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

Fashion with a capital F was the order of the day on Thursday at Milan Fashion Week, where Miuccia Prada pulled all the triggers on subversive femininity and Karl Lagerfeld probably caused more than a few PETA supporters to say what the EFF?!!"
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Fashion with a capital F was the order of the day on Thursday at Milan Fashion Week, where Miuccia Prada pulled all the triggers on subversive femininity and Karl Lagerfeld probably caused more than a few PETA supporters to say what the EFF?!!"

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Fendi Designers: Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi

  • "Mohicans strutted down the Fendi catwalk at Italy's fashion week on Thursday in a visually provocative show set to The Prodigy's Fire Starter which left the snowy world of Milan far behind." [AFP]
  • "Fendi is to fur what Ferrari is to cars. Yet given current concerns about animal rights, the brand has moved from the lavish fur coats that were all the rage in the 1980s to a more discreet way of interpreting fur as fashion." [AP]
  • "Fendi's fall show in Milan on Thursday morning was awash with fur of every variety: on glasses, in hair, on coats. But perhaps most eye-catching were the long haired faces sewn onto bags, which closely resembled Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street clan. At least they're wearing eyeshadow?" [The Daily Beast]
  • "The was something almost mystical and certainly atavistic going on in Fendi's show. The models wore fur--doh--but they also sprouted it." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "It is hard not to marvel at the sheer manipulation of it all--fur that mimicked leather fringing, leather fringing that mimicked fur; fur patchworked like camouflage, shaved, tiered, striped, circled, 3D embroidered and with trompe l’oeil effects to boot." []
  • "The models with fur tidbits in their hair, furry bags with dangling stuffed owls (of fur) and a variety of outfits in bright colors like shocking pink announced a new, playful and confident mood at Fendi." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Karl Lagerfeld embraced the idea of a 'pretty in punk' collection that had ‘a take no prisoners’ approach to the topic." [NOWFASHION]
  • "[A] sharply colored, engaging collection." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "Seemed like a not-so-subtle commentary on the conspicuous reemergence of fur in luxury collections." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Fun is Fendi and Fendi is Very Fun for Autumn/Winter 2013 it seems." [SHOWstudio]
  • "Fendi's FF insignia was originally a sixties thing that stood for Fun Furs. Somehow it became codified as the corporate logo. Today, with his 96th (!!!) collection for the house, Karl Lagerfeld restored that original inflection." []
  • "Minimalism--and maximalism taken to extremes. Black--and colors that sang with brightness. Severity--and lashings of opulence. What something is, and what its exact opposite is, was the overriding theme at a powerful, punkish, and sometimes playful fall collection from Fendi." []
  • "It was The Last of the Fendi Mohicans that Karl Lagerfeld sent out at this morning's autumn/winter 2013-14 show." [ UK]
  • "Fur was literally flying at Fendi—on striped coats and skirts, on bags and shoes, and even as punk faux-hawk hairpieces." []
  • "A feisty treatise on graphic flash delivered with an ultracool, faux-aggressive attitude." [WWD]

Prada Designer: Miuccia Prada

  • "Italian iconic fashion house Prada transformed 1950s American housewives into would-be Bond girls on Thursday, with a lethally seductive look which gave a powerful twist to the classic hourglass dress." [AFP]
  • "Nothing was amiss. So honed and yet oblique was Miuccia’s vision (more so than ever, in fact) that noteworthy standouts were hard to come by." [Artinfo]
  • "Totally Prada, and anything but retro." [AP]
  • "She's come undone: Refined gone rogue was the vibe at Prada's always-pivotal showing." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Beautiful beaded and tweeded, 1950s inspired clothes." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "This was, dare we say it, pure sexiness of the most refined order." []
  • "Wonderfully tender." [Grazia Daily]
  • "There are designers who make expensive, glitzy clothes for rich people--a lot of these designers show in Milan. And then there is Miuccia Prada." [The Guardian]
  • "Sitting on the right side of romantic, it oozed a bohemian beauty and sexuality that guarantees these clothes are going to sell." [i-D Online]
  • "This was a New Romantic Prada of the 1980s kind, as if worn by women relieved to go back to the ease of roomy tailoring--but with a long life, make that 'sex life'--behind them." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "This was a collection that explored the idea of repressed sensuality through the prism of two iconic dress silhouettes of the late 1940s and early 1950s." [NOWFASHION]
  • "When Ms. Prada takes on ultra-feminine clothes in gray flannel and dark, rich tweeds, with small waists and exposed necklines, she is hard to beat. She pulls all the triggers (romance, seduction, good form) but then she injects a sour note of ambivalence." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "Letting go, ever so slightly, of the laser-focused precision of the past few seasons is just one of the things that makes this collection approachable, wearable, and elegant." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "They do say one man's junk is another man's treasure. Hence why the Prada hits of season's gone by all came back in new guises, from the clompy platform shoes to the perfect overcoats." [SHOWstudio]
  • "Her collection proved the power of the dress as an accessory to a life." []
  • "This was a strong, confident, and ravishing Prada collection." []
  • "There was a purity in her vision and a strength--perhaps a reaction to Italy's unsettled political climate right now." [ UK]
  • "The prim and proper lady came fabulously undone at Prada with uneven hems, askew collars, and fresh-from-the-shower hair." []
  • "Miuccia Prada delivered a masterpiece on Thursday evening, a cinematic reverie that offered a little retro, major glamour and a bounty of some of the most exquisite clothes we’ll see anywhere this season." [WWD]