It’s Tuesday and I have for you some of Milan’s finest, I won’t make much of an introduction because they certainly do not need it. Today’s line-up: Ferragamo, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and of course, Prada. Shall we?
The thing about Ferragamo is that it always delivers beautiful clothes that ooze elegance. For this collection, it was all about old-school army meets sexy chic. Massimiliano Giornetti took inspiration from the time of Russian Czars, but not only on the military side, but also on the elegance and femininity of the women of that era. The show consisted on a game of contrasts, sharp tailored coats, heavy knits, slouchy trousers with boots and on the other hand, sheer garments, delicate lace and romantic pieces.
The color palette always stayed on the neutral side (except for a retro blue and some hints of plum): earthy shades and black. The strongest trend patterns: texture parade, sheer romance, military-inspired, sharp tailoring and double-breasted coats. The accessories were so detailed and beautiful and the lace-up heels were just the icing on the cake. The key element for Sweet’n'Raw: the metallic pencil skirt with the plum, see-through blouse and the knotted chain belt, OH BOY!
Another Nature inspired collection from Italy, but this time with a more dramatic take. That’s what Fendi’s runway was all about for the coming season. Karl Lagerfeld’s overwhelming and detailed looks included colored fur (huge trend on MFW), PVC inserts, beautiful tailoring, asymmetrical and sharp shapes, texture combination and more. The strong garments are surely intended for a bold and aggressive woman, a fashion warrior. The double-toned ankle boots are definitely jaw-droppingly beautiful and all of the looks were paired up with dark colored tights.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Why do I love this duo so much? Because they are, like me, really allergic to minimalism. And also like me, they have a lace obsession. This collection was just what I hoped and expected, opulent, filled with baroque details and beautiful textures and fabrics. Always remaining close to their heritage (Italian Opera played on the background), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana payed, once more, homage to their sensual muse: the Sicilian siren. A mix of tulle, delicate lace and brocade was displayed beautifully on the runway by some of the biggest names on the modelling world: their favorite girl, Bianca Balti, Russian bombshell Natasha Poly, rising star Cara Delevigne and ebony queen Joan Smalls.
They managed to sexify one of the season’s strongest trends, the volume. Capes played a major role on the runway, so did meticulous embroideries, the classic leopard print and lots of leg-flashing. Their signature bodysuits (my favorite part of their shows) were present, all decorated with colorful flowers or delicate ruffles. As always, their shoes were beyond pretty and that elaborate, baroque jewelry will be everywhere next season.
All eyes were on Marni due to the upcoming H&M collaboration. In a peachy runway, fly queen, Consuelo Castiglioni sent out the runway a color-blocking and tapestry texture display. Models wore everything with white tights (another trend for the season) and the cutest cross-over pumps my eyes have ever seen. Textures included fur and jacquard. Shapes were sharp and boxy, volume was present and so were beautiful and eye-catching prints. The collection, as all things Marni, had a retro touch and a vintage vibe to it.
Definitely the most expected show on MFW. After Miuccia Prada’s runway winning streak, the question was: “Will she be able to pull it off again?” The answer is yes. With a catwalk packed with graphic and retro prints, Signora Prada did it again. Her key element or star was a vest/cape hybrid we got to see on almost every look she sent out the runway. The color palette was a mix of black with some happy colours she used for her retro, geometric prints: purple, pink, orange and some red. Heavy embellishments played an important part on each ensemble.
Almost everything was cinched, almost everything was bejeweled. Don’t even get me started on the shoes, I am still getting over those fiery pumps from Spring and she now gives the world rubber-soled Mary-Janes. Overall, it was a simple and vibrant collection and one that will be snagging many magazine covers next fall, just as it’s happening right now with her Hot Rod collection.
Embracing the pastels all the way! For this look I chose a metallic, high-waisted skirt in lilac from ASOS. I tucked in a light green blouse with white collar and details from ZARA. For coverage and since MFW has such beautiful and sunny days, a white blazer with golden buttons from Nasty Gal. For an edge, bare leg show and the fabulous Jeffrey Campbell clear & silver booties.
For the accessories, a MISSONI classic knit clutch in pastels, a skull ring from TOPSHOP and an arm candy trio from ASOS: a spiked rainbow friendship bracelet, a plastic chained one and a Swarovski bangle. For your nails, add some Chanel Le Vernis in JUNE.
For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA.
Last post from MFW is coming up tomorrow and then we are off to the last destination: PARIGI! Keep checking back for all you need to know about Fashion Week.
PS: Marni for H&M comes out in two days, remember to go and get in line early!