Fall 2013 Milan Fashion Week: Blumarine

– By Nausheen Shah –

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Anna Molinari, known for her high note, shiny color-stories, presented a playful delight in softness and color for Blumarine’s Fall 2013 collection.

Nest in a knit and dress in a rose were the themes for the house’s new couture, modern comfort motto. Sartorial constructions were represented in soft pastels of baby blue, dusty pinks and strong black and whites. Floor length maxi knit cloaks in jacquard weaves and paired with wide-brimmed hats, echoed patterns of menswear; while ribbed cashmeres, furs done with inlays of bouclé-effect yarns, and 3-D plexiglas floral embellishments, lent a more feminine hand. Skirts in leather, organza and tweed – shaped like petals – enhanced the silhouettes.

The collection’s heels, with their center curvature, mimicked swan necks, while the color and fabrication were varied to match each monochromatic look. Knee boots hardened looks in black leather, but all-over sequin and rhinestone booties played a contrasting role to other looks in the collection.

Ultimately, Blumarine’s knitwear, whose intrinsic malleability allows new experiments in the characteristic references to the label’s heritage, continue to push the house into higher heights of prêt-à-porter.  And even though next season’s knit shorts and playsuits may not be practical for fall, it’s nothing a little mink or an effervescent trench couldn’t vanquish.

Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen.  In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style.  She is a fashion contributor/luxury travel writer for the New York Post and also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life.  Nausheen may be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah

Photos courtesy of Style.com

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