StyleNest rounds up the highlights from the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 shows.
You can always count on the Italians for some glitz and glamour, especially when it comes to Milan Fashion Week. Picking up from where London Fashion Week left off, Milan took the reigns last week showcasing some of the biggest names in fashion, from Prada to Marni, Dolce & Gabanna to Alberta Ferretti.
Kicking off on 19 September, day one of MFW saw some of Italy’s biggest names showcase their Spring Summer 13 collections. Iconic fashion house Gucci were up first sending the bold and the beautiful down the catwalk. Punchy, jewel tones of pink, turquoise, yellow and blue were seen in 60s silhouettes reminiscent of Ossie Clark tunics and maxis – all be it with a more glamorous edge and much more attitude.
As always, Alberta Ferretti provided some much needed elegance and femininity, this season with an underwater inspired theme. Beaded and embellished nudes were juxtaposed with aquatic greens and blues in beautiful sheath like dresses, slips and suits. The collection was finished off with the most delicate lace, adding a darker, more gothic edge.
On to day two and the superbrand shows were in full swing. Prada and Emporio Armani subscribed to the same neutral colour palettes we saw at the London shows. Prada’s monochrome affair with flashes of racing car green and blood red gave a more moody vibe to Spring Summer, but their oversized, floral prints ensured the collection was girlish and carefree. Armarni, chose more muted tones of grey, khaki and camel for the ultimate in wearability.
StyleNest favourite Raoul showcased a stunning presentation of sundresses, printed trousers and 60s style tunics. Bright whites, emerald green, iridescent pearly tones and scarlet reds formed the colour palette – offering one of the most perfect holiday wardrobes we’ve ever seen. Growing season on season, Raoul is one brand to watch.
Next up was the Versus show, Donatella Versace’s (with a helping hand from Brit designer Christopher Kane) second line. The mood was fun, bold and sexy – as models took to the catwalk in hot pink leather, canary yellow mini skirts and vibrant circular prints. The styling was certainly a little bit ‘Donatella’, but deconstructed there were some gorgeous pieces, most notably the fine spring knits and sporty rucksacks that we’d quite happily open our wardrobes to.
The penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week saw the much-anticipated Jil Sander show. Now that the previous creative director, Raf Simmons has hot footed it over to Paris to head up the Christian Dior team, all eyes were very much on the Jil Sander collection. The collection was simplicity at it’s best, just what we’d expect from Sander. Starch white shirts, impeccably tailored navy suits and maroon pinafore dresses provided a retro boyish charm, whilst clean feminine lines kept the collection mature.
Milan Fashion Week wrapped up with two of Italy’s biggest brands, albeit very different, Marni and Dolce & Gabanna. At Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni showcased her love of print once again with polka dots, checks and squares all making an appearance – preferably at the same time. But a simple approach was also taken with butter-soft burgundy leather shirtdresses, mannish oversized shirts, white peplums and simple tunics in block colour. It was a much more paired down collection from Marni, but a welcomed one.
Never a fashion brand to do things by half, Dolce & Gabanna showed another vibrant, bold collection of signature sexy shapes and energetic prints. Following on from last SS’s sassy chilli prints, Dolce & Gabanna this season sent scenes of hot, Sicilian streets emblazoned on 50s style bra tops, day dresses with nipped in waists and boxy jackets down the runway. Embellishments, ribbons and even pompoms finished off the looks for a fun, flirty vibe.
Next stop, Paris.