Milano – show us what you got. Pronto. Grazie.
Frida Giannini certainly marches to the beat of her own drum, and this collection was no exception. This was everyday luxury at its best – with denim, shaggy fur and military jackets as the main themes. Stunning Mongolian lamb fur in a variety of colours was teamed perfectly with denim sailor pants and beautifully printed cocktail dresses made from kimono silk. I especially liked the sneaker style lacing detail on both tops and dresses, and the whole 70s vibe which is certain to be a key trend next season.
Sometimes its not necessarily a bad thing to have a case of the blues. It can result in a triumph, especially if you’re Mr Armani. He brought out a pretty large palette, with navy, sky blue, cornflower and cobalt blue featuring heavily. Again the main aim seemed to be casual elegance, with an emphasis on wearability. I loved the blazers with different coloured labels, in a mixture of blues and white, with a hint of metallic thrown in to crank up the glamour. I also adored the ruffled one shoulder party dress, a perfect red carpet dress if ever I saw one.
I’m obsessed with Chanel and YSL but Fendi is definitely in my top three. It’s the combination of the elegance and the quirk. And Karl’s input of course. With the mini Karlito and the furry accessories threatening to detract from the clothes, I had to try and concentrate on the overall looks. The orchid seen as a corsage last season has been turned into print, with gorgeous results. Again more wearable elegance, with slouch pants, mini skirts and cropped jackets featuring heavily. I was particularly fond of the plastic pastel looks at the end and the feathered dresses, which worked perfectly with the much loved accessories.
You can always rely on Mr Cavalli to bring colour and life to proceedings, with the collection channelling the 70s vibe and festival chic. I loved the sleeveless long striped gilet with the heart motif and bell bottom jeans (above) and the show stopping finale dresses, slit so high that some needed matching shorts! Fantastic prints were expected and delivered by this lower priced Cavalli line.
Although less in your face than last seasons face dresses, this collection was still classically Prada, with a bourgeois feel, an elegant gypsy in slightly unfinished pieces. I particularly liked the darker toned outfits, including the one above (top left) with a long sleeved topstitched top, flared skirt with a hint of animal print and brown leather and harlequin boots with socks. The socks and Mary Janes totally made most of the looks, I am a fan of the coloured ones with lace. Threads trailed, raggy cuffs poked out of sleeves – there was a definite rawness to this, but somehow it still managed to be flawless.