Monday, never a fun day, my sweet readers! After a weekend of non-stop party, it’s hard to go back to work and study duties. How about a fashionable distraction? Today I have for you more runway reviews from Milan Fashion Week (I know, I know, I’m a tad late). We are one step closer to concluding the coverage, we still have Paris to review and Paris, as our dear Audrey Hepburn said, is always a good idea. Ready to start?
Thomas Maier’s genius has made Bottega Veneta one of the most expected shows in MFW. For Spring 2013, his inspiration was clear: the ladies from the 1940s. The hemlines were midi, the prints and textures had a certain nostalgia to them. Maier payed special attention to the waist, accentuated with skinny and adorned belts. The color palette was vast but always keeping that retro feeling: burnt orange, cream, navy, off-white, navy blue. As for accessories, the famous Intrecciato got the Spring treatment, tights were found on each and every one of the ensembles and loafers, ankle-strap pumps and platform Mary-Janes accompanied the looks.
For seasons, Miuccia Prada has been having a winning streak. She always gets raving reviews, her garments are featured on almost every cover and her accessories always seem to be sold out. That is why I can’t believe what I’m about to say, I have mixed feelings about her Spring 2013 collection. I still don’t know if I like it, I still don’t know if it will grow on me and maybe it’s me that’s wrong, but I’m not crazy about her Japanese interpretation. She gets some points for changing her once perky game into a darker and bolder one. As I said before, Mrs. Prada was all about Asian inspiration and her color palette was simple: black, dark green, red and some neutrals. Her signature, boxy coats made it on to the runway, embellished with floral patches.
Underneath them were hot pants, another signature look from the Italian designer. The runway was a skirt parade: volume numbers with pleats, asymmetrical cuts and structured panels. The dress range went from simple to complex (the folds were obviously origami inspired). As for the shoes, Miuccia has a thing for going all out (still can’t get the flame heels out of my mind). For the show, her own rendition of the Japanese sandal: XL platform, metallic textures and bows. I know it will be photographed a zillion times starting January, it was just not my cup of tea.
Editors around the world were expecting this event for a long time. After Raf Simons’ departure (a tragedy, I loved him at Jil), we all had the same thought: “Jil Sander has some big-ass shoes to fill.” Simons has always had de magic touch, he can make the simplest of t-shirts look flawlessly perfect. Enough with the Raf grief and on to Mrs. Sander. It is safe to say that the Spring 2013 collection kept going in the same direction: clean lines, structured shapes, minimal and oversize garments. The color palette was basic: navy, black, cream, crisp white and a hint of maroon. It was elegant and simple, but we can’t help but miss past season’s paisley prints, graphic sweaters and volumes. I guess we’ll just have to refrain from comparing her to Raf.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Now this picky Italians always know how to cheer us up. After a bunch of shows that made us feel more Fall than Spring, Domenico and Stefano washed it all away with a wave of Summer. As always, all their inspiration came from their beloved Sicily and its sensual women. Prints were as artistic as artistic can get, their signature lace was inserted in all the right places and the umbrella stripes (Spring’s biggest trend) were poured into fitted garments and shapes. It was an ode to the Sicilian culture (the Taormina dress kind of gives it away).
A-line skirt, hourglass dresses and embellished mini dresses were all paired up with bandanas, tassel earrings (yeah, we won’t mention the “mamie” earrings controversy, people just get offended with just about everything this days. As for the Azealia Banks “boycott” threat: “Honey, I don’t even think they know who you are, let alone care if you like their collection or not, you self-centered idiot.”). The thing about this designer duo, they send out about 80 looks down the runway, some are more reserved, some are definitely over-the-top. But there’s always something for everyone, almost everyone (right, Azaelia Banks?).
First of all and worth mentioning, having Beth Ditto singing live as a soundrack is always bound to get a lot of attention. Second, when you have Christopher Kane to design for you, you can’t go wrong. Third, a bright and flashy color palette can only make things better. For this season, Kane focused on textures and hardware, chains were present in almost every one of the looks. The patterned knitwear was meticulous and eye-catching, the hems were short, really short. The footwear? worth the splurge. The result? Fantastic!
LOOK OF THE DAY
All black may sound boring and uninteresting. But all black when doing leather on leather is not only sexy, but bold. Pairing up a peplum with skin-tight leggings is always bound to be a hit: stylish and flashy, but not over-the-top. To make things racier, red accents all the way.
- Leather peplum top, Zara
- Leather pants, Zara
- Double strap courts, River Island
- Envelope clutch, Givenchy
- Leather cuff, Bless
- Black ring, Topshop
- Pendant necklace, Zara
- Black Satin nail polish, Chanel Le Vernis
For all the details on today’s look, go to Fashiolista.
So far, what has been your favorite show from MFW? I’m gonna go with Versus, I’m a sucker for Kane!
llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, My Theresa, Chanel, Polyvore
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