Milan Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2013 Collections is a crucial fashion week where some of the biggest luxury brands showcase their new collections for the upcoming season. We bring some of the noted shows from the past week.
A name is synonymous with bold patterns and animal prints, but for next summer Cavalli is all about keeping the prints minimal — trousers, shirts and dresses with cut outs and peek-a-boo tailoring in shades of black or white. This collection was every bit bold and sexy, which is expected of the designer, but in a more muted colour palette.
Dolce & Gabbana
Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabanna know how to live life. For summer, they presented a wonderfully playful collection that will transport you to an island vacation automatically — bright colours, graphic prints, signature 50s brassiere top and pencil skirts, scarf headwear, and big trinket earrings. The unusual and noted looks were the garments made in raffia and jute that will surely make an editorial splash in leading fashion magazines.
An accessories sales led brand, Salvatore showed aplenty boots like sandals, jackets, trousers and handbags in luxe leather. So what if the collection is for summer season, the Feragamo woman is always on the move and even in the months of July she can wear her jacket and knee high equestrian inspired heels at a cold climate.
Karl Lagerfeld has time and again done the unimaginable task of maintaining the rich heritage of Fendi while giving it a futuristic appeal. This collection was a scientific concoction of 3D shapes, fur, leather, colours and trompe l’oeil. The genius of the brand lies in bringing all these elements together without seeming extreme or hard to pull off.
Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier has carefully transformed the brand image to something that is handicraft and appealing to the modern woman. Printed summer dresses with half sleeves and knee length skirt are easy to wear. The accessories were in signature woven leather featuring thin rectangular clutches with leather straps.
Ever since young English designer Christopher Kane has been given the job to design Gianni Versace’s sister label ‘Versus’, it has returned to its glory days of eye-ball grabbing garments that cool kids would wear. This collection was about playful short dresses, thick chain necklace and choker and mix of various fun prints.
Jil Sander returned to the label she founded in 1968 after an eight year absence. The brand had been flourishing under the design direction of Raf Simons who left last season to join Christian Dior. That doesn’t put the fate of Jil Sander at risk as the original tastemaker of simple design is back on the helm. Jil is known for her unfussy designs with figure flattering shapes. This collection reflected her strong points with due updates for 2013.
Donatella Versace is giving women a breather from second-skin hugging garments with free flowing dresses this summer. Still extremely sexy, the Versace girl will need to be in shape as these garments show hints of skin. Mid riff, legs, back are shoulders are the new erogenous zones as per Donatella and looking at the appeal of the runway looks, it hard to disagree.
Gone are the times when sexy was defined by black only. Gucci’s Spring- Summer collection started with a series of magenta flirty looks. Neatly put-together tailoring defined the Gucci woman as someone who is immaculately dressed while having fun with colours, prints and embroidery. The snakeskin print dresses and monotone black and white looks gave a plenty options for Gucci fans.
Soft silks, see through chiffon, lace trimming, moving beads, highlighting sequins and feather detailing — Alberta Ferretti designs are for the romantic woman with very thorough options of silhouettes. Options range from short and long dresses, trousers and blouse, coats and gowns. This collection was predominantly in shades of the ocean – blue and green. The models hair was wet and swept back as if they just walked out of water into their dreamy lives.