The first day of Milan is always a relaxed schedule, as many editors are flying from London, or have taken the red eye from North America. By the time I checked in at the Flare favourite Hotel De La Ville, there was a veritable shopping bag of invitations ready for my perusal and consideration. So far, the most intriguing invite is Prada’s, which consists of a minimalist plastic sheet wedged in between a black and white paper casing. I can’t wait to see the show that this portends!
1. The 60s Gucci show was mod-inspired but also evolved from that enough to feel modern and wearable. The muted palette and sharp tailored pantsuits mix well with sexier elements like a standout shaggy fur coat and skintight patent leather boots.
2. So many pretty exits at Alberta Ferretti, but my favourites deftly mixed fabrics and textures for a look that was rich in detail but also practical. Some dresses featured embellishment galore in front and a flat, printed textile in the back, which means sitting down will actually be possible!
3. No.21 has been a Flare favourite for a number of years, and I think Alessandro Dell’Acqua did a stellar job for with the fall collection. I loved the Glamour Déshabillé of the feathered dresses mixed with oversized mohair knits, bejeweled combat boots, and embellished coat harnesses. Day for night and night for day, there’s no longer a distinction (certainly not this season).
4. Fausto Puglisi showed a sharp, clean collection today. Wild colours, so much geometric colourblocking and some sexy hemlines made for a fun and energetic show (Lindsey Wixson opening the show didn’t hurt!). It’s nice to see such a bold palette in Milan!
5. In previous seasons, there’s been talk in the fashion media and online about the lack of diversity in Milan in terms of runway models, and I’m happy to report that so far this has been a non-issue at the shows, which have been quite ethnically diverse. Let’s hope this inclusiveness continues, because these girls are all stunning!