Milan Fashion Week: quick overview part 2

Hope you enjoyed the quick overview for Thursday and Friday’s shows at Milan Fashion Week. Now, here’s the highlights from yesterday…

Bottega Veneta

Creative Director Tomas Maier showed off a fun 1960s inspired show for the Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2011 collection at Milan Fashion Week yesterday morning.

Showing styles that were apparent on Richard Nicoll’s LFW show and at Prada a few days back, the 60s look came into full swing as models adorned block colour twin set suits, and after opening with an orange bobbled coat, a continuation of bouclé and nubbly wool pieces came in on skirts, suits and tops.

Oversized buttons and white tights were used to accessorize the collection, with models wearing T-bar shoes to compliment the looks. Colours ranged from orange, pink, mustard, lilac and white to grey, silver and peach.

Evening wear consisted of cobwebbed style lace dresses and tops with mustard or silver satin underneath, and burnt orange sashes were used to cinch in waists.

Models hair was side parted and as the show went on ended up becoming more and more back-combed to resemble beehive hair do’s, paired with bat-wing eyes. So glam, so Sixties.

Emporio Armani

Apart from the rapturous applause that headed the show when Tina Turner arrived, there was little more excitement to EA other than that.

Ricky Martin was also front row to view the autumn/winter 2011/12 collection, but as the whole collection was in black it slightly disappointed due to the level of the rest of fashion month where colour has ruled.

However, obviously the pieces were impeccably made and in the signature hue where they ranged from velvet skirts and tailored suits with layering of tops, jackets and carrot style pants to jumpsuits, LBD’s and coats.

The highlights were the fun arm cuffs which were tightly fixed to the arm with a puff-end effect, and a jumpsuit with frill detailing on the hip: despite no colour the Emporio Armani show definitely included staple clothing for next season.

Roberto Cavalli

A fabulous ‘end of days’ collection ensued at the Roberto Cavalli autumn/winter 2011/12 catwalk show as models took on a raggedy, bohemian, Mad Max feel.

Wrapped in a layer of clothing which included trousers, skirts, tops and jackets, the darkened palette of burnished gold, claret, black and gun-metal grey was an amalgamation from his spring/summer 2011 show.

Plum, midnight blue, marron and bronze pieces ensued with velvet, sheer and lace panels. Models adorned a wet-look hair style with slight waves and smudged black eyes.

Towards the end of the show the palette seemed to delve more towards lighter coloured tones in white, taupe blue, grey and silver. Angelic perhaps, but maybe more reminiscent that if this was the end of days then we’d all look great in Cavalli in Heaven…

Emilio Pucci

For autumn/winter 2011/12, Peter Dundas has simply ‘smacked it’ for Emilio Pucci.

This fantastic collection – seriously one of my top 5 of the whole fashion month so far –  consisted of intricately woven and embellished pieces, Goya-inspired prints and baroque swirls in a colour palette of sea greens and chocolate/brown earth tones, with a few pop colour injections.

Dresses came in an assortment of styles which included prints and zig-zagged fringing, or silhouettes with key-hole cut-out tops and lace or sheer shoulders. Small squirts of Victoriana also flashed in with cropped tux style jackets that had high collars and double bow ties at the neck and waist, along with floor length maxi’s in lace, or expertly embellished – which looked like it took painstakingly long hours.

A tuxedo jumpsuit in black with gold buttons came out towards the end alongside a bejewelled bodice with long velvet skirt.

Pop colours in pink/purple came in to play with high-waisted velvet skirts and matching jackets and tops, and an assortment of chiffon blouses – high-necked again – with a cascade of ruffles along the front in mustard and darker hues.

Of course the collection would not have been complete without the signature Pucci swirls which adorned dresses, tops and skirts.

This Rumpelstiltskin of weaving magic into collections is rare and should not be traded; if I were Pucci’s CEO I would keep this man on the payroll for a long time to come…

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