On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: Day 2 With D&G, Fendi and Prada

Prada Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Fendi Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

D&G Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Fendi’s show notes promised to be the burning summer of passion. It delivered on sultry seventies inspired peasant tops with lantern sleeves, maxi dresses and skirts. And to be literal, the burnt edge image on the invite and runway set was carried on to some of the clothes. Wax coated dresses in blue and red added colour to a mostly white line-up. Fur puffs decorated sheer tops and shawls. The colour blocked top handle bags were a stand out.

No guesswork in determining the theme at D+G. A floral print invitation came with a packet of seeds, the runway was lined in flower beds, birds were chirping and the runway exit was decorated in flower covered lattices. It was garden chic of course! Bloomers, mix and match floral prints, peasant tops and dresses, apron tops were paired with super wide pants. floral prints. These Lolita like countryside looks were accessorized with gingham head scarves, over sized totes and woven soled wedged. So perfectly pretty for the outdoor girl.

Leave it to Prada to turn the S/S’11 neutral train upside down and give us the bold bright colour we didn’t even know we wanted but are soooo coveting now! In an exhilarating show, Miuccia Prada made bold, sometimes neon colour the main message. Sporty horizontal stripes were combined with baroque-meets-Latin prints – think monkies, bananas, curlicues. Shapes were simple and sporty – slick below the knee skirts, some with dropped gather waists, menswear shirts, tunic shaped tops. A few dresses had noisy bauble decorated hems. Almost every models look was accessorized with bold striped fur stoles. Sunglasses were dramatic with curlicue frames in black and white. The sporty mary jane platform wedges and platform creepers are sure to be on every editor next spring. As will the very  cool square shoulder bags – all colourful, some striped. Topping it all were oversized, striped hats.