The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 1 Of Milan Fashion Week

Ciao, Milan! It's a little over a week till the official unofficial start of Red Carpet Season (AKA: the Emmys), and on the first day of Milan fashion Week Alberta Ferretti got the party started early sending out even-more-beautiful-than-usual shimmering, glimmering evening gowns. Meanwhile, Frida Giannini earned top marks with critics for turning back to the Dolce Vita era for a look that was very Gucci, if not Gucci, Gucci.
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Ciao, Milan! It's a little over a week till the official unofficial start of Red Carpet Season (AKA: the Emmys), and on the first day of Milan fashion Week Alberta Ferretti got the party started early sending out even-more-beautiful-than-usual shimmering, glimmering evening gowns. Meanwhile, Frida Giannini earned top marks with critics for turning back to the Dolce Vita era for a look that was very Gucci, if not Gucci, Gucci.

L-R: Alberta Ferretti, Gucci

L-R: Alberta Ferretti, Gucci

Ciao, Milan! It's a little over a week till the official unofficial start of Red Carpet Season (AKA: the Emmys), and on the first day of Milan fashion Week Alberta Ferretti got the party started early sending out even-more-beautiful-than-usual shimmering, glimmering evening gowns. Meanwhile, Frida Giannini earned top marks with critics for turning back to the Dolce Vita era for a look that was very Gucci, if not Gucci, Gucci.

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Alberta Ferretti Designer: Alberta Ferretti

  • "Bewitching sirens shimmered down the runway in ultra-feminine floor-length chiffon and satin dresses and skirts" {AFP}
  • "Diaphanous, dainty and above all delicious. The Alberta Ferretti collection for the spring-summer 2013 is sure to be a hit wherever sophisticated maidens gather, from beach clubs to garden parties to summer weddings." {The Associated Press}
  • "Her ethereal, ocean-inspired Spring collection was an amalgamation of what this designer does best--beautiful draping, intricate and inspired beadwork, and a neutral color palette that manages to sing." {Daily Front Row}
  • "The designer reprised the work for which she is best known. And who else can make an angel gown, apparently woven by the most dextrous spider--so fine was that lace--look more divinely pretty?" {ELLEuk.com}
  • "It felt like we were witnessing an adult version of

    The Little Mermaid come to life, and this smattering of dresses, cropped trousers, blazers, and pencil skirts offered up proof of its chic re-imagining." {FabSugar}

  • "Consider Spring 2013 Alberta Ferretti's mermaid moment. In everything from her color palette to her embellishments to the staging of her show in Milan Wednesday afternoon, Ferretti brought beauty from the ocean onto the catwalk." {fashionologie}
  • "Alberta Ferretti had one word on her mind: liquidity. No, it was not an allusion to the debt-ridden state of the Italian economy but rather the flowing weightlessness, or, as the designer said, the 'absence of gravity' of her dresses." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "She layered organza over fringed, beaded dresses in shades of seafoam and eau de nil, trapping the shimmer and movement so gorgeously as to suggest something viewed through sunlit sea." {Style.com}
  • "This was as good a meditation on the idea of soft, romantic evening dressing that we’ve seen so far. In fact, correction: It’s the only rendering that we’ve had the pleasure of watching." {Vogue.com}
  • "It was pretty and beautiful in the truest sense--because when you visualise those two adjectives, delicate textiles, beads, embroidery and a soft femininity all spring to mind--and that latter attribute is something that Ferretti is very good at doing." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "That the buzzwords bandied about backstage before Alberta Ferretti’s show included 'sensual,' 'feminine' and 'luminous' was not a news flash. Throw in 'ethereal' and 'goddess' and you’ve got Ferretti’s aesthetic vocabulary virtually covered." {WWD}

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Gucci Designer: Frida Gianinni

  • "An 'aristographic' look featured high necklines and sharp cuts which seduced in their simplicity." {AFP}
  • "After New York and London, it’s Milan’s turn to have a say as to how women will dress for the spring-summer 2013. If Gucci is any indication, there is sure to be a lot of color in their warm weather lives." {The Associated Press}
  • "A good combination of excess and simplicity." {The Cut/

    New York Magazine}

  • "These were clothes that were all about life in an effusive environment, a place where the clear light makes everything seem bigger, louder and more gregarious." {The Daily Beast/Newsweek}
  • "Are you ready for a fuscia pantsuit? How about a palm-print pajama pant?" {Daily Front Row}
  • "Depending on your cultural heritage, it was reminiscent of those grand American hostesses at play in Palm Beach--or of Margot from The Good LIfe ." {The Daily Telegraph}
  • "A triumvirate of pitch-perfect trend hits. With high-octane colour, minimalism and the season’s go-to era of choice, Giannini’s Gucci could not have been more in step." {ELLEuk.com}
  • "No doubt about it, Giannini designed for the bold, impactful, and confident woman; one we can see in red-carpet stunners like Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana." {FabSugar}
  • "An aristocratic vision of next season, a technically complicated display of triple layered chiffon and long-necked highborn style." {Fashion Wire Daily}
  • "Frida Giannini must be in a good mood. The sunny palette she employed for Gucci's Spring 2013 collection is indicative of an optimistic state of mind--and after last season's rich, glamorous outing of all black everything, this house needed a happy jolt of color." {fashionologie}
  • "This was minimalist fashion at its most retro." {Grazia Daily Magazine}
  • "Many designers in London started their recent shows with a flash of clean white. Not Gucci. At the first blockbuster show of the Milan season, the Italian label hit its stride from the off with a strong opening series of outfits in head-to-toe shocking pink, which for spring/summer 2013 the Italian fashion label is calling 'sharp azalea.'" {The Guardian}
  • "A bright and vital collection." {The Independent}
  • "With vivid color, elegant silhouettes and a back window on the body, Frida Giannini sent out her best show yet for Gucci--opening the Milan summer 2013 on a high note. The show ... was an orgy of gorgeousness, inspired by the refined elegance of the palazzo principessas in Gucci’s heyday. But the clothes never seemed retro nor vulgar." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Paging Marella Agnelli and Marisa Berenson. At Gucci today, Frida Giannini conjured their glory days (and those of early Italian ready-to-wear), as seen through the lenses of photographers like Richard Avedon and Gian Paolo Barbieri." {Style.com}
  • "Me, I’m calling it Gucci’s Jacqueline Susann collection. It’s what the late Valley of the Dolls author would wear to a spring 2013 party in her honor." {Speakeasy/The Wall Street Journal}
  • "Filter[ed] a long-lost memory of late-sixties and early-seventies couturelike principessa glamour." {Vogue.com}
  • "A colour bombshell." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "Infused high glamour with confident ease." {WWD}