The circuit of Fashion Week shows continues this week in Milan, where the heavy-hitters came out to play. Based on what I’ve seen so far from Milan Fashion Week, designers are garnering a lot of inspiration from the past, and twisting it in fun and creative ways. My favorites thus far are Gucci, D&G and Alberta Ferretti, who all took inspiration from the 70s, 80s and 60s respectively.
The venerable house of Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week and they certainly set the fashion bar high for the rest of the week. Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director described the collection as “a contemporary female dandy” whose roots are firmly planted in the 40s and 70s. The Gucci Autumn/Winter collection featured beautifully dyed jewel-colored fox jackets and stoles, skirts, dresses, culottes and pussy-bow blouses. In contrast, the evening wear was sultry, ethereal and seductive. Models glided down the catwalk in sheer chiffon numbers that featured halter-necks, cut-outs and thigh-high (even waist-high) slits. Matching full knickers were paired with the dresses, and, as much as I hate to admit this it’s probably the most successful inclusion of these “big knickers” that I’ve seen to date. Not that you’ll be seeing me out in them anytime soon.
Continuing the theme of getting inspiration from decades past, D&G looked back to the 80s for their autumn/winter 2011 collection. Blaring Madonna’s “Vogue” in the background, models wore knit dresses, pencil skirts, leggings and over-sized silk blouses and blazers. The pattern of choice? The alphabet, of course! The pattern appeared in both black and white and bright neon colors EVERYWHERE including some inspired jewelry. The finale featured letter-printed tops with dyed feather tutu skirts. I LOVED this collection. The cheeky playfulness partnered with the nostalgia of the 80s made this collection near impossible to resist.
I’m a big fan of 60s fashion, so Alberta Ferretti’s Autumn/Winter collection definitely caught my eye. Alberta Ferretti featured A-line dresses in lush tones of grey, purple, teal and orange (love the color palette!), chiffon dresses and tailored jackets were all worn with velvet over the knee boots. The real stars of the show, however, were the breathtaking gowns featured at the end of the show. Floor-length lace and silk numbers in black, blush, silver and slate blue seen in the finale gave the show a romantic tone that was totally different than the structured hue-soaked garments seen at beginning.
What are your favorite collections from MFW 2011?
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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