The big guns of Italian fashion came out to play this week at Milan Fashion Week. And most of the designers had a retrospective view whether it was Renaissance Italy or the Golden Age of Hollywood. The result was feminine, sexy and very wearable.
Here are our top picks of the designer shows from Milan…
“Those who are truly contemporary are those who neither perfectly coincide with their time nor adapt to its demands…Contemporariness, then, is that relationship with time that adheres to it through a disconnection.” This note, left on every seat, quoted the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. The Gucci girl is changing with new head designer Alessandro Michele. Secretary chic, too cool for school – less sexy than Tom Ford but more current and hitting his goal of contemporary girl.
The gilded brocades and baroque prints were reminiscent of the Italian renaissance with the soft flowing fabrics and gypsy styling adding a folksy feel to the collection. Over the knee suede boots added a rich earthy feel to the looks.
Max Mara’s fall collection was all about sirens of the silver screen- Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Vivien Leigh. Feminine, demure and lady-like but showing off just the right amount of curves.
Earthy tones, architectural seams, patterns and pockets and texture were prominent in Karl Lagerfeld’s AW collection for Fendi. From leather and fur to wool and duvet-like quilted fabrics we can imagine wrapping up against the cold next autumn in these.
Anna Molinari latest collection for Blumarine was sexy and sensual with a nod to the heady days of Studio 54. Draping silks, floor-length lurex and mini dresses teamed with ankle boots look set to influence our Christmas party attire at the end of 2015!
Donatella went back to the Versace’s best with brights and primary colours in an office meets after-work party collection. Whether it is head to toe in one colour or a mix of brights with black and white, in Versace you are sure to stand out in a crowd.
It was a mature and calm collection for Rodolfo Paglialunga with straight silhouettes and geometric prints leading the way. We loved the splashes of orange in a predominantly monotone anthology.
“It’s a very personal collection,” Peter Dundas said about his last collection for Pucci. Psychedelic swirls, flowing chiffon and bright colours gave it a very swinging sixties feel that was hedonistic at the same time as being luxurious.
Dolce & Gabbana
Pregnant models, models carrying babies, if a baby wasn’t the ultimate accessory before, it certainly is now! Celebrating Mama, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce tied mother motifs, children’s drawings and flowers to most of their designs creating a whimsical and romantic ideal of the mother.
Angela Missoni returned to the beginnings of the Missoni label with a knitted collection. Patterns were woven into the fabrics and included in leggings, skirts, dresses and coats creating a riot of colour and mesmerising designs.