May 26, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Intricate embellishments, vivacious prints and textured surfaces were some of the key denim trends to emerge during the S/S 14 round of Milan Fashion Week. Here Stylesight highlights the key designers to showcase these directional denim looks during the six days of catwalks.
For S/S 14, Donatella Versace let her rock ‘n’ roll heart run free, looking to the world of hard rock to give her Versace girl a tough, street edge. The entire presentation, soundtracked to Nine Inch Nails, saw a slew of sullen mean girls strutting down the catwalk in a wardrobe of tough denims, slick leathers and band style tees emblazoned with Versace World Tour 2014 logos. The collection of dark denims came heavily embellished with metal details like studs, staple-like hook-and-eye fastenings and mesh bandanas, while neppy like jacquards provided a unfinished appearance. The collection of sharp silhouettes appeared in either super slim fits or oversized volume for a borrowed-from the boys attitude.
Roberto Cavalli showcased his knack for delicacy in his S/S 14 collection delivering some of the most intricate broderie and meticulous studwork seen to date. Tapping into the confident and glamorous side of the Cavalli woman, Roberto presented a selection of printed alligator and python skins on jeans using a monochrome palette to give the looks a more sophisticated identity. Texture was another key element for the collection appearing as hole punched leathers, decorative beading or as optical illusions with photo-real prints that mimicked beautifully laced looks.
As the younger sibling to Roberto Cavalli’s mainline, you can always count on the Just Cavalli line to deliver an energetic uplift to the Milan Fashion Week schedule. For S/S 14, the diffusion label brought together a juxtaposition of references that clashed tropical prints with punk-like tartans – an unexpected fusion the label has acutely mastered. The collection delivered the usual digital prints, animal spots and polished denims that you now come to expect from Jr Cavalli line, with hits of vivacious purple tones and holographic sheen speaking to the brands more daring audience.
One of the more refined collection to come out of Milan, Frankie Morello’s S/S 14 collection delivered a more understated and grown-up identity than the men’s counterpart earlier this year. Sleek silhouettes like sharp Coco jackets, neat pencil skirts, and popover shell tops appeared in polished denims in rich inky indigos, layered over stark white separates for striking effect. Touches of shimmer and shine were injected through sequin encrusted tops and skirts, while opulent gold brooches embedded with precious stones provided a simple highlight soft mint grounds.
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