Gucci, Fendi, Prada…oh my! Milan always gives us something to look forward to with these staple fashion houses. Let’s take a look back and see not just how the big fashion houses performed this Milan Fashion Week Looks Fall 2017 season, but also how our favorite up-and-coming Italian brands matched up.
Gucci was everything. Literally speaking, it was everything. In true Alessandro Michele fashion, his show titled “The Alchemist’s Garden” was filled with Victorian dresses, alien-esque full body suits, punk ripped denim shorts, graffitied signature Gucci logo t-shirts, staple floral suits paired with Gucci sweatbands, all showcased in a space-like pod of a catwalk. While there was so much to take in of both men’s and women’s fashion, it left me wanting even more.
Rarely are the words high fashion and upcycling used in the same breath, but is there anything Jeremy Scott can’t do? The “Cardboard Couture” collection debuted in the perfect Moschino kitschy fashion, on a cardboard runway of course! The collection comprised of dry cleaning bag, boxes, duct tape, old fashion editorials, candelabras, and curtains. Scott took his bow in a shirt that read “Couture is an Attitude”. We can’t help but agree.
Fashion week is not about the clothes, in fact it rarely is. It’s about the dream world the designer takes the audience to with every matter of production — from light, sound, and set. This season my favorite set — not as much as dream world as it was the nostalgia for our past. With beds as the front row and posters and photographs as the decoration, it looked as if Prada had replicated a teenage bedroom of the 1970s. It was the perfect place to debut fuzzy embroidered sweaters, feather-trimmed coats, and hand-knitted scarves.
Even Milan is in touch with what is going on in the rest of the world. We’ve seen a variety of political statements at shows thus far and Missoni had the perfect thing to say about that. In their popular knitwear fashion, Missoni debuted their our take of the pussy hat seen everywhere during the Women’s Marches around the world. Models took their last walks outfitted in the hats, almost looking like a mini Women’s March in itself. According to Vogue, some of the proceeds will go to the ACLU and U.N. Refugee Agency. High-fives all around!
As for the trends shown in Milan, the power suit has stayed strong and doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. Seen everywhere from Max Mara and Jil Sander, the power suit was styled with big shoulders and cinched waists in monochromatic shades of burgundy, mustard, and brown, or in the ever-popular gray plaid checks. Speaking of power suits, the influence of the 80’s has been named the trend of 2017. Designers such as Aquilano Rimondi, Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Marco de Vincenzo, Preview, and so many more have taken inspiration from the decade in a colorful way. If you don’t like big shoulders and secretary blouses now, you better get used to it. Victorian-esque ruffle dresses were a stand out this season, shown at Alberta Ferretti, Alexandra Moura, No. 21 as a romantic staple.
As for colors, lipstick red, bubble gum pink, canary yellow, and royal blue are the colors that took over Milan fashion week. Red has been the standout color of the past Spring and now continuing to this Fall season. Probably the most brilliantly and fairly accessible way we’ve seen this trend done is the red boots shown at Fendi and all-red ensembles at Max Mara. While there are very much a nod to Kinky Boots perhaps, the boot is paired in a way that makes it seem completely work wear appropriate.
So, why don’t you peep the slideshow above for the top looks form Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 and tell us what are your favorites?