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Highlights of Milan Fashion Week

Gucci and Bottega Veneta Go Co-Ed

The powerhouse brands from luxury group Kering both debuted their new show formats, combining their women’s and men’s collections on the runway.

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Gucci Fall 2017. Indigital

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Gucci Fall 2017. Indigital

While Burberry in London was the first fashion house to adopt the efficient model, it’s likely that even more brands will follow suit now that these two Italian labels have given their stamp of approval. 

Halima Aden Makes Her Milan Runway Debut

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Halima Aden walks for Max Mara Fall 2017. Indigital

The first hijab-wearing model to be signed by IMG, Halima Aden was the talk of the town when she showed up on the runways of Alberta Ferretti, clad in a navy and black striped coat, and at Max Mara, where her beige hijab matched the brand’s oversize camel coat.

Sunglasses are the New It Bags

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Carlotta Loverini, Virginia Galateri di Genola, Margherita Puri Negri, and Madina Visconti di Modrone at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 presentation. Indigital

It’s no secret that accessories are the bread and butter of fashion companies. This season, three Italian luxury players––Gucci, Valentino, and Moncler––all debuted eyewear ranges in Milan. Top marks went to Valentino, who collaborated with theater company Sleep No More for an immersive performance.

Lewis Hamilton Stole the Show

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Lewis Hamilton front row at Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2017. Getty

While your average front-row regular is a chicly clad PYT, this week it was a stylish gent to take the limelight. Lewis Hamilton, the racecar driver and dapper man about town, made appearances at Emporio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace, where he admired Donatella’s creations seated next to fellow Brit Naomi Campbell.

Political Statements on the Runway

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Missoni Fall 2017. Indigital

It all started in New York, with brands such as Public School and Prabal Gurung sending out strong messages through their collections, and it carried on in Milan, where Donatella Versace showed T-shirts and accessories bearing words such as UNITY, COURAGE, LOYALTY, and LOVE, and Angela Missoni gave a post-finale speech to talk about equality, after leaving a Missoni version of the women’s march pink hat on each seat.

Fashion Celebrates Franca Sozzani

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017

Carla Sozzani attends the public mass honoring Franca Sozzani at Duomo on February 27, 2017 in Milan. Getty

On the last day of the shows, the fashion community gathered in Milan’s most famous landmark, the Duomo, to commemorate the recent death of Vogue Italia’s late Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani. From the photographers who shot for her magazine to the models who appeared in its pages and the designers she supported throughout the years, the top players in the industry paid homage to a truly remarkable woman.


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