Milan Fashion Week had plenty to offer this year with the most dramatic runway shows, most detailed pieces and strongest looks around proving that the ethereal city is still one of the biggest and best fashion capitals in Europe.
Italy might well be the birthplace of luxurious high fashion- not to mention some of the world’s most iconic designers. From Prada to Miu Miu, Versace to Valentino, Emporio to Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci, Ferragamo to Fendi, and Balenciaga to Bvlgari; the beautiful and ancient city of Milan guarantees colour, opulence and attitude. With a decorated guest list that reads like a who’s who in the world of esteemed fashion, Milan Fashion Week sets the trends for next season with romantic ready-to-wear pieces and the finest haute couture known to man and woman.
An unlikely style icon this year was Barbie. Jeremy Scott – who has been collaborating with Linda Farrow – created the dream wardrobe of fashion’s 6 inch starlet in full size for Moschino. With Barbie’s accessory closet, it came as no surprise that sunglasses featured heavily! However, most designers this year played with the idea of ‘couture casual’: chic, pared down everyday-wear for SS15 seems to be the look-de-jour for Spring pushing the ‘norm-core’ look with a little more style and panache.
Why not check out our favourite looks from Milan Fashion Weeks’ hottest designers including Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning closing show….
Ferragamo’s SS15 collection was in abundance with prim sculpted dresses with bandage detail and clean lines. Paired with clumpy wedge sandals and signature Ferragamo shades, tones were neutral with subtle flashes of spring yellow, orange and blue.
Shimmering, shining and flowing with ethereal glamour, Giorgio Armani’s latest collection takes inspiration directly from the sea, sand and romance. Beginning the show with a short film starring a mystery other-worldly couple, the sound of calm waves lapping up a deserted beach echo in the ears when you glance at Armani’s softly hued pieces. Sheer draped fabrics created jellyfish-esque movement and the look of scaled fishtails whilst tailored jackets and woven fabrics bring things back to land.
Bottega Veneta capture the essence of delicate and feminine ballerina’s with their SS15 collection. Soft knits, leotards, flat pumps and belted cardigans created the look of ‘the dancer’ whilst barely-there sequins and beads gave a touch of on-stage glamour. Flirtatious hues of oatmeal, dusky pink and baby blue gave a youthful, girlish charm with fabrics that worked with the body, rather than against it, to create beautiful elegant silhouettes worthy of a spotlight.
Versace is perhaps best known for its’ bold, unapologetic flashy style: the rebels of European fashion. Yet this year, Versace went for sexy sashaying mini-dresses with bold prints and bright colours and aysmetic cuts as a welcome change to the usual hallmark style. Studs, buckles and the Versace print still featured but with a fresh new angle of Sixties shifts, M0d-cool and clean, contemporary lines. Clashing pastel and primary colours really popped on the runway with a slightly softer sporty feel proving that not all that glistens is gold.
Dolce and Gabbana
Closing this year’s Milan Fashion Week, one of the most revered Italian designers played heavily with the Spanish influence on the picturesque island of Sicily as an ode both to Italy and all it represents. This year’s pieces serve as a continuation of last year’s regal floral look with plenty of bejewelled dresses, flower prints, lace and embroidery. The undertones of Spanish royalty, Renaissance fine art and Matador accents are bold and bright in red, black and white contrasting with polka dot flamenco skirts, fringing and gemstones.