So far we have been blessed with shows from some of the biggest fashion houses. Moschino, Fendi, Max Mara, Gucci…. the list will continue. One of the many things I love about the shows in Milan is the abrupt sense of personality the clothes adorn. It’s like there’s more than just the clothes walking down the runway; it’s the ideas, the thought process behind each one, the attitude and most of all the glamour. With obvious motifs and trends transcending from fashion Capital to fashion capital, the Milanese designers and global designers who choose to present here continue to flaunt and show the world how it is done. Athleisure, animal print, cowboy concepts, tartan and plaid and pinks and oranges, are some of the repeating trends that fashion goers have spectated over the past fortnight.
Much like in my editorial of all things quietly cowboy, designers are still conveying their adoration of this hushed trend. At Alberta Ferretti, a black cape with a studded fedora with suede boots, whilst model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber donned an all-black jumpsuit which was embellished with studs. The look was completed with a bandana wrapped around her neck and a glorious, gold buckled belt. There was also subtle western accents at Fendi, who chose to design cowboy styled boots and No. 21 opted to use cow print and trimmed fur for a jacket.
There is no garment that I adore more than a cape. Due to it not being in season for some years now, I have never had the opportunity to buy one (I could but all of the nice ones were mega expensive). It is such a versatile addition to any wardrobe; dressing down and pairing it with sportswear or create a red carpet worthy look and accessories with a (faux) fur scarf. Agnona’s clear cape design is practical and makes every effort to be stylish, not cheap. their efforts are not lost as you could wear this cape with anything and everything. My favourite collection so far has been from Bluemarine. Creative director, Anna Molinari, infuses femininity and a sensual sexuality into every collection and AW18 was no different. Below, a model wears a snow white cape, trimmed around the neck with a gradient grey and white fur. Fendi also showcased two capes worthy of fairy-tale stature; black velvet and pleated satin stole the show as Adwoa Aboah captivated peoples attention as the closing model of the show. In contrast to this glamour, Emilio Pucci took a more casual colour block style in which to present his turquoise cape and Sportsmax layer their black maxi cape over an insulated coast and leggings.
Weird and Wonderful.
Fashion would not be what it is today without the runway being an exhibition of the designer’s mind. It is a proving ground for critical assessors but at the same time, it becomes a playground, in which the designer can create designs that are reminiscent of childhood illustrations. Take this number from Gucci. I don’t really know where to begin. I adore the decorated red coat, trimmed with blue fur, tassels and prints you would find among a Siberian tribe. the loudness of this coat, paired with a black leather-look shirt and yellow knitted trousers, makes for an outfit made in thrift shop heaven. Whilst I enjoyed both of the corresponding outfits from Versace and Prada, I have to question the shoes. Both designs remind me of a sleeping bag’s bag or a bag that you use to store away your tent, intermingled with boots. What is your verdict on this style?
Clash of the Patterns.
This continues to be a running trend throughout the three fashion weeks that have been so far. The first look is from Versace. Donatella Versace boldly clashes a variety of coloured knitted tartan, together with a scarf wrapped skirt which boasts the same print and the wave brick print that is typically Versace. Ermanno Scervino also flaunted checks through modelling a plaid suit on top of a diamond cross sweater. Both looks I have included from Prada, are a spectacle of diverse fabrics, coupled with their conflicting patterns and inharmonious colours. A florescent checked orange co-ord sat above a sweater born in the 70’s and streams of vibrant pink fabric. I found a similarity on the catwalks of both Etro and Missoni who both presented collections that were medleys of colour and fabrics. Both shows had dynamic and fun energies and below I present my 2 favourite looks from the shows.