Home of the boldly, unapologetically fashionable and a capital where style is in the very air people breathe, Milan Fashion Week brought us a whole mix of surprises and delights. While Dolce & Gabbana brought us the yummiest mummies in the world, Moschino went all Looney and we must not forget about Giorgio Armani’s ‘skouser’ (skirt over trousers), oh and there were a few hairy Gucci feet strutting around. Like they say, Italians do it best.
Making a debut was new Creative Director Alessandro Michele, who showcased his first collection for Gucci, declaring the leather midi to be autumn/winter 2015’s must-have staple, along with some very, very hairy feet.
The enchanted forest provided a backdrop that changed lighting from dawn to day to dusk at Alberta Ferretti whose whimsical woodland show revealed folk embroidery and textured velvet.
The new silhouette. It was all about layers, round shoulders and long floaty shapes at No.21. Alessandro Dell’Acqua wins for best textures.
Punk got a makeover with bold bling, regal prints and electric colour in an over the top mash up from Fausto Puglisi.
Statement outerwear. Hairy coats and oversized puffer jackets in red hues were the order of the day at Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi brought us a more streamlined vision of the brand with jackets and skirts in straight silhouettes, geometric patterns inspired by the work of Dadaist Sophie Taeuber-Arp and an angular tropical paradise flower worn into every bag.
Looney Tunes. The fun continued at Moschino. Who would have thought our favourite childhood cartoons, Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird would be hitting the runway.
Off beat colour combos. Miuccia Prada showed us how to do it in soft pastel hues with shots of acid blue. The result was a perfect combination of saccharine little-girl sweetness and shout-out colour for a quirky sixties feel. The show took place in a series of rooms painted in delectable ice-cream shades of pistachio green and sugar pink. Even the pre-show canapés were colour-themed to match.
Hot Mommas. “Ti amo, Mamma,” announced the invitation to Dolce & Gabbana’s autumn/winter 2015 display of the yummiest mummies in the world. Models walked the runway with their children and our recent cover girl Bianca Balti walked six months pregnant rocking a rose pink number and looking as stunning as ever. This was a real Dolce & Gabbana family show, even the prints that could be seen on the skirts were drawn by Domenico Dolce’s niece and nephew along with other family members.
Bring out the supers. With a stunning supermodel cast including Joan Smalls and Izabel Goulart, this was to be Creative Director Peter Dundas’ last collection for Emilio Pucci, who is rumoured to be moving over to Cavalli. No one quite brings us that sledgehammer sex-appeal quite like Peter, and his collection had that usual loud leggy glamour and featured pop-art monochrome sequin dresses and thigh boots, swaths of chiffon and swinging fringing, stunning beaded gowns and bold wasabi green coloured furs.
The rule breaker. Salvatore Ferragamo isn’t a brand bothered by trends. Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti has been steering in a more classic direction. Strong graphic lines, colour blocking and asymmetric patchwork were the major motifs.
The bold and beautiful. Massimo Giorgetti’s four-year-old label MSGM was born from prints, but his autumn/winter 2015 collection didn’t show one. That didn’t matter though as the the bold colours made up for it – shocking pink, electric orange and highlighter yellow. Rumour of the week was that Massimo is the front-runner for the Emilio Pucci post left vacant by Peter Dundas’ departure.
Happy birthday. It’s Giorgio Armani’s 40th anniversary of his business this year, and his collection made a strong, simple statement with sparkling jackets, fluid brush stroke printed trousers, the work of Russian-French Artis Mark Chagall and the (skouser) skirt over trouser.
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