On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: Day 1 With Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, And A Trip To Sergio Rossi

Knockout Sergio Rossi heeled boots

Another killer pair of Sergio Rossi pumps

This body piece at the Rossi showroom redefines the term “abs of steel”

Divine heels at the Sergio Rossi showroom

No.21 Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

No.21 Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Gucci Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Gucci Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Buongiorno from Milan! My high heel wearing feet have barely recovered from New York and Fiona’s still tweeting about London, but that doesn’t stop us from getting the full scoop on Milan fashion week.

I started off MFW with a bang at Gucci.  The first few colour on colour looks hit the week of with a jolt, and Raquel Zimmerman – a model favourite of mine made it all the better. Designer Frida Giannini was clearly inspired by tribal and ethnic cultures abroad – perhaps channelling a little 70’s YSL? – with luxe leather safari jackets, fringing, tribal embellishments and some serious harem pants. A series of edgy black leather pieces (loved the fringed tunic) kept the collection cool and not costumey. The roped belts and metallic foil clutches are sure to be retail hits. There was even a tuxedo suit with knee drop harem pants – very chic!

Over at Alberta Ferretti, things were looking very boho luxe – with floral and fauna prints on floaty dresses, lace inserts on peasant blouses, relaxed linens and loose summer knits. Models like Freja hid beneath large floppy hats. It was a parade of neutrals with must-have pieces like the maxi skirt standing out.

With Alessandro Dell’Aqua no longer designing his namesake line, he has launched a new label named No.21. As with many other prominent labels in New York and London, Dell’Aqua started his show with a series of all white looks. Most in crisp cotton, some decorated with hard white baubles. A whimsical series of looks in a butterfly print kept things loose. Especially loved the ankle length, thigh high slitted skirt – there was also one in a light blue and gold brocade. He played with red as an accent colour and fluoro coloured accessories topped off neutral oversized menswear inspired short suits. What to take away from this show is that white rules the spring runways, the long skirt is the ONLY skirt to wear, and fluorescent coloured accessories are back!

In between shows, I made a visit to Sergio Rossi – shoe showrooms are to Milan Fashion Week, as spaghetti is to a true Italian’s diet. In this case, pictures describe it best — flip through the slideshow above.