Milan, the best of the rest…

MILAN… in comparison to their spring offering this was a rather toned-down collection from Dolce and Gabbana. There were at least a couple of strong themes present including a nod to the glam rock looks of London in the ’70s; that meant poor-boy sweaters, flat caps and long fur vests, also some scarf print skirts that recalled YSL’s peasant styles of that decade. To underscore the mood, a David Bowie soundtrack played. Masculinity was also present with three-piece suits in tweed and corduroy. On the other hand, there was still plenty of ultra-feminine styles that followed up on the gorgeous hand painted gowns of the previous season.


A rather sober looking double-breasted wool coat at the start of Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s collection followed by a group of tailored sportswear in shades of tan and orange seemed to signal an about-face from spring’s emphasis on sensuality and fetishistic detailing. However, soon enough, things took another turn. A black moiré taffeta coat with fur-panels was intriguing as were satin and sheer looks in black and grey. As Fashion Week draws to a close a fresh, sophisticated approach to design in Milan is clear to see.


Few brands personify the lifestyles of the super-rich in the inimitable way that Fendi does. The furs, the knits, the embellishments and of course the handbags just exude luxury and sophistication. This season the furs were taken to a new level; frosted sable, braided chinchilla, mink, fox, and  Persian lamb treated with gold particles. The proportions had a modern edge, short lengths, cinched waists, and rounded shoulders, courtesy of course, of its designer, Karl Lagerfeld.


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