And it came that time again…my favorite fashion week of ALL fashion weeks: Milan fashion week! As usual the Italians did not disappoint! Let’s go back and take a look at some of Milan Fashion Week 2014 top highlights and trends:
• This highlight may be the crème of the crop: Jeremy Scott’s celebration of junk food culture for Moschino was a big crowd-pleaser to some and appalling to others…however it has been hailed as ingenious by critics. The collection featured designs with McDonald’s meal boxes turning into handbags, Spongebob Squarepants became the brand’s muse and a Budweiser label became a couture gown…a collection to be remembered most definitely not forgotten!
• My all-time favorite, Dolce & Gabbana did not disappoint as usual! They have the innate ability to piece together stories from antiquity and make them work for modern wardrobes. This time the tale was based in Sicily (their typical inspiration) but influenced by Northern Invaders. Titled ‘Enchanted Sicily’, the collection had magnificent strands of whimsical themes in the form of woodland creatures and forest fantasy combined with serious elements like knee caped thigh-high armored boots and encrusted helmet-like headgear. Little Red Riding Hood seemed to be an inspiration in this enchanted Sicilian forest as well as we saw full fur scarlet hooded coats and feminine capes.
• Big game changer for Gucci this season: the fashion house revisited the ‘60s and in tune with the pre-fall collection, Frida Giannini showcased the Gucci woman as a much more attainable, less glossy version of the Gucci standard. Pieces in a palette of soft hues from duck egg blue to sage green to dusty pink and mustard yellow, all came down the runway.
• Roberto Cavalli who is usually know for his wild side and bright colors, has opted for black this season as his main color palette, only very rarely adding small touches of color. This new collection turns the spotlight on tweed suits and on dresses adorned with beadwork, embroidery, feathers and fringes.
• The Missoni collection took graphic prints to new extremes, namely through oversized patchwork-style designs. Even the socks in this line featured vibrant hues, in the form of wide or thin stripes. The Italian design house also turned the spotlight on fur. In terms of accessories, ankle boots (also in bright colors) and trapper hats were among the star pieces.
• Enter in Versace. While some designers revved up their flamboyance factor, others who had it in their DNA for years turned the gears back down. In this case it was fashion’s favorite dazzler, Versace. By stripping her collection of embellishment and sparkle, Donatella Versace was able to champion her ability to deliver understated silhouettes cut to perfection. The sex appeal remained with cutouts made in strategically appropriate places and equally stunning high slits for the evening gowns.
• Prada’s collection was a continuation of the previously shown men’s collection. Taking her inspiration from movies, she delivered a slew of 70s slinky sheer dresses, shearlings and a mix of dark and explosive coats. Even without the sparkle, Prada has a knack for making sensual pieces – even if they’re covered in outerwear.
Now let’s take a look at the top trends that Milan Fashion Week 2014 has graced us with:
1) Bling! Bling! Bling!
2) Looser Luxurious Silhouettes
3) Bye, Bye Heels…Hello Flats!
4) Bold Rainbow Colors
5) Shearling Chic
6) Crop Tops
7) Sports Theme Luxe
8) Return of the Camisole Dresses
9) Fabulous Florals
10) Artwork Inspiration
And that’s a wrap up! Stay tuned for our final blog post on the final fashion week of the season: Paris! ; )