Tuesday, February 21st
It’s very very chilly here in Milan. I’m glad I brought tons of layers and cashmere never fails but I need to rethink my bare legs in little Marni heels.
The first show of the day was supposed to start at 9am. Not today. Nearly an hour later, Marni presented a perfectly packaged collection of her loose-fitting silhouettes. Canadian superstar, Daria Werbowy (FLARE’s March cover girl!) , looked stunning in the perfectly cut wrap jackets and gathered skirts. Loved the grey tights, patent boots and the designer’s signature necklaces. It’s usually a pretty die-hard Marni grouping at this show but very civilized. I did walk out behind Anna Wintour who is tres petite.
I flew over to Pucci to see Matthew Williamson’s first collection for them. Pucci prints along with pretty empire waist dresses in beautiful pinks and mauves. Lets forget about the clothes. I spy a petite blond prancing along the front row. It’s Sienna Miller, Matthew’s muse. She is rushing over to Vanity Fair‘s Elizabeth Salzman to give her a big hug. Next, it’s hugs for the American Vogue team. She’s super cute, always grinning. She disappears as the show can’t quite get started with her amidst a swarm of photographers crammed on the runway.
I leave the show and wait outside for a bit. There is a rush of models flowing out of the gates (no backstage door at this venue). All of the girls are here – love Caroline Trentini. Next it’s a slew of showroom appointments as I am also here to cover the luxury goods market. There is time to slip into one of the five Prada stores in downtown Milan. Thinking that pale pink patent peep-toe pumps are the thing to buy today. Next it’s off to Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, the younger, hipper line of Alberta Ferretti. It’s polished hippy – smart high waist knit dresses, fur cuffs and collars, suede jackets, and gold buttons, which are the new sequins. No one special but the lots of fashion editors sporting Lanvin and Chloe heels.
Prada ends the evening on a high note. It’s an intentionally chaotic mood here. Tons of editors are cramming in behind me. I spy India Hicks (the chic model turned author) and her husband, David. She’s carrying a great Tod‘s bag. Miuccia does street chic clothing for the tough, sexy girl. Lots of platforms and more fur. I spy Trudie Styler (wife of singer Sting) who jumps up after the show to give a standing O. Kelly Klein is wearing the best black patent pointed toe pumps in the crowd. Donatella [Versace] is here too.
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