A Quiet Storm

MILAN… From Raf Simons, yet another collection to qualify the statement, “Less is More”. The blend of impeccable tailoring taken from menswear and the draping reminiscent of women’s couture was a satisfying mix to be sure. The groundwork laid for spring was unmistakable, the silhouette, cut and proportion were all present. The yards of tulle were gone, replaced by shoulder coverings and collars that were equal in volume. Gone too were spring’s hot colors (no winter pops of bright from this designer!) with the entire collection rendered in shades of grey, from a pale stone to a charcoal grey. The dresses were really the show-stoppers, particularly a marled grey long and slender column with pleated and tucked details.


At the start of Milan Fashion Week, a sophisticated collection from Missoni full of luxury fabrics; cashmere, tweed and fur in a palette of softly muted tones. the shapes for tops and jackets looked fresh and modern with a hint of Asian detailing, then paired with slender  pants and skirts. It was clearly the intention to keep the sweater dressing the company is known for to a minimum, which can of course only widen the appeal of the brand.


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