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Live From Milan: At The Shows With Janet Jackson, Lana Del Rey & André Leon Talley

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André Leon Talley at Moschino Fall 2013

André Leon Talley at Moschino Fall 2013

Spotted: André Leon Talley watching attentively at Moschino looking chic in his signature Louis Vuitton scarf. Rumor earlier this month is that he signed a deal to host his own television show.

Moschino Fall 2013

Moschino Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Favourite soundtrack of the weekend Moschino: Opening to Wonderwall by Oasis (whom I have seen in concert numerous times) followed by The Verve and Blur. Being a British music junkie I loved the way this soundtrack accompanied the tartans and plaids send down the runway.

 

Sport Max Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Sport Max Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Sportmax wins most innovative use of fur. They managed to create patterns out of fur and leather capturing the essence of the season in an unexpected way. Cobalt blue was also big message from this collection. Style.com look 1, 9, 13.

 

Etro Fall 2013

Etro Fall 2013

The backdrop for Etro’s show was a kaleidoscope background of their infamous prints changing with each part of the collection.

 

Outside the Etro Fall 2013 show

Outside the Etro Fall 2013 show

After each Milan show a large traffic jam ensues. This one was outside Etro where everyone thought the best way to deal with this would be to all enter the intersection at the same time. Insert large amounts of unproductive honking here.

 

Janet Jackson front row at Versace

Janet Jackson front row at Versace

Lana Del Rey with Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko

Lana Del Rey with Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko

Best seat in the house at Versace. Shortly after taking my seat just infront of me to my left sat Janet Jackson and several minutes later Lana del Rey.

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

The collection was very rock and roll and slightly punked out. No surprise that the sountrack for the collection was Janet herself.

A peek inside Prada's show room

A peek inside Prada’s show room

One of the things I like most about the Milan shows are the post show re-see’s. Getting up close and personal with the fabrics provides a whole new perspective on the craftsmanship and time that goes into producing a collection.

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Here are some of the pieces I’m coveting from Prada although it was hard to pick as the entire collection is phenomenal.

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013 

There was no drama at Roberto Cavalli this time around as he focused on what he does best. Held at the same monument Cavalli presented a collection that will have the A-listers clamoring to get a piece including luxe furs, mixed prints and my personal favourite, lots of chainmail.

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi was the King of Hearts this weekend with an Alice in Wonderland–themed show. Dramatic teal eyes reminiscent of the Queen of Hearts in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the film accompanied ’40s-style dresses with heart-shaped pockets, heart patterns paired with thigh-high boots and several red sequined finale looks.

Aquilano.Rimondi; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi; Photo by Anthea Simms

Aquilano.Rimondi Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Stunning Canadian model Amanda Laine was flown in for the Emilio Pucci show. There is always such a great sense of pride when spotting one of our top exports on the runway.

Amanda Laine at Emilio Pucci Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Amanda Laine at Emilio Pucci Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

It has been nothing but OTT luxe this week when it comes to bundling up for the winter. Fitting, seeing as the week has been freezing with sleeting snow and rain all day, every day! The focus was entirely on the fur at Marni. So much so that there were none of Marni’s signature chunky jewels to be found on the runway (although they were made for the commercial collection—don’t worry). Even down to the furry Where the Wild Things Are–style boots. Check out my top picks below.

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marni Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

Bally turned their presentation into a Swiss winter wonderland complete with a beautiful model holding a baby husky. Everyone is a sucker for a cute puppy.

Bally Fall 2013

Bally Fall 2013

Bally Fall 2013

Bally Fall 2013

Bally Fall 2013

Bally Fall 2013

And the best runway finale goes to…surprise, surprise: Dolce & Gabbana. After hearing for years that there is nothing like sitting through this spectacle, I finally got to experience the drama. The Sicilian-jeweled lace-clad models came down the runway in a sea of red. I’m heading to the showroom on Monday for a first-hand look at the craftsmanship.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 finale

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 finale