10 Reasons Milan Fashion Week Was Totally Brilliant

10 Reasons Milan Fashion Week Was Totally Brilliant

From catwalk Converse to construction worker chic, here’s what happened when Team InStyle hit Milan Fashion Week

1. True love at Gucci

We jetted into Milan on the ‘fashion flight’ on Wednesday morning (everyone was on the same plane, including Alexa) assuming that we would be greeted with Italian sunshine…but instead we faced epic rain of biblical proportions. You know, the sort where the rain comes back UP off the pavement. Still, it was totally worth running through puddles to get to Gucci because the show was stunning. Even before any models appeared, we swooned over the snake and floral carpet (designed by the house’s creative director, Alessandro Michele), geometric printed folding screens, and our beautiful lace invitations. The collection itself was more of the eclectic geek chic we’ve come to expect from the revamped brand, but we’re not complaining. Highlights were the cartoonish ‘marker pen’ outlined designs and the classic flat Gucci loafer, re-imagined in floral embroidery.

2. Proper LOLZ at Moschino

A Moschino show is always going to be a hilarious occasion, because Jeremy Scott is a designer with a sense of humour. This season we were treated to invitations that came with ‘Bob The Builder’ construction worker helmets (NB we didn’t miss the opportunity to have our picture taken next to a real life construction site, complete with digger) and a show set that included three actual car wash machines with working giant brushes that the models had to negotiate, as well as Moschino’s own take on road signs (our favourite was the ‘no heels’ one). And it didn’t end there; we partied with Jeremy and rather too much champagne until the early hours of the morning. Thanks for the LOLZ, Jeremy! See more pictures from the collection here

3. One to watch: Marco de Vincenzo

Here’s a designer that feels a little out of place in Milan, home of super-glamour and fur…because Marco de Vincenzo is all about colour and print and feels rather more like the collections we see in London from the likes of Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou. We adored his SS16 offering, and were particularly taken with the satin lattice design flat shoes and square sunglasses.

4. Catwalk Converse at Missoni

Missoni has been stamping its trademark zig-zag designs on Converse sneakers for a while now, but this is the first time they’ve graced the catwalk. We’ve taken note and are already wearing ours today with coloured ankle socks and dresses. Hands down the easiest way to get next season’s catwalk looks right now!

5. #PleinPunk

Philipp Plein is a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. The sometime coffee table designer has an army of fans like you don’t normally see at fashion shows, and has showmanship that’s on another level. After Courtney Love had performed Hole’s hit Celebrity Skin with a band of robots, including a four-armed drummer, models moved down the catwalk on a travelator and were given sunglasses and bags by more massive robots while drones buzzed around their heads. The two final models both had shaved heads too, making them seem creepily like mannequins rather than living girls.

6. Fashion people eat

Milan is unrivalled for fashion week food; it’s not exactly guilt free, but we relish the opportunity to stuff ourselves with pasta and pizza. Our favourites were this scampi spaghetti in a hideaway restaurant full of proper locals, and these pizzas that were literally twice the size of our heads (see hand for scale). So thin and crispy and delicious…we all cleared our plates.

7. The ultimate selfies at Dolce & Gabbana

When the majority of the audience spends most of their time using their smart phones, brands might as well embrace it, and taking social media involvement to the max, Dolce & Gabbana’s models sauntered down the catwalk taking snaps of themselves that appeared instantly on the brand's Instagram account. Which, of course, resulted in fashion editors taking pictures of models taking pictures…luckily the clothes were so eye-catching that they didn’t get lost in the Insta-frenzy.

8. Tank top heaven at Prada

It was retro paradise at Prada, with brightly coloured knitted tank tops the likes of which we haven’t seen since we used to hunt them out in charity shops when we were at university and Jarvis Cocker was our style icon. That, combined with the skirt suits in fabrics that made us want to reupholster a chair and huge disco ball earrings, made this show one of our fashion week highlights.

9. New faces

We’ve been obsessing over ‘Buzzcut Girl’ Ruth Bell since we saw her in London (read more about her here) but there are some more new faces that popped up again in Milan, and with the lack of big name girls walking (Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls walked at Versace but nowhere else, and there’s been no sign of Kendall or Cara) we’ve been crushing on the new faces instead. Top of our list is Imaan Hammam. Here she is walking at Versace. That face! That hair!

10. More trainers at Emporio Armani

Continuing the trainers on the catwalk theme (not just at Missoni but all over the London catwalks as well at Christopher Kane, 1205 and Joseph), Armani showed cute white high top sneakers with laces that felt a bit like the ghillie ballet shoes that have been so popular on the high street recently. And man, did they look comfortable!

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