Our fashion features editor Hannah Rochell on all the news from Milan fashion week
We just got back from Milan Fashion Week, so before we head off to Paris (I know, poor us!) we've rounded up all the best bits from Italy. And yes, it mostly involves Gigi and/or Bella Hadid...
The Bella and Gigi takeover
Much like an Instagram takeover, the Hadid sister did a whole fashion week takeover, walking in what seemed like every show we attended – Fendi, Moschino, Max Mara…you name it, they were there. Cue all the phones in the audience aiming for a picture every time either of them sashayed past.
Naomi at Versace
If there’s one model that will get people even more excited than a Hadid, it’s a Naomi Campbell, who was a complete surprise at Versace, even to most of the people working on the show (she had a private room backstage so didn’t get ready with the other models). Other more mature faces on the catwalk included Carmen Kass (38) and Mariacarla Boscono (36), and they looked incredible, as did Serena Williams who was sitting front row. The show itself was amazing; it’s held in a venue that feels as big as the o2 and with other big name models like Edie Campbell and Jourdan Dunn it was a pretty cool way to spend our Friday night.
Lauren Hutton at Bottega Veneta
Speaking of the more mature model, we were thrilled to see Lauren Hutton walking at Bottega Veneta to celebrate the brand’s 50th birthday. If we look anything like that when we’re 72, we’ll be very satisfied (come to think of it, if we look anything like that when we’re, like, 10 minutes older TBH).
Milan: a city for dog lovers
There are so many totes adorbs dogs on the streets of Milan we lost count (it’s a very dog friendly city), but there was also a quartet of fashion dogs waiting outside every show. We’re not sure what these beautiful Afghan hounds were doing there, but it was a joy to see their pretty faces every time. #hairgoals
Disco light heels at Dolce & Gabbana
If there’s one thing you should always look out for at a Dolce & Gabbana show, it’s the heels of the shoes. They are always incredibly intricate, often with latticework and details like flowers woven through. For SS17, it’s all gone tech-tastic, with light-up heels akin to the trainers seen a few seasons ago at Chanel.
Paper dolls at Moschino
Jeremy Scott’s paper doll dresses were messing with our heads on Thursday night. It wasn’t always obvious what was model and what was fabric, with belly buttons and legs painted on to skin tight lycra creating a weird optical illusion. You can always guarantee something totally weird at a Moschino show!
Gigi kicks ass…literally
When Ukranian prankster Vitalii Sediuk decided to lift Gigi Hadid up in the air as she was leaving the Max Mara venue on Friday, he probably wasn’t expecting such a badass reaction (he was, apparently, picking her up to protest against the use of celebrity models. Yeah Vitalii, whatevs). She wriggled free and defended herself with attitude (see video above). Go Gigi!
We loved the collection at Prada even more when we saw it up close and personal the day after the show, because sometimes it’s the tiny details that make you really REALLY fall for an item of clothing. Miuccia’s signature clashing prints looked great on the catwalk, but in person we swooned over the plastic Prada logos attached to them. Oh, and jelly shoe lovers rejoice – next season is all about the rubber sandal (we saw them at Armani, too).
What with the red lighting and lashings of dry ice, the Gucci show felt more like a nightclub in the Seventies than a fashion show in 2017, as did the clothes which continued creative director Alessandro Michele's vintage ecclectic aesthetic. What's more, Gucci loafers were EVERYWHERE on street style stars again this fashion week, in more guises and in greater numbers than back in spring; they make up one of the two styles of flat shoe you'll find in pretty much every fashion editor's wardrobe (the other style? The adidas Stan Smith of course!). Gucci's key shoe for next season is the flatform ballet pump - the pumps can be removed from the flatform so you can wear them as flats. Genius.