The top 10 moments that got us ‘oh so excited’ from Milan Fashion Week
Arrivederci Milano, until we meet again!
This season alone marked the first time Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada took an official bow together since their 2020 debut as co-creative directors; Emporio Armani celebrated its 40th anniversary with a show and a corresponding exhibition; Dua Lipa made her runway debut at Versace, and Giorgio Armani showcased a show at the small theatre in the basement of Via Borgonuovo 21 – a space that was home to Giorgio Armani fashion shows and collection presentations from 1984 to 2000.
Before we kick-start another round-up of shows in Paris, we take a look at the 10 most fabulous moments that left us in awe...
Along with the brand’s men and women's Spring/Summer 2022 fashion show held at the Armani Teatro – which marked Armani’s first return to a live audience show – Emporio Armani also launched a special issue of Emporio Armani magazine with Editor Rosanna Armani. Titled ‘THE WAY WE ARE’, the magazine comes with a double CD containing lounge and bubbling music which will soon be sold in Emporio Armani stores.
From Milan to Shanghai, Prada succeeded to stage twin shows at the opposite ends of the world. The shows were held at the same time with looks presented in both continents to offer a celebration of the ultimate catwalk experience and of technology’s power to pass borders and unite views. After all, Prada named it ‘synchronic views’ to celebrate fashion and a communal spirit.
The artist didn’t only make her runway debut at Versace, she actually opened the show. Strutting out to songs from her own album alongside supermodels Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell and Irina Shayk, Dua Lipa was dressed in a skirt suit comprising of a black jacket with cutout on the side, and a matching skirt that featured a slit held together by oversized safety pins. The whole look was accessorised with square toe platform sandals, mismatched earrings and electric green eye shadow.
From all-over sequins and shiny jacquard to gemstone-studded jeans, everything was sparkling and bright under the ‘DG Light’ themed show at Dolce & Gabbana. Inviting us all to live the life we possibly can, following a year of joggers and lockdown, the collection was a reinterpretation of the aesthetic codes of the 2000s with flamboyant skirts, the length of wide belts complete with giant embellished buckles, gold trousers, monogram chains and underwear’s over waistlines.
Truth is, Francoise Quoirex was an ungovernable teenager who was expelled from school (not once, but twice) and Max Mara wanted to celebrate the bourgeois rebel in her – and in all of us through beatnik chic and point towards workwear classics. The collection included tank tops and boyish sandals with chunky crepe soles that complete the bad girl look and the colour palette runs from sand to tan, to navy to black with pops of yellow and orange.
Titled ‘Shall we?’, the 35-piece capsule celebrates the joy of getting dressed and the ultimate downtime wardrobe. Modern, fresh and free, the collection is defined by its original styling and putting outfits together in a new way – think a scarf as a top, a parka as a dress, a blazer with nothing underneath, reflecting Margherita’s motto: ‘a light and joyful approach to fashion that also captures an anything-is-possible attitude in life’.
For its Spring/Summer '22 collection, Salvatore Ferragamo reunited with its physical fashion audience after 12 months apart. The brand clearly approached the future with positivity and for this special season, Ferragamo reconnected with that wellspring of the house to present a collection that draws inspiration from the spectrum of beauty and recontextualizes it for the NOW.
Hence the collection name ‘the explorer’, the pieces rejoice the dreamer within us with an enquiring mind, keen to explore the world and visit new destinations. The vibrancy of prints and patterns are reminiscent of a safari trip. Slinky dresses in natural, earthy hues combined with softer shades in light and fluid fabrics are accessorised with tortoiseshell effects, belts and multi-tasking bags and necklaces in various lengths.
She is just more realistic with her designs. According to Alberta, women still love to dress up but it isn’t quite the same after the pandemic. The collection is about living in the moment and she believes in inherently feminine whilst remaining grounded to who you are. The styles vary between super short, floor-grazing and midi, ready to embrace all body forms and preferences.
The designer opted for a showcase at the small theatre in the basement of Via Borgonuovo 21 – the home of Giorgio Armani fashion shows and presentations from 1984 to 2000. For the nostalgic return to the location, Armani mixed exquisite classic with nomadic colours, almost signalling a journey from dusk to dawn. Elevated, effortless and elegant, the Spring/Summer '22 collection centered around freedom with light silhouettes, soft hues and intricate detailing.
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