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 first day, and click here for even more reviews from the season.
"Twinning" is having its moment in fashion, from actual twin models on the runways (see: Cecilie and Amalie Moosgaard, Lia and Odette Pavlova) to pairs of matching looks walking side-by-side. Perhaps this is why I was so drawn to these romantic embroidered evening gowns by Alberta Ferretti. The combination of the sheer lacy fabric and the soft pink shade make these gowns equal parts sweet and sexy — always a winning mix in my book.
Alessandro Michele went a little preppy on us a few times in his fall 2016 collection for Gucci, and this red, white and blue look — complete with a pearl-embroidered cable knit sweater topped with a fancy, jeweled bib necklace — reminds me of something a retro trophy wife would wear to the country club.
Since the industry as a whole is deeply enamored with streetwear and the oversized, unisex silhouettes that characterize it, I wasn't too surprised to see Michele offer up a few casual, worn-in coats of his own for fall. To add some urban flair, the designer called upon graffiti artist Trouble Andrew to paint logos, symbols and short phrases on select pieces and accessories that are destined for collectors'-item status.
This fur-collared coat — also painted by Trouble Andrew — is a cozy, very cool update on the ubiquitous Gucci bomber that approximately 85 people wore to the show on Wednesday. (I did not actually count, but I doubt I'm exaggerating much.) I love how the brand's classic red and green stripes line the bottom, while the fun teal shade at the neck really pops. It looked heavy enough to stand up against a brutal New York winter, so start placing your bets now on which street style star will call first dibs this time next year.
Grunge was the name of the game at No.21 for fall, and designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua really went for it in the mixing and matching departments. The requisite floral slip dresses, chunky oversized knits, buffalo checks, haphazard layering and baggy tights were all present, but there were plenty of modern updates that kept the theme from feeling too stale. A personal favorite was the menswear-inspired look that Ruth Bell wore: a lush brown and white fur worn over a blue floral blouse, complete with buckled flats.
This look had a similar appeal to me: The mustard color of the buffalo check coat really popped against the blue silk skirt, and the rhinestone strap details added major sparkle. The same goes for the purple glitter heels, which my seatmates at the show would not stop raving about.
As a born and raised beach girl, I'm a sucker for anything emblazoned with palm trees — as is designer Fausto Puglisi, who's used the motif in many a collection. I was particularly smitten with this sporty bomber jacket; the colorblocking of white, grey, black and burgundy looks timeless and scholastic, while the vibrant embroidered palm trees at the elbows give it a modern edge.
I got schoolgirl vibes from this look, too, which paired a V-neck knit with an embroidered palm tree miniskirt. The mix of textures and colors adds plenty of visual interest as well.
While most of Peter Dundas's latest collection for Roberto Cavalli was a bit too rock star for my personal tastes, a handful of looks mixed in more conservative items — chambray shirts and solid-colored jackets, for example — that I'd be willing to pair with something a little more wild, like this blue leather jacket covered in tiger-print fur.
The combination of this solid denim shirt and green textured jacket is something I could see myself wearing on a regular basis, and it's just neutral enough to pair with a funky statement piece — like these psychedelic embroidered pants.