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Here are the highlights from the Milan Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week
Alessandro Michele for Gucci showcased his second RTW collection on the Milan runway. The creative director has set the tone for the geeky-chic Gucci girl, and seems to be set on his path for finding inspiration from vintage-inspired clothing. Hence, pussy-bow blouses, midi skirts, printed pant-suits, the trademark Beret, and nerdy glasses were spotted on the runway. The show hinged on the beautiful details, of birds and snakes, studded block heels, the house’s colors red and green, the Gucci symbol GG (as seen on chain-strap leather bags), fanciful doodles, multi-colored stripes and the use of sheer. Alessandro’s mantra: If you like them, you should’ve put a bow on it.
In a season of many firsts, Massimo Giorgetti for Emilio Pucci showcased his debut collection for the house. The house’s signature prints were surprisingly missing from the show as the new CD took to the seaside for inspiration. In some portions, he went too literal with his interpretation featuring lobsters, sea-shells and star-fish, and in others there was the occasional graphic lines, iridescent fabrics, fringed flat sandals, and dresses with front-slits.
Speaking of Emilio Pucci brings us to Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli collection for Spring/Summer 2016. Touted as the perfect match for the designer and the brand, the creative director took on a street-wear inspired collection from the 80’s. Bandeau tops, one-shoulder dresses, prom skirts with giant frilled trains, washed out pastels, metallic, and leather pants were the highlights of this show.
There was a certain hint of retro at Karl Lagerfeld showcase for Fendi, with high-waisted silhouettes, balloon sleeves, high-necked collars, smocking details and patchworked cropped jackets. The color palette moved from solid colors like red, scarlet, navy blue and black.
Etro stuck to its house’s classic bohemian rhapsody with a play on prints, paisley—patterns, ruffles and fringes. The colour palette moved from sandy browns to desert blues and blacks, all woven together in flowing bohemian shapes, perfect for the desert festival.
Donatella Versace’s collection comprised of smart urbane separates in a color palette of khakhis, olives, marsala and abstract prints. Leather dresses, micro-shorts, khakhi tailored jackets, printed thigh-high slit dresses were featured in her show.
Design director Fabio Zambernardi presented for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2016 showcase this season. Prada offered a wide array of coats in their collection (long and short) with weaves ranging from tweeds, multi-colored stripes, sometimes leather and suede, and also transparent prints.
Jeremy Scott at Moschino stayed true to his signature of pop colors with a certain vintage vibe. The details could net get wackier than traffic cone chain strap bags, a CAUTION printed yellow-black skirt set, MOSCHINO wet floor graphics, and ‘NO BIKINI’ signage.
Missoni took to Sportswear for their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. The result: Missoni signature colorful stripes on fitted polo shirts, on flowing tunics, swimwear, and long dresses.
TOD’s showcase presented cropped trousers, paper-thin T-shirts, leather jackets, collared shirts with leather detailing, and long silk dresses printed with vinyl records. The accessories featured the iconic Gommino loafer.
Bottega Veneta’s collection of Urban Jungle opened with tracksuits, zippered jackets and cropped pants (camouflage theme patched in with leopard print), with flat loafers, thong sandals, and clogs, moving on to a red python coat and several patchworked shift dresses.
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