Highlights of Milan Fashion Week /17.
Milan Fashion Week ended after a packed schedule of shows from both the biggest names in the business and a handful of debuts. Here are some of our favourite shows:
It is the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death and so Donatella Versace made this year’s show an homage to her brother. The looks this year hearkened back to the iconic 1990s designs of Versace. It was vintage with a modern twist, with the show incorporating prints, colours, and pieces from the 90s era, combined with modern silhouettes and tailoring to create a collection that is vibrant and glamorous. The show ended off with a bang with the supermodels of Gianni’s time all gathered together: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, and Carla Bruni, all clad in the designer’s iconic gold mesh dresses.
DOLCE & GABBANA
Based around a “Queen of Hearts” theme, the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2018 show was offbeat, colourful, and brimming with artistic creativity. It featured a variety of looks: beginning with a set of black dresses made eye-catching with corsets and sheer fabrics. As the show went on, vibrant prints appeared: the classic Queen of Hearts playing card a common refrain as well as floral, food, and animal prints. Extravagant embellished eyewear, crowns, headbands, and jewelry completed the looks. Surreal, colourful, and wild, this show was distinctly Dolce & Gabbana.
Moschino’s Spring 2018 show was all about biker ballerinas, with models dressed in combinations of tulle tutus, leather jackets, fishnets, and tall boots, with studs covering everything. It had an edgy, punk rock vibe, yet with a delicate femininity. The latter half of the show was similarly bold, yet in the opposite direction, as the pieces got into florals—literally. The models were transformed into flowers and bouquets, with sculptured dresses that looked like petals or which were made up of clouds of flowers. The symbolism of flowers blooming, full of life and beauty, brought a hopeful end to the show, a powerful point against today’s social and political climate.
Prada’s Spring 2018 show was military inspired, featuring precise tailoring and incorporating bold, stylized comic-book inspired prints. Clothes were screen printed to show creases, deliberate imperfections put in as a callback to the adventurous fashions of the 80s. A combination of punky vibes and femininity, the collection was very much all about celebrating female empowerment, a visible pushback against political forces threatening women’s rights.