Milan confirmed its status as capital of fashion with amazing collections from D&G, Prada, Fendi, and many more.
Here are some of the best AW16 shows of Milan Fashion Week.
Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele called his collection ‘Rhizomatic Scores’, inspired by the philosophical theories of Deleuze and Guattari. It was easy to spot different styles mixed together in this eclectic line, described as ‘the Renaissance meets Studio 54’. Alongside the brand’s signature details, such as snake prints and chevron stripes, what really stood out the most were ruffles, furs and exotic prints, often embellished on evening dresses. Vibrant colours like pink, green and yellow, bomber jackets and and padded shoulders were the symbols of the 1970s/1980s influence.
The Cavalli collection was all about mixing super feminine looks with that 1970 rock-chic style. Everything, from dresses to trousers, was beautifully embroidered in fabrics like tulle, fur and velvet especially, one of the key trends of the season. Dark hues such as blue and plum were the favourite, but metallic colours like gold were also present.
Max Mara’s classic and timeless pieces were revisited for the modern woman. The clothes were made in tweed, cotton and wool, with details like patch pockets monochrome stripes and bright shades of yellow, adding also metallic elements, sequins and colourful knitwear.
Karl Lagerfeld’s collection was a triumph of furs and ruffles. Furry coats of vibrant colours were shown off on the runway alongside thigh-high boots and other accessories adorned by frills, a preference for blue, purple and coral.
Prada’s show was dedicated to the ‘history of women and femininity’. The key piece of the collection was the corset, which was styled in many different ways like, for example, on top of dresses. Other details included keys hanging from necks and waists, sailor caps, gold embroidery and wool socks.
Jeremy Scott’s show was definitely the most eccentric. The line was inspired by an event that happened in Florence at the end of the XV century, called ‘Il Falò delle Vanità’, ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’,where ‘sinful’ objects were publicly burned . Models walked down the runway wearing bright coloured gowns with burn marks and details such as crystals, wood pieces and maxi bows. Dresses that produced smoke and a black chandelier dress were the eye-catching designs of the collection.
Armani’s woman stayed elegant and classy, with a beautiful line mostly composed by velvet. But the 1980s trend was there, thanks to some neon accents, puffy sleeves and geometric prints.
Donatella Versace kept the urban and sportswear trend. Zips,belts and abstract prints were includes on almost every piece of this daywear collection, a bit sporty but without losing its sensuality.
Bottega Veneta was all about sophistication and long silhouettes, with sheath dresses, some lace detailing, tailoring, check prints and cashmere. Not only outerwear, but also jumper sleeves and trousers were extra long.
Dolce & Gabbana
D&G brought a fairytale dream to Milan. Stories like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella of course, inspired the stunning embellished patterns and transparent shoes. The colours ranged from sparkling black and white to pink and silver, thanks to sequins, crystals and silk elements. The signature D&G florals were not missing from the collection, also incorporated in stunning headpieces.