Monday, February 27, 2006


I know that Versace and Cavalli have their detractors, and they are often accused of being overly glitzy clothes for Eurotrash or worse. (By the way, the Fashionable Kiffen thinks there is nothing wrong with being Eurotrash - you know you have those moments where you want to wear bling,shine, and major sunglasses.) However, Donatella and Roberto both created absolutely amazing collections this season. Yes, there was major ornamentation, big furs, and bright colors, but there was also just enough restraint and luxury - the clothes were elegantly sexy instead of well, trashy.

Versace's sleek and futuristic show featured glamorous fur coats and satin gowns that we will definitely see on the red carpet. Other standouts included curvy little pencil skirts and a plum-colored metallic leather jacket with a cinched waist. There were even a few silver goddess gowns that were surprisingly demure, for Versace.

In terms of hair and makeup, the focus was on the eyes, which matched the clothes in shades of blue, violet, and silvers. The hair was straight and sleek and the lips were neutral - when you have that much shine on the clothes, you want to keep the face matte. The accessories also rocked - tough black strappy shoes, patent boots, bags made of croc and astrakhan (why use one expensively luxurious material when you can use two?), and huge dark sunglasses. After all, it wouldn't be Versace without them.

Cavalli is known for his excellent ability with prints, and this season he outdid himself with a sumptous collection with hints of Poiret and orientalism. Tons of plush fur and brocades were embellished with intricately embroidered peacocks, fans and dragons. His silhouettes had echoes of the twenties and thirties, with that body conscious cut Cavalli fans love.
The coats were the highlight of the collection - they could be worn with the grandest evening gown or with jeans (that would be the height of luxury - embroidered brocade and mink with denim). The dresses were fantastic as well - very detailed with gorgeous shapes - many were high-necked with open backs.

The hair was loose and flowing and faces were kept unadorned, which was perfect for such extravagant clothes. The shoes were high heeled and sexy, with gold ankle strap and leopard print pumps sure to be popular. Thick gold cuffs, clutches and a few necklaces completed the look - you don't need a ton of extras with these outfits.

So this fall, don't be afraid to try a little Euro-glam. Even if it is just some bold jewelry and big shades. You know you want to.

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