Milan Fashion Week: quick overview

As I am really behind with my blogging (apologies on that) then I thought it would be a lot easier to do a mini round-up of shows for my loyal Twitterati and blog-followers to get back on track, as Marni and Brioni already look like they were rocking today at Milan Fashion Week. So, here’s the latest over the past few days…

Prada

Even though the show started an hour late (due to some last-minute changes backstage) Miuccia Prada showed off a fabulous collection working in references to the 1920s and 1960s.

The main style of the day was snakeskin, worked into knee-high boots and oversized coats in a selection of mustard, teal black and grey – complete with fur collars on the lapels.

The 60s shift dress made a huge appearance changing from clashing patterns – horizontal, vertical stripes and oversized checks – to an array of colours all faded from top to bottom; the dresses were coated in semi-circle plastic pieces, creating a rainbow effect, and all came with a standard polo-shirt collar with 3 large plastic buttons.

Bags were incorporated into the show but models kept them so tightly clung to their chest you would have thought someone was going to jump on stage and steal them from their grip (well, I am sure some contemplated it!).

Models make up was bare and minimal: no lipstick was used only blush at the last-minute to compliment the fresh skin and brown/rose cream eyeshadow that was created just for this show. Hair was kept whimsical and swept up into a low slung pony with small pieces pulled down around the side of the face.

Perfectly polished; perfectly Prada.

Moschino

It was all aboard the ‘fashion train’ for Moschino at their autumn/winter 2011 collection during Milan Fashion Week on Friday afternoon.

Models took on a new role as station conductors in an array of captains caps and coats; smartly polished with gold buttons, brooches and gold stacked bangles – which looked like they were attached to the cuff of the jackets.

Apart from the gold hoops and starch white gloves the models adorned, the Moschino team turned day wear to evening wear by adding luxurious white and black tuxedos, with different coloured lapels, and satin cummerbunds in black, white and fuchsia pink.

Bib fronted dresses followed with a selection of gold lamé pleated midi skirts, dresses and suits. The colour palette ranged from cream, golds, black, navy, and white to red.

Model Coco Rocha ended the show with a large cockerel on her head. Fun and frivolous – this was Moschino at best. Now, if only Southern drivers could adorn this outfit at Victoria station- we’d have a fashion frenzy en-route to work…

Gianfranco Ferre

Usually slightly avante-guarde, Gianfranco Ferre – along with designers Thomas Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, took his collection down a scale this season showing more classic monochrome lines and colourings.

Still sleek and chic the luxurious looking collection envisioned a modern woman whose working wardrobe was elegant, on-trend and expensive. Staple pieces included midi-length double-breasted coats, silver lamé dresses, skinny trousers, navy skirts suits and fur coats in nude, creams and gold.

Versace

Donatella Versace must be as happy as a woman with new Louboutin’s after  her autumn/winter 2011 collection for her family fashion house showed.

From Moschino stepping up the fashion fun, Versace took the same approach creating a collection based around fleur-de-lis swirls and tulip flowers which covered an array of dresses in a mint, yellow, purple and monochrome tones.

LBD’s were big on the catwalk, shown in a selection of styles, and all either adorning the signature floral print or large polished gold buttons which sat cleverly on either the hip or shoulder/neck line creating a sophisticated look. Dresses had huge panels cut out from the neckline or shoulders and were teamed with peep-toe stiletto calf boots.

Versace also incorporated leather snake style panels into evening gowns which zig-zagged up the centre of the dress. Leather was also used to create cropped jackets with matching skirts and Gestapo style mac’s.

The colour palette ranged from mint, purple, navy, black, white and teal to yellow, and showed off marabou feather evening gowns.

The highlights included a red floral swirled coat with cinched waist in velvet, and fur-style snoods in an assortment of colours.

Fun and funky, a great new approach from Versace.

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