On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: Versus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Aquilano.Rimondi

Anthea Simms

Buzz continues to build with every season for the revival of Versus now that Brit Christopher Kane is involved. He started working with Donatella Versace first on accessories and has quickly expanded to a critically acclaimed fashion line. The show was a bit one note–black and grey dresses with sheer caged torsos (like a corset) and then sparkly graphics on black separates. Loved the glitter girl shoes and hard clutches.

By contrast Salvatore Ferragamo is very ’90s power dressing–pinstripe suiting and houndstooth silks in strong shouldered jackets and wrap dresses. Not modern, but perfect for a Bay Street executive.

I’m kicking off my heels before Aquilano.Rimondi in favour of flats. What I’d really love is a foot rub and glass of wine. Instead, I head off to the Italian duo’s signature show which is worth every sore step! Held under frescoed ceilings and chandeliers, the show is an artistic mix of powdery Italian shades and lavish embellishment with a ’60s accent. There’s the Balenciaga-inspired egg shape coat and simple shift again, but this time, trimmed with metallic banding and rows of studs. I love a soft blush tone that shimmers in metallic knits and embellished silks, plus a group of burnt yellow jacquards. There’s a couture level to the details that creates a spectacular ornate dresses that still appear simple to wear.

See a gallery of looks from Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Missoni and Versus