Welcome to Part II of Milan Fashion week where I’ll be sharing the rest of the swoon-worthy looks showcased by the Italian design houses.
You can see where we left off yesterday over here
Jil Sander was clean and sophisticated as always. My two favorite looks were this great, demure but sexy emerald green dress and...
This completely adorable shorts/jacket combo in a muted paisley. I honestly couldn't pick between the two!
Versace was sexy and fun, per usual, and featured great studded cocktail dresses, bags & sandals.
The Moschino collection was heavily influenced by the Spanish matador style, but it also featured some smart dresses & separates. This black and white look was chic but fun with the Heidi braids and strappy gold heels.
Moschino's baby sister Moschino Cheap & Chic had a pretty entertaining fruit and vegetable-themed show for Spring. This watery shorts-suit was my favorite, though there were some extremely cute dresses on display as well.
Leave it to Karl to take an Nobel Prize winner as his inspiration for a Fendi collection. It was a pretty interesting show though despite the unlikely muse, I especially liked these striped trousers which are so perfect for Spring. This show was also styled exceptionally well, I really liked the bangles, shoes & bags.
Garance Dore really captures the great styling and accessories in her photos here from the front row.
I loved the prints and the nipped 50's waists shown at Prada, combined with the hair, clutches and peeptoes, it was a cute collection.
While MaxMara outerwear is always one of the highlights of MFW for me, I had to point out these curve-hugging colorblock dresses. To die for! I also really liked the point-shoe inspired multicolored heels. Very minimalist chic.
And what would a review of MFW be without mention of Gucci, which will be celebrating 90 years in the industry next week with a fabulous party in Florence?
While I loved the splashes of kelly green throughout the collection, this LBD w/ strappy gold heels and a sumptuous gold clutch won my heart.
The show was pure Gucci – dramatic, sleek and sexy with great architectural pieces mixed in. Check out the coverage of this show here.
Pictures from Style.com. Check out last season’s MFW here.
This photo is courtesy of the brilliant Garance Dore
Milan fashion week was truly a beautiful affaire. Dark, romantic, womanly and perfectly seductive, all of the trademarks we’ve come to expect from the big Italian design houses. Suiting, yummy menswear inspired designs, ladylike cuts and gorgeous outerwear were all present.
Marni showed a slightly more minimalist style this season, and although the clothes retained Marni's trademark quirk, it was full of very wearable pieces.
Dolce & Gabbana presented a new take on the boy-meets-girl look by showing models in masculine clothing with side burns added for the occasion. And while D&G's did use some of their signature animal prints, stars were the print de jour.
Armani's theme was "Boudoir" and this suit showcases that hint of bedroom in the satin and swing of the cropped pants.
Fendi showed the color-blocking trend to perfection, emphasized through accessories & outerwear: Mary Janes, colored tights, headbands, sumptuous coats and structured bags.
Prada showed models in clothes that were a little bit mod, a little bit doll-like, and a little bit dreamy. And don't forget the Mary Janes with thick socks!
Alberta Ferretti's daywear came in bright colors and covetable silhouettes, all paired with over-the-knee velvet boots and chic sideswept hairstyles.
Opaque tights, T-Strap heels, formal updos and 60s flairs evoked Hitchcock's cool blonds at the beginning of the Bottega Veneta collection.
While the darker & more deconstructed fabrics later at Bottega conjured a sartorial juxtaposition between Grace Kelly & Ms. Havisham.
Jill Sander's show continued to play upon the Hitchcockian theme with this sportswear inspired collection that called to mind Audrey Hepburn's ski resort look in the first scene of Charade.
Both the Moschino and the Moschino Cheap & Chic shows were fun, with a dose of funk. Bows, structured ladylike bags, loafers, opaque tights and socks, plaids & nautical stripes all made an appearance. This look was one of my favorites from the two shows, I like the combination of a silky, flirty skirt with a wintry, knobby knit.
But the runaway hit from Milan was the Ferragamo show, filled with curve hugging silhouettes, pin stripes, pencil skirts, suits & dresses that all said: “I am woman, hear me roar!”
Trends to keep an eye on for next fall: boudoir laces & silks for cocktail frocks, 60’s cuts, attention to accessories & outerwear, thick tights, stockings and socks worn with heels and suits, suits, suits!
Ciao for now!