MFW COVERAGE: Raf Simons & the Final Bow

It’s a rainy and gloomy Monday here in Milan. One of those days you just wanna crawl into bed and watch the rain from inside, but since want is not the same thing as can, umbrella and rain boots are in order. Anyway, we are halfway through with our MFW posts and I am loving what italian designers sent out the runway last week. For you today, the always ethereal Alberta Ferretti, the emotional farewell from Raf Simmons at Jil Sander, the electric Blumarine runway and Pucci’s sensually drenched catwalk.

ALBERTA FERRETTI

Alberta Ferretti has sure made a name for herself and a signature style. The delicate dresses with sheer inserts are now a classic in the designer’s runways. This time, the color palette was simple but beautiful: deep purple, royal blue, fuchsia and black. Almost every look showcased a midi length (IN for next season) and fur had that color twist we have been seeing everywhere. As always, the peek-a-boo factor played a major role AF’s catwalk. But her soft dresses were not the only thing worth mentioning, structured leather coats, embellished tops, tailored pant suits and that last ivory gown came together for a glamourous and sensual result.

EMILIO PUCCI

Pucci equals sexy, and by looking at this season’s runway it couldn’t be more obvious. With a stellar model line-up, Peter Dundas showcased a collection where fur, sheer, leather, sharp tailoring and embellishments had the starring roles. The show started out with a total black, game of textures and the trademark maxi dress with classic Pucci print (darker style) all over. And then it was off to the brights: a beautiful powder blue came out the runway, along with s crisp white, nude, and even some bright orange on a furry and metallic number (one of the biggest trends here in Milan was definitely the shiny, foil texture).

Dundas knows how to do sexy and also evening, numerous gowns strutted the runway with cut-outs, embellishments, dangerous slits and even a sexy number with a tux jacket over it. The piece I am going bananas for: the nude look with the shiny, leather pants. For the accessories, classic pumps with a twist: jewels on them and for beauty, braids, lots of them.

MISSONI

The inspiration is as clear as water, Nature. And Angela Missoni’s Nature took the form of a beautiful and eye-catching mash-up. Each look was so detailed and unique that eyes just bounced back and forth, from one ensemble to the other. A collection so rich in color and texture: from green, to teal, to lava, to earthy shades and from fur, to the classic Missoni knits clash. Shapes included super tight trousers, structured, long coats, fur collars, mid-length dresses and the fabulous crossed shoulder wraps, which gave a special and beautiful touch. Accessorizing everything with pointy heels and boots, next season’s Missoni girl will be a Nature warrior in a concrete jungle.

JIL SANDER

This collection was the final bow for Raf Simons at Jil Sander and a perfect ending for his time as Creative Director for the brand. The show in two words: emotional and beautiful. For several seasons, Simons and his collections have always been on the top 5 (it all started with the color-blocking art from last Spring) and his closing act will definitely get him on that list again. His characteristic minimalism was the star of his collection, complemented with soft and pastel shades and a strong dose of femininity. The oversized and perfectly tailored pink coats stole our hearts from the start and his emotional bow at the en stole also a tear or two.

From start to finish, it was a complete delight. The elements: mid-length skirts paired up with soft, structured coats, ample, ladylike dresses with volume, satin silk and lingerie inspired garments, beautiful capes, metallic textures and that jumpsuit I dream of wearing one day. His ankle strap shoes were the perfect match to his dazzling clothes. I am eager to see if the woman herself, Jil Sander will be able to outdo Mr. Simons next season (it’s not gonna be easy Mrs. Sander), but what I am most excited about, finding out where Raf Simons is going after this because I, for sure, will be following.

BLUMARINE

Leave it to Anna Molinari to put on a fun, fly, chic and edgy fashion show. Opening your MFW with a display of five eye-catching, bright-colored fur numbers is a bold choice but one that can guarantee the audience’s complete attention (throw Iza Goulart into that mix and you have hit the jackpot). This season’s collection oozed glamour, but not that old-school crap, wild glamour as I like to call it. Sequins, fur, metallic garments, the classic animal print fun, leg-flashing and even some evening wear that I would sure wear on a red carpet (I just pictured myself wearing the bright lime look while cameras shower me with flashes… Dream on girl, dream on) were just some of the elements that the Italian designer sent out her exciting and vibrating runway. Loved it, loved it, loved it! To Anna Molinari: Can all this praise get me the bright pink coat? I can do better if you’d like….

LOOK OF THE DAY

It’s always fun to add some colored tights to an ensemble and today, I mixed in knits and prints with some fab eggplant tights. I chose a grass green jumper from Rag & Bone. Underneath the sweater, a blouse from TOPSHOP with the collar peeking out to add some cuteness. For the bottom part, a pair of printed smart shorts from Zara (the print is beautiful). For leg coverage (summery shorts and wedges with leg flashing might have been a little too much), deep purple tights from Modcloth to contrast with the print. For more edge, sky-high platforms from Nasty Gal (I love towering shoes).

For the bag, a classic beige tote from YSL to tone it down a bit. For accessories, a lace and vintage necklace from Modcloth (place it underneath the collar of the shirt) and the always pretty ARTY ring from YSL in grape. For the nails, a bright touch from Essie‘s new collection: NAVIGATE HER.

For all the details on today’s look, just click HERE.

Tomorrow I’ll have some Dolce and a touch of Versace so be sure to check back!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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