Milan Fashion Week Highlights

Milan Fashion Week had some surprises. The Italian designers usually represent the epitome of chic. This year there was  plenty of  unorthodox points of view to go around.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017 collection was gorgeous. The aesthetic was undeniably chic, feminine and beautifully wearable.

Ferretti mixed edginess with delicate lace. There was a Spanish theme to the dresses, that were cinched at the waist with stiff leather belts with oversized buckles. Leather bandeau crop tops were teamed with sheer layered skirts. Bella Hadid walked the show.

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Gucci was disco cool meets eclectic odd. Designer Alessandro Michele, emphasized drama with his most recent collection for Gucci. Acting as the luxury brand’s creative director for his third season, Michele delivered chiffon gowns, animal-print jackets and leisure suits.“50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson made an appearance.

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In his third outing for Roberto Cavalli since being made creative director last year, Peter Dundas showed a patchwork of influences that included Navajo-inspired beaded dresses and kaftans, long, lean Seventies trouser suits with deep flares and patchwork details, and tiered Boho maxiskirts. The looks were worn with low-slung Western concho belts and trailing skinny scarves. The look was a Coachella meets Marrakesh hybrid. It was perfect for the modern hippie.

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The Philipp Plein fashion show was staged with as amusement park theme for the tacky chic woman. Muscle bulging “groundsmen” were posed around the women. The guys were the “groundsmen” of this fairytale land.  They were tasked to perform chores like soaping their pectoral muscles, or snipping plastic topiary, while simultaneously admiring the models.There was fairytale cottages and a flying chair carousel. The look was ghetto fabulous and the models walked around the room’s perimeter while a live DJ played.

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Donatella Versace embraced an athletic streak at the Versace show. She still maintained the signature sex appeal that defines her brand though.

The Versace vision of sportswear was sleek, ultra wearable and could reality translate from day to night. Functional materials such as ultra-lightweight nylon, transparent bonded waterproofs and drawstring pulls were elevated to couture status. Sweatshirts and tank tops came with intricate and raw-edged lace trim whilst Versace crystal chain mail was embroidered across wrap dresses that shimmered like sun-kissed water.

The Versace show boasting a star-studded model cast including the Hadid sisters and Naomi Campbell.

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Milan Fashion Week Highlights

Exciting New Live Music Scene In Miami

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Dare we say it but Miami has seriously fantastic new music brewing. On any given night you can dip into one of the local live music venues like Churchill’s, Sidebar, Gramps, and others, and find really great original music. There are a lot of new artists, and bands performing but two that we want to focus on are Ketchy Shuby, and Magic City Hippies, two bands that you have to try and catch live if you come to Miami. We feel that if these two bands break out nationally the American music scene will be a whole lot more fun.

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Ketchy Schuby is kind of like a really young and current version of the Blues Brothers, which I kind of hate to say for fear of it conjuring up images of kitsch. I only really say that because the music is throwback soul and the lead singer looks like the cuban cousin of Jim Belushi.

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Ketchy Shuby is made up of six members, all in their mid-20s. Their roots range from Jamaica, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to Miami. They came together in 2008, and created a buzz on the live circuit by combining new sound with old soul to earn its “downtown” moniker. The group’s 28-year-old lead vocalist and guitar player, Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez says “It’s jazz, it’s ’60s rock, Afrobeat, reggae, ska”

Percussionist Danny Quinto adds, “Our music is Curtis Mayfield, Santana, Miles Davis, Fania All-Stars, mixed with MGMT, Kings of Leon, and the Budos Band, to name a few.” Whew that’s a lot but it is a mix of funk, and rock for sure. Most of all its feel good music they are a super charismatic band live. Listen here.

The Magic City Hippies, well let’s start with the name. It kind of just makes you smile doesn’t it. The band was started by Robby Hunter a local solo artist who would restyle hip hop hits into cool covers on his acoustic guitar and track machine. He teamed up with a dynamic drummer, Pat Howard and the multi-talented John Coghlin on keys, bass and guitar. We don’t know that much about these guys accept that they’re adorable, and they literally get a club full of people dancing in minutes, which we’ve seen personally. Check them out below:

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Exciting New Live Music Scene In Miami

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