Ciao from Milano, where some of the buzziest (Alessandro Michele) and most legendary (Miuccia Prada) designers have presented their latest collections. Read on for the looks we loved from the runways over the last three days, and click here for even more reviews from the season.
The setting for Giamba (Giambattista Valli's more youth-oriented sister brand) was a stunning baroque palace built in the 17th century. And with their loose, wavy hair, '70s-tinged minidresses and lace-up boots, his girls looked like hard-partying teens rebelling against their stuffy, privileged upbringing. This dress — which was greener in person than it photographed — was the sweetest of the bunch.
With no creative director for spring 2017 (Alessandra Facchinetti left earlier this year), Tod's in-house team focused on what it called "Timeless Icons." The brand put the spotlight on its classic driving shoe at its presentation, in addition to showcasing some '70s-inspired ready-to-wear pieces, many of them in the most luxurious-looking suedes and leathers.
This belted blazer paired with leggings feels like the ultimate in comfortable power-dressing, and we could see those subtly Teva-inspired heels being a retail hit and street-style hit come spring.
We're not saying these were our favorite looks because Gigi Hadid and Lauren freaking Hutton wore them down the runway together, but were not not saying that either.
Beloved by street style stars, Vivetta is known for its romantic, unabashedly pretty, often vintage-inspired dresses. It had me at look one with this sparkly, tulle-trimmed confection.
Agnona's new creative director Simon Holloway said he "imagined a collection for a swan of today," resulting lots of romantic, relaxed, fluid-feeling dresses. Again, this monochromatic pink dress was a favorite.
After Demna Gvasalia's first Balenciaga collection last season, we're surprised we haven't seen more exaggerated shoulders on the runway this month. At Jil Sander, always one of my favorite shows in Milan, Rodolfo Paglialunga managed to make the silhouette look relaxed and elegant in an unusually bold collection that balanced strength and softness beautifully.
Literally every collection in Milan incorporated at least a few pink looks, but the billowy shape of this dress made it feel new. These ankle-strap heels were also a highlight.
Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni isn't usually one of the designers we would loop into the "trendy" category — she tends to do her own thing and her adoring fans follow right along — but this season she was feeling the same billowy ruching as many other Milan designers. But with beautiful dresses like this one, we'd argue she did it best.
Oh look, more pink! Like many Milan designers, MSGM's Massimo Giorgetti was feeling sporty this season and he executed this rough-and-tumble vision with lots of neon, crochet and nylon. While a few other collections we've seen felt like they were made for fashion girls who want to get in on the athleisure trend, this one felt like it was made for athletic girls who happen to have great taste in clothes.
Dolce & Gabbana
I like cocktails so why not wear a bunch on a ladylike dress?
I found these T-shirts, and the miniskirts they were paired with, so cute. And the flip flops are even growing on me.
Jil Sander was not the only option from Milan for low-key, subtly '80s-tinged power dressing, and this look was a highlight at Ferragamo. While certainly wearable, the lack of a creative director (Massimiliano Giornetti left in March) could be felt in this collection.
This sparkly gingham Arbesser used in his nostalgic, utilitarian-feeling spring collection — inspired by children in Imperial Europe — reminded me of the tablecloths at a restaurant I've now eaten at twice in Milan, and I mean that in the best way possible.
There was a very chic ease to Angela Missoni's latest collection — which she intended to be more simple and relaxed than usual — despite the seemingly complicated layering employed.