Milan Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011 saw a lot of old looks with modern materials, a lot of prints, and edgier more younger apparels. Oh Milano, sogno di essere li!
Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week with a collection using bold / jewel colours, provocative leg baring - sheer evening gowns, and exotic jackets made from Fox Fur - dyed in shades of purple, emerald, turquoise, orange and one of Kanchan Couture’s favorites -- fuchsia. Designed by Frida Giannini, the collection’s inspiration was driven by marrying the silhouettes from the 1940s and 1970s. In addition to the extravagant collection – Gucci also announced their collaboration where they designed a Car with Fiat.
Dolce & Gabbana plays with gender combination at Milan FW by blending the sexy woman silhouettes with the straight, sleek man. Prints seem to be a recurring favorite, as designers D&G show off their denim pants with a lace print. The duality of the masculine and feminine was a successful outreach to the younger generation as the sixty-four models were divided into ‘tomboys’ and ‘temptresses’. In this story of boy-meets-girl, the love is portrayed by the man-hours and intricate attention to detail on the clothes.
Roberto Cavalli celebrated his 41st year in Fashion at Milan FW as he paraded his models clad in armor-esque metal bodices, under slightly darker, more transparent animal prints like the ‘kissing leopards’. Hand-crafted ornaments, cheetah print chiffon jeans, accessorized with tribal neck pieces and spike heels. The looks echoed Cavalli’s past, but with the metal-warrior like materials and prints, Cavalli managed to give new notes to a look he makes very much his own.
Bottega Veneta, inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1964 classic, Red Desert, and the curvaceous figure of actress, Monica Vitti – Designer Thomas Maier blessed the runway with figure hugging, sexier pieces. Bust hugging knit sweaters and flared skirts, shift dresses in batik prints or corset-style looks were just a preview to the cloud like red carpet dresses which stole the show.
With just a quick glimpse into Milano’s Fashion Week, my fever to get to Italy only gets higher. Continuing to keep a keen eye on the remainder of FW…
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