We’re halfway through this whole fashion month and now it is time for the new collections from Milan. With more designers combining menswear with womenswear in one show, we round up the best runways from Milan Fashion Week SS18:
Gucci’s collection was “an act of resistance.” The runway symbolized the Tiber River, while the backdrop was an early medieval structure and map featuring arches in Indian, Egyptian, and Aztec styles.
Much like the runway set, the collection was an eclectic mix of cultures, time periods, and styles. An array of pieces celebrated ’70s glitz with glistening sparkles while others took inspiration from the Aztec and Egyptian cultures referenced on the runway. Also, Bugs Bunny and Snow White made unexpected appearances, menswear pieces enjoyed some throwback nostalgia, embroidered with the classic animated characters.
It was full of glitter and glam, ’80s shoulders, English tweeds and Sega references, and all the recognizable multi-everything orchestration of retooled vintage with which Alessandro Michele has revived this brand as a powerhouse with global reach.
The backdrop for Miuccia Prada’s show was artwork by manga artists, which also featured as prints in the collection. Distorted zebra and leopard prints and spider motifs were scattered throughout. Tailoring was key.
The punk elements of the ’60s and ’70s came into play, with no shortage of heavy studs adorning just about everything, from the shoes to belts and jackets. In the case of the latter, metal studs were joined by other embellishments you might find in a very chic toolbox, like pearly buttons and sparkly crystals.
The rest of the collection features the use of contrasting colors paired with striped patterns, as well as many different kinds of footwear like pointed-toe dress shoes and sandals with leather straps lined with metal studs.
- Alberta Ferretti
The Alberta Ferretti show opened with a series of ultra-modern black swimsuits, dying to become a wardrobe staple.
It was a new chapter for Alberta Ferretti who had chosen to pare back her collection and take inspiration from the 90s. The opening looks were a series of black swimsuits and bikinis, minimal aside from a cut-out in the back or strings wrapped around the waist. Ferretti’s familiar silhouette followed: Grecian dresses, jumpsuits and shiny silk lamé.
It’s her dresses that have built her empire and as of late, her viral day of the week sweaters, of which a new iteration was seen in pink celebrating Saturday. Ferretti backed the pastel trend with a series of lamé blouses tied at the waist and worn with sharp trousers.