The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 4 of Milan Fashion Week

The fourth day of Milan Fashion Week was a battle of the minimalist titans, with Bottega Veneta facing off against Jil Sander. Critics could celebrate the fact that not everything was pared down, however, thanks to the RiRi-ready looks at Emilio Pucci. Find out what the critics thought.
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The fourth day of Milan Fashion Week was a battle of the minimalist titans, with Bottega Veneta facing off against Jil Sander. Critics could celebrate the fact that not everything was pared down, however, thanks to the RiRi-ready looks at Emilio Pucci. Find out what the critics thought.

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The fourth day of Milan Fashion Week was a battle of the minimalist titans, with Bottega Veneta facing off against Jil Sander. Critics could celebrate the fact that not everything was pared down, however, thanks to the RiRi-ready looks at Emilio Pucci.

Find out what the critics thought.

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Bottega Veneta Designer: Tomas Maier

  • "The known factor is that Bottega Veneta is a class act." [AP]
  • "Virtually every piece featured re-worked materials, with no corner left unturned ... to create a refreshingly modern and refined, sophisticated look." [The Daily Beast]
  • "There was something both playful and profound about Tomas Maier’s spring/summer 2014 show." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Anti-decorative use of pleated ruffles on dresses and skirts. That sounds like a contradiction, but the flat, almost offhand treatment of the monochromatic frills seemed to be used for texture and unexpected volume on his classically shaped cotton dresses." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "If the concrete-colored runway didn't tell you that Bottega Veneta's Spring 2014 show was all about construction, the clothing certainly did." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "It wouldn’t be fair to go picking best-of-Milan collections yet, what with it being Saturday with two full days of spring 2014 shows to follow here in this Italian fashion capital. Oh, what the heck: It would take a lot to knock Tomas Maier‘s collection for Bottega Veneta off the winners’ podium." [Speakeasy/The Wall Street Journal]
  • "The results felt ladylike, not all that unlike his 1950s-inflected Fall show, but where that was retro-strict, this had a more relaxed spirit. Inevitably, it felt more modern." [Style.com]
  • "The end was where the pleating was resolved into something less self-consciously artistic, and quite obviously pleasurable to wear." [Vogue.com]
  • "Bottega clothes are rather like a beautiful Swiss watch--an investment bought to last and to be enjoyed for generations. This collection, in black and white interrupted by olive green, wine and apricot, looked as fresh as ever." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The question it all triggered: How far does the Bottega customer want to stray from the discrete core of Maier’s modernist ethos?" [WWD]

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Emilio Pucci Designer: Peter Dundas

  • "Deluxe athletic wear has been a trend throughout the current fashion week, but no one so far painted the gym quite as gold as Peter Dundas for Pucci." [AP]
  • "Peter Dundas had a romping, stomping show for Emilio Pucci, sexy and sporty and rich, smothered in embroidery, including a macro aertex crusted with beads and crafted into streamlined evening dresses, leather running shorts and umpteen gold-studded wrestling belts." [

    The Independent]

  • "If there was any lingering doubt that the luxe urban athletic trend was not going to be the dominant style of the spring/summer 2014 season they were put to rest after Peter Dundas wrapped up his Emilio Pucci show." [NOWFASHION]
  • "The designer stitched together a number of references — including some distinctly tribal motifs, hip-hop street wear, athletic gear, and '80s club attire — into a lineup of vibrant and delightfully incongruous pieces." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "This blingy anachronistic collection may have been intended as an homage, but it neglected to notice that Jay-Z is as well tailored these days as Cary Grant. Bling isn’t yet far gone enough for us to feel nostalgic for it." [Speakeasy/The Wall Street Journal]
  • "If you had any doubt that pop stars have usurped Hollywood celebrities as the be-all and end-all of the public's fascination, the proof was on Peter Dundas' Emilio Pucci runway tonight: its embrace of streetwear, its celebration of gym clothes, its extreme body confidence." [Style.com]
  • "Kudos to Dundas for executing his theme with total conviction, and to a luxury standard which was completely evident—right down to the quality of the sheer mesh evening dresses." [Vogue.com]
  • "Everybody knows that Peter Dundas's Emilio Pucci girl is an exotic creature, certainly, she's of the adventurous type, but who knew she was quite so sporting?" [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Dundas is better in the arena of clothes that make race the pulses of men, rather than women." [WWD]

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Jil Sander Designer: Jil Sander

  • "Designer Jil Sander's creative imagination might take her through a looking glass, but unlike dreamy Alice in the 19th-century children's novel, she finds real clothes for the real women on the other side." [AP]
  • "Today Jil Sander gave the dedicated minimalist pretty much all they could ever want." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "So this is what sexy looks like to the master of minimalism." [NOWFASHION]
  • "In her press notes, Jil Sander referred to various states of emotion: 'joyful serenity,' 'craving transcendence,' and called her spring collection a 'declaration of purity.' Well, her minimalist clothes generally are all that." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "Minimalism embraced the season's top trends at Jil Sander's Spring 2014 show." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Ms. Sander has been back at her namesake label for a year and a half now, and she seems at last to have found her groove again, pushing forward with modern takes on her trademark minimalism." [Speakeasy/The Wall Street Journal]
  • "Arte Povera? Jil Sander? Mutually exclusive equations, until today." [Style.com]
  • "A solidly commercial collection which doubtless will have her choir of faithful customers singing her praises." [Vogue.com]
  • "There was an overall feeling of serenity and lightness here this afternoon." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Her numerous beautiful parts didn’t coalesce into the kind of clear, powerful statement that has always characterized her best collections." [WWD]