The Scene: Forget plain old runway here — it's been replaced with plush white carpeting.
The Inspiration: Flowers, clubbing.
The Look: Fall florals galore! We're thinking Anna Molinari believes floral patterns are more than a springtime holdover. For this collection, she plastered the things on all sorts of garments, and all sorts of ways. A knit fabric with gold, spray-paint-effect flower intarsia opened the show and was used on a kimono-like top, a stunning floor-length cape and a prim skirt. From there, it was beautiful, embroidered brocade fabrics, floral lace (topping patchwork velvet to make a subtly sexy dress) and roses embroidered in gold or red. Made into relatively demure frocks (short hemlines, but otherwise covered-up) and paired with fur lapels or cuffs, it was appropriately lush and luxe — the ideal fall garden. It wouldn't be a Blumarine show without some dialed-up sexy looks like a completely sheer top (to be worn under a gilded blazer) and party frocks that show off plenty of skin. But the trio of strong-shouldered 80s-recalling dresses that closed the show offered kind of a surprise ending.
The Accessories: Heels with zipper-adorned ankle straps and a handful of brightly-colored, thigh-high leather boots.
The Beauty: Middle-parted hair, kohl-lined lids and pink lips.
The Takeaway: Flowers need not wilt come fall as long as you've got Blumarine's pieces planted around you.
All images: IMAXtree