From live puppies to baby dragons, read on for the main highlights from Milan Fashion Week you may have missed while you were weekending.
Chameleons, baby dragons, and snakes, oh my!
Disembodied heads, baby dragons, and did we mention chameleons? Gucci’s Fall 2018 show during Milan Fashion Week was a surrealist dream. The show space was transformed into an operating room equipped with a surgical table, setting the stage for the first model to take to the runway carrying an exact replica of her own head tucked under her arm— it was dreamed up by Makinarium, a Rome-based production centre which specializes in physical and visual special effects. Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Fall 2018 catwalk presentation was a metaphor for how people today construct their identities. This was apparent throughout the collection, which was rife with cross-cultural references, from turbans to babushka scarves and body chains.
Max Mara features two hijab-wearing models on the runway
Halima Aden made her second appearance at Milan Fashion Week, where she walked for Max Mara for the second season in a row. Dressed in head-to-toe black, the former Vogue Arabia cover star joined a star-studded model lineup, which included the likes of Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, and Joan Smalls to name but a few. And she wasn’t the only hijab-wearing model to walk on the runway. Max Mara also casted Amina Adan, another veiled model. Adan, who is also of Somali descent, wore a black, leopard-print scarf, and a checked maxi skirt and blazer combo. Max Mara has a track record of being one of the more inclusive brands in the Milan Fashion Week schedule, with a diverse lineup that featured models of every ethnicity and background.
History-making moment at Prada
Prada showcased its Fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection during Milan Fashion Week, and made headlines by having Sudanese model Anok Yai open the show. Yai is the second black model to open a Prada show since Naomi Campbell in 1997. The diverse lineup that followed included seasoned runway stars, newcomers, and It girls alike including Amber Valetta, Sasha Pivovarova, and Liu Wen alongside Kaia Gerber, and Adut Akech. As for the clothing, the Fall 2018 offering was infused with utilitarian touches, from rubber boots to construction worker vests.
Live puppies steal the show at Tod’s
For Tod’s Fall 2018 show, models– including Gigi Hadid and Yasmin Wijnaldum— took to the runway carrying an unlikely accessory: A puppy. There were chihuahuas, boxers, and bulldogs that effectively stole the show. It wasn’t the first time a brand featured dogs on the runway. Recently, New York design duo Gauntlett Cheng sent models out carrying a litter of puppies, meanwhile Hood by Air featured a Great Dane on its Spring 2015 runway.
Versace pulls from the archives for Fall 2018
Last September, Donatella Versace presented a supermodel-filled Spring 2018 show inspired by her late brother Gianni’s most iconic collections and for Fall 2018, the designer continues to find inspiration from the brand’s archives. For instance, Clueless-worthy prints, black bodycon dresses, and tartan berets punctuated the offering. Plaids were layered on top of each other, graphic T’s were paired with billowing, silk skirts, and fringed, over-the-knee boots heightened the LBD. It was an unabashed homage to the ’80’s that is undoubtedly in line with fashion’s current obsession with the bygone era.