We’re currently on the third stop of the four-city fashion month circuit. Milan Fashion Week opened with a spectacular showcase from Gucci last Thursday, and is set to conclude with Dolce & Gabbana on Sunday afternoon. Here’s your two-minute Milan Fashion Week recap.
Max Mara Spring 2018
Max Mara’s Spring 2018 collection was a parade of streamlined silhouettes. The offering was filled with slim, transparent blazers and pants, pencil skirts, sharp jumpsuits, jean jackets, and tank tops. The main colorways flirted with neutral hues of white, black, and camel. In the second half of the collection, the looks featured feminine floral prints in lilac shades. Hijab-wearing model and June Vogue Arabia cover star, Halima Aden, had her turn on the runway, wearing a denim jacket, black trousers, and overskirt. The groundbreaking model from Somalia also walked in Max Mara’s Fall 2017 showcase. See the full show here.
Gucci Spring 2018
Alessandro Michele’s 100+ look Spring 2018 collection was a visual feast. Staged in the new Via Mecenate headquarters against the backdrop of statues of ancient Egyptians, Greek gods and goddesses, and Mayan archways, the fashion extravaganza was attended by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Dapper Dan, and the Gucci Bloom brand ambassadors Dakota Johnson, Hari Nef, and Petra Collins. As for the outfits, there were plenty of references to be discovered on the runway: from Bugs Bunny to Elton John, motifs were translated onto T-shirts, jumpsuits, sweaters, and tote bags. The glittering collection was punctuated with diamanté Gucci hair barrettes, GG medallion necklaces, sci-fi sunglasses, and a designer neck brace, naturally. See the full show here.
Moschino Spring 2018
At Moschino’s Spring 2018 show, a lineup of ballerina bikers took to the runway, wearing leather jackets, tulle tutus in pastel pink and blue, and fishnet stockings. Model of the moment Kaia Gerber opened the show, sporting a My Little Pony T-shirt, which matched this season’s novelty smartphone case. In the final selection of the collection, designer Jeremy Scott dressed models Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Anna Cleveland, and Joan Smalls as flower bouquets by way of ultra-feminine, petal-embellished dresses, that had all the guests pulling out their iPhones. See the full show here.
Fendi Spring 2018
Fendi’s Spring 2018 collection was co-designed with Silvia Venturini Fendi (the woman who invented the Fendi Baguette bag) and merged “Italian Futurism” with “tropical travel.” On the runway, this translated to sharp coats, skirts, and blouses in muted shades of blue, green, and pink. Tropical motifs in the form of fern leaves and flowers made way for luxury logos on key pieces, including the bomber worn by Kendall Jenner that screams “buy me now.” See the full show here.
Prada Spring 2018
In a space decorated with comic book art (by female artists), Miuccia Prada sent out models wearing 1950s-inspired housewife dresses, oversized jackets, and animal-printed ball skirts to the soundtrack of golden oldies that quickly transitioned to popular radio hits on the airwaves today (your playlist for next summer). An empowering message of sorts, the collection crossed gender stereotypes and featured party dresses and bustiers, worn over striped men’s shirts and trousers. The art adorning the walls also appeared on the clothes. When it came to the models, Prada veered away from It girls, and instead included fresh faces such as Gisele Fox, Selena Forrest, and Kaia Gerber, of course. See the full show here.
Versace Spring 2018
Versace’s Spring 2018 show was Donatella Versace’s touching tribute to her late brother, Gianni. To mark the 20th anniversary of his tragic death, Donatella dreamed up a lineup of looks that immediately recalled some of Gianni’s most iconic collections: Vogue, Warhol, My Friend Elton, Icons, Baroque, Animalia, Native Americans, Tresor de la Mer, Metal Mesh, and Butterflies. Models strutted down the runway in threes or fours – Binx Walton, Vittoria Ceretti, Lexi Boling, and Rianne Van Rompaey opened the show together wearing baroque prints. But it was the finale that caused the biggest stir. Nineties supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, and Cindy Crawford closed the show wearing golden, chainmail dresses to George Michael’s Freedom. The curtain closer was a direct reference to Versace’s Fall 1991 show, when Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford walked together while mouthing the words to the same song. See the full show here.
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2018
On Sunday, Dolce & Gabbana closed Milan Fashion Week with a millennial-filled “Queen of Hearts”-inspired Spring 2018 show. Featuring more than 100 looks, the collection proved to be a testament to the fact that the Italian fashion house is getting bolder and more experimental with its prints. This season, elaborately-crafted pieces featured prints of fruits, vegetables, cherubs, and decks of cards. Sheer, black gowns, corsets, and power suits, punctuated the offerings. In true Dolce & Gabbana manner, dazzling accessories in the form of glittering crowns, headbands, and sunglasses were abundant. We predict that the black frames that spell out “DG” will be at the top of every It girl’s wish list the world over. See the full show here.