Blumarine Art Deco Capsule Collection 2013
Sensual, dark-toned and overwhelmed with fancy heroin-chic vibes, Ennio Capasa’sCostume National fall/winter 2019-17 ready-to-wear collectiongave Milan Fashion Week a more sophisticated and mysterious twist. Capasa, who mainly became famous in the Nineties and whose proposals contributed to changing fashion forever as much as Giorgio Armani’s did in the Eighties, has so far always tried to remain true to his famous androgynous style, making sure his collections could always scream Costume National from afar.
The latest Costume National FW 2019-17 rtw lineup reinforces Capasa’s views even more, as it catapults us in a world made of androgynous clothes, overall relaxed lines and sensual, beguiling materials. While looking at the collection, the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind is how deeply smitten Capasa is about midnight blue. The entire lineup in fact almost solely features this color, with only a few touches of white, black and red appearing here and there. He also tried to add some big floral patterns, but the collection is the most solid-colored one we have ever seen so far in the scope of the fall 2019 fashion weeks.
The Italian fashion designer did, however, put a lot of emphasis on the variety of the fabrics, making sure silk, lace, velvet, wool and cotton had an equal visibility throughout the collection. That said, he particularly enjoyed mixing the midnight blue proposals with rich velvet fabrics, as such a combination adds a sort of ephemeral sophisticated beauty to any kind of look, charming us every time we lay our eyes on it.
As for the common lines used within the womanswear proposals, Capasa focused more on androgynous oversized cuts rather than merely mannish silhouettes, adding his own contribution to genderless fashion. Most of the proposals may not be regarded as conventionally feminine or masculine, even when featuring see-through materials such as embroidered lace or big adornments like floral patterns. Like in the Nineties fashion, Capasa tried to reinvent once again both the casual-looking suit and the transparent overall, the vaporous lines and see-through materials of which may be regarded by many as a sign of freedom (from conventional fashion norms).
Like Anna Molinari’s latest Blugirl collection, Capasa also enjoyed playing with hems, sleeves and collars, letting them have their time to shine and become the main protagonists. The Costume National FW 2019-17 rtw line is flooded with shirts and blouses, the collars of which range from asymmetrical triangular necklines to turtlenecks, going all the way through the latest funnel, band and big Cossack collars.
As for the outerwear, sharp collarless coats and deconstructed double-breasted jackets surely bring forth the whole heroin-chic concept of the collection, creating an intriguing contrast with the many trousers and relaxed shirts. Besides a bunch of hourglass proposals, the collection features drop-waist (if not waistless) silhouettes, the dynamicity of which seems to be in the hands of frills that effortlessly embellish most of the designs.
The collection’s key pieces surely are the evening frocks, the tactic cut-outs on the shoulders and the longuette skirts of which are destined to enchant many of us.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Milano is officially in turmoil due to the long-awaited Milan Fashion Week, the runways of which began welcoming both models and spectators just a few hours ago with theBlugirl fall/winter 2019collectionunveiled this morning. The current fashion week, as many insiders (or even designers, such as Gucci’s Alessandro Michele) have been revealing throughout this month, will be very likely filled with surprises and intriguing turning points for many fashion houses. One of the very first creative directors who showed up and unveiled her collection is Italian Anna Molinari, a long time habitué at the fancy Milan Fashion Week.
Molinari’s Blugirl fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection may be regarded as a perfect example of her unique point of views on fashion, the purpose being bringing a message of beauty and seduction, according to the fashion designer herself. This latest collection conveys such a message translating it to the clothes in a more contemporary way, making ample usage of some of this year’s trendiest prints and materials.
In terms of prints, Molinari enjoyed playing mainly with big floral and geometric patterns, the latter of which helped the contrasting and color-blocking motifs to increasingly grow and become the collection’s dynamicfil rouge. Although principally showcasing black, nude and white colors, Molinari opted for little touches of red, green and gray mélange, which on the one hand recreate snake leather embellishments, while on the other seem to celebrate the colors of Molinari’s homeland (most of the botanical proposals channel some big fluffy green, white and red flowers that look like the Italian flag).
Instead of leaving it all up to the colors, Molinari explored the vast fabrics too, alternating their textures to enhance the whole collection’s contrasting theme. Aside from some exquisitely delicate total white looks, Molinari’s proposals alternate lace with rich cotton, wool and silky materials, interrupting the rich textures with sensual see-through pieces. Extra-refined organza tunics and tulle skirts add a touch of daintiness to the total-black pieces, defining Molinari’s intention to bring a message of beauty and, at this point, even lightness to the entire collection. Lace gets intricately embroidered with both geometrical and botanical patterns, adding the sensual, yet sophisticated touch of femininity Molinari and her fans have always looked for.
What’s more interesting, however, is the lineup’s impressive attention to details. Anna Molinari put great emphasis on the neckline, hems and sleeves, letting them fully have their time to shine. That’s why the Blugirl FW 2019-17 ready-to-wear collection’s pilgrim and portrait collars got reinvented in a more contemporary way, meaning that instead of showing their rigidness they embraced the collection’s whole beauty concept, becoming less sharp and more fluid instead.
Chocker and ring collars definitely help elongate the silhouette thanks to well-served loads of pleats and at times even petite ribbons. Peplum, butterfly and puffed three-quarter sleeves surely give a vertical twist to the collection, redefining Victorian and Renaissance looks for a more cosmopolitan modern woman. That said, if you are looking for an unforgettable evening frock, sporting one of Molinari’s latest dresses could be the right choice.
Photos courtesy of Livingly
Pastel colors and almost frozen colors perfectly combined with heavy clothes rich in fabric and embellishments: Anna Molinari has just showcased one of the coziest urban-chic Blumarine collections of all time. Starting off with juvenile pieces that exude romanticism and ethereal vibes, the Italian fashion designer managed to follow her Blumarine girl from her early twenties into womanhood, emphasizing her beauty and free-spirited soul at the same time. It is a sophisticated yet extremely resolute young woman that theBlumarine pre-fall 2019 collectioncapitalizes on, someone, who likes to dress to impress (most likely herself) from Monday to Sunday, from a Saturday brunch with her friends to a meeting at work, without endangering her personal style.
Accentuating the woman’s figure was clearly Molinari’s goal too, as proven by the presence of the curve hugging silhouettes, cuts (such as peplums) and sharp lines that could perfectly balance any body type. That’s why the collection really has it all, from elegant evening dresses to lace uber-feminine frocks, culottes included.
Molinare chose to give her inimitable point of view on the main pre-fall 2019 trends, which include clear mannish cuts and lines and a huge passion for pastel colors. That’s why the Blumarine pre-fall 2019 collection plays with different styles as well as fabrics, alternating the aforementioned lace with tweed, boiled wool fabrics and quartz rose patterns. To emphasize such choices, Molinari chose delicate creamy and pastel hues for the more conventional feminine looks and darker colors for the unisex ones, scattering flower petals and actual flowers here and there within the many proposals.
Aside from the collection’s very first outfit, which consists of a midi coat with animal patterns and a pair of burgundy pointy shoes, the collection lacks in prints, as it solely focuses on botanical designs. However, given the fact the Molinari frequently added cheerful touches of colors throughout the entire lineup, such a choice does not leave us wondering whether something was missing or not. Quite on the contrary, if not overwhelmed, our sight is at least pleased by such a mixture of delicate colors and stronger, yet always ethereal, darker hues.
As we said before, Molinari definitely took her time to focus on details, which gave most of her outfits lots of personality and drama, including the tulle and organza frocks, fur collars and wide silky belts. Although very minimalistic in style, the Blumarine pre-fall 2019 collection isn’t afraid to dare with some statement pieces too, such as the loungewear-inspired coats, wrap skirts and bright white jabot shirt (as well as total-white outfits).
Molinari then particularly enjoyed playing with the skirts and coats, opting for lavish fabrics such as crocodile skin and lacquered leather prints. If you were wondering if it could be possible to wear minimalistic yet very quirky outfits, here you have the answer!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
While we are currently in the throes of getting ready for the New Year celebrations and counting down to 2019, the Christmas weekend already behind us, we cannot help but begin to get antsy, waiting for the spring season to arrive, bringing with it lighter clothing and lovelier designs. Though winter looks can be incredible, they are not always practical with the snow and ice, the sleet and hail, the winds and biting temperatures freezing up your hair. This is why we have been looking through the latest inBlumarine spring/summer 2019 ad campaignall day and enjoying the gentleness of the emotions that it inspires within us, a calm after the storms of winter. Model Lou Schoof certainly captures the beauty of the designs, bringing in a rebellious vintage aspect to the outfits that we are enjoying quite a bit.
Founded back in 1977 by Anna Molinari and Gianpaolo Tarabini, the brand is not quite as big as it could be but still rakes in a neat 150 million Euros plus a year. Blumarine is a luxury brand and caters to the ladies for whom no dress is too small and no diamond too big. It is a brand that also has a sister called Blugirl and both make it onto the Fashion Week runways on an annual basis. With good reason too as they have some rather covetable designs!
For the spring season we have been given a few odd images for now, depicting what we await to find. This includes floral embroidery, comfortable blouses and side slit pants, billowy dresses, open back and wraparound skirts, tulle and satin, lace and more. We notice that there are dresses and skirts, midis and minis, lingerie in the equation as well as eyewear in different designs and for different conditions. So which are our favorites?
Eyewear: We notice clear lenses and clearly catty sun protection pieces that beautifully take over the face. While the former creates the illusion of a well-learned individual with a love for knowledge, the latter speaks of a diva, the fashionista who enjoys pink and finds oversized and cat eyed with a sophisticated geometric twist quite desirable. Both looks are astounding and those who require prescription glasses might want to have their frames changed this spring.
Swimwear: Push up, strapless, lacy with stripes. That is exactly what we see when we look at the model in the Blumarine spring 2019 swimwear ensemble, the black lace peeking over the front panel of the panties as well as along the top edge, down to the center, of the bras in question.
Shoes: Strappy shoes with gorgeous heels and a tendency to be worn with tulle and color blocked wraparound skirts in pleats sounds like a pretty good idea. The tulle can have embroidered floral lavishes on it, the wraparound skirt paired with a wraparound blouse, the lower in black and white compared to the coral on top. Those strappy shoes can come in a darker black and silver coloring or a lighter white and blue. Either way, the ensembles look great!
Photos courtesy of Blumarine
With an eclectic line-up that seems to be inspired by Persephone, one of Zeus’ many daughters and the lovely wife Hades, theBlumarine spring/summer 2019 collectiontakes its duty seriously. Like Persephone herself, the Blumarine woman is ready to spend six cold months in the underworld before re-emerging full of life in our beloved sunny weather. Blumarineback to spring leitmotivruns through every single piece of the collection and enjoys playing with different fabrics, sizes and styles. Somehow, Anna Molinari managed to interpret this theme in more than 30 significantly different ways, making her collection one of the most impressive and multifaceted lines seen so far. In fact, even though some of her creations may not satisfy everyone’s expectations or personal tastes, her ability as a fashion designer is undeniable here.
Blumarine’s celebration of spring and summer begins with a great number of maxi dresses, harmoniously adorned with floral embroidery patterns. Embellishing the hems of each skirt, these flowers seem to belong more to Mother Nature rather than to the dresses per se, thanks to a romantic optical illusion that gives all the outfits an ethereal and sophisticated allure. This ethereal allure finds a good ally with the great amount of sheer fabrics Anna Molinari has skillfully applied to almost every piece, often using them as a modern variation of the vertical striped pattern.
However, see-through fabrics and floral embroideries are the only things all the pieces have in common. In fact, Molinari’s talent to sift through her back to spring leitmotiv goes beyond the mere usage of different fabrics, embracing different fashion styles and cultures. While the first part of the collection has in hippie influences, the second part travels forwards in time to the early Eighties, bringing puff sleeve blouses and structured shoulder pad dresses, at the same time, wide-leg pants, along with oversized shirts and trench coats that give a sophisticated unisex appeal to the line-up.
Shortly after, we find ourselves thrown into the mid-Eighties and early Nineties thanks to some short wrap-around skirts, sleek fabrics and black crop tops, which give the collection a mystic sensual allure that may be linked to Persephone’s love for Hades. The third and last part of the show, which may be seen as soulfully futuristic, gives us some good examples of what fashion might be in a not so distant future: practical, ecological and architecturally inspired by nature.
Last but not least, it is also extremely interesting to see how Molinari has been inspired by the Asian world, with its Zen philosophy and martial art tradition. In fact, while some outfits seem to celebrate Japanese cherry blossom gardens, others look like futuristic versions of kimonos. Whether you see the Blumarine spring 2019 collection as too chaotic or not, Anna Molinari’s ability to dress up Persephone is tangible, and will surely inspire future fashion designers.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Now that we finally got to the heart of Milan Fashion Week, we are surely about to have some fun. One of today’s first shows was the presentation of theBlugirl spring/summer 2019 collection, the name of which is automatically linked to Anna Molinari, the founder of Blufin S.p.A. Blufin is an Italian fashion house, the core brand of which is Blumarine (started in 1997), while other brands include Miss Blumarine, Blugirl and Anna Molinari. While Miss Blumarine is targeted towards pre-teens (aged 8 to 14), Blugirl is aimed at a more teenage audience. However, as already seen in the brand’s previous fall 2015 collection, Blugirl is not a little girl anymore, and her fashion choices are growing up as a result.
This upcoming summer, elegant and sophisticated young women will be wearing Blugirl, women that are confident in their own skin and like to play with earthy colors and delicate dresses. The first things one may notice about the entire line-up is the very few, yet energetic colors used to embellish all the outfits, which go from brown, dark green and ochre to red and blue. Even white, used for some trousers and maxi dresses, takes an earthy look and goes ivory. This choice seems to reflect Blugirl’s desire to create a versatile and timeless wardrobe for the modern, cosmopolitan woman. However, even if solid-colored outfits took control of the line-up, Blugirl enjoyed playing with some more cheerful butterfly prints and wide striped fabrics, which may represent one of the best daytime options for all those girls, who are going to attend elegant summer parties in 2019.
Sartorially speaking, there are even more interesting things about the collection to talk about. Inspired by the young days at Forte dei Marmi, the entire line can be divided into two themes – country chic and urban chic. For its country chic outfits, Blugirl opted for layered maxi dresses (mainly in ivory), the wide boat necklines of which make everything look effortlessly romantic. Other dresses, along with some shirts and t-shirts, come adorned with long or short layered puff sleeves, which are basically perfect for every figure and body type. The so-called country chic options of the show are definitely more mature and play with high-waisted slim-fit trousers, short shorts and crop tops. Leathery waist belts help this range of looks take a delicate feminine side, and are a good fit for anyone, who wants to achieve a balanced hourglass shape. However, while most of the belts are meant to adorn the high waist of the models, Blugirl decided to give the collection a Roaring Twenties twist as well with the help of the long drop waist maxi dresses.
Voluminous dresses with A-line ruffle skirts give playfulness to the collection, and become the intermediary pieces between the country chic and urban chic theme. For the urban chic part of the collection, Blugirl opted for shimmery oversized t-shirt dresses with short hemline, stripes fabrics and asymmetric straps, alternating them with oversized t-shirts and long white pants. These choices may be seen as a more sophisticated version of the tried-and-tested maritime look, which keeps on being successful since the Fifties. Last but not least, if you like fringe sandals but are not very fond of pastels colors, Blugirl may be the right choice for you!
Photos courtesy of Stylebistro
It is an Italian fashion house with a name that can conjure many an image but since it is Italy we speak about, the wide horizons of deep blue seas pop up to the forefront with ease. Founded in Carpi by Anna Molinari and her late husband Gianpaolo Tarabini in 1977, it was originally known as Blumarine, followed by the pre-teen brand known as Miss Blumarine in 1987 and finally the Blugirl label for teenagers established in 1995. The Blugirl brand has been shown in the Milan international fashion shows since 2002, while dedicated boutiques are available in many cities around the world, including Kiev, Nagoya and Taipei. Anna Molinari’s nickname sums up her collections as well, being described as the queen of roses for her fondness of the flowers that seem to embody the very essence of femininity and sensuality.
With this particularBlugirl fall/winter 2015-2019 collectionpresented today on the Milan Fashion Week runway, it is clear that the Blugirl teenager is growing up quite nicely, with her skirt suits and cropped pantsuits showing off a figure that has not been synonymous with the teenage female form for many years. This is the fun woman in a youthful body, wearing everything from a stylized uniform to a vest thrown over floral printed dresses. This is the woman who can also be a little girl at heart, who can wear a tunic and loose pant design with ease, the one who can pull off a red chiffon embroidered skirt and show off her legs underneath without batting an eye. She’s the one who can pull on a shiny neoprene blouse and rock the lacy pieces as if she was made for them. She’s the country bumpkin and the chic classy lady from the city, the one who knows cultures well and the one who has held onto her innocence despite her experience sin this world.
The dresses with the floral and fruit table patterns are intriguing, particularly when combined with the other signature pattern in this collection that seems to include dodgy abstract bug forms. There are many tunics won on this runway, as well as bright shiny materials that come in silver metallic pants and gilded metallic belts. She rocks the red lipstick and has her hair curled in a retro ‘do that somehow reminds us of the 1980s movies of old, or even of “Baby” fromDirty Dancing. Truth be told, there seems to be a major influence from that particular time period if not from the movie itself.
The Blugirl fall/winter 2015-2019 collection focuses on a simple color scheme, with shades of blues and later on some reds, shades of greys and a touch of brown in lighter more caramel looks and darker, muddier designs. Perhaps one of our favourite looks is the stark white dress with the black leather belt T-tied belt and the matching white jacket over the shoulders, the collar studded with silver and stones. Yet nothing beats that final look with the white base floral and fruits printed coat over the red plunge neck shirt and white cropped pants, finished off with gilded flats and a gilded T-belt. The cherry red lips and the long curling hair from a center part are enough to get the blood boiling with this look, the fun and the sexy so easily spotted among the line-up.
Photos courtesy of WWD
The sea, the beach and the waves crashing into the shore… These are the things that hearing the name of the Italian fashion brandBlumarinereminds us of and it always evokes some kind of sunny and summery feelings in us (even when we are looking at their cold season collections). And it is by no means strange that blue and marine/see motifs are always present in almost all seasonal collections of the brand, including the breathtakingBlumarine spring/summer 2015 collectionthat has just been unveiled atMilan Fashion Week.
It is said that Blumarine is designed “for that brand of Italian miss for whom no dress is too small nor any diamond too big”. Sounds rather nice and confident, doesn’t it? And Anna Molinari, the founder and the designer of the label, does have things to be confident about!
The Blumarine spring/summer 2015 collection was rather light and delicate. The show started in bright colors, then somewhere in the middle the color palette solely included black, nude and white, and we ended the show again in bright colors. We all know how much the designers of the Italian label love involving nature in their creations. If you have been following the brand, you will remember the images from their gorgeous spring 2013 advertising campaign featuring sea scenes and butterflies. This time, instead of butterflies, we had flowers so colorful and mesmerizing that for a second we thought they were delicately painted on the dresses. The flowers were seen on dresses and blouses made of a sheer seen-through fabric, on A-line short skirts, short sleeve dresses, deep V-neck sleeveless dresses, short sleeve button down dresses and so on. Especially noteworthy was the floor length see-through dress patched with flowers around the hem of the dress and belly area. With fragile and subtle flowers on the sheer material the designers had achieved a mermaid-like look.
Coming to the black and white stage of the Blumarine spring/summer 2015 collection, we saw simple short sleeve lacy dresses that reminded us of long shirts, deep V-neck mini and maxi dresses of chiffon, blouses of the same material paired with simple black skirts, short sleeve black dresses with patches of white around sleeves, high waisted asymmetrical white dresses adorned with black flowers and leaves and so on.
Not forgetting about the brand’s signature see blue color, Anna Molinari had designed several utterly beautiful dresses. First we saw dark blue miniskirts with matching zip-up collared jackets and turquoise dresses made of shimmery fabric. Scattering blue florals on a transparent flowy fabric and designing unique one-of-a-kind dresses and skirts, Molinari proved once again that when it comes to sea inspired outfits, Blumarine has no equals.
To accessorize their new looks, the Blumarine designer had created a series of chunky plastic bracelets that were worn on both hands of the models. For bags, we had small clutches and handbags again adorned with bright colored flowers.
Although some of the designs from the Blumarine spring/summer 2015 collection may be bold for some people, to us it was a unique mix of light and playful pieces designed to brighten up your mood on any day!
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK
The inspiration of Anna Molinari for theBlumarinefall/winter 2014-2015 collectionwas the Japanese culture this time, encompassing all its peculiarities and characteristic features, of course, reflected through the language of fashion and design patterns. The collection looked like a flashback of the Japanese history, including such hints as the ones about Han Dynasty. This was nicely put with the shapes first of all, and also with the appealing and cool color palette. In this way, everything we saw in the Blumarine fall/winter 2014-2015 collection was the best representation of how the stylish garments look like if the cultural background is Japan.
The Blumarine fall/winter 2014-2015 collection started with the super catchy color plays of black and golden, the latter coming as the most beautiful and curious floral patterns that we could ever imagine. The kimono-cut sleeves were the following reminder about the thematic concentration. These patterns adorned a gorgeous array of top and skirt combos, and also some nice outerwear garments.
Further came the bluish shades, again preserving the floral themes, which already came with some more diversified and interesting patterns. So this was the pick for the nice pieces with alluring V-necks, the cross-folded fabrics for the skirts, and the comfy coats.
Fluffy looks invade the runway just when the color palette changes to white and red, with hints of pearl green. The latter also come for super sassy dresses, which later acquire some transparency plays, mainly used for the coming navy blue shades and the delicate and scrupulously made lace patterns.
For getting the color diversity even further, Anna Molinari also used some glittery silver shades, which in their turn come combined with pleated designs for floor and knee length options. The luxury also goes one step further when coming presented with brownish options coming in solo for coats and in combos with navy blue prints for dresses. Red with black and all black leather options also managed to impress us here. So did the uber-imaginative shimmery gold textures for pants and jackets, and similarly textured navy blue options, completed with super interesting cutouts.
So this is just what we were expecting and even more, as the brand-new Blumarine fall/winter 2014-2015 collection has all the wonderful and imaginative pieces that you might need for shining brighter as ever and being the most impressive lady all around!
Photos courtesy of LeiWeb
It’s all about the art! The astoundingBlumarine Art Deco capsule collection 2013is finally here to present all the artistic facets that a chic collection might acquire. Due to the skillful and creative work of Anna Molinari, here we find a very spectacular and sophisticated range of garments, which particularly focus on the dress options, featuring very attractive and delicately elegant versions, adorned with the typical abstract and graphical prints. The super impressive color palette is just another advantage of thisBlumarine collection, the wonderful pieces of which are always there for creating your perfect and unique looks.
What we can see looking through the Blumarine Art Deco 2013 lookbook images is the interesting synthesis of artistic reflections and stylish silhouettes. The effective and original design patterns and prints have contributed to creating absolutely feminine and eye-catching shapes, which are suitable for any special occasion. With some options like the first one, we can see a combo of a monochrome beige top part with printed bottom put as a gather skirt. The flirty image of this dress on the other hand looks ultra-girly and just enchanting. So does the pair of the elongated cardigan-like top with a sleeveless dress having a pencil skirt like bottom part, all adorned with the peculiar artistic prints. This color combination including gameplays of beige and black also expands to a floor length dress, which is created with some delicate and weightless touches due to the fluttery design of the light fabric used.
The color mixes get expanded, too, and one of the most remarkable exemplars of this diversification is the combo of overwhelming blue with some shades of red, yellow, and beige, coming as the design pattern of the next floor length dress, adorned with a bald split. The other shapes include such versions as the duo of classic black straight pants with the faithfully artistic design of the subtle top.
Thus, if you are a fan of arts, then apart from having the chance to admire the works by famous artists, you also can literally sport those designs with your garments, in case of opting for the dumbfounding pieces of the Blumarine Art Deco collection 2013.
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