Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019 Review Part 2
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
The second half of Milan Fashion Week showcased several beautiful collections and celebrated trends from the 70’s and 90’s. Each show Milan had really brought the luxurious prints and glamour down the runway which made each collection so unique.
Tod’s showcased a combination of trench material which is waterproof and heavy leather shown in the collection.Tod’s showcased leopard print jackets and a reptile print on the inside. The collection was very sophisticated and aptly crafted with a certain ease to it. A-line leather skirts with top in contrasting hues with a ribbed neckline. There were many looks with belted Tod’s and recognizable double-T clasp. The colors in the collection were warm with fusing tan and camel tones with bottle green, burgundy, powder pink and dusty blue. Pants had a crisp look that were boyish cut with palms trees and the Mediterranean Sea. The jacquard knits were embellished. The collection showcased very cozy looking coats with mannish tweeds. Tod’s collection showed plenty of its core accessories from high boots with bulky soles to ankle-high cowboy boots. Other shoes such as penny loafers with metal details. Many variations were presented with bucket bags and mini ones as well. The collection had a lot of warm jacket which is nice for the winter seasons.
Details in those Prints
Etro’s collection gave me underground vibes at Milan’s Fashion Week. Designer Veronica Etro called this collection “A quirky collector, a hyper-elegant queen of the castle, living in a decadent Neo- Victorian romance. Fragments of noble memories are subverted with subcultural references for an indie attitude”. The collection was a mix of aristocracy.The collection showcased tapestry printed, nodded with equestrian influences and embellished with regal touches of “Aristo-Indie” collection. The model Edie Campbell opened the show with a red tapestry pink jacket with white shirt and closely fitted black trousers. Other stand out trends from the collection were printed silky flowing skirts, chunky knits, bottled or with a high neck checked coats. The looks were inspired by male tailoring and buttoned dressers. The collection featured trounces, frills on ponchos, long skirts and dresses as well as shirts with largely tied bows at the neck. Another standout piece was a green floral silk dress combined with a corset tied on top and paired with matching checkered trousers. The checkered design was printed on a jacket and matched to a shirt dress. Sleeves with puffed up tops, off shoulder dresses and floral print jackets. A few of black dresses came with velvet puffed up off-shoulder sleeves, embroidered with metallics or in chiffon.Some of the dresses were reminiscent of royal gowns. Bustier belts were adorned with most of the outfits and footwear of a pointed boot design.Veronica Etro’s offered a beautiful collection with much stand out detail.
Queen of Roses
Designer Anna Molinari said, “she wanted to inject some love for the beauty during her runway show”.The Blumarine collection had plenty of romantic lace, blooming red and pink roses capturing the catwalk experience. Many shades of pink were showcased, and some light pink coats with fury trimmings, harlequin prints and pastel colors. Argyle knit tops and hot pants opened the show. Some of the outfits had large black bows tied at the back. Other trends appearing on the runway were leopard prints on a belted coat, jacket, pencil skirts and fitted dresses. Beautifully designed sequined red roses were placed in an ascending format on the denim trouser legs. What made it even more beautiful were prints on chiffon dresses in shiny mac bore large pink versions. There were also many black evening dresses with an abundance of lace. The black short dresses were strapless, one-shouldered with slits and other unique details. One of my personal favorite looks was a pale pink chiffon dress, draped with a cape. Some of the tops were see-through translucent tops, tied at the neck and paired with shiny or tiered skirts. The footwear complimented the models outfits as either high black heeled boots or sandals with bows either at the front or back with socks. While watching this collection, I was thinking of the movie Legally Blonde with Ellie Woods with all the pink.
90’s Fashion in the Building
Arguably one of the most iconic dresses of the 20th Century, this dress was the starting point for Versace autumn/winter collection which was unveiled at the fashion show.. Donatella Versace said “The safety pin gown was adorned by Liz Hurley with superstar status when she wore it in 1995, the glamour juggernaut set out to recapture the grandeur” of the Nineties”. While the first model floated down the runway with an aura of “cool,” the track featuring Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit played perfectly embodying that classic Versace energy. Raw hems, neon trimmed slip dresses and oversized knits which unraveled at the sleeves, oozed with sex appeal in Versace’s hands--playing with a youthful sensibility. The designer included chainmail pencil skirts and baby doll dresses in vibrant shades which were presented on all-star cast of models that included Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber. Versace played around with a more trussed up Nineties aesthetic with swinging tweed coats and sharp shouldered suiting on offer to the Versace lover who prefers her look with a corporate edge. It was a perfect mix of the Old Versace and New Versace, comparing to when Gianni Versace was head of the house. The show closed with a series of sweeping black cocktails gowns modeled by Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Stephanie Seymour who made a surprise appearance on the catwalk wearing the house’s signature medusa evoking that pure and classic Versace glamour.
Traditional Knits Upgraded
The venue for Missoni was a blue lite. Creative Director Angela Missoni said “My plan was taking the fashion people back to the 1970’s with presenting plenty of shimmer and sparkle”.The collection had a multi-colored print knits. The show kicked off by sending models down the catwalk with patterned coats in soft colors, hooded scarves and flowing striped capes. Trousers were wide-leg with satin like shimmering jumpsuits and echoed the 1970’s fashion. Some pieces were glitter with shimmer being featured heavily in the line, on dresses, trousers suit tops and long scarves. Collars were sparkling pierrot on plenty of outfits, which were accessorized with rolled up hats and at times were arm warmers which looked as if they provided ultimate warmth. Large fabric on belts on top of their clothes, including coats, that were tied at the back. The colors were an array of tones and shades. As expected, the Missoni signature look was flamed with zig-zag patterns; plenty of prints with a mosaic-wavy look and paired with jacquard coats. Some pieces had finer gauge lurex-short pieces that had an opposite effect. Sequins were horizontally applied and an ankle grazing tank dress provided classy coverage. The men’s looks were blended knits with woven textures and eye-catching motifs like ombre. From my viewpoint this collection was full of outerwear beauty.
As Dolce and Gabbana is still impacted from the Chinese Boycotts, Chinese editors were noticeably absent from the show. But the show must go on. Creative Director Domenico Dolce and Stefano said “The new collection is dedicated to the feminine elegance that we find in many masterpieces of Italian art, the master of ceremonies declared, citing the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli”. The lush brocade of coats and gems by Dolce & Gabbana sought to emphasize the brand’s luxury heritage and artisanal work. The first couple of looks were three piece black and white trouser suits, tuxedos and coats. The menswear was reminiscent of the 1920’s and 1930’s with hats, feather headpieces and embellished bow ties. The show included satin and chiffon nightgowns and dresses with fury trims and lace worn with headpieces resembling metallic bows floating up into the air. Prints were leopard and appeared on jackets, skirts, dresses, tights and shoes. Some of the evening suits were adorned in sequins depicting prints of the 1920’s style, along with tiered fringe dresses and bordered patterns. Other prints were presented as florals in several colors on strapless dresses, two-piece skirt suits or shinning in sequined embroidery. Floral accessories were added to the model’s hair as well as print on their tights. Many of the pieces were full of brocade and fabric on golden regal-like coats, floral print three-piece suits, coats and skirts. Pants were wide-leg trousers and mid-calf long skirts. The ballgowns had polka dot chiffon tops. So many gems were shown on ruby and emerald-colored ensembles. The huge detail accentuated on each Dolce and Gabbana design orchestrated a beautiful flow and cadence down the runway.
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