Ciao from Milano! We've tackled the fall 2016 shows in both New York and London, and now we're making the rounds in Milan, where some of the buzziest (Alessandro Michele) and most legendary (Miuccia Prada) designers will present their latest collections. Read on for the looks we loved from the runways on the fourth and fifth days, and click here for even more reviews from the season.
Dolce & Gabbana
I don't care that this icy blue number is the most literal of the Disney princess dresses that Dolce and Gabbana showed on their fairy tale-inspired runway — it instantly stole my heart. Plus, doesn't Willow Hand make for a lovely Cinderella?
After the explosion of color, print and sparkle we've seen on the Milan runways thus far, it was refreshing to take in the Jil Sander show on Saturday, where designer Rodolfo Paglialunga presented a number of minimalist, monochrome looks in interesting silhouettes. This high-necked top with extra-long sleeves — which was asymetrically tucked in to a clean, tailored midi skirt of the same shade — was a personal favorite.
From the front, this white coat is gorgeous, with strong shoulders, oversized arms and the aforementioned extra-long sleeves, but it was the back detailing that really wooed me: Instead of a full robe belt, two strips of fabric were artfully tied in a knot to help cinch the waist.
Thanks to the fashion crowd's feverish obsession with streetwear, puffer coats have enjoyed a renaissance over the past year or so. But designer Massimo Giorgetti decided to take the trend one step further and fashion the hefty material into a skirt, which he paired with a polka dotted silk top. I'm not sure how practical (or flattering) of a garment this would be, but it sure looks rad — and warm.
We've already discussed the beauty of Marni's fall collection at length, but when this particular look — a high-waisted rainbow skirt paired with a balloon-sleeved blouse in a clashing print — came down the runway, I couldn't look away.
When fall begins each year, I might as well have a beanie surgically attached to my head — that's how frequently I wear them. At Missoni on Sunday night, there were a few excellent chunky knit options in the label's signature melange of colorful yarns. I particularly liked this one because of the long, matching scarf with which it was styled.
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini
Designer Lorenzo Serafini's fall collection was equal parts prim and punk. This fuzzy, black-and-white striped knit had pearl-studded detailing and could have looked a bit too Hot Topic on its own, but the frilly collar and sleeves peeking out from the '80s-inspired dress it was layered over added a touch of romance.
This patent leather read coat with ruffled shoulder detailing is quite the statement piece, so it paired nicely with the simple silk dress worn underneath.
This may seem like a run-of-the-mill, minimalist white coat at first glance, but the slashes up the side made for an edgy, deconstructed look.
The runway at Salvatore Ferragamo was striped with cheery rainbow hues, and much of the collection matched. This silk slip dress with a pleated skirt celebrated the colorful theme without going overboard, proving that simplicity doesn't have to be snoozy. Plus, the fuzzy handbag and shoes in emerald green were a playful (and very cute) accent.
This all-white look stood out to me for its mix of textures, uneven layers and subtle button detailing. The furry T-strap shoes and dangly earrings really jazzed it up.