On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: A Quirky High Note at Marni

The average guy would think that Marni’s offbeat palette, egg shapes and clunky shoes is frumpy. A fashion lover (especially this one) adores it. This season Consuelo Castiglioni’s collection was spectacular. She hit all of Milan’s top fall notes but in her own quirky way. There was plenty of emerald green in graphic patterns and fur; cocoon shape jackets; metallic Lurex jacquards; block-heeled Mary Janes and subtle embellishment. I loved a white beaded cream topper and skirt, and a black molded leather short-sleeved tunic over a navy dress. Plus all of her prints. Perfection!

Now we’re off to Brioni, a collection primarily known for menswear that’s getting raves for its womens designs (now in their second season) by Alessandro Dell’Acqua. It’s quickly become the ultimate in luxe in Milan. You can smell the money in the room. I was impressed by the lush furs, horn neckpieces, purple satin shift and silver studded blush tops at the end.

A quick break and then it’s time for one of Milan’s biggest shows: Dolce & Gabbana.