Milan Fashion Week (September 22-27) had one of the longest calendars in years. Perhaps it was the Italian Chamber’s of Fashion attempt to better expose the highest designer ready-to-wear Italy is famous for and to accelerate an economic recovery.
Just like in New York and London “Seventies” remained the major theme of Milano Moda Donna: the American designers approached “the theme” with pragmatism (what happened to those “campaign wishes and caviar dreams”?), rebellious Brits- with innovation, and Italians- with their love for excess.
Nobody knows more about excess and glitz than Roberto Cavalli, strong believer in “excess is success” formula, who celebrated his 40th anniversary in fashion business last Wednesday. Just Cavalli RTW Spring 2011 collection , dedicated to the Seventies’ hippies with the soft spot for arts and crafts, had just about everything flower power from granny lace dresses, patchwork jacquard jackets to suede tops with appliqué and peasant blouses. Add to that distressed denim in leopard pattern and over the top accessories (denim hats and jumbo sized necklaces).Smashing and loud.
Another designer who does not believe in doing things by halves is Anna Molinari (Blumarine).Spring 2011 Blumarine’s silhouette was very much voluminous and fluid in the shape of maxi dresses ,see through mini caftans and silk chiffon animal printed palazzo pants in clashing colours (peach, red): feminine and sex appealing look.
Gucci RTW collection has been among the first ones to be shown during the Fashion Week in Milan. Frida Giannini, the brand’s artistic director, decided to depart from mature silhouette , minimal embellishment and natural palette (Fall 2010,watch the slideshow) and went for the bold colours (violet ,jade, blue) and classy but provocative lines(plunging necklines, open backs).The show’s line-up also included equestrian-inspired leather pieces fringed ,embroidered(very Seventies) and loaded with the hardware. Giannini called her collection “Sophisticated Seduction”. (WWD)
Milan Week wrapped up with the AmfaR (aids research) auction on September 28th with lots such as Louis Vuitton Vanity Case designed by Sharon Stone and Mini Cooper by DVF(went for 80,000 euros).
The Fashion Week torch has been passed to the City of Lights, the fashion capital of the world.
Paris Fashion Week is in progress now and will last through October 6th.