The 6 Most Critically Acclaimed Shows of Milan Fashion Week

The intrepid fashion flock moves ever onwards. As the shows begin in Paris, flash back with Report Card to see what restrained (mostly!) acts of creativity had critics buzzing each day in Milan.
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The intrepid fashion flock moves ever onwards. As the shows begin in Paris, flash back with Report Card to see what restrained (mostly!) acts of creativity had critics buzzing each day in Milan.
L-R: Gucci, Prada, Versus, Fendi, Marni, Roberto Cavalli

L-R: Gucci, Prada, Versus, Fendi, Marni, Roberto Cavalli

The intrepid fashion flock moves ever onwards. As the shows begin in Paris, flash back with Report Card to see what restrained (mostly!) acts of creativity had critics buzzing each day in

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Wednesday, September 19:

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Monday, September 24: Roberto Cavalli Designer: Roberto Cavalli

  • "Roberto Cavalli was bound to be tame in comparison." {AFP}
  • "Roberto Cavalli closed the door on Milan Fashion Week with a show that had little to do with his trademark sexpot hype." {The Associated Press}
  • "For a designer known to champion a sexually flamboyant aesthetic, his was a restrained collection." {The Daily Beast/

    Newsweek}

  • "Ridden with lace and awash with fluttery transparent layering, Cavalli's vision for Spring '13 is sexy, sure, but with a lighter touch than the animal print-flooded, overt sauciness the designer is perhaps best known for." {Daily Front Row}
  • "Not that you could call white leather lace trousers minimalism exactly, but ... there was a distinct stripped-backness to the proceedings." {ELLEuk.com}
  • "Cavalli got the mood spot on with this finale, a signature line collection inspired by the delicacy of Art Nouveau and targeted at slim-line women of self-assured beauty." {Fashion Wire Daily}
  • "Roberto Cavalli's signature brand of sex appeal got cleaned up for Spring 2013 with a collection that examined dark and light--both in fabrics and in the women who wear them." {fashionologie}
  • "Compared to the raucous, sexually charged shows that the designer has shown in the past, these clothes were gentle, give or take sharp shoulders on a jacket." {International Herald Tribune}
  • "Uncharacteristically restrained. This is a designer who uses animal prints to decorate his boats, after all, so the clean dresses and suits made of layered, over-embroidered white lace that opened his show were a surprise." {On The Runway/The New York Times}
  • "He was also referring to today's collection as '43 paintings,' which translated as 43 ways to frame the body of a woman. With the amount of skin on display, there wasn't a hell of a lot to some of the 'frames,' but they were so masterfully constructed that the power of suggestion won out over bare-all revelation." {Style.com}
  • "You might expect Roberto Cavalli’s spring show to be a full-on cavalcade of animal print and sexy dresses with not much room for nuancing such alien fashion forces as the new covering up and big trousers. Yet, surprise: for perhaps two-thirds of the show, Cavalli showed his acquaintance with such potentially antisexy ideas as long tunics over trousers; the importance of having shirttails cover the rear; the new, stiffly wide-cut sleeve; and the mannish trouser." {Vogue.com}
  • "Dresses that hung loose and lean on the body were sexy but not too brash--those versions stepped in later--embroidered and beaded, slashed and diced into shape." {Vogue.com UK}
  • "This was Cavalli in Zen mode, framing his feral brand of sex appeal in elegance and modernity." {WWD}