What Went Down at Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week has always had the reputation for representing everything about craftsmanship. The Italians have always paid great detail to the quality of manufacturing and the rich history of artisans that have long created such beautiful garments specific to their region. This year was certainly no different, but there was more to the shows than simply the craftsmanship.

The Prada show was gorgeous; the French fashion house displayed beautifully embroidered suiting combined with big Neanderthal furry boots and stand-out bold coloured feather head pieces. The show involved a huge bedroom setting with big double beds protruding out, posters lining the walls and stickers. The set appeared to delve inside the mind of a young girl’s bedroom. The collection embodied that youthful, colourful world of a 70’s child.

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Yet again, Alesandro Michele’s Gucci show was amazing. You may have seen some of the glittery chain mail one of the models was walking in. Like some kind of wonderfully extravagant, all over stocking that covered the head and face. Not to mention the gigantic green straw hat that was featured. The show combined both the womenswear and the menswear collection, and the models walked down a giant plastic greenhouse walkway, surrounding a massive mirrored pyramid.

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Carrying on from the other fashion weeks; there were political messages all across the runways. Women’s rights were discussed by Missoni, and the issue of immigration carried on from New York. Many of the native designers at NYFW included digs at the presidential elect, Donald Trump. For example Public School included the red caps that were featured throughout Trump’s campaign but instead stated ‘Make America New York’. While other designers included t-shirts carrying political slogans such as ‘I am an immigrant’. Again, another defiant stand from the fashion world against many of the world’s issues of late. The art seems to be the perfect way to express where the people involved in fashion stand on many of these issues.

The street style seen outside of the shows was equally as colourful. Military jackets in bold prints featuring intricate embroidery were amongst other pieces of playful outerwear. A lot of the eyewear that featured appeared to be pointing towards the oversized, aviator style. Switching it up from the retro, thin frames featured in the past. A lot of metal bridged, gold styles featuring large dark lenses. We always like the Italian way of never forgetting to leave the house without some sunglasses that really make a statement. This is a testament to both the warmer Italian climate as well as the deep underlying history of effortless style that seems to be a constant feature among many of the natives.