The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 3 of Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week isn't just about rampant sex appeal. On the third day of shows, three female designers got buzz for three very different views of femininity: Etro's Veronica Etro went for hippy deluxe, Alessandra Facchinetti did sleek and minimalist in her debut for Tod's, and Donatella Versace rocked out the bondage-shoe-biker-chick thing. Find out what the critics thought.
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Milan Fashion Week isn't just about rampant sex appeal. On the third day of shows, three female designers got buzz for three very different views of femininity: Etro's Veronica Etro went for hippy deluxe, Alessandra Facchinetti did sleek and minimalist in her debut for Tod's, and Donatella Versace rocked out the bondage-shoe-biker-chick thing. Find out what the critics thought.

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Milan Fashion Week isn't just about rampant sex appeal. On the third day of shows, three female designers got buzz for three very different views of femininity: Etro's Veronica Etro went for hippy deluxe, Alessandra Facchinetti did sleek and minimalist in her debut for Tod's, and Donatella Versace rocked out the bondage-shoe-biker-chick thing.

Find out what the critics thought.

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Etro Designer: Veronica Etro

  • "Etro fashion house offered an array of loose-fitting hippy chic clothes with new variants of its signature paisley prints." [AFP]
  • "Had an ethnic flair with a cosmopolitan twist." [AP]
  • "The Etro show was light and breezy, encompassing a clear visual sense of Veronica Etro’s passion for travel and the brand’s distinctive heritage." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Veronica Etro went back to the brand’s roots via an all-print all-the-time series of Ottoman Empire-meets-Indo-China halter dresses, easy cargo trousers, metallic vests and relaxed blouses." [FT.com]
  • "What kept this collection from looking like a trip down a sartorial memory lane was designer Veronica Etro’s chosen color palette." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Veronica Etro got the idea for her spring Etro collection while visiting her grandmother’s country home, where she noticed the textiles on a patterned bookshelf and decided to bring them back to life." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "At their Spring 2014 runway show, Etro answered the question 'If there isn't paisley, is it actually an Etro show?' with a resounding 'no.'" [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "'Sunset people, night after night, doing it right,' rang out the soundtrack again and again--and, while trends and seasonal rules don't apply here, the clothes on show were the perfect illustration." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The rich hippie look--with its subtext of exotic travel and a carefree life--can be extremely seductive, especially when executed with the sophistication and delicacy of Veronica Etro’s impressive spring collection." [WWD]

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Tod's Designer: Alessandra Facchinetti

  • "Tod's inaugural runway show during Milan Fashion Week was clean and classic." [AP]
  • "The clothes, mostly crisp shirt-dresses cinched with wide belts were fine but fairly nondescript. You long for Facchinetti to place a design stamp on Tod’s. She’s shown us the blank canvas. Let’s see what she does with it." [The Independent]
  • "Well-designed, streamlined, tailored with a compass and ruler, presenting a more realistic vision of clothes for summer 2014 than some of the pretty floral designs that are hitting the runways." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Tod’s has hired Alessandra Facchinetti, who started her career at Prada, to create sportswear and accessories. She made a small start on Friday, but it was excellent." [The New York Times]
  • "Tod's isn't just about the accessories. Though small leather goods certainly enhanced the label's Spring 2014 runway designs, the clothing on its own was a sight to see." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "We'd bet that any number of high-profile types in the crowd would've happily exchanged what they were wearing for the double-breasted pantsuits that trotted down the runway. Be honest, ladies, how many other Milan shows can you say that about?" [Style.com]
  • "Grandly modernist." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "A polished collection that skewed sporty and sleek." [WWD]

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Versace Designer: Donatella Versace

  • "Characteristically over the top, edgy and verging on kitsch." [AFP]
  • "Donatella Versace mixes street wear with sophisticated styles for her new summer collection, dubbing the flashy result 'urban luxury.'" [AP]
  • "Very, very Versace." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Heavy metal T-shirts are no longer just the preserve of sweaty rockers at a Metallica show. Donatella Versace--always partial to a new interpretation of the rock chick--featured them in Versace's spring/summer 2014 show." [The Guardian]
  • "Donatella Versace’s collection was populist luxury to the hilt, a mere skip in her skyscraper platforms and printed flare skirts and bustiers (or mesh silk shorts with a ruched crinkle up the rear) to the country’s TV personalities." [The New York Times]
  • "What would a Versace collection be without a heavy, vibrant dose of sex appeal?" [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Definitive: Lindsey Wixson in a shag cut, sheer blouse, black bandeau, denim pencil skirt hook-and-eyed down the front like it was stapled shut, and towering platform sandals bound to her feet with elastic bands." [Style.com]
  • "With Drake on the soundtrack, rapping 'Versace, Versace, Versace,' she went to the place she’s happiest. She said she’d recently come across a picture of herself with Axl Rose: permission to let loose with denim, tour T-shirts, and all the after-party bondage and chain mail a girl could desire." [Vogue.com]
  • "She made a play for ordinary fabrics and gave them Versace swagger." [Vogue.com UK]