1. Sometimes, what brings a show together is not one cohesive group of looks or colours or fabrics, but a general feeling or mood for the clothes. I thought that Marni this season wasn’t as clear in its direction as spring’s textural, Japanese collection, but nevertheless Consuelo Castiglioni incorporated her signature boxy shapes, genius with colour and textures and playfulness into a beautiful mish mash of a wardrobe! The most covetable items? The elegant, ankle strap heels and show-stopping wool and fur coats.
2. The Dolce & Gabbana invite started with the words “Once Upon A Time in Sicily” and their mid-afternoon show at the Metropol didn’t disappoint. There was an enchanted forest for the set and clothes included chain-mail like hoods and gloves, red riding hoods, nursery rhyme characters on embroidered coats, and gowns fit for a princess.
3. At the Dolce show, guests were given a small gift bag at the door, and as we discovered that it included a very miniature Dolce & Gabbana chain bag, it was hilarious to watch editors negotiated trades with each other since they were gifted to us in a dozen different colours! The most popular hues? Forest green, burgundy and the very rare black bag.
4. We have our eye on designer Marco de Vincenzo (Flare was the only Canadian magazine at the show this season), who is headed for big things after receiving an investment from fashion powerhouse LVMH just recently. In fact, editors loved the metallic lurex finale pieces from his show so much that I saw Giovanna Battaglia from W magazine wear a full look to the Ferragamo show just minutes after!!
5. Ferragamo brought in artisans from its atelier and archival shoes and displays from its museum in Florencr to Milan this season for a special, one-night-only exhibition at the Brera Art Gallery. I mingled with editors, bloggers and Hilary Swank as we all swooned over the selection of historic shoes from the brand, lasts (wooden foot molds used for shoemaking) from famous clients, and the cobblers working on iconic designs by hand!