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Its Milan fashion week! Want to know how to stay front row fabulous at all times? We ask the editors in the know to reveal their tips. Then look to our Alexa Chung shoot and exclusive interview to find out how to work the SS11 trends her way. Plus, designers Prabal Gurung and Alessandra Rich make their NET-A-PORTER debut with fashion-forward tailoring and vibrant gowns. And we talk to super stylist Jessica Paster as she prepares the stars for the Oscars red carpet.
ThIS WEEK: Milan
ALEXA TALKS SPRING STYLE
Young at heart
Raphael Youngs slick sculptural heels are topping every stylish womans wish list this season. Hailing from a family of master craftsmen he is the nephew of renowned YSL bootmaker Alexandre Narcy Youngs shoes are directional and modern, often featuring unexpected materials including resin and crushed mother-of-pearl. Going uptown? Punctuate a classic LBD with attention-grabbing molten gold sandals. Or if downtown chic is more your thing, opt for sky-high open-toe ankle boots or red suede wedges worn with skinny jeans and plenty of attitude.
Walk to the fashion beat in Raphael Youngs statement shoes
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Its Milan Fashion Week!
Sail through the season in style
with help from those in the know
Adriana Di LelloWhat Will you be Wearing?i love a color splash, so ill be using hot-hued details, especially bags from Jil Sander, Miu Miu, Marni and Mulberry. this season i will work a brighter look than usual with floral maxi dresses and kaftans from emilio Pucci, etro, and alberta Ferretti. hoW Will you acceSSorize?With necklaces, cuffs and rings by Pamela love, roberto cavalli and aurlie bidermann. i also love chlos platform heels and clogs by Marni.hoW do you balance coMFort and Style?if its well cut, a military parka or a cape is very useful because you dont even need to take it off you can still write easily in your notebook.What are your beauty eSSentialS?a good lip balm, my favorite is carmex, and a hydrating, non-greasy face cream. Sometimes i do a smoky eye.What getS you through it all?an interest in whats next and the hope of seeing brilliant designs.
Fashion editor, elle italy
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Sarah Joan RossStyle director, emirates Woman
Sarah HarrisFashion Features Writer, Vogue uK
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What Will you be Wearing?im such a blazer girl i will take about six in different colors. My favorite one is by narciso rodriguez a slick cut with the prettiest soft pink chiffon lining. i always go for heels so i am eye level with the supermodels, but i pack ballet pumps in my handbag for when the six inches get too much. hoW do you PrePare? travelling and attending events all the time has made me a highly efficient packer! I style up each outfit the night before and make sure they can be mixed up if needed. What are your beauty eSSentialS?Mac crme blush for a healthy looking flush, and Kristin Florians Calm Mind is fantastic for relieving headaches especially good when trying to get through security at the Versace show!What are you MoSt looKing ForWard to? its like a family reunion you catch up with editors youve known for years, and photographers, models, hair and makeup artists that you work with season after season.
What Will you be Wearing?My look doesnt stray too far from jeans and a cashmere sweater or silk shirt. ill rotate between Jimmy choo over-the-knee boots and biker boots, Lanvin wedges and ballet flats. Leather biker jackets worn with dresses are great for evening.hoW do you PrePare? i try to make sure i dont have anything stuck at the dry cleaners that i might need. if im very organized, ill plan the night before, but usually i decide what to wear in the morning.What are your beauty eSSentialS? a blow dry at daniel hersheson at the beginning of the week, and a facial with dr Frances Prenna Jones if i can schedule an appointment, plus crme de la Mer eye balm, and Sisley day and night cream.What Will We Find in your handbag? as little as possible: a notebook and pen, blackberry, by terry baume de rose lip balm, Persol sunglasses, dr. Sebagh hand cream and haribo sweets. What getS you through it all? the thought of a hot bath before bed. a brisk morning walk also helps.
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lexaaShes the poster girl for tomboy chic. Fashions sweetheart
Alexa Chung shows us how to dress for the new seasonphotographs by KaI Z FENg
Top by Chinti and Parker; skirt by Vanessa
Bruno; flats by Chlo; necklace by Alex Monroe;
ring Alexas own
This page: Dress by Giambattista Valli; cardigan by J.Crew; pumps by Carven; necklace by Oscar de la Renta; ring by Pamela LoveOpposite page: T-shirt by A.P.C.;shorts by Current/Elliott; necklace by Giles & Brother; clutch by Yves Saint Laurent; bracelet by Isabel Marant; rings by Pamela Love and Alexas own
My style probably conveys my inability
to grow up
Dress by Erdem; sandals by Kors
Michael Kors; necklace Alexas own
This page: Dress by Hussein Chalayan; flats by Valentino; necklace by Alex Monroe Opposite page: Dress by Valentino
This page: Top by Theyskens Theory; shorts by Katharine Hamnett; wedges by Chlo; necklace by Alex Monroe; belt by GucciOpposite page: Shirt by A.P.C.; skirt by Proenza Schouler; pumps by Carven; bracelet by Giles & Brother; clutch by Valentino
I feel very comfortable
rocking a mans shirt
This page: Dress by Erdem; flats by Chlo Opposite page: Blazer by Joseph; shorts by
Valentino; blouse and pumps by Carven;
ring by Daisy Knights
This page: Dress by Valentino; sandals
by Kors Michael Kors; necklace by
Alex Monroe; ring by Daisy Knights
I love the balletic vibe at Chlo, Erdem
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Alexa: The inTerview
STYLE TIPTomboy chic is easy when you know how: simply mix relaxed denim with ladylike accessories.
STYLE TIPKeep hair and makeup fresh. Opt for either statement lips or eyes then finish with artfully tousled hair.
STYLE TIPIts all about balance think mini lengths offset by high necklines, long sleeves and polished flats.
WHATS IT LIKE SITTInG On THE FROnT ROW?
Its exciting. The pageantry is like nothing else. The designers seat you next to people you may not know but definitely recognize. I was sat one away from Sarah Jessica Parker at Burberry and was freaking out because I love her.WHAT ARE YOuR STYLE RuLES?Only ever dress to please yourself. Dont be afraid to experiment with your look. And make sure its clean! WHAT DO YOu THInK YOuR STYLE SAYS ABOuT YOu?
I know what Id like my style to say about me. Id like to appear intelligent and relaxed, non-threatening and fun. In reality my style probably conveys my inability to grow up! I love how children dress its so chaotic.MOST TREASuRED POSSESSIOn?
A skull necklace that I lost. I left
it in a bag in the boot of a new York cab and literally watched it drive away so sad. Im very sentimental about clothes. I have pieces I will never part with.FAVORITE LABELS?
Too many Acne, Isabel Marant, Lover the amazing Aussie label, Chanel for classic pieces and Pamela Love for jewelry.HOW DO YOu GET DRESSED?
I think about what to wear in the shower, trying to visualize it with the weather and the things I have on that day in mind. Sometimes, if Im pre-coffee and cant decide, I take spare shoes and an extra jumper in my bag.DO YOu HAVE AnY HELP FOR SPECIAL EVEnTS?
Yeah, I usually have George northwood doing my hair and in new York my friend Tamah Krinsky does my make up.
How to gEt t H E a l Ex a look...
We catch up with Miss Chung to talk life and style
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Tune in to part one of our exclusive runway videos featuring the editors expert style tips, then shop the looks
Pssttune in next week for part two!
Clare Coulson, Fashion Features Director,
harpers Bazaar uK
Alessandras dresses tap into some exciting
spring trends: pop color and longer
the neweleganceRising stars Alessandra Rich and Prabal Gurung take a fresh look at feminine style
Alessandra richcatapult her into the fashion spotlight. long dresses inspired by Grace Kelly are given a bold update with masculine collars, neon lace and grosgrain belts coated with plastic.
I wanted to do something fun and a bit over the top, she explains. a reflection of her own personal style, rich lovingly tests the clothes herself during the design process, moving, walking and sitting in each piece to make sure she likes what she sees. Its such a thrill whe