8.30.2014

BALLY SPRING SUMMER 2015

I almost missed the Bally presentation because of my prior engagement. But the Bally people were nice enough to extend the showroom hours to accommodate late attendees like me. Believe me or not but attending fashion week is no joke. You literally sprint from one event to another. Luckily, I finished the entire thing with all my limbs still intact.
Anyway, Bally principals welcomed me with open arms and walked me through their pretty extensive Spring Summer 2015 collection. Bally prides itself for being one of the pioneers in fine leather goods.  I got my first Bally trainers back in 2003 and it's still in great condition until now. That's a testament to their unparalleled craftsmanship and durability. 
Under the new mentorship of Pablo Coppola, Bally's latest collection is inspired by archival pieces from the glorious past. Coppola, then, incorporated these elements to create modern designs. The leather monkstraps with hiker boot-like lug soles are without a doubt my favorites from this collection. It comes in different shades and leather. Aside from this, I am also fond of the utility rucksacks. I absolutely adore its sleek design and compact size!
For more information head to www.bally.com.

TOD'S SPRING SUMMER 2015

At the Tod's presentation, models nonchalantly interacted with each other while sipping champagne and rocking the latest neutral-colored dapper must-haves from the iconic Italian brand. Smart casual ensembles were carefully paired with luxurious leather manbags and other small accessories such as braided bracelets, belts and eyewear. Also, newly appointed Creative Director Andrea Incontri noticeably updated Tod's quintessential Gomminos by incorporating metal hardware rivets, graphic prints, sexy cut-outs, exotic leather and contrasting color combos. 
Check out the scene at Tod's below!
For more info head to www.tods.com.

8.27.2014

MARNI SPRING SUMMER 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting Marni's lovely installation during Milan Fashion Week. The venue was pretty much I had expected. Clean, minimalist and modern! Qualities that Marni has embodied for two decodes now! 
There were several screens mounted around the lovely space displaying a virtual catwalk show. As the guests leisurely browsed Marni's latest collection, yummy treats and champagne were constantly on rotation. I could have stayed longer but unfortunately due to my crazy schedule I had to bounce after half an hour. But I had a wonderful time. I eagerly perused the entire place. I even casually tried on some of the pieces and constructively exchanged sentiments with the Marni crew as well as some of the attendees. The reversible jacket has to be my favorite article from Marni's latest collection. I love its versatility and functionality. Wear it as a casual jacket during the day. Then, in the evening, transform it to an edgier conversation piece by reversing it. 
Every season my penchant for Marni has been growing thanks to Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni's modern, wearable ensembles. And so far, this has been my favorite menswear collection from the successful Italian fashion house. Looks like I might consider wearing graphic prints and bold colors after all upon seeing this collection. 
For more info check out www.marni.com.