Fall Trend: Middle Ages

What if I said that I think the trends for fall will be inspired by the Renaissance and Medieval times? It’s kind of odd, but it can definitely be beautiful. I pulled together a few pieces from different collections that I believe are obviously inspired by the 15th century.

Balmain- these tunics remind me of what a jouster would wear. The embroidered roses serve as a coat of arms.

Carven- The first model wears a skirt with a Medieval painting. The second model wears a jacket that reminds me of stained glass work that would be found in a church. 

Aquilano.Romondi- The show is specifically inspired by the Renaissance, notice the cross motifs and rich fabrics. 

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012

So obsessed with this huge collection, there are 73 looks and each one of them as beautiful as the next. The Dolce & Gabbana collection was clearly inspired by the Baroque, featuring rich colors, tapestry-like prints, and religious undertones. In my opinion it is on of their best efforts in a long time.

Dolce & Gabbana

Gucci Fall 2012

A trail of Romantic vixens sauntered down the Gucci runway in Milan, February 22. Adorned in a shadowy palette including onyx, rich jade, deep burgundy, the the models evoked a sense of the nighttime. Creative director Frida Giannini channeled the nineteenth century for inspiration for this bold fall collection. The masculine elements like structure and materials combined with lighter feminine silhouettes create a depth and balance to the collection. The use of sheer fabrics, fur, feathers, and strategically placed velvet add a lushness to each outfit –laced with the sensual and seductive. The collection displayed a wicked sort of glamour where darkness is truly opulent and beautiful.


Dsquared2 S/S ’12

Love that this S/S ’12 Dsquared2 colelction is inspired by Glastonbury. Everything from the models holding beers down to the muddy catwalk is so evocative of a a crazy and wild music festival. I love the Americana-inspired pieces draped and tattered that look so effortless on the models. And the touches of fur and felt hats really add to the Woodstock-esque/70s vibe.

  Check out the rest of the collection here. 

Jil Sander S/S ’12




Jil Sander is traditionally known for clean, whites, and minimalism. This collection is no different. In a Fashion Week full of pattern, Jil Sander only features a few. With a small variety of patterns, prints, and colours, they truly stand out. To me, the collection is a modern take on the 50s and 60s. The silhouettes echo classic feminine looks of the early 60s. I hate to say it, but I can’t help but to think of it as Jil Sander’s Mad Men.




Here’s the rest of the collection.











Prada S/S ’12

At first I wasn’t sure what I thought about the S/S ’12 Prada show. I thought it oddly structured and almost unfinished looking. But after a few “second looks,” I don’t think it’s so bad. In fact there are some pieces that are absolutely beautiful and would be flattering on any woman. I suppose from the banana print, the retro car isn’t too much of a stretch. For me, Prada is classic elegance with a modern edge. Their use of graphic prints in the past few collections is really targeting a younger woman. I feel like they are trying to make the line more appealing to the 18-25 age rather than their previous clientele of 35+. Regardless, the pieces I’ve included here are my favourites and what I think is interesting. I’ve always liked the 50s/early 60s look. It is what I would wear from the collection.








D&G S/S ’12

The final D&G show before the collapse of the two lines: D&G and Dolce & Gabbana into one. I love this collection, it’s loud, fun and exotic. It reminds me of 70’s California boho-chic. Heavy, heavy on the prints. Bright and bold colours. Flowing and scarf-like pieces.

Check out the rest of the show here.