On The Runway

Italian Fever: Milan Fashion Week

Looks from (left to right): Emilio Pucci, Marni, Prada and Versace.

Although Milan is known for its molto sexy fashion, the shows were a bit blah in terms of creativity. The models at Missoni looked like they got drunk then dressed in the dark, while I was expecting a bit more from Gucci considering that they are celebrating their 90th anniversary.  That being said, you can always expect good shows from the old guard including Prada and Raf Simons at Jil Sander. Here are my top picks.

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1. Bottega Veneta

It was a real mish mash at Bottega Veneta but it was a winner – lots of gorgeous colours, dresses, jeans (surprise!) and embellishments ranging from textured collages to pleating. It was urban yet ethnic, with BV’s luxe touch.

2. Dolce & Gabbana

The boys were in their element this season and sent out sensuous Italian women (think Sophia Lauren) in 1950s dresses decorated with 3D lace and colourful vegetable prints that will be giving Stella’s lemons a run for their money.

3. Emilio Pucci

Inspired by Spanish gypsies, the collection was exotic yet sexy with swirling printed skirts, and slip dresses and tops trimmed with lace. There’s nothing cheap about this gypsy – she’s 100 per cent couture

4. Fendi

It was all about day wear with a fresh, masculine edge. Crisp blouses and skirts were made from layered or folded panels of men’s cotton shirting. Instead of bold prints it was about colourful circles embroidered onto dresses and stripes.

(Left to right): Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Jil Sander. All images courtesy of style.com

5. Jil Sander

It was a quintessential Jil show with graceful and lean white dresses, some buttoned up and others with sheer parts.  Then out came gorgeous paisleys and gingham that were more elegant than sweet.

6. Marni

Finally clothes that don’t make you look pregnant! It was all about clean mod-inspired lines and couture shapes in pastels like blue and yellow. They made the graphic prints and florals much easier on the eye!

7. Prada

Take cars, women and sweetness and you have a stellar Prada collection that plays on ironies.  Sugary colours and fabrics like lace and crochet were used on 1950s-style knee-length pleated skirts and dresses, while the rounded shoulder jackets came with drab flowers. I loved the car prints!

8. Versace

Donatella obviously spent her summer at the seaside – there were clean white separates decorated with gold studs (some with sea horse motifs) while tight mini dresses and shorts came with faded starfish prints.

Top trends: Jazz (especially 1920s drop waist dresses), Art Deco, tropical prints, paisley, pleated skirts, 1950s, tube tops, 3D lace

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