I kicked off Milan Fashion Week with the Gucci show, which was a great way to start the day after taking a red-eye flight from Toronto. This season, Frida Giannini digs deeper into the 70s meets sportswear mix she explored in the label’s Resort 2014 collection. While there were a few red carpet-gowns, the collection included more casual shapes such as slip dresses and draped trousers to convey a feeling of breezy effortlessness. Lamé fabrics and sequins were paired up with slouchy shirts and mesh panels to a sexy and languorous effect.
The Alberta Ferretti front row, for me, exemplified the adage that Milan fashion week is about business much more than the spectacle. Unlike in London or Paris, the front row was packed with top editors and buyers instead of celebrities and wannabes. For Spring, the Alberta Ferretti girl is wearing colour and flowers, crop tops with full skirts and folkloric summer dresses. She’s pretty but not saccharine, and quite cheerful and uncomplicated.
I’ve been a fan of Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No. 21 line for a few years, and the collection delivered the pieces I have come to love from the label: beautiful pencil skirts, ladylike dresses, elegant embellishments. There were also the most perfect beaded sheer silk socks (yes, really!) paired with embroidered leather house slippers on the runway that I can’t get out of my mind.
In between shows, I was happy to slip back to the Hotel De La Ville Milano, where Flare editors have been staying for years. Historic but with modern, updated rooms, the hotel is just steps away from the Duomo, and its central location makes it the perfect home base for fashion week.