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Live From Milan: Giorgio Armani's '80s Flashback & Opulence At Dolce & Gabbana

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Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

It’s my final day of Milan fashion week—what a whirlwind! I have tremendous respect for those going on to Paris or doing all four cities. After six days of running from venue to venue in the terrible weather, I’m excessively inspired but completely exhausted.

Giorgio Armani is first up and is a trip back in time—a bit like he hit pause on 1989. Models wore slouchy velvet hats and cropped black wigs. The clothes had a boy-meets-girl quality—fitting, as the title of the show was Garçonne. There was a lot of velvet in this collection, but it was missing the red carpet glam of the actresses he dressed for the Oscars on Sunday night. Janet Jackson pops up last minute showing support for all of her designer bffs this week.

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Giorgio Armani Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Okay, funny story: My invitation for Gianfranco Ferré is on my lap as I stand to leave Giorgio Armani. The invite flies off my lap and down a closed 1-inch slot behind the seat directly in front of me that I am unable to access. (Side note: Armani built the stadium-like event space specifically for his shows.) Giorgio Armani started quite late, so the chances of making it back across town for the Gianfranco Ferré were slim and this was a pretty clear sign that it was not in the cards for me today. Regardless, these are my top picks from the well-tailored mostly black-and-white collection:

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2013; Photo Courtesy of Style.com

On to the Dolce & Gabbana re-see for a close encounter with garments that have a couture-like quality, though categorized under ready-to-wear. It was complete and total opulence. From the mosaic garments and bags inspired by Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale, to the red jeweled shoes from the finale, it’s a complete fashion editor’s playground. If Dorothy needs a new pair of ruby slippers, she better come see Dolce & Gabbana. Enjoy the eye candy:

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

 

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

My last stop of the day and the week is at the Marni showroom. I’m not totally convinced on the pony hair sandals for fall but how do I get my hands on the metallic flats and one of the backpacks?! The beaver fur boots are a bit insane but would make a definite statement.

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013

Marni Fall 2013