Spring

JordanLuca Men’s Spring 2023

JordanLuca Men’s Spring 2023

London-based Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetto are relative newcomers to the Milan scene and are trying to get their message to come across, insisting for spring on the punk-tinged tropes that have defined their nascent career.
“It’s really a fusion, a cultural clash of Italy’s heritage and London’s counterculture,” said Bowen backstage preshow.
One must say, the latter reference was predominant. Boxy and padded sculptural shouldered blazers came with zippers crossing the chest; worn over baggy Bermudas, they were the punk-ish version of a suit; oversized trenchcoats and flight jackets were also sliced open with zippering and paired with flared, raw-hemmed, low-rise denim exuding a mischievous bent, while leather pieces such as croc-embossed pants and trenchcoats had an exciting dark tinge.

Backstage, Bowen insisted that the brand’s aesthetic is very much in tune with the designers’ often clashing emotions, and described fashion creativity as cathartic, especially as it helped both go through a period of substance abuse. The collection is “wistful, it has anger and rage, but there’s also joy…we can be everything at once,” he said.
The last model, his cunning gaze and gait intimidating yet somewhat captivating, wore a simple all-black sleeveless top and flared denim combo. It marked a much-needed moment of relief from the show’s extravaganza.

What the Characters of ‘Bridgerton’ Season Two Would Wear This Spring

What the Characters of ‘Bridgerton’ Season Two Would Wear This Spring

“Bridgerton” season two has already made an impact with fans of the hit regency-era Netflix series since it debuted on Friday, thanks to the captivating love story between leads Lord Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma, as well as for its opulent costumes.Like the first season, “Bridgerton” season two continued the fanciful costumes of tulle dresses, floral embroidery and heavy embellishments, which are again influencing spring 2022 fashion trends. While the costumes of the Bridgerton and Featherington families remained consistent — with the former opting for a pastel blue color palette and the latter for lavish ornamentation — the new season saw the introduction of the Sharma sisters, with the elder sister Kate Sharma favoring jewel-toned purples and blues while the younger Edwina Sharma stuck with baby pink feminine dresses.

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As designer brands like Rodarte, LoveShackFancy, Markarian, Zimmermann and more released spring collections that gave a nod to “Bridgerton,” WWD looks at how the season two characters would wear styles from the spring 2022 ready-to-wear collections. Scroll on for more.
Kate Sharma

Kate Sharma alongside looks from Markarian and Badgley Mischka.
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“Bridgerton” season two’s new leading lady is Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley. As the older Sharma sister, the character wears more sophisticated, yet ladylike dresses with delicate embellishments. As Sharma favors rich blue and purple jewel tones for her dresses, this Badgley Mischka dress would work for her everyday activities, while this Markarian sequined dress is perfect for the evening balls.
Edwina Sharma

Edwina Sharma alongside looks from Zimmermann and Markarian.
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As the younger Sharma sister and this season’s “diamond,” Edwina Sharma has a more playful, girly aesthetic with her fashion, regularly wearing babydoll-style dresses in a pastel pink color. Sharma’s style popped up in several spring 2022 collections, including at Markarian, particularly this pink, floral print high-low dress, and at Zimmermann, like with this ruffled gradient-pattern dress.
Lord Anthony Bridgerton

Lord Anthony Bridgerton alongside looks from Saint Laurent and Brioni.
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“Bridgerton” season two focused on the eldest Bridgerton sibling and his quest for love. Bridgerton’s brooding personality was often reflected in his wardrobe, favoring black fitted suits with little embellishments as opposed to the rest of his family that stuck with their pastel blue color palette. For spring, Bridgerton would stick with his classic style, like this white loose shirt with fitted trousers by Saint Laurent and this black suit with a subtle floral pattern by Brioni.
Eloise Bridgerton

Eloise Bridgerton alongside looks from Patou and Loewe.

Eloise Bridgerton continues her rebellious nature in “Bridgerton” season two, attending meetings with women’s rights activists and teaming with a print shop apprentice to unmask anonymous gossip writer and show narrator Lady Whistledown. As Bridgerton dislikes participating in the pomp and opulence of high society life and fashion, she would likely opt for styles that would be considered progressive for the time period, like a pair of pants. For everyday wear, this structured set from Patou blends both her style with a touch of feminine dressing, while the crop top and trousers set from Loewe could work if she wants a bolder style moment.
Penelope Featherington

Penelope Featherington alongside looks from LoveShackFancy and Alexander McQueen.
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“Bridgerton” season one ended with Penelope Featherington revealed to viewers as the infamous Lady Whistledown. As Featherington continues her gossip empire, her style remains relatively the same as the first season with the character still favoring a bright yellow hue. For more subdued styles that fit her wallflower personality, Featherington might opt for this floral minidress from LoveShackFancy for the day, while this tulle Alexander McQueen gown could work for the evening.
Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte alongside looks from Richard Quinn and Simone Rocha.
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Queen Charlotte embodies the show’s opulence more than any other character in “Bridgerton,” as her costumes include bustle skirts, heavy embellishments, oversize wigs and other regal elements. Her fanciful style was seen on the runways of Richard Quinn, like this white, tulle embellished gown, and of Simone Rocha, like with this bustle dress with pearl detailing.
Lady Danbury

Lady Danbury alongside looks from Reem Acra and Alexis Mabille.
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Lady Danbury’s regal style was continued in “Bridgerton” season two, with the character still favoring satin dresses and hues of burgundy, purple and blue. Lady Danbury would likely look to Reem Acra’s spring collection of satin dresses, like this purple embellished dress, or go with this Alexis Mabille blue satin dress.
The Featherington Family

Portia Featherington alongside looks from Zimmermann and Rodarte.
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In contrast to the Bridgerton family’s refined style, the Featheringtons lean into the opulence with bright colors and an excess of florals. Their style was reflected in many spring 2022 collections, such as at Rodarte and Zimmermann with these floral-embellished dresses.
Lady Violet Bridgerton

Lady Violet Bridgerton alongside looks from Markarian and Reem Acra.
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The Bridgerton matriarch played a larger role in season two, helping her son on his quest for a wife. Like her children, Lady Bridgerton sticks with pastel blue, minimally embellished dresses, however, her’s are a bit more mature than her young daughters’. The character would likely favor this jewel-embellished blue gown from Reem Acra or this off-the-shoulder Markarian dress to wear this spring.
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Karen Wazen and Lojain Omran Make a Case for Bright Colors and Feathers at Kris Fade’s Wedding

Karen Wazen and Lojain Omran Make a Case for Bright Colors and Feathers at Kris Fade’s Wedding

Karen Wazen. Photo: Instagram.com
What do you wear to a spring wedding at an outdoor venue? Karen Wazen and Lojain Omran may just have the perfect answer. The two attended the nuptials of Lebanese radio host Kris Fade earlier this week in Dubai, and served covetable wedding guest style at the same time.
Wazen and Elias Bakhazi. Photo: Instagram.com
Showing love to one of the season’s sought-after colors, Wazen was dressed in a lime green number from Taller Marmo—the Dubai-based brand known for its breezy kaftans and feather-trimmed pieces. This particular crepe dress worn by the mother-of-three featured a one-shoulder neckline and came with feathers that lined its kaftan-style bat sleeve all the way down to the floor-grazing hem. Allowing the electric-hued piece to be the star of her outfit, the entrepreneur chose to go without any accessories, but did bring in a little drama to her look with a smoky eye. Her hair too complemented the dress, and was worn down in romantic beachy waves, parted in the middle. Wazen was joined by husband Elias Bakhazi, who put a sweet spin on couple’s dressing by opting for a pair of sunglasses from his wife’s eyewear brand to go with his navy blue suit.
Lojain Omran with Ebraheem Al Samadi. Photo: Instagram.com
Feathers were favored by Omran as well, who also wore a dress in another one of the season’s much-loved shades. The Saudi presenter’s look for the weddings featured a hot pink form-fitted dress, with sleeves adorned with layers and layers of fine feathers. While her makeup for the evening matched her dress with the help of a bright pink lip, the rest of her ensemble leaned towards color-blocking and included a dark green handbag and dazzling jewelry with emeralds.
As summer weddings in Dubai start filling up calendars, you may want to bookmark these two ways of wearing saturated-hued and feather-trimmed dresses.
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The 7 Best Spring Dresses to Ease Into Warmer Weather

The 7 Best Spring Dresses to Ease Into Warmer Weather

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Trees are blooming, days are longer, and there’s a fresh energy in the air. Your vitamin-D-deficient wardrobe can feel it too, as the best spring dresses are calling. With designers introducing fresh styles on the daily, now’s the perfect time to round out your closet with versatile options you can wear on repeat.
Street style looks from Fashion Month have caused a number of spring fashion dress trends to take off, from cutout styles that blur the lines between elegant and edgy to vibrant shirtdresses that added a pop of color on wintry streets. Tried-and-true silhouettes like flirty minis and slip dresses made appearances too, with subtle tweaks in styling (like pairing with thigh-high boots or puddle-proof shoes) to bring them into the now.
After an endless winter, the best spring dresses feel like a breath of fresh air—and the fashion trends dominating offer a little something for everyone. Check them out below.

The Cut-Out Midi
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Designers have taken “hole punching” to new heights, with midi dresses featuring all kinds of cutouts, slits, and unique twists for a next-level ab reveal. We’re especially fond of Reformation’s long-sleeve midi dress (the strappy detailing on the neckline is everything), which hits the sweet spot of being both sexy and transitional-weather appropriate. Andrea Iyamah’s plum midi dress is another best seller that’s perfect for a summer wedding.
The Shirtdress
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Equal parts easygoing and elegant, shirtdresses are an undefeated spring classic. Longer styles work well on their own, but you can also nail the look with just an oversized button-up—add a belt if you want to give an A-line silhouette. Plus, thanks to its inherent versatility, a roomy long-sleeve shirt can also be tucked into jeans or worn open over a swimsuit as a beach cover-up.
The Effortless Slip Dress
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Slip dresses are to spring what knits are to winter—essential and a no-brainer to style, whether you’re wearing yours with a cropped jacket and rain boots or with a blazer and sneakers. If you already have a classic black slip dress, introduce some color to your wardrobe by way of a pretty pastel that’s great for tonal dressing. With the right accessories, slip dresses can also work for summer or early fall weddings.
The Everyday Mini
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Minidresses may be your typical summer fare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ease them into your spring wardrobe. The key to making a shorter hemline work during cooler days is by pairing it with taller boots—knee- and thigh-high boots are both great choices—then topping off with some kind of versatile jacket, like a trench coat or oversized blazer that allows you to secretly wear thinner layers underneath. Opt for a short-sleeve chiffon mini, a strapless or sleeveless number, or a V-neck silhouette with sweet puffed sleeves.
The Party Dress
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Blame it on the “vibe shift,” the Euphoria craze, or the night luxe aesthetic, but miniskirts are back, and so are micro-mini dresses. Halter styles, cowl necklines, and open-back numbers are dominating right now, especially in bold neons—think vibrant, outgoing colors that lean into the dopamine dressing trend and are perfect for releasing some pent-up fashion energy. Complete your party ’fit with sky-high heels for the ultimate night-out look.
The Jacket-as-Dress
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For springtime days when all you really need is a light jacket, why not wear actually your jacket as a dress? A-listers like Hailey Bieber are all about the no-pants look since it requires minimal effort to make you feel put together. It works with so many spring shoe trends, from boots to retro sneakers, and is also a clever way to get more mileage out of any sleeveless vest or oversized blazer you already own.
The Floral Midi
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Parting thoughts: No spring wardrobe is complete without a floral dress. Embrace the season of blooming trees with ditsy floral prints—Dôen and Christy Dawn’s size-inclusive options are Glamour-editor favorites—or opt for more bold, graphic versions, like Free People’s best-selling maxi dress, or Sézane’s pleated off-the-shoulder dress that has the tiniest shimmer throughout the fabric, making it a great spring wedding guest dress.
Originally published in Glamour.com

American Heritage Brand Seafarer Makes Comeback

American Heritage Brand Seafarer Makes Comeback

MILAN — Four years after Manuela Mariotti left the role of creative director of Dondup, which she cofounded in 1999 with her husband and business partner Massimo Berloni, she is making a comeback at the creative helm of Seafarer.The American heritage brand, which was established in a small tailor’s shop in Brooklyn in 1896 and became popular in the ’70s among celebrities of the time, including Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, is the first project of a new creative hub established by Berloni and Mariotti, along with business partners Franco Stocchi and Enrico Catani.
“We established Academy with the goal of developing brands and products in a very organic way, enhancing people’s value,” said Berloni, adding that Academy will support emerging talents, creating an ecosystem of brands focused on different product categories.

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Seafarer, which Academy acquired by Brand Cube Srl and Seafarer LLC America, made a comeback in-store with the fall 2021 season, even if the official relaunch will actually start with the spring 2022 season that was presented to press and buyers during the past Milan Fashion Week in September.

Manuela Mariotti and Massimo Berloni
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“We started very cautiously, but the first results were very positive. We don’t expect to make big volumes, but in this phase, we are very attentive to the quality of the stores that approach our brand,” said Berloni, adding that with the sales campaign for the next two seasons the company expects to generate revenues of between 5 million and 6 million euros. Currently, Seafarer makes between 60 and 65 percent of its business in Italy, while the remaining percentage of sales is generated in Europe, with a focus on France, Benelux and German.
Fashion-wise, Mariotti went through archival images for the relaunch of the brand, especially focusing the flower power generations who wore the brand’s jeans and jackets. “I like that the brand has been so strong in that period of freedom and change,” the designer said. “Starting from those images, I brought back some iconic pieces that I interpreted in a more contemporary key, mixing references to the French and Italian style.”
As Mariotti stressed, the Seafarer collections are entirely crafted in Italy in laboratories mainly located in the Marche region, where Mariotti and Berloni live. “One of my dreams with Academy is to exalt the craftsmanship of all these artisans creating mini collections that can be part of the ideal luggage of the Seafarer global traveler,” Mariotti said.
Seafarer, whose retail prices range from 200 euros to 400 euros for pants, and from 500 euros to 1,200 euros for jackets, is also relaunching the brand’s line dedicated to men. “We are doing things step by step, but we see great potential in this segment,” Mariotti added.
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Staud RTW Spring 2022

Staud RTW Spring 2022

“This is a moment to celebrate what we’ve been through, that we are warriors, but at the same time, we’re allowed to celebrate and dance, disco and enjoy our victories even though we’re still fighting certain battles,” Sarah Staudinger said in a virtual morning preview ahead of her NYFW runway show. “If you’re going to dance in the spring, where do you want to go? For me, it was this Italian seaside disco moment.” On Sunday night, the Staud designer (who also announced plans for the brand’s first retail store) converted the Spring Studios terrace into a sunny yellow disco dreamland, complete with lemon “disco ball,” picturesque city views, a finale firework show and fabulous, happy feminine fashions. Even Larry David was there, watching as Irina Shayk, Paloma Elsesser, Stella Maxwell, Precious Lee, Richie Shazam, Gemma Ward and more megawatt models emerged on the lemon yellow carpeted runway to disco party tunes. The designer’s runway show was not one to be missed, nor were her clothes.

The look: Feminine disco party along the Italian riviera.
Quote of note: “I want to start with why I feel it’s important to show. A lot has happened over the past few years since we showed spring. For me, this is really about a celebration and a moment. I realized that I’m not a designer, and we’re not a brand that’s going to tell you exclusively low waists are in and high necks are out, etc. That’s not the trend I’m interested in discussing as much as the mood I think we should be in. For me, it was important to show — because I feel like so much has happened in the last two years and we’ve all fought battles, be it COVID-19, equality, correct pronouns….So many people have fought important battles over the last two years, and this is a moment to celebrate that. Throughout the collection, you’ll see a lot of citrus fruits — oranges, lemons — and that’s emblematic of the juice being worth the squeeze.”

Key pieces: Dresses were a big focus, ranging from short and sweet to long and fluid, as were matching sets. A standout, strictly showpiece, dress made up of leather and crocheted fruits (the same motif was prevalent on an easier, fluid gown); short and bright, knit party dresses with raffia and feathered hems. The Italian riviera feel came through lemon, orange and floral printed fashions for day to eve, knot details, easy poplin frocks, waved hems, printed scarf styles, crochet bikinis and little crop tops with low-slung, airy skirts, raffia footwear accents and kitschy little fruit-shaped bags, while stellar wrapped leather gladiator sandals alluded to warrior message.
The takeaway: Fresh, happy, modern, a little sexy and definitely playful. The collection upheld Staudinger’s continually strong brand DNA in fresh ways, offering a bit of something for everyone for the Italian Riviera and beyond.

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