Thursday, October 08, 2009

MILANO FASHION: Where - When - Why - What - Who - Want ? ? ?

WHAT:   Antonio Marras show
WHERE: Milano Moda Donna
24th September 2009
WHY:      Spring/Summer 2010 collection
The Grand Finale.  “It was an erotic tour through the female boudoir, finishing with a pillow fight in which the “pillows” were lace-decorated balloons, much like the lace squares laid out on the runway.” Suzy Menkes in the N.Y. Times.

WHAT: The pretty invitation printed on a paper lacey doily.

WHO: Antonio Marras was inspired for this collection from the movies Pretty Baby and Love and Anarchy; between all the most fragile women and the most determined.  He dedicated the collection to Teresa Strada a very special woman who worked for those who are deprived of everything and died, prematurely at the beginning of September.

BACKSTAGE - WHAT: The Mood Board shows the inspiration taken from early Italian films.

BACKSTAGE – The make-up. Fresh , young, beautiful, freckles, a shine to make it glow, a bit like a child’s doll, no hard-lines, the make-up was applied with finger tips and designed by Lisa Butler using M.A.C.


BACKSTAGE – The hair.   A romantic loose disheveled  plait held together with a red ribbon, created by Eugene Soleimani for Wella.


BACKSTAGE – The shoe.     Platform high wedges in woven string and fluorescent ribbon.

BACKSTAGE.  The hustle and the bustle backstage when the make-up and hair are done at the same time.

RUNWAY:  Romantic layering, rose print jacket, pink silk, lace, above the knee silk stockings a corset inspired waist held together by a ribbon.

 BACKSTAGE: A 1920’s inspired lacey dress with a corset effect insert embroidered in cross-stitch with the initials A.M. in red.

BACKSTAGE:  Leggy model Angelina B. relaxes before the show.

BACKSTAGE:  Angelina B. is ready for the runway.

BACKSTAGE – the Press # 1. Antonio Marras explains the collection to Suzy Menkes “It’s about innocence,” said the designer backstage, against a mood board that swung from early Italian films, where the languorous lingerie was seen in a brothel, to the 1978 movie “Pretty Baby,” starring Brooke Shields. Her fashion replica walked the runway in lace dress and hat to kick off the show — although that is an unlikely metaphor for feet wobbling on giant platform shoes.” Wrote Suzy in the New York Times.

BACKSTAGE – the Press # 2.  Hilary Alexander was wearing a Christa Davis vintage dress, which she said looked very Marras.

   The final touch.  A sailor inspired look is inlayed with black lace.

BACKSTAGE:  A straw hat is positioned.

RUNWAY: You can just see the retro corset and bra that Antonio had re-made for the collection by Playtex.
Note: the footless over the knee silk stockings.

Seen at the Marras show. 
Velvet magazine’s editor, Michela Gattermayer, is in vintage Marni and Frye boots, casually put together.

Seen at the Marras show.  Comedian, Lella Costa always wears Antonio Marras on stage.

The front row.   I-D magazine editor, Terry Jones and his wife Tricia sit next to Rossana Orlandi and Elle Décor’s editor, Livia Peraldo Matton.

A detail. Terry Jones wears comfy black leather Converse All Star’s.

The Antonio Marras Finale.  Feel the mood of the bordello inspired collection of veils, chiffon and lace mixed together to create a look of innocence.
Contessanally tip.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

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