The last few days at Milan Fashion Week saw some of Italy’s powerhouse brands show stunning collections rich in technique and innovation. Stylista Insider reports.
Dolce & Gabbana
Folklore and fairdust, mystery and intrigue made for a beautiful Dolce & Gabbana show. Inspired by Sicily and assorted Italian legends, this collection saw a return of native hand-stitched motifs, bright florals and folklore inspired designs. Jewelled celtic motifs, intricately inspired flowers and plenty of velvets made up the collection.
The veteran designer chose to work only with wool this season, and how well he worked it! Elegant, perfectly fitted and in all the right materials, this collection was a fitting tribute to Armani’s 80s glory. We especially loved the ombre grey cape!
Marni put on a spectacular show with the right balance of slouchy silhouettes, touches of bright furs, vivid prints with an added tribal punch of feathers and embroidery. The felt jackets were clean cut and the shapes were all very Marni yet new at the same time.
The house of Missoni instilled a sense of innovation and adventure in this fall collection. The patterns were spliced just perfectly, the colours ranged from pistachios and tans to bright teal and tangerine. Geometric inspiration was seen in the voluminous parkas, overcoats and fitted dresses.
Peter Dundas has brought his unique style of jet-setting gypsy chic to the runways season after season. Embroideries being the focal point of this fashion power brand, the collection saw studs, fringes, beadwork and hand embroidered pale gold gowns. Dundas was inspired by his own heritage, which has influences from Norway. We loved the perfectly cut velvet pantsuit with a 70s vibe and the mustard draped gown on the runway. Their signature prints too made an appearance on the runway.
A gorgeous mix of rich brocade, detailed embroidery and polished lamé – the Blumarine show was amazing in terms of technique and texture. Contrast was key with satin and lace in indigo, aqua and gold being teamed with supple leather across a range of silhouettes. We saw the renewal of feminine power dressing with some truly amazing pant suits and skirts.
As soon as the first model walked down the runway, we knew that Veronica Etro had something in store for us. We were going on a journey. The collection was inspired – bohemian, gypsy-esque and it showed us the heart and soul of the artisan across the globe through the tapestry of their prints. Vivid burgundy, mustards, moss, tan and gun-metal grey were washed over trousers, skirts, jackets and tassels shawls. The clothes were captivating and alluring, brimming with a careless confidence and the promise of adventure. We loved every bit.
Staying true to the fashion house’s aesthetic, the collection from Jil Sander was the epitome of minimal chic. We saw structured jackets layered over cigarette pants, high-waist dressed that were expertly tailored in cool colours like spearmint, nudes, soft greys and silver. The only deviant from the rather monotone colour palette was the colours on the shoes we saw on the runway. Burgundy, neon and even snake-skin flatforms made an appearance.
The master of decadence, we fell in love with the clothes and drama (there was a ring of fire – actual fire! – at the centre of the catwalk) surrounding the Roberto Cavalli show. Plush furs, exotic animal prints and richly detailed paillettes – the Cavalli girl is in for a treat this season. A nod to his exquisite mastery of leather and animal print, we love the intricate detail and delicate weaving in his beaded flapper dress and sheer gowns.
That’s Milan Fashion Week done and oh what a ride it’s been. Off to good ol’ Paris now for Paris Fashion Week! Stay tuned for more fashion update and insider news only on Stylista Insider!