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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.