1. The Prada show is always a highlight for me in Milan, and this season was no exception. Whereas spring was all about female artists and mural art, at the fall show the austere, almost industrial set included a mosh pit (for select editors!) and a small orchestra of wind and string instruments. The collection evoked for me the idea of strong contrasts: voluminous shearling coats paired with sheer, boxy dresses, patent leather boots twinned with ladylike silk frocks.
2. Cara Delevingne walked exclusively for Karl Lagerfeld in Milan this season, and seeing her open the show (carrying a Karl fur buggie!) was even more exciting than watching the drones which hovered over our heads at the Fendi show to livestream the event from all angles.
3. The modern, female executive should look to Canadian-founded label Ports 1961 for her fall wardrobe. From sharp skirt suits to chic pleated skirts, power dressing has not looked so good in a long time.
4. Great coats are a given at any Max Mara show, but what I loved at this morning’s presentation was the way traditional suiting fabrics were styled with hits of metallic and patent leather. It’s a great, on-trend way to mix textures and update your favourite wardrobe staples.
5. Bloggers in the front row were a news item just a few short years ago. Now, it’s a daily occurrence. I thought it was fun how the Just Cavalli show raised the stakes today and seated bloggers such as Bryan Boy and Tamu McPherson ON the stage, and had the models walk around them during the show!