midi skirt trend falling below the knees, though we do see some cleavage peeking through at times and reminding us that while a woman may cover herself up, she may also revel in the bounty of her body, showing off bits and pieces without offering a bite of the full morsel. There is a certain strength in this type of woman who can don on a garment that shows off her curves without hanging on too tight, the one who takes sheer tops to a new level and adds a camisole underneath for decency’s sake. She likes her fur and she likes her stylish nature, while she cuts her hair in a bob or pulls it into a faux bob and pulls on large glasses that speak of her fashion savvy nature and impeccable intellect.

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

The Max Mara woman knows she is sexy without having to uncover her body, bringing comfortable fabrics and tailoring to her wardrobe as well as her footwear. There are no heels to be found in this collection, just good old-fashioned flats and moccasins in multiple colors and different fabrics. There is the leather and the suede, the shiny and the matte, the beige and the black, the blue and the white. At the end of the day, the Max Mara collection is simply too lovely to pass by. It may not have a wow factor to it, but it lets a woman breathe, knowing that she can look stylish in the way she loves to dress anyway. That confidence goes a long way and the Max Mara woman is known to be just that: delectably proud in stance.

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Max Mara Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

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Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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The man from Sicily brings his incredible fashions to the Milan Fashion Weekrunway. The Fausto Puglisi fall/winter 2015-2016 collection is very much anticipated as there is such a brash and energetic style to his pieces that one cannot ignore their incredible allure. The cultural influences are clearly displayed and perfectly crafted for our pleasure, presented in impeccably suave ensembles. There is something thoroughly sexy both about Puglisi and about the pieces that are made to enchant the regular populations of the world. The fashions utilized are unique, creative and utterly original in their aura.

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

He may have an obsession with Hollywood and the American world, but he seems to have a healthy balance of contrasting cultures in his collections, drawing upon his Italian and Sicilian ancestry and pouring in his ideals from the Americas in which he has lived. It wasn’t until Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana invited Puglisi to become part of their Spiga 2 retail project that his career finally took flight in 2010 until he finally became a staple of the Milan Fashion Week with his edgy, sharp tailoring and his magical effect on fabric compilations. His inspirations come from ancient Roman sculptures and Baroque architecture, the hedonism of Bacchanal and the modern day Hollywood revelry, all on one.

If we expected edgy, we were not in for disappointed at all! On the contrary, it appears that our dear Sicilian fashion designer has brought the jungle to the stage in very sexy feminine looks that literally manage to knock the socks off the attendees. Studded leather jackets thrown over matching bandeaus and miniskirts sound rather intriguing, don’t you think? We certainly did, what with the studded booties added to the mix and the hair styled in a grunge rocker style wet ‘do. The black and white modern zebra designs made the cut as well, though the combination with the green checks is an interesting one. The cut-out on one side is definitely with paying attention to, just as the green dress that seems to have been split open to reveal a studded black diva bra underneath. The halter mini dress with the swirling zebra print does wonders while we try to make sense of the artistry that went into creating the black leather and green plaid, silver studded and black and white skirted piece that was walked down the aisle.

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

We’re not going to lie, the footwear was probably one of the best parts of the show and that’s saying much since we loved it all. While we had anticipated a spectacular series, we were not expecting to be provided with the proverbial cookie jar with the tastiest chewy chocolate chip cookies on the runway to date. Pretty fuchsia pumps and zebra print boots look pretty amazing, particularly when you add over the knee punk style studded pieces and colorful print low heels in blue and greet check.

At the end of the day, between the bright yellow coats, the stringy floral designs, the rather Gothic looks and the thigh high slits among the funky layered pieces, we have been presented with one of the best on the Milan Fashion Week and probably will end up staying that way through the next few days. The zinging colors of the Fausto Puglisi fall/winter 2015-2016 collection still have us salivating over their incredible combinations.

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Fausto Puglisi Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

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Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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The Gucci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection was presented today, with the new creative director for the label Alessandro Michele showing off his debut line on the Milan Fashion Week runway. It was a pretty good start according to fans and critics alike and we couldn’t agree more, particularly after being shocked with the first piece showing off barely veiled nipples seen through a sheer white blouse with feathers on the collar and long sleeves, tucked into the loveliest of pleated red midi skirts, belted with a Gucci band. Those sandals were very much out of place though and the feel was a strange one, despite having us fall in love with that skirt immediately.

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci, that lovely brand that every young teenager dreams of owning and every adult with the means to afford it flaunts with ease. It is that Italian fashion house founded in 1921 owned today by Kering that puts on those shows that get the blood pumping and the imagination reeling. It has reached a point of success that even the founder, Guccio Gucci, may never have imagined in his lifetime, taking the 41st position in Intrabrand’s “Top Global 100 Brands” chart and in 2013 being listed as the 38th most valuable brand by Forbes.

There was something very chic and nerdy about the whole Gucci fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, with so many of the models having donned berets and large square framed glasses, the skirts swishing around their legs at midi levels above and below the knees. Pompoms on gladiator laced ballerina flats definitely did the trick when it came to the footwear here, certainly embodying the Gucci namesake. Black fur lines moccasins were equally intriguing, though the hairy pieces worn with the long frilly dress in the floral printed chiffon had us wondering about the imagination behind it. It was certainly nice to see the deep plunging necklines appear here as well though, as some of the designers on the Milan Fashion Week catwalk have refrained from following the trends.

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

It seems that the women are to go braless these coming seasons, though we don’t know who in their right mind would opt for the black sheer lace mini dress with the nude panties, having us think about a Gothic goddess with the fringed bangs and medium length black hair, complete with those nerdy glasses and gladiator ballerina flats. Following these looks were the more masculine relaxed fit trousers with the button down shirts before we got into more funky fashions. The red dress with the frilled layers was intriguing enough, what with the flats and all, and we might just end up picking up those red versions as well as the black because they do look divine, we might even invest in one of those lovely spaghetti strapped midi dresses with the translucent pleated chiffon fabric in floral print, just because the silhouettes of those are beyond fabulous. And if we really want a party dress that will make everyone talk, we’ll pick the black number with the pretty bird swooping down and taking the neckline to the abdomen with it. While we don’t understand the fascination with the bare chest and the semi-nude body, we certainly find some of the more masculine pieces to be quite intriguing and worth wearing out in the coming fall and winter seasons.

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

Gucci Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Milan Fashion Week

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Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – New York Fashion Week

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The pieces created by Monique Lhuillier are ageless, though the Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented on the New York Fashion Week runway is far away from the tulles and the princess skirts we are so used to seeing. Instead, we are treated the exactly the opposite but much more appealing designs fit for the modern woman. The curves are hugged closely, the body is sheathed in a slinky dress and it’s all a bit breathtaking from this point. According to the designer herself, “It’s all about fluidity… There’s no corsetry at all this season.” At this point, it is literally all about liberating the woman, while still keeping the garment close to the body. While so many designers had turned to the ‘70s for inspirations, Lhullier preferred to trek back to the roaring ‘20s, with a touch of ‘70s glam rock spicing things up along the way. Draped silk charmeuse dresses in teal, amethyst and saffron appear before our eyes, while the black tights are jewelled and the bodysuits star-embroidered, layered under tailored coats. Kate Moss was the muse for this season so it all made sense to us at the end. Of course, or else there seemed to be a disconnect across the collection otherwise.

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Red carpet dresses and bridal gowns are her specialty. Not only that but she is also the proud owner of a couture fashion house in Los Angeles, California. She is Monique Lhuillier, the 43-year-old Vietnam-born Filipino fashion designer of mixed French and Spanish descent. It is no wonder that fashion runs through the blood coursing through her veins. Her career began with her bridal collection back in 1996, of which Britney Spears helped herself later on, after which she branched into red carpet dresses for Allison Janney and Jamie-Lynn DiScala. Today, the Monique Lhuillier collections include ready-to-wear lines, evening gowns, bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, linens, tablewear, fine paper and home fragrances. Her popularity has also grown with the stars, making customers out of celebrity women such as Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Ginnifer Goodwin, and so many more.

The Monique Lhuillier fall/winter 2015-2016 collection opened with a gorgeous plum colored lacy embroidered high neck midi hem dress with long sleeves and a major emphasis on length. The silver shoes with the ankle straps had us falling in love with the look from the start, while we suddenly were jolted from the more sombre hues when the blue version appears, the neckline, shoulders and arms covered in the embroidery, while the rest of the body was sheathed in a psychedelic blue, green and black floral abstract patterning that really drew our attentions. The purple version of the same dress had us suddenly wishing we had a date at an expensive restaurant to wear this to tonight. Along with a few other designers, it appears that pockets in dresses have begun to appear as well, the first of which was seen at the Elie Saab Couture show back in January during Paris Fashion Week.

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

All in all, we do see many of the 2015 trends appear in this collection, including the side cut-outs, the slit up the thighs, the floral patterning and the high neckline; we see mostly midi skirts before getting into the evening gowns, while also looking at seep V plunges, mesh coverings and see-through blouses. It is a great line-up and we love every single piece that was brought out onto the catwalk.

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - New York Fashion Week

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