And LFW has ended and we are now onto round three…and my very favorite fashion weeks of all – Milan Fashion Week!
The Italians are fearless when it comes to fashion and they always leave you in a sense of awe. Sexiness, femininity, eccentricity, these all express the feeling of Milan Fashion Week, and this season was definitely no less than the other! The Milanese always keep us on the edge of our seats and yearning for more!
Let us take a look back at some of the highlights of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016, as well as check out some of the top trends that were seen on the Italian runways this season.
- Museums & Pasticceria’s: It seemed that if any editors had a free moment in Milan there were two places you could find them: the Fondazione Prada or the Pasticceria Marchesi, a pastry shop on Via Monte Napoleone also designed by Prada. Although the Fondazione opened in May, it was the first time many international editors had visited, which meant Instagram was clogged with pictures of the museum’s gold exterior, the Damien Hirst fish tank and the Wes Anderson designed cafe, Bar Luce. And at Marchesi, painted in signature Prada green, jars of colorful candy that lined the shelves brought out the childhood delight and, again – an Instagram frenzy in all!
- Dolce & Gabbana: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana often look to their homeland as a source of inspiration in their collections. This season was no different: showgoers entered the venue to find a set inspired by an Italian cafe and market place. In addition, the dynamic duo has embraced none other than: THE SELFIE! Four large screens over the audience read “Selfie.” When the show began, models walked down the runway taking pictures of themselves that were immediately projected onto the large screens. The result was playful, funny and, unlike any other show during the week.
- Moschino: Moschino brought an American carwash to Milan. Since Jeremy Scott took helm at Moschino, each of his shows have managed to outdo the last. This season, the designer sent out an invitation emblazoned with the Moschino logo and a hard hat…leading guests to guess the theme of the spring collection. When they entered the venue, they found a space decked out like a car wash complete with brushes and bubbles. Models in 50’s-inspired party dresses and yellow feather dresses sashayed and at times even danced down the runway. Wearable? Maybe for some. But it is always fun to see fashion that does not take itself too seriously.
- Versace: Donatella Versace branched out this season. Not only did she upgrade her show venue, but the collection got an upgrade, too. There were still her signature, sexed-up rock n’ roll dresses but she also added several options for women’s everyday lives. She told reporters that she designed the collection thinking of a woman’s many outfit needs and adding that she wanted women “not to be fragile, but to be fighters.”
- Gucci: Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele is only three seasons in but already the Gucci revolution is in full force. Front rows were filled with his fur-lined slippers, floral pleated dresses, ruffled blouses and slouchy suits with “GG” logo belts. And, with a newly designed flagship store on Via Montenapoleone, the new Gucci addicts have a place to get their fix.
- Ferragamo: The Ferragamo show was a highlight of the week: models wore slicked back ponytails, pearl drop earrings, ruffled tops and knit capes over knit dresses. All together, it felt completely fresh and feminine.
- Alberta Ferretti: Seems like Ms. Feretti may have been dreaming of the desert dunes here in the ME as her latest inspiration for her collection. Models dressed as beautiful, earthy nomads walked down a sandy runway. A screen overhead projected a video of desert dunes, which was an amusing juxtaposition to the storm that was going on outside.
- Roberto Cavalli: Peter Dundas who is currently the creative director for Roberto Cavalli, took the famously glam and blingy brand in a more youthful direction. Ciara, is the face of Cavalli at the moment. He kept some of the Cavalli hallmarks like the sex appeal was still there in the form of thigh high split billowing dresses and animal print but added his own touches too, namely acid wash and tie-dyed denim.
With an array of amazing designers and collections showcased throughout Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016, let us now take a look at the top trends seen on the Italian catwalks:
1) ENCHANTING EMBELLISHMENTS
2) UNDER THE SEA INSPIRATIONS
3) TANGLING TASSELS
4) BLACK & WHITE
5) ULTRA FEMMINE RUFFLES
6)BOLD HORIZONTAL STRIPES
8) SLEEK SILVER
9) GREEN WITH ENVY
And that’s our wrap-up for Milan Fashion Week! Stay tuned for one final trend report coming up soon after the last fashion week has taken place: Paris Fashion Week!