The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 5 of Milan Fashion Week

Here's how you know less-is-more is officially on: On the penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week, Marni went minimalist. Marni. As in the fashion girl's go-to label for boxy tops and artfully mismatched stripes and polka dots that has always seemed practically made for The Man Repeller. And critics were loving it. You had to look to Dolce for the flour-sack minidresses.

Here's how you know less-is-more is officially on: On the penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week,

Dolce & Gabbana Designers: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

  • "Dolce & Gabbana wowed the crowds with a fresh, innovative Sicilian-inspired collection starring intricate wicker bustiers, baroque-sculpture shoes and colourful beach prints--against a set decked out in sand and spikey cacti." {

    Marni Designer: Consuelo Castiglioni

    • "A simple collection in whites, blacks and greens, where dresses found sophistication in layering." {AFP}
    • "There was a simplicity to the collection that is hard to define as minimalist, given the volume-creating effects of folds in A-line skirts and peplums, or short overskirts, added to tops and jackets." {The Associated Press}
    • "This was a graphic and clean Marni collection, and it felt like the brand took a huge leap forward by paring back." {The Cut/

      New York Magazine}

    • "Chrysanthemum prints in orange or purple brightened a fairly quiet palette, and judicious sprinkles of glitter served as a reminder of the eccentric femininity on which Marni has built its reputation." {The Daily Beast/Newsweek}
    • "It was as if she’d spring-cleaned the vision--taken away the layers, reduced the number of fabrics, pushed back the quirkiness--and in so doing, got to the essence of Marni. " {ELLEuk.com}
    • "Contemporary and coolly crafted." {FabSugar}
    • "Few shows have better summed up the new geometry trend dominating the current fashion season than the sensitively architectural Marni spring 2013 collection." {Fashion Wire Daily}
    • "Consuelo Castiglioni's 'weightless exploration of volume' for Spring 2013 resulted in a collection that felt pared down, powerful, and right on point for the season." {fashionologie}
    • "Marni showed one of the strongest collections in Milan, based around interesting shapes, volume and proportion." {The Guardian}
    • "At Marni, the designer Consuelo Castiglioni went from her house to Bauhaus. And it made a striking collection--if one that converted the female body from round to rigid." {International Herald Tribune}
    • "Scraping away most of the Marni trinkets and funky layers, Consuelo Castiglioni presented a very spare collection indeed. ... Nothing seemed too much in this appealing show." {On The Runway/The New York Times}
    • "There was plenty in Castiglioni's black and white experiments with controlling volume today that echoed the shapely sophistication of a couturier." {Style.com}
    • "Wonderfully grown-up and sophisticated." {Vogue.com}
    • "It was luxe simplicity." {Vogue.com UK}
    • "She delivered ... a delightful curveball, dialing back her charmingly cartoonish inclinations in favor of womanly refinement." {WWD}

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