As the Autumn/Winter 2017 ready-to-wear shows head over to Paris, we take stock of the trends offered up by the Milan Fashion Week, which concluded on Monday. Here are six takeaways from the Milan Fashion Week:
It may only be February but the northern Italian city famed for its grey skies was in full bloom: there were blossoms across the board on dresses, skirts, coats and scarves, from Gucci and Fendi to Alberta Ferretti and Fausto Puglisi. Dolce&Gabbana models not only had roses on their frocks but fresh petals and leaves in their hair, while Marras went so far as to have his models carry potted plants down the runway.
Bras on show
Thought bras were for your eyes only? Think again. Underwear is leaving the bedroom and hitting the streets. Luxury underwear brand La Perla got the ball rolling with its catwalk show in New York, where corsets met ready-to-wear. And in Milan, Prada offered a crochet bra worn with nothing but trousers, Marni brought us bras and bikinis stitched over the top of dresses, and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini offered a fearsome looking bra-corset hybrid.
Red ruled the Autumn/Winter catwalks in Italy, with homegrown label Fendi pushing the agenda hard. The house debuted multiple head-to-toe red looks, pairing everything from floaty dresses to knee-length coats with scarlet patent boots for a kinky kick. Max Mara followed suit, mixing up velvet trousers and knitted sweaters in the same crimson hue, as did Jil Sander, who opted for a looser, tailored look that was nonetheless still very red-centric.
That staple of every wardrobe – the little black dress – was also usurped by its racy cousin: slinky red dresses are the must-have for the coming season.
There were moments this week the fashion circus appeared to have transformed into a fashion zoo. Whatever your favourite animal, you will likely find a designer who slapped a picture of it on his fall-winter creations.
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele brought us bats, foxes and wolves on clothes as well as cat-headed canes and fox rings. Vionnet, showing for the first time in Milan, went with bird prints on silk dresses. D&G favoured cats and bears.
The week also starred several canine fashionistas: a small white dog raced with the models around the catwalk circuit at the end of the Marras show, a model at D&G carried a tiny pooch with her down the runway, and a pup in white sunglasses and a dapper purple jacket became a social media hit after it was snapped trend-spotting outside the Gucci show.
Wearing your heart -- or just your opinions -- on your sleeve is well and truly back in fashion. In Milan, designers went turned political by weaving the power of words into their creations -- something that was done most obviously by Donatella Versace, who sent her models down the catwalk wearing pieces branded with words such as ‘equality’, ‘unity’, ‘love’ and ‘power’. Dolce & Gabbana offered up an optimistic sweatshirt branded ‘I’m the Queen’, while Moschino’s collection was replete with slogans, from belts marked ‘Fragile’ to t-shirts that read: ‘We (heart) our customers.’
The final major trend of the Milan season was embroidery, which cropped up on everything from skirts to jackets. Gucci’s show was a riot of encrusted blazers, floral culottes and embellished coats. Alberta Ferretti went big on animal motifs, stitching them into sweaters, while Blugirl scattered pattern across cardigans, trousers and sheer skirts.
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