After several seasons of samey, conservative collections Milan was beginning to look like the conservative older sister of her cooler counterparts in New York, London and Paris. However, the Italians were back on form this week, as designers stepped up their game this season, putting Milan in the spotlight and giving Paris and London a run for their money.
It was a celebration of women, displaying fierce girl power. Many designers shared a common vision and pulled inspiration from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘70s, ‘90s and military clothing. Incorporating the femininity of flowing fabrics with the edge and toughness of army and leather jackets the designers strayed from usual tradition, with splashes of colour spotted on every runway, creating a new concept of season-neutral collections.
Karl Lagerfeld may very well be the eighth wonder of the world. Together with the help of Silvia Venturini, the dynamic duo created a ‘70s inspired collection featuring wavy stripes, thigh-high colourful boots and plenty of 3-D texture. Frills, ruffles and blue and orange fur were incorporated into many looks, sending nothing but good vibes down the runway. www.fendi.com
London circa 1990 made a major comeback at Etro this season with velvet trousers, oversized knit hats, hippie dresses and plaid jackets galore. Every look was an artful display of mixed patterns, prints, textures and colours, something Veronica Etro does best. A common theme throughout Milan Fashion Week was military-inspired looks. Etro paired bohemian velvet dresses with reworked army jackets, making every ‘90s grunge girl gush with pride. www.etro.com
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Donatella Versace brought her futuristic vibe to the runway once again, as she incorporated sporty elements to everyday garments. Wardrobe malfunctions didn’t stop Versace from coming out on top as one of this season’s most epic shows. Military inspiration and female empowerment were central themes at Versace as well as many other collections that debuted in the city during the past week. Donatella paired different grey and blue tones and neoprene with soft citrus-like colours and leather that contrasted each other perfectly. www.versace.com
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana dreamed up a fairy tale runway show and made every woman’s childhood fantasy of becoming a princess come true. Shimmering sparkles, mice, teacups and candelabras made their way down the runway, creating a magical atmosphere. The sprightly duo showed that every elegant girl has an empowering tough side to complement her feminine side with the addition of the ubiquitous military-inspired pieces including jackets with extravagant embroidery and buttons and cropped pants. www.dolcegabbana.it
With a focus on women and all that they are capable of, Miuccia Prada’s autumn collection showed us that a woman can be anything she wants to be, so long as she dresses the part! Prada’s models portrayed important women on a mission. The collection honoured women, but Prada didn’t dress her models in typical feminine apparel. Instead she used blazers, capes and sailor hats featured in the Prada menswear show in January, to illustrate this “vagabond” woman whom should be envied. www.prada.com
Ferragamo broke boundaries with bright, rich colours for fall, bold lines, chevron and abstract patterns. Clean lines, meticulous pleats and mismatched patterns along with a burst of energetic colours made this collection stand out among the rest. Ferragamo’s looks had timeless class with peplum tops, long pleated skirts and ribbed turtleneck knits. www.ferragamo.com
Bulgari hosted it’s Fall/Winter 2016 Accessories event at Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Milan. Bags, sunglasses, scarves and jewellery were displayed around the lounge for Bulgari lovers to feast their eyes on. Similar to the bright, rich palette in Ferragamo’s FW16 collection, Bulgari incorporated purple, orange and blues into all of their accessories. Some of the new collection’s bags were made with lizard skin and fur detailing. www.bulgari.com