Milan Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 round up review

After a week long stint in Milan the fashion elite have finally packed up their bags and are heading for the last haul of fashion month in Paris.

Versace SS12 collectionWith this in mind we look to Milan to see what it’s taught us for next season and what are fashion mind set should be switching onto come spring. Unlike the first leg of our journey in New York there was no real hint of sport luxe at Milan, apart, of course, from Sportmax’s mainline collection.

Trends that were apparent throughout ranged from fun print clothing at Prada (red and blue Cadillac cars) and Dolce & Gabbana (tomatoes and chillies to name a few) to 1920s dropped hemlines at Gucci and Just Cavalli. Then there was the silk scarf, mostly used for handkerchief drop hemlines, or layering up all over at D&G. It was also a celebration for clashing prints which happened at just about every show.

Metallics were also big at Roberto Cavalli amongst others, alongside the aquatic themes at Versace and Giorgio Armani – whom both also produced Oscar worthy gowns. Donatella Versace may have shown a more fun side opting for coral, starfish, seahorse and mermaid prints with crystalized pieces but at Giorgio Armani the look was more elevated and grown up with precision tailoring. Floral prints and embellishment were also key at Antioni Marras and Prada showing off a new type of 1950s swimwear, however unlike London Fashion Week, tones were kept generally more muted in monochromes and pale pinks, alongside cerulean and indigo blues with dashes of red, green, yellow or vibrant purples.

Jil Sander, MaxMara and Gianfranco Ferre went for a more minimalistic tailored style whilst Emilio Pucci, Just Cavalli and Etro showed a folklandish and festival approach to dressing. One other main trend that was apparent and had been since New York was collar-less jackets and coats as seen throughout the shows.

Apart from the shows at Milan there was also a certain fashion buzz around design house Gucci. Not only did the Italian brand throw a lavish star-studded party to celebrate their 90th anniversary but they also decamped the who’s who of the fashion elite from Milan to Florence for the opening of the label’s museum. Costing just 6 euros to enter, with 50 per cent of the funds going straight back into a fund to help the city of Florence and their economy, the museum is set to host a back log of historic Gucci collections including its Flora print, sporting legacy and more.

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