Thursday, March 10, 2016

Milan Fashion Week A/W 16/17

 Dolce and Gabbana

The exotic and hand crafted Made in Italy label was up for their fair share of Fashion Week. With Milan you immediately think florals, hot culture and the big one- Dolce and Gabbana. This time the show was all a miss mash and a reminder of Alice in Wonderland by the crazy set design and motifs of clocks and bunnies on some of the garments. With their latest fashion campaign Dolce and Gabbana have been all about the Motherhood message, that nothing is more important than family whilst still looking like the hottest Mum in the city. Although this collection waded down the child drawings on dresses and upped the antic of bull fighter inspired design instead. Much like their older collections with bull fighter designs, this one didn't however involve hot pants, for a powerful feminine character but with mid length skirts and wide legged culottes this round.

Les Copains

Of course number one thing to do over the autumn months is build up your winter wardrobe and have a sensible attitude about it, which sometimes we lose in the crazy would of fashion. Sure, we see designs exposing leg (if you're so brave in the winter breeze) but in all honesty all we'd like to do is walk around with a blanket strapped to us for the entirety of the day. But lets face it, that's fashionable not acceptable-although layering, fur and huge think jumpers are the answer to our problems. Les Copains really ticked all the boxes for keeping snug this winter with many of the garments including fur or thick wool, a huge trend shown across many of the shows. For that little edge of femininity with all this layering of materials something was indeed needed to take that bulky edge off, this when voile and soft skirts where added to many of the designs matched with a small dainty ballet pump.

 Max Mara

Like a luminous moon or a heavy gold chain, Max Mara certainly let it shine on their collection for AW/16. Typically metallics are a summer association for that bright and reflective look against the summer sun, however Max Mara let it shine all the way into the winter months with a whole array of their designs using metallic is some way, shape or form. V necks and coats were a clear favourite but it's going to take an Alexa Chung double to pull of a full metallic coat without looking like you've unravelled a roll of kitchen foil around you. Every other part of the collection including colour and shapes was very pared down for a simplistic style letting the contorting patterns of stripes and metallics take the limelight.


Just scrolling on Instagram past one image of Prada AW 16 immediately got me thinking Chinese. No not the urge to indulge and binge on a large portion of seaweed, rice and spring rolls... although that would be pretty perfect right now. See those busy floral patterns on a silky fabric with a little metallic shine- Kimono is all I'm thinking of. Gorgeous design from this material matched with military Khaki made the ultimate postmodernist collection. Even the sintched in waistlines of huge corset like belts took us back another 100 years but with a new modern twist of a relaxed correct (if that's even possible). Although the patterns really did the talking, the shapes were very typical of the New Look in the 1950s and no one can ignore the pure mass of fabrics and the shape it produces, no matter how beautiful the pattern of fabric.


Simplicity is best in my eyes (and if you're a regular reader of my blog- thank you dearly- then you'll know simplicity is basically just me all over) and Sportsmax really gave a 10/10 for their A/W 16 collection. Words can't even express how much love I have for this collection with the thick contrasting monochrome lines, the patch work effect of geometric shapes, and the tied shoulder straps. This collection really is the epitome of beauty. With all this harsh contrast of lines and sharp edges, the skirts were kept loose and floaty along with ruffles and overlap effect in some garments for that little extra dose of girliness and prettiness. Out of all the Milan collections with a stereotypical reputation of the florals, Sportmax challenged this with a sports vibe and certainly pulled it off with me personally awarding it best collection at Milan fashion week. Congratulations from me to you. 

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