Milan Fashion Week, Day 2
My first full day in Milan started at the Max Mara show, held at the same space that Alberta Ferretti was the day before. Max Mara is a brand more well-known for its outerwear, but the Spring collection is quite successful and builds on the company’s strengths: luxe fabrics and sharp tailoring. Light wool jumpsuits and t-blouses in punchy hues work for both the weekend and the office. The silk slip dress, so ubiquitous right now, is prettily re-imagined in summer weight cashmere and sexy metallics.
Both wearable and inspirational, Fendi was probably my favourite show of the day. Stylesetter Cara Delevingne opened the show, followed by former Flare cover girl Lindsay Wixson, and every model wore a short black wig that added a touch of punk to the beautiful clothes (so did the small fur ear cuffs on some of the girls!). “Graphics inspired by the world of informatics” was the theme, and in Karl’s hands this mean beautiful sheer layers, bold colours and the incredible manipulation of silks and fur into nuanced patterns.
The Prada show was titled “In The Heart of the Multitude,” and the illustrated set was about as colourful as the clothes. Whereas Miuccia Prada explored feminine, mid-century silhouettes for fall, spring is all about where sportiness meets glamour. Bejeweled bra tops mixed with mini lady-bags, knee socks, and patterned fur coats came together on the runway for a fun if eclectic affair.
Costume National normally shows during Paris fashion week, and the label’s return to Milan after 23 years abroad was a beautiful moment in my day. The collection encapsulated so well what I would like to wear to work every day, as a creative professional. Suiting separates are unlined and just slightly deconstructed, with raw edges and sexy cut-outs to create interest. There is a timelessness and undone quality to the clothes that strongly appeals to my minimalist tendencies.
Shoes shoes shoes! Between the runway shows (such as Just Cavalli, Ports 1961, Blugirl) that I attended, I made sure to stop by the showrooms at Santoni, Sergio Rossi and Casadei. Below, some of my favourite styles from each brand.