The Very Best of Milan Fashion Week

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

There’s nothing like a stroll through the streets of Milan to make you feel like you’re in the capital of the fashion world. Sartorially savvy folk lined the tents of Milan Fashion Week to check out the latest collections from some of the world’s most beloved fashion houses. Here’s a peek at the collections that PEAKED our interest.

Sticking to what works: Missoni

There are a few things we have learned to expect from the iconic Missoni family. 1)Bold colors 2)even bolder patterns and 3)sumptuous knits cozier than your childhood blankie. As predicted, Missoni’s Spring 2012 collection hit each of these categories head on, presenting a collection which screamed of the classic labels heritage. Bold colors were set off by chic boyfriend jeans and scarves so long they swept the floor. Considering the popularity (cult-fanaticism actually) of the Missoni for Target collection, this fashion house is nowhere near ready to retire, as creative director Angela Missoni obviously channels the same innate sense of style as her mother.

Best use of color: Bottega Veneta

After their Fall/Winter collection made it’s rounds on the backs of celebrities on red carpets around the world (think Emma Watson at the premiere of the final installment of Harry Potter) and was featured in the editorials of every magazine from Vogue to AVENUE (yes, check out our spread with the luscious Alexandra Richards), the question on everyone’s minds as they entered the Spring 2012 presentation was “how are they going to top it?” Well it turns out the creative mind of Tomas Maier was ready to answer as he presented a series of sexy and sophisticated silhouettes in some of the boldest shades we’ve seen this season. From the very first emerald green cocktail dress to the ethereal pink and blue gowns that closed the show, it was a collection that is certain to be just as memorable as the last. It looks like the Renaissance of Bottega Veneta is just beginning and we’re the lucky generation who gets to see it flourish.

So good you could eat it: Dolce & Gabbana

Fresh on the toes of Miuccia Prada’s captivating fruit series at Prada last year, Dolce and Gabbana presented a series of pastoral pieces emblazoned with the vegetables of a typical Italian garden. Red hot bell peppers and drool-inducing fussili pasta adorned the ears and arms of the models as they pranced down the runway ahead of a captivating backdrop which perfectly complimented the later jewel-incrusted looks. Though I can’t say it was entirely original (in fact, it felt just a little too similar to the aforementioned Prada collection), there’s no question it was chic as hell and yet another example of why Domenico and Stefano are the sex-kitten’s go-to for head-to-toe glam.

Best Over-All: It’s A TIE! We just couldn’t take our minds off of two collections at this season’s Milan Fashion Week. Jil Sander’s simple-chic series of charicature printed knits and paisley short-suits was a picture of perfection (as per usual) and is bound to be on the likes of every fashion editor at next seasons shows in February. The ultra-simplified palette of white and blues needed no embellishment as the silhouettes alone spoke volumes. Miuccia Prada had us all raring to go with her ultra retro Cadillac inspired collection, complete with convertible-emblazoned prints and firebird heels. It’s impossible to know how she does it, but it seems every season, whether for Miu Miu or Prada, Miuccia always has her finger on the pulse of what’s new and next and no one can stop her from making us love it.


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