Forget Nigella, Italian fashion website yoox.com has created a food focused campaign for the festive season. There is an interactive section on the site where you, the public, are invited to join them at their festive dinner party. The food is designed exclusively by Michelin started chef – Davide Oldani. You can download the recipes and make them if you’re feeling adventurous enough. The table wear is all for sale and is part of their Xmas range. The aprons have been exclusively designed for Yoox by Moschino, Missoni and MSGM among others with part of the proceeds going to the Slow Food Foundation.
Left – Moschino Apron - £54
We thought we'd combine Milan and Paris men's fashion weeks as many trends crossed over. Here's what stood out for TheChicGeek:
THE SMOCK - PEASANTS' REVOLT
Maybe it's the turmoil of the european economies or our waining power in the world, but it was a return to simple peasant smock.
From Left - Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Fendi
This boy scout was prepared for most things and not doubt has the budget to get himself out of any trouble.
From Left - Louis Vuitton, Moschino, D Squared
Tomas Maier drew the details on at Bottega Veneta.
From Left - Both Bottega Veneta
TUCK 'EM IN
Long shirts hang out, short ones get tucked in. The new way to wear it. Now swing your pants!
From Left - Prada, Dolce & Gabbana
Get the kitchen sink and everything else in these enlarged accessories.
From Left - Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci
CASH 4 BLING
All that glitters isn't necessarily the best taste, but it's certainly fun.
From Left - Acne, Costume National, Moschino
The new trouser is one part runner, one part obscene!
From Left - Etro, Gucci
So SS14 is all about the breast pocket, just make sure it contains something important. From Left - Fendi, Valentino
Prada says jump, we say 'how high'. Think a moody Wicked Game video.
From Left - Both Prada
CHICGEEK RANDOMS - Just some random fashion loveliness we like from Spring/Summer 2014.
Left - Balmain Shoes
Left - Carven textured suit
Below Left - Dries Van Noten's Flowers
Below - Louis Vuitton's 50s font
Here are TheChicGeek's favourite picks from the capital of Italian menswear - Milan
70s - The cropped jacket shapes at Prada and the colour at Etro were a reminder of when men really were sartorial peacocks.
Far Left - Etro, Left - Prada
Nutter PoW - Whenever you see over-sized Prince of Wales check, you think Tommy Nutter. More 70s (See above), Italian style.
Far Left - Versace, Left - Gucci
Yeti Chic - What's big, shaggy and black all over? The new winter AW 13 coat is what! Bigger is best as seen at Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana.
Far Left - Fendi, Left - Dolce & Gabbana
Biker - Of course you'd see biker at Belstaff, but the trend grew at Gucci and Ferragamo.
From Above Left - Belstaff, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci
Hearts - Forget Valentine's Day, show your love through your knitwear.
Far Left - Burberry Prorsum, Left - Moschino
Raglan - The signature, rounded shoulder of the raglan sleeve gives a softer silhouette. It's a trademark of Jil Sander and gives a 60s feeling to tailored coats.
Far Left - Prada, Left - Salvatore Ferragamo
Grrrr - Animal magic at Burberry Prorsum. Why should girls monopolise the animal prints? Where Christopher Bailey leads, we follow.
Left - Both Burberry Prorsum
The second stop on the menswear circuit, Milan threw up its usual mix of the predicted and the new. What was coming through was sandals and socks - this raises it head every couple of years - sporty running shoes with smart clothes, anything shiny - Magpie Chic! - busy prints all put together and walking Pop Art.
Top shows were Prada who went back to its minimal best, Burberry Prorsum which is the men's trend setter and Salvatore Ferragamo who gave us a bold and smiley collection of colour. Here are all TheChicGeek's favourite looks from Milan:
Left - Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2013
Left - Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Far Left - Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2013
Left - Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2013
Far Left - Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013
Left - Fendi Spring/Summer 2013
Far Left - Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2013
Left - Moschino Spring/Summer 2013
TheChicGeek's Top Looks from London Collections:Men - Click here
See TheChicGeek's Paris SS 13 Scrapbook - Click here
Inspiration for this tropical trend is Chris Issak's Wicked Game; think Helena Christensen, brooding clouds and a palm tree in this classic music video. The Vietnam veteran and his love writhing in the volcanic black sand in Herb Ritts' masterpiece.
The palm tree is the motif of the season, from Hawaiian shirts to small prints, this look is perfect for holidays. Poolside to barside in TheChicGeek's Club Tropicana the drinks are free.
TheChicGeek says - This is definitely one for the suitcase. As they say, 'what happens on holiday stays on holiday'. Enjoy.
ASOS - Slim Fit Palm Blazer - £65
ASOS - Slim Fit Palm Shorts - £25
ASOS - Palm Tree Print Espadrilles - £10
Moschino - Palm Swim Shorts - £130
Topman - Blue Palm Tree Stripe Jumper - £30
Valentino - Palm Tree Print Jacket - £1238
Tom Ford - Lavender Palm Decanter - £285
Valentino - Hawaiian Print T-Shirt - £248
Paul Smith - Palm Print Straw Trilby Hat - £85
Moschino menswear had taken something of sabbatical from these shores which was a shame because the mainline was pretty good. I recently noticed a new Moschino section pop-up in Selfridges and the men's buyer there, Sam Lobban, picked up on it his Buyer's Guide.
What we missed was the fun and it's time we got it back. The tongue-in-cheek irony that made the clothes playful was a clever and surreal fun, a wit that many find hard to pull off. Moschino always do great prints and trompe l'oeil effects. So it's a welcome return to Moschino and if it means we have to put up with a few slogans, hearts or CND symbols then so be it!
Left - Moschino A/W 10
Below - Moschino S/S 11
Milan has set out its stall for Autumn/Winter 2011. It was a feast of skins and furs and plenty of new trends in between. When you start seeing minks and alligators on the catwalk you know you better start saving, it was as though the fashion houses were trying to out luxe each other. Here are the top menswear ideas that are coming out of Milan.
Oversized Coats - Coats went a few sizes bigger as volume was the order of the day at Prada, Burberry Prorsum and Gucci
Left - Prada
Big epaulettes - The oversized coat trend continued with exaggerated shoulder details.
Left - Bottega Veneta
All Going On At The Back - Business at the front, party at the back. It was all about the cinching details on the coats at Etro and Burberry Prorsum.
Left - Etro Right - Burberry Prorsum
The Luxury Parka Continues - This was a big trend for A/W10 with the likes of Michael Kors, Paul Smith and Yves Salomon all doing great versions. Guys like the idea of a dress down coat with a luxury lining.
Left - Pringle of Scotland
Male Prince(ss) Coat - A feminine coat shape. High waisted with belting details. Loved the colour and pockets on this Moncler Gamme Bleu one. Also seen at Burberry Prorsum. It's the kind of coat little, rich boys wear.
Below - Moncler Gamme Bleu
Fur - Fur was everywhere. Keep it to embellishments, collars and linings.
Left - Burberry Prorsum - This was called 'Jaguar Mink' - looks part ermine part dalmation
Male Clutch - Where many have tried and failed, Gucci may have cracked it. The new Gucci clutch had a masculine handle and looked like a tote that had had the bottom cut off. The handle allows you to carry it in different ways, which has always been the downfall of the-bag-in-hand female looking clutch.
Role Reversal - New way to wear your knitwear, baggy cardigans over jackets.
Left - Nicole Farhi
Fashion Scrum - This is how we think the fashion pack was left feeling before moving on to Paris! See Paris - Click here
Below - A rugby inspired collection from Moschino.