As London fashion week comes to an abrupt halt, we move onto Italy’s beautiful Fashion Capital, Milan. While New York and London offered an invigorating fortnight of collections, we can always be sure that the Italians will either do it better, or spice it up with some new motifs.Â On the first day, the inspirations were sporadic. There was a slightÂ vintage feel Â encompassing most of the collections. Delicate matriarchal notes of generations past appeared as if borrowed from a favorite grandmother’s wardrobe.
Though designers always seem to reach back into history for inspiration, there is always a delightful contemporary edge to their vision making it tasteful and keeps us wanting more.
THE BEST OF MILAN FASHION WEEK: DAY 1
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by Suliya Gisele
Luisa Beccaria presented what looked like british aristocratic meets the 1940s; featuring high waisted trousers, gowns, and beret hats.
Fay showed a conservative, masculine inspired 1940s collection, with high neck lines and skirt suits.
Alberta Ferretti not only referenced the 40s, but also went further back in time incorporating ruffs and gilded brocade and tapestry of the Italian Renaissance. The pieces had high necklines and a very rich color palette.
No. 21 also hinted at the Renaissance with the use of ruffles and immaculate detailing on the garments.
Gucci debuted what seemed to be reflective of a young person rummaging through a thrift store, getting their hands on any article of clothing from any given time period they could find and throwing it together. Many pieces like the suits referenced the 70s and even the 40s, while others reminded us of the 90s, the age of vintage clothes and mop hair.