Italian brands hit Milan like a storm. Versace, Prada, MaxMara, and Fendi, all made a splash into Milan Fashion Week. The entire show was filled with timeless luxury, which brought a sense of opulent richness in design and flow. There was a combination of old-school influences morphing into a modern day style. Milan Fashion Week anchors us in the classic, while still keeping it modern, fresh, and current. Italian designers are at their best during Milan Fashion Week bringing their lush fabrics, one-of-a-kind details and moody mash-ups of textiles. Let’s take a look into the world of Milan Fashion Week.
Roberto Cavalli’s designer Paul Surridge has a background and training in men’s design. Their show featured a blend of men’s and women’s runway looks with a mix and match of different fabrics. The creative director delivered with their signature tiger print combined with a mixture of earth tones and a pop of color. Each piece from the collection told it’s own story of how two worlds can collide so effortlessly. Prints, colors and body conscious looks shaped this show.
In a class of it’s own, and now owned by Capri Holdings Limited, Donatella Versace never loses sight of her customers. With millennials in mind, she gave us a bit of throw back to the 90’s with a hint of the grunge look. Donatella brought back what Gianni was originally famous for: the gold safety pins and bondage harnesses. These curated details bring an uber sexiness and are designed to shape every detail guarding the body. My interpretation of the collection is “into the night meets school girl rock” and it brought it’s fair share of slip dresses and tweeds blended with bold prints.
There were peachy pink designs paired with lime green, as well as a floor-length tangerine colored gown. Pops of color were debuted by Versace contrasted by muted tones and unassuming shapes that came together with ease to create works of art.
Fendi graced the runway with it’s elegance and style. Designer Silvia Venturini remembered Karl Lagerfeld calling her “La Petite Fille Triste”. Silvia and Karl have a history of force, and this was the last collection these two great designers created together. The story of their friendship and family bond goes back to when they were four years old, setting the stage for a sentimental sequence.
The show was emotional, but the collection in itself was joyous. There were designs featuring 40’s era silhouettes with Karl’s signature embroidered in the hosieries, knits, and high collars, which was very reminiscent of the Karl Lagerfeld uniform look. Tailored perforated trench coats moved the runway and the rawness of the sheer blouses with knee length skirts were accessorized with colorful knee high boots. The show was filled with tears of sadness as well as happy memories – the collection that Karl left behind will never be forgotten.