Annelise’s Pick of MFW
Milan has never been my favourite fashion week, by far. Whereas I usually have to spend a few hours trying to narrow down my ‘Top 5′ favourite designers for London; New York; and Paris, I spend considerably less time with Milan as I tend to only find a handful that I actually like in the first place. The MFW design signature is far more showy, flamboyant, over-the-top and, let’s be honest, a bit tacky really (*cough*DSquared2*cough*. Not my style at all. I did find a couple, although it was a push and I’ve only featured 3 designers.
1. Francesco Scognamiglio
This is a collection, and a designer, that I actually do like! He has been included in my previous picks of Milan Fashion Week, and really does create some beautiful garments.
2. Dolce & Gabbana
I have really enjoyed the recent Dolce & Gabbana offerings, harking back to Italian history and adding a sense of fun and an element of costume. The S/S ’13 collection is huge (over 80 looks), and features all sorts of fabrics, embellishments, prints, even some flour sacks!
The Marni accessories, shoes in particular, are what tend to interest me. I generally find the RTW collections not to my taste, and a lot of the prints I find just hideous. HOWEVER! This season Castiglioni has introduced some new ideas to the label – fresh, block colours, volume. It works. There are still some prints, but I ignored those, and the oversized leather looks delicious.
- 60s – Only a few designers so far have picked up on this trend (see Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week), but it is one that is entirely wearable. Seen at: Gucci; Moschino.
- White – All over the Milan catwalks, and confirming itself as a trend to be taken seriously for next Spring/Summer. Seen at: Gianfranco Ferre; Roberto Cavalli; Ports 1961; Marco de Vincenzo; Blumarine; Missoni; Trussardi; Francesco Scognamiglio.
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