The Fashionista team is in Milan, bringing you the best of the Italian city's collections. Read on for our first-hand reports on the latest from the runways.
Bottega Veneta Puts Top Models in Easy Sportswear
It was all about easy, wearable, athletic-inspired casual clothes at Bottega Veneta this season. Even the dresses, long and belted at the waist, looked comfortable and effortless on an all-star cast of models that included Kendall Jenner (who’s been killing it in Milan), Alessandra Ambrosio, Edie Campbell, Jessica Stam, Jamie Bochert and Julia Nobis.
Giorgio Armani's Sand Was Different from Prada's
Giorgio Armani took inspiration from natural landscapes — water, sand (the actual name of the show) — to build an impressively large collection of day and evening wear; impressive because it was all done in a neutral color palette of beige, white, light grey and greyish blue, which meant he had to use fabric mixing and manipulation, subtle prints and other techniques to keep things interesting for all 87 looks. Armani started out with easy, loose separates and gradually added embellishments as the looks got more formal towards the end, culminating in a silver gown with a gold sparkling sheer cape and a dramatic Cleopatra-esque headpiece. It was a cinematic moment (fitting as the show began with a short film by director Paolo Sorrentino). I wonder what Anna Wintour thought.
Roberto Cavalli Does Boho and Animal Prints
We’ve been seeing sparkles at just about every show in Milan, so as we headed into Roberto Cavalli, we expected to get an explosion of them. He was surprisingly conservative with the glitter, but not so with bold, colorful prints. Cavalli started with some very boho (another trend we’ve been seeing) maxi dresses in psychedelic prints, followed by shorter black leather pieces and baby doll dresses. The sparkles came towards the end, more subtly underneath slashes in cotton jackets and skirts, and more ostentatiously on a metallic leopard print evening gown. More leopard and zebra print followed. The clothes looked beautifully made, which is why Cavalli is one of if not the best option out there for ladies with money who aren’t into the whole understated thing, like, say, Heidi Klum, who sat in the front row.
Antonio Marras Brings Whimsy to Milan
Antonio Marras is one of Milan’s more whimsical designers. Aside from Prada, few Milan designers go for customized show spaces, but Marras goes all out. Staged in the center of the venue was an apparatus made of wood, clocks and creepy white hands that acted as an obstacle course of sorts for models to walk around.
The clothes, too, were whimsical -- each look a louder explosion of painterly floral prints and appliqués than the last. It was clear that Marras is a storyteller, each girl a vibrant character in some fantastical tale. It was one of the more imaginative shows I've seen this week, but it still felt cohesive.
Naomi Campbell and Kendall Jenner Walked Emilio Pucci. The End.
The clothes were killer, but the big story here was the models: Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscano, Joan Smalls, Jamie Bochert. There's nothing like a recognizable face to add that extra dose of excitement to a fashion show, especially after we've all seen so many.
Tod’s Hosts an Indoor Garden Party
Tod's ready-to-wear sales were pretty dismal for the first half of 2014, so the big question for spring 2015 was, will the clothes sell?
This season's theme was an Italian garden and the set was decorated as such. Clothing-wise, this translated into lots of suits in pastel solids and subtle floral prints as well as lots of sporty separates and day dresses made from light perforated leather. There weren't a ton of must-haves, except for a few beautiful, well-tailored leather jackets in light colors, which were perfect for anyone who wants something a little more feminine and refined than the standard black moto.
There was more to love in the accessories category, like chic, simple bucket bags and thick-strapped heels that looked easy to walk in.