Some of fashion’s biggest players took to the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week in a style and star-studded weekend. From Jil Sander’s riot of colour to Dolce & Gabbana’s white lace parade, it’s clear that next season is going to be one of the most diverse we’ve had in years.
Bottega Veneta kicked off the weekend with a line-up of simple yet utterly chic clothes courtesy of German designer Tomas Maier. Fluid satin trousers and knee-length skirts in a palette of black, navy, grey, taupe and sand signify the continuation of pared-down (yet luxurious) separates as the cornerstone of the working woman’s wardrobe next summer.
Likewise, Giorgio Armani believes in the philosophy of wearable separates, as seen at his Emporio show on Saturday, although here grey was paired with popping pink for a bright and sunny contrast. This bold shade will look stunning on muse Megan Fox, who was seated front row with her husband Brian Austin Green. As usual, there were loads of desirable accessories to choose from, including triangle frame handbags, oversized coin disc necklaces and sexy sandals with hollowed-out heels.
Jil Sander picked up on the bright theme and positively ran with it. Creative director Raf Simons paraded a riot of bright colour blocks, from a gorgeous orange maxi-skirt with an oversized ruffle overlay to a pair of uber-wide emerald green palazzo pants.
Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni welcomed in Sunday morning with a host of edgy sportswear, including laser cut coats with neoprene shells in bright green and coral peeping through and stiff skirts with zippered cycling shorts in mismatched colours underneath.
The Dolce & Gabbana offering couldn’t have been more different or more glamorous. A parade of white lace dresses on the likes of top models Natasha Polly and Lily Donaldson were quite possibly the most sensual garments we’ve EVER seen. They came in every shape and variety, from flippy little babydolls to seemingly demure full-length dresses with high collars and long sleeves – that were in fact see-through to show off Fiftie-style bras and briefs. They were also sewn together with strips of printed fabric, including leopard and delicate summer florals. Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Jada Pinkett Smith and her nine-year-old fashionista daughter, Willow, all seemed to readily approve.
Check back tomorrow for news and photos from Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and DSquared2.
By Maria Milano