5 Looks We Loved From Milan Fashion Week: Day 1

From Gucci to Fausto Puglisi.
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Ciao, Milano! Fashion month is in full swing, and we're racing to keep up at Milan Fashion WeekRead on for the looks we loved from the runways on the first day, and click here for even more reviews from the season.

Gucci

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

Alessandro Michele couldn't decide on just one or two influences for his Fall 2017 Gucci collection — so he just didn't. He piled it all on to hit peak maximalism. Yet somehow, in Michele's hands, it just worked. Each piece at its core was wearable, ready to be mixed into any kind of wardrobe. Especially beautiful were the red carpet-ready pieces.

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

On the menswear front, I cannot explain why, but I loved this sparkly green singlet paired with a cape, knee-high socks and ankle strap shoes. The heart wants what it wants.

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Gucci Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

This look was a real knockout: An otherwise demure dress paired over rhinestone chain mail covering even the face. Only Michele could make something like this look so pure and gorgeous, and that's the genius in his work.

No.21

A look from No.21 Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from No.21 Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

It has been interesting to see how many European designers have found inspiration in a very nostalgic sort of Americana. At No.21, Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled a sort of '50s-era darling, but with distinctly modern twists. Sweaters were cropped above the breast line, the varsity jacket came belted with shearling sleeves and chiffon dresses were seductively sheer. Several knits featured Slim Aarons-esque prints covered in sequins. Overall, it was a very pretty, romantic collection.

Fausto Puglisi

A look from Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Fausto Puglisi Fall 2017. Photo: Imaxtree

Finally, a fashion collection that answers the question, "What would 'The Young Pope' be like if Jude Law's character was also a boxer?" Fausto Puglisi's Fall 2017 runway opened with a short film, "Southern Vertigo," in which actress Cristina Donadio rules over a pack of hot men. (I think that was the plot; it was all in Italian, naturally.) Grace Elizabeth continued the powerful vibe when she opened the show, a runway full of combat boots, thigh-high stockings and enough ostrich feathers to reconstruct a whole bird. Each model also wore a galero, a kind of hat worn by clergy in the Catholic church. (Yes, I googled that.) In between some of the more ostentatious looks, though, were some truly versatile pieces, like this midi skirt constructed to look like a clergyman's robe.

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