Italian fashion is bold, sexy, and ready to make a statement. The designers at Milan Fashion Week circled around a common theme: dressing the modern-day woman who embodies those qualities and more- strong, fearless, and ready to take back the reigns to make her mark on the world. Was there a more perfect city to do this?
Like I said in my NYFW recap, which you should read here, these are the shows that I felt myself get genuinely excited and inspired by. Today is also “officially” International Women’s Day, but really every day is Women’s day. Clothing is just a reminder of the women we are and the women we want to be. Let’s make 2018 the year we make HERstory and continue to make the world a better place for us and future generations.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana is the definition of opulent and bold. I’m always amazed by the inspiration behind their collections and how they choose to execute them. This season’s show was called “Fashion Devotion” and had a catholic undertone. It was set against a remake of the Oratorio di Santa Cita in Sicily, birthplace of Domenico Dolce. They put out 100 looks, which is crazy when some collections do a mere 30 in comparison. They even had drones carrying some of the collection’s accessories! Some parts of the show were quite garish- there was a sky-high Marie Antoinette-esque pink wig, a full zebra coat (more zebra than coat- it had ears, hair, and eyes), and plenty of baby angels. Aside from the ostentatiousness of the whole thing, they pieces were really beautiful. I can only fit so many pictures above, so I highly recommend you check out the rest here. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a bunch of this collection at the Met Gala this year since the theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”.
This is more modest than we’re used to from Versace, but I’m not mad at it. She’s dressing the smart working girl who balances her day-job and school with ease and ferocity. I love the mix of bold colors in the plaid, and although only pictured once above, she showed a lot of fringe too. She of course kept it Versace with the sexy minidresses, statement shoes, chunky belts, t-shirts with name and logo.
Fendi gave me the neutral I needed in my life. This wardrobe is perfect for the modern working girl. The silhouettes are strong and flattering- I’m really loving the pure powerfulness. The dress Bella Hadid is wearing is the pinnacle of the collection for me. Not because she’s wearing it, but because it combines soft femininity in the fabric with boss bitch in the structure.
Tone-wise this really reminds me of Fendi above, but on the other end of the spectrum. This collection plays with more prints and is more grey-based, but just as about dressing the modern-day woman. I love their use of leopard paired with the classic plaids and the oversized jackets. This isn’t anything surprising for fall, but there’s nothing wrong with doing a slight twist on the expected.
An ode to Jackie O and the 1960s. Many designers are currently stuck in the 1980s, so the nod to this era was a little unexpected. Silhouette-wise it’s quite conservative, but the colors weren’t. The Jeremy Scott shock-factor was watching several models walk down the runway with green, orange, pink, yellow, and blue skin tones, as well as the bright colors of the actual clothes. It’s about time the 1960’s image of the quintessential American housewife got a modern makeover.
Giorgio Armani knows power dressing, and this season was no exception. Nothing screams power more than a suit encrusted in crystal. The jewel tones are flattering against every skin tone, and the pastel tones (like on the end) offer a quiet balance to the whole thing. The collection isn’t anything crazy- no wild shapes, colors, or patterns- but there is a palpable feeling of strength and boss bitch.