On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: Emporio Armani, Tod's and Sportmax

Emporio Armani is a great way to start a crisp sunny Saturday in Milan. The collection is called The Spy and is entirely black–a potpourri of textures including Mongolian lamb, sheer, sequins, velvet, wool and satin. It’s classic Armani in shape, i.e. knickers paired with smart cropped jackets and sleek jumpsuits. There’s even a dog in a tuxedo jacket. The only colour comes in a few Mongolian lamb handbags and one jacket , a surprise in a season that’s all about rich jewel tones and warm brights. No doubt, though, it will ring up major sales.

A highlight of the day is a visit to Villa Necchi Campiglio for the Tod’s presentation. Designer Derek Lam is here to talk about his designs for the super luxe handbag and footwear collection. The Villa’s palatial rooms are the perfect setting (can I move in now?) for the croc, fur and fine leather structured handbags, world-famous driving shoes, luggage and boots. I love the room featuring the closet with Lam’s shearling coats and leather trenches. Very luxe, very inspiring.

After a quick bite at Bar Senato, I head over to the Sportmax show. It’s a great collection of menswear separates with terrific coats and fur details, such as fur on the back half of the sleeves. My favourite coat is a lacquered caramel leather trench–delicious! Fox fur and curly lamb are paired in jackets and patent peplums are belted over top. Teal and pumpkin show up here as well, a popular colour combo I’ve seen throughout the week. It’s a perfect collection for a Canadian winter: colourful, practical and super stylish.