Milan Fashion Week has come to a close, wrapping up the third straight week of non-stop fashion inspiration. The Italians impressed show-goers with their typical bold meets classic meets eccentric design featuring some of the most beautiful textiles seen anywhere. And so, with Paris Fashion Week starting up today, we are looking back at our favorite Milan collections.
All images via The Cut.
Moschino - Friday, September 21
Moschino was received at the office with mixed reviews. At first glance, the collection smacked of 1960s housewives that dreamed of a life on the equestrian circuit. However, given the weekend to let designer Rossella Jardini’s vision ferment, we began to warm to the prim silhouettes in stiff fabrics and way-out-of-the-box prints and colors. Definitely more of a summer collection and one for spring (we’re picturing June in the park with popsicles), the real standouts were pure white perforated dresses and candy-colored and floral jumpsuits.
Fendi - Saturday, September 22
Fans of color-blocking can rejoice at this spring’s Fendi collection. Loads of sharp, geometric shapes (including shirt collars so crisply ironed that you might cut yourself on them) in minimalist shapes and colors, and maximalist textures stomped down the runway. The inclusion of grays updated a typical pastel spring color palette, creating a color story that was reminiscent of those overcast days in April when spring flowers and tender baby leaves pop against gray skies. The best piece by far was a cropped, collared fur jacket that would be as at home in our closets now as it would in the spring.
Dolce & Gabbana - Sunday, September 23
Inspired yet again by Sicily, the design duo gave us what could well be the next stage in the photo-real print trend, the illustrative print. Or, better put, illustrations as prints. The collection was split into two categories, the first containing outfits made up entirely of black and white stripes. The other, more interesting category housed the kitschy-in-a-totally-current-way pieces, including the aforementioned illustration prints as well as pompoms, tassels, fringe, and braided straw corsets. Not for everyone, this collection screams quirky sex-pot. Basically, if you’re dream is to wear a tailored potato-sack dress, these are the clothes for you.
Missoni - Sunday, September 23
A mere two hours after having our heads thrust into the clouds by Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni asked us to soar yet even higher with a re-imagining of the fashion house’s iconic zigzag print in the form of sheer crochet-texture pieces. Light, flowing dresses made in those translucent fabrics exuded that perfect balance of feminine and sporty that we so crave during warmer months. To top it all off, Angela Missoni’s prismatic visions were accentuated by crystalline collar necklaces that added just the right amount of edge to the opulent floaty pieces (and made us crave rock candy).
Which Milan show took home first prize in your book?