London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day One

We’re thrilled to introduce one of our favorite fashion bloggers, Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com, to give us a daily update on London Fashion Week for the Fall 2012 season. And a big thank you to Tala, for hosting our own Editorial Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg’s NYC Fashion Week updates. Enjoy!

As soon as I touched down in London from Dubai after a week long in Dubai, I rushed out for the first show of the day – Corrie Nielsen. Corrie’s collection was very Victorian and Scottish inspired, and featured Drape, lace and a great attention the detail. The collection was no short than a fairytale inspired setting. Great collection from the former Fashion Fringe Winner!

Second stop – Fyodor Golan! This is a brand worth watching – Harvey Nichols snapped them up for S/S’12 and I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us this A/W’12 season. The design duo are great with mixing textures, and each piece exuded quality and structure. Also loved the model that was painted in green glitter!

Following on to… Turkish designer based in London, Bora Aksu! This season, Bora toned down a notch with the edginess. We saw pastels, greys, with a mix of brights as well as some masculine pieces such as blazers and vests. Bora Aksu collaborated with handbag brand, Bracher Emden for this collection, with models sporting super luxe pieces from the collection.

The last show of the day for me… Jean-Pierre Braganza! Another brand that has collaborated with Bracher Emden for A/W’12. What I loved most about this collection, was the great variety of graphic prints as well as the mix of purples featured in the collection. The Asymmetric hems made every piece interesting in this A/W’12 collection. The collection included a mix of Jacquard, metallics, fur sleeves and structured cocoon sleeves.

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Trends Revealed!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has drawn to a close here in New York City, and we couldn’t be more excited about Fall 2012! It’s a season of clothing made for strong, independent and cool women — just how we like to think of all the Gilt.com shoppers. A decided new color palette has emerged, office-appropriate clothing has never looked more appealing, and outerwear took a new turn in the spotlight. Here are some of our favorite trends and shows. You can read all of our Editorial Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg’s coverage of the shows on Stylelist.com, where she was a featured guest blogger for the week.

DARK TIMES: Neons took a backseat for the season with a sophisticated palette of navy, charcoal, ivory, tomato red (left at Michael Kors), hunter green, mustard yellow, peacock blue and the standout oxblood (above right at DKNY). Black is back, turning up on almost every single runway in multiple looks.

MAN’S WORLD: Menswear-inspired pantsuits were a major trend for the season, done in everything from traditional tweeds (Ralph Lauren, center) to bright red and soft pastels. Complementary sheaths mirrored the corner office effect for those who favor dresses.

FULL COVERAGE: Outerwear became a focus this season, with lots of leather, fur and heavy wools. The puffer coats and anoraks we’ve seen in previous seasons took a backseat to a more grown-up and dressy approach. Belted coats below the knee in simply sleek shapes stood out, and the classic double-breasted peacoat got extra mileage.

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Gilt Chat: Michelle Smith of Milly on Motherhood, Artistry and Madison Avenue

Gilt.com is Mad for Milly! With its mix of vibrant prints, figure-flattering shapes and the right dash of wit, the ten-year-old line is at the top of its game, thanks to the design vision of its creator Michelle Smith. This artist-turned-designer not only inspires us with her ever-growing empire and her coveted collections, but with her ability to balance work and family so effortlessly.

We’re so thrilled Michelle took time out of her busy schedule (right before Fashion Week, no less!) to chat with Gilt StyleFile on her inspirations, process and career highlights. Shop our Mad for Milly event on January 26 at noon ET, and enter to win two tickets to the Milly fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2012. And make sure to check out the Milly by Michelle Smith Spring 2012 collection at millyny.com!

Q: With Milly celebrating its tenth anniversary, what are the greatest highlights so far?
I can’t believe it’s already been ten years- so many memorable milestones! My first runway show at New York Fashion Week, back in 2004, really put Milly on the international fashion map. The launch of my e-commerce site in 2010, and flagship boutique at 900 Madison Avenue in 2011, have both been smashing successes. I recently expanded into the categories of handbags and childrenswear, with the Milly Minis collection, and, just this month, we launched our eagerly awaited exclusive VIP program. I guess you could say I’ve been very busy lately!

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with Milly in the next ten years?
Over the next ten years, I would love to open more boutiques both stateside and abroad and expand into more categories, especially shoes and home. The Milly girl knows no boundaries!

Q: What’s your best advice to aspiring designers?
Work hard and believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to realize your own vision.

Q: What inspired the spring season? Did you have a woman in mind to wear it? This spring, I was inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s brilliant use of color and line. I combined geometric cuts and prints with earthy materials for a modern look which any smart, confident, stylish woman would covet.

Q: Milly always has such great prints. How integral are they to the collection’s inception? I love designing prints- it probably comes from my background as an artist. I work with some of the most famous Italian print houses, which are able to translate my print designs into vivid, beautiful reality.

Q: We love the Milly minis line! How do you balance such a successful career with being a mother of two?
Thank you! It is not easy balancing motherhood and a career, but I’ve managed to figure it out as I go along. The most wonderful thing about having a childrenswear collection is that it allows me more fun time with my daughter! Sophia is my muse for the line so she makes frequent visits to my design studio. Outside of work, I always take her to school in the morning and am home at the end of the day for a little play and snuggle before bedtime. Weekends are reserved for quality family time.

Q: How important is it to you to create pieces that can be worn for years? How do you balance a piece being classic with being on trend?
My designs always have a certain classicism, which transcend the trend of the moment. I guess one of the keys to my success is my ability to evolve with the trends while maintaining my signature look. Milly is made with love in New York City of the finest-quality European fabrics. The collection is built to last for years to come. I love pulling out some vintage Milly each season to mix with my new collection pieces!

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Win Tickets to Attend the Herve Leger Fall 2012 Show During NYC Fashion Week!

What could be more glamorous than attending NYC Fashion Week? How about getting two tickets to one of the hottest shows of the season? Gilt has partnered with Herve Leger by Max Azria to give away two tickets to the label’s Fall 2012 show in February, along with one night at a hip NYC hotel, to one lucky Gilt fan on Facebook! And your chances to win will only increase if you spread the word to your fellow fashionistas: For every friend you invite who enters the contest, you’ll get an additional entry for yourself. Get all the details at facebook.com/GiltGroupe and sign up today! The contest closes on October 11 at 11:59pm ET.

And don’t forget to come back to Gilt.com on September 30, noon ET to shop our incredible Herve Leger by Max Azria sale—perfect for all of your sexy nights out!

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