All The Looks From The Milan Fashion Week 2017 Runway That You MUST See
With Fashion Week across various cities happening in such close quarters, there’s so much not just to look forward to but also to take inspiration from. Ruling trends, significant hues, dominant silhouettes and the like, we receive them all way in advance for the seasons to come. When NYFW 2017 concluded, I gave you a heads-up on the trends to look forward to and also some sleeve styles that will be a huge hit in the upcoming season. Now that Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 has just wrapped up, and Paris Fashion Week has officially begun, I’ve scouted from the best shows of the Milano season and given you top 10 looks that are worth taking notes from. Read on…
If there is one design label that has found a parity between power dressing and athleisure, it’s got to be Versace. Think of sporty chic garments that one can don to step into a boardroom, and they had just that. Looks like Versace was inspired by the global street style scene. See this man-spired classic button-down shirt with rounded sleeves and a double drawstring-waist that Bella Hadid has teamed up with a skin-tight pair of zippered pants. Perfect for nine-to-five no?
Relaxed clothing has become a definitive theme in fashion weeks of late. And I’ve got to mention it’s a boon for all of us who’re on-point with carefree dressing. Take for instance, the collection showcased by Tod’s in-house team that they called Timeless Icons, it was heavily inspired by the 70s but looked oh-so-comfortable. With a hint of ultra-luxe, what was worth noticing was how consistent the wearability factor was throughout the display. This tailored pair of pants teamed with a not-too-fit polo neck tee with a python pocket, made it to my best looks from the label. Love that python print bag the model’s lugged along; oh and those traditional driving loafers too.
Trompe l’oeil was the key for this season’s collection by Moschino. Creating an illusion of everything from a deep cleavage to abs on garments all through sketched-out detailing or paper tabs, Jeremy Scott kind of outdid himself given his last collection. When faux fashion wasn’t taking precedence in this show, kitschy fashion sure did. This particular garment can be called a literal capsule collection; a mini dress with capsule motifs paired with a garish emoticon-accented bomber. LOVE!
It was all in the prints this time for Prada. The idea was to simplify in structure, and that’s exactly what the collection looked like throughout. There was a hint of geek chic given the art-deco as well as geometric prints and straight-fit silhouettes, but it was all pretty low-key. Loved this top with an ostrich feather trimming on the neckline that was teamed with a gingham wrap skirt cinched at the waist and a pair of red sporty slides.
The OTT collection by Gucci was a never-seen-before amalgamation of inspirations and ideas by Alessandro Michele. In this collection, at one point it was all 20th century pop culture reference, and in no time it took to the Renaissance only to be back with an interpretation of the present times. From fantastical motifs on clothes to gigantic chandelier earrings and even the over-the-top hats, everything looked like a figment of his imagination but in reality it was all inspired by the pre-French Revolution to even places like the Hollywood Forever Cemetery among other things. This particular garment made it to my best looks list for Gucci.
This season, the Giamba girl looked like the one who does not take herself way too seriously, owns a ‘will look chic in whatever I wear’ attitude, and can be spotted at any given music festival working boho like she means it. What I loved is how incredibly catty the show got, with feline motifs taking centrestage. My fave? This sheer leopard print dress in blush with a contrast black collar that had floral embroidery teamed with glitter lace-up booties.
There were no models walking on water (that incredible Fendi show last season at Trevi Fountain in Rome) or excess fur; Karl Lagerfeld’s focus instead was a spring summer collection that was highly influenced by Rococo. With colours seeming mostly sugary, with a hint of black here and there, the Fendi models paraded on the ramp looking like life-size versions of futuristic dolls (more so with thet pink glitter lip and displaced black eyeliner). But look closely at the garments, and you’d figure that the influence was all 18th Century, yet not quite. Apron-like pieces teamed with gathered pants, silk lingerie-like garments with cutouts, trench coats and more, all with appliques or embroidery. This black fit-and flare dress with a gathered waist and cut-out looks like a piece worth seeing on the red carpet.
In case the woman with wanderlust is looking for something to pack for her next vacation, this collection by Etro is what she needs to pick from. A Marrakech-inspired lineup that is perfect for the urban woman with a boho soul, that’s what this season for the label was about. Loved this full-length halter dress with a bohemian print, and double front slits that showed just the right amount of skin.
Colour blocking was the word of the season for Emilio Pucci. The sporty vibe was strong throughout, with jersey as the fabric majorly used. The garments were either of one bold colour, or in multi-hues with abstract coloured swatches. Acid yellow dominated the colour chart, and one saw everything from body suits with wraps to jumpsuits, asymmetric hemline dresses, minis and more in this display. The one piece I found uber-cute was this oversized sports jersey with a mini skirt combo. Apart from the colour-blocking (passé I know, but I still like it), I love the contrast in the placement of prints — vertical on the bodice and horizontal on the skirt.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Call it a carnival of sorts — with all things young, edgy and fun. Titled Millennials in Milan, the D&G collection boasted of the fineries that one would associate with Italy. There were kitschy motifs like wine goblets, gelato cones, fish, and pasta, on the clothes, and the models sashayed down the runway garbed in silhouettes that were both fresh and youthful. Religious iconography made quite an appearance, and I loved this cross-bearing tee teamed with a patch-worked cuffed denims. It was an attire layered ostentatiously with a heavily-sequinned voluminous long jacket. Now here’s a look that echoes party through every seam!
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