The Milan Fashion Week Digest
Milan's weather in the last week was glorious. But you know what was even more glorious? THE CLOTHES.| September 29, 2016
Has it really been six months since we were last here? Seems like it was just yesterday that we were running from show-to-show in Milan’s freezing weather, passing the Duomo multiple times without stopping to smell the flowers and hardly having the time to grab a proper bite. But alas, that time of the year is here again where Milan’s best present the season’s new crop for us to gawk, grovel and drool over. You know the drill – hop on board and buckle up as we rewind back to our top five collections from Milan Fashion Week. Did your favourite make the cut?
Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi are marching to a new beat, and we don’t mean to sound cheesy, but we are so down for it. Drawing loosely from Marie Antoinette and her decadent “let them eat cake” ways, Fendi presents a super-sweet collection of literal epic proportions. Big sleeves and poofy pants coverd with thick stripes, billowy skirts that were really aprons worn over little bloomers and sporty cropped tops that showed plenty of underboob. If you liked and died for the shoes from Fendi’s Haute Fourrure back in July, the pared down and sportier version from this season will do the same. Maybe even more.
It’s always interesting to see how Sportmax introduces a new way of integrating sportswear into fashion. Athleisure isn’t even the word for it. Playing around with a palette of red, blue, yellow and white, Sportmax gave plenty to crave for with slinky printed dresses, coned hats, circular cut-outs and drawstrings that rendered a ruching effect on the pieces. Our favourites? The wide-necked ruched blouses that we can imagine with ten other things we already own.
When it comes to good old theatricality, is there really anyone else that can top Gucci in Milan? We don’t think so. Dishing out everything from slogan sweatshirts for the slightly more fashion faint-hearted to tinsel-covered capes and fluffy gowns covered in impeccable embroidery, Alessandro Michele threw together a show to remember. Read our full review here.
Miuccia Prada knows the business and she understands the importance of pacing. Taking a small step back from the melting pot of the last collection, the designer opted for something softer, younger and quirkier for spring – but still one hundred and one percent Prada. Feathery negligee-like pieces inspired by the days gone by are mixed with tartan, paneled leather jackets, sandals and details inspired by the Far East. It’s a mix that only Mrs. Prada knows how to handle with care.
The utilitarian inspiration is nothing new in fashion, which is why it is so refreshing when someone presents it in a completely different way. Consuelo Castiglioni proves that she is one of Milan’s best in the proportion department with dresses, jackets and separates that come with their own bags. Is the dress attached to the bag, or the bag attached to the dress? Hmm. Other looks that stole the show include oversized dresses shaped with drawstrings in mint, chevron and florals. Looks like the one-shoulder and ruching are making a comeback come spring. If they all looked as good as what we saw at Marni, then yes, count us in. A thousand times yes.
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