Bidding addio to Milan Fashion Week, we’re here to share four of our favourite moments from this season’s schedule. Bringing to life Italy’s world-famous sartorial hub, this year’s AW schedule featured collections by some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, and the week was characterised by displays of pure opulence and design ingenuity.
Read on for our edit of the best in show.
In a sartorial salute to 1940s utility, Bottega Veneta’s Autumn Winter collection was all about sharp silhouettes, strong shoulders, fitted waists and rounded hips. In the words of Creative Director Tomas Maier, “this is a silhouette that is like it has been drawn…as if you can see the pencil mark on a sketch.” Statement pieces included colour-blocked double-faced cashmere coats, jodhpurs tailored for shaped hips, and metal-thread jacquard gowns embellished with metal studs. “It is glamorous, but in a very Bottega Veneta way,” Maier said, “there is an ease to the sophistication, because it is natural.” Looks were anchored with wedge shoes and chunky heels, while structured bags featured in fine knitted gold Lurex, the perfect complement to the collection’s undertones of old-world glamour.
Against a backdrop staged as a series of dimly-lit ‘70s era bedrooms, Miuccia Prada delivered one of her most powerful collections yet. Nostalgic activism met high fashion as models took to the runway in wide leg corduroy trousers and open duffel coats; lingerie on show. Alternate key pieces included chunky bejewelled cardigans, feather-trimmed mohair pencil skirts, and snakeskin belted coats, in a colourful collision between fabric and form. Heavy leather satchels, knee-high suede boots, and feminine fur clutches further added to the collection’s overarching ‘70s vibe.
Dolce & Gabbana
This season’s Dolce & Gabbana show was a family affair where diversity reigned supreme. With – almost – all sizes, shapes, ages, and ethnicities represented in the models that walked the runway, donned in outfits that managed to achieve both eccentricity and elegance. Appearing to draw on the fashion house’s rich design archives, the collection fully embodied the Dolce & Gabbana aesthetic, epitomising the glamour and romance of Italian heritage design. From the cat-printed bathrobes that opened the show, to the trouser suits of striped patchwork, velvet and brocade, it seemed no pattern was left untouched, no material left unexplored. Pointy-toed leopard print brogues, classic chain-strap bags, and bejewelled stiletto heels made for finishing touches of true Italian finery.
This season, Emporio Armani revamped its usual signature of modesty and restraint. On show instead was a fresh adaptation of the Armani style: free, self-aware and subtly irreverent. In sync with the times, the collection embraced the monochromatic as well as bold colour, focusing on an elongated and hyper-feminine silhouette. Tailored black velvet trousers worn with blouses and boxy blazers, a sheer checkerboard-printed coat and pop-colour furs were just a few of the collection’s most memorable looks. Delicately-tied neck scarves, black leather low-top sneakers and classic shoulder bags complemented each ensemble in true understated Armani style.
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