Milan Fashion Week SS’17 was one for the books! Between September 21st through 26th, fashion’s biggest names brought the heat to the fashion capitol. Between Gigi Hadid’s admirable act of self defense between shows and Jeremy Scott’s pill-popping extravaganza at Moschino, there was nary a dull moment on and off the runways. For this season designer names like Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and Fendi favored bohemian romanticism – prints were aplenty and lightweight fabrics were in. Athleticism also got some runway love – over at Versace, Donatella showed us how to look fiercely fit and fabulous at the same time. For more runway highlights check out The Untitled Magazine’s picks for the best shows of the week.
On September 21st Alessandro Michele opened Milan Fashion Week with a bang! As Florence Welch set the mood with a live reading of William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience” models walked down a runway runway resembling a rosy hued 1970s club. The variegated setting matched the collection. In his usual mix-master fashion, Michele presented Gucci looks born from a range of influences, disco sequins met Eastern silks met everything else!
By sticking true to his haute-hippie aesthetic Peter Dundas is now at the forefront of this season’s biggest runway trend – the new romantic. For the latest Roberto Cavalli collection on September 21st he presented 64 looks that fit right in with the latest gypsy revival. Models rocked flowing flares and patchwork dresses with a healthy dose of ruffled tiers and floral prints. Embellishment reigned supreme – of course, there couldn’t be a Cavalli show without a bit of fringe and leather.
On the 22nd, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini presented an airy and romantic collection for Fendi SS’17. Models in “modern Rococo” sheer blouses and pajama pinstripes walked the runway to a front row that included Serena Williams whose tennis style may have had a hand in inspiring the athletic socks anchoring each look.
Thursday was full of renowned designers. Miuccia Prada presented an SS’17 collection that ran the gamut from practical dressing to fashion fantasy. Business-casual separates were accented with ostrich feathers and prints collided in an eclectic manner that we’ve become accustomed to in Prada’s secondary line, Miu Miu.
Later on the 22nd, Jeremy Scott got us all addicted to fashion with Moschino’s latest collection which used Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel (and cult movie), Valley of The Dolls, as a jump-off point to make a comment on current culture. For 2016 the designer traded prescription pills for society’s latest obsession – the cellphone. Scott sent models down the runway in dresses designed to resemble flat-form paper dolls, mimicking the way that figures appear on screens.
Donatella Versace got active for Spring/Summer’17. On the 23rd, her latest collection gave the Versace bombshell an athletic edge. Body con dresses were made over in ruched nylon and sexy knit separates got their racing stripes – and checks! Color-blocking ruled in most looks but a couple of all-black outfits were accented by wavy cut-outs.
Dolce & Gabbana
On the 25th, Stefano Gabbano and Domenico Dolce gave show goers a mix of new ideas and classic themes. After an energetic routine from Napolian street dancers, models descended on the runway in typical fashion show style, sporting the romantic silhouettes that the design due is known for. This season’s dresses had an amusing twist in the form of playful prints. Quintessentially Italian motifs reigned – sunflowers, wine chalices, wheat, pasta, pizza, roses, and the Virgin Mary all showed up to create very Milano moment on the runway.