The fashion flock might have already taken flight for Paris, but in case you're still getting your Guccis and Puccis in a row, this afternoon we check in with your ultimate crib sheet to Milan fashion week's most well-reviewed collections. As with our London and New York roundups, we've pored through The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Style.com, Vogue.com, SHOWstudio.com—and every other broadsheet and blog we can stream in our Google Reader—to bring you just the adjectives and adverbial phrases and other one-liners used to qualify the shows. Which designers came out on top? In the spirit of the new Milanese minimalism, we've pared the list down to seven. Flash back with us now through the best of austerity chic and graphic tailoring.
The darkly romantic looks on the first day of Milan fashion week may have been a palette cleanser from the rainbow-splashed prints on display over the weekend from all the young guns in London. But you might still be wondering what wild and wonderful British fashion stood out from the digital swirl—which is why we’ve compiled the ultimate crib sheet of the season’s most well-reviewed shows.
After 300-plus shows, it's no wonder we're still reeling. But while the calendar may have been jam-packed, there are only a few collections that really make headlines--which is why we've compiled the ultimate crib sheet of the season's most important shows and what all the major critics had to say about them. We've poured through every review (we mean that literally) for qualifying adjectives and other bon mots from The New York Times' Cathy Horyn, Eric Wilson, and the International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes; Style.com's Nicole Phelps and Meenal Mistry; Vogue.com's Sarah Mower, Hamish Bowles, and Mark Holgate; Samantha Critchell for the Associated Press; Lynn Yaeger for New York, and a host of other friends and bloggers. The result is a comprehensive guide to the season's most well-reviewed shows--from Jason Wu to Marc Jacobs. Which designers came out on top? Flash back with us now. You don't have to take our word for it.
We always wonder who--if anyone--buys couture. Obviously, the industry is still alive and well, so someone does. But often, the handmade looks seem too over-the-top for even the most extravagant events. Not to mention couture's exorbitant price tag. Cathy Horyn was curious, too, so she went to Dior and Chanel to investigate this "fairly secretive" part of the industry. Most notably, she found that Raf Simons' fall 2012 Dior couture collection (his first) was quite lucrative.