The end of Fashion Month is in sight! Milan whizzed by and now, Paris Fashion Week is underway, with the collections of powerhouse brands such as Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Balenciaga and Chanel to look forward to. In case you weren’t able to jet off to Milan, we’ve rounded up the city’s standout Fall 2018 collections below. Stay tuned for highlights from Paris, and click HERE for highlights from New York!
The epitome of Italian style, Versace embraced the return of the 80s with a glamorous collection full of colorful prints, slinky minidresses and of course, bold shoulders. Some looks layered matching headscarves and printed leggings while others showed skin with micro-mini hemlines. Schoolgirl dressing got a chic update with multicolor plaid skirts, argyle knee-socks and logo’ed collegiate-style scarves. Beyond the classroom, the collection also featured ample nighttime looks that harkened to the 80s club scene—glittery, tasseled minidresses, corseted bodices layered over t-shirts and mismatched prints were among the offerings.
Fashion often takes itself too seriously. Vivetta Ponti’s fall 2018 collection was a welcome reprise from the industry’s exclusive, too-cool-for-school attitude. Full of pastel colors, childlike prints and sparkly embellishments, the collection took a fresh look at femininity. It’s easy to imagine a wide range of women rushing to snatch up Vivetta’s versatile pieces: there were graphic sweatshirts for the millennial street style star, draped maxi dresses for the more conservative set and tailored jackets in bold prints for those hoping to bring a bit of playfulness to the workplace.
Miuccia Prada continued experimenting with the house’s signature Pocone nylon, a fabric prominently featured in her last men’s collection. Her latest offerings in womenswear took a futuristic look at utilitarianism with apocalypse-ready models swathed in draped dresses made of weatherproof nylon, anorak-style outerwear and ID tags affixed to many of the ensembles.
Alessandro Michele‘s latest collection for Gucci, aptly titled “Cyborg,” was set in a clinically bright faux operating room. The collection and its title was inspired by Donna Haraway’s 1984 “Cyborg Manifesto,” which argued that the concept of the cyborg rejects traditional boundaries of what is human, animal and machine. Michele took this idea of boundaries and ran with it, presenting a typically-maximalist mash of cross-cultural references, from retro Americana to European folk art patterns to silhouettes drawing from classical Chinese dress. Some models carried alarmingly realistic replicas of their own heads and others cradled snakes (a baby dragon even made it onto the runway!). Despite the dizzyingly broad range of references, the collection was entirely recognizable as Gucci, proving Michele’s strength as the house’s leader.
MONCLER 4: SIMONE ROCHA
Breaking with its past Gamme Bleu and Gamme Rouge lines (designed by Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, respectively) Moncler has broken with its typical show schedule with the Genius Project, a series of eight capsule collections by designers including Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino, stylist Karl Templer (who was recently accused of sexual misconduct), Moncler Grenoble designer Sandro Mandrino, British womenswear designer Simone Rocha, British menswear designer Craig Green, Japanese womenswear designer Kei Ninomiya, Japanese menswear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara and Francesco Ragazzi of Palm Angels. Each collection launched in Milan on February 20th. Simone Rocha‘s capsule proved to be the strongest, with nods to signatures of both her own line and Moncler. Outerwear featured pearly embellishments, ladylike floral prints and voluminous silhouettes cinched at the waist, all recognizable hallmarks of Rocha’s label.