Fashion Round Three: Milan Fashion Week
It seems like only yesterday we were watching Giorgio Armani’s three spring brides, Roberto Cavalli’s gold-doused ladies, and Missoni’s flamenco showgirls glide down the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week last spring.
But alas, it was a year ago, and FashionTV is gearing up for another exquisite show of Italian tailoring and Neapolitan colors.
When in Milan, do as the Milanese do... shop! Few places come more highly ranked in the fashion world than the Italian city of Milan -- home to the ultimate fashion district, haute couture, and luxury textile industry. Perhaps this is why, the Milanese streets look like an endless photo shoot for Italian Vogue, as its proud citizens can be seen wearing the lavish garments paraded on the Milan Fashion Week catwalk, on your average weekday.
Designers, Designers, and more Designers
Milan Fashion Week will kick off this year on September 18, following New York and London fashion weeks, and is dedicated exclusively to women's fashion. Fashion house Gucci will be amongst the first highlights of day one, as designer Frida Gianini, known for her iconic prints in signature Gucci style and accessories, has recently teamed up with royal Monaco beauty, Charlotte Casiraghi, for the latest Gucci campaign “Forever Now.” The horse-loving Casiraghi takes us back to founder Guccio Gucci’s first use of horse-inspired imagery on accessories back in the Fifties. Perhaps this latest campaign is an equestrian sign of things to come for Gucci’s S/S 2013 collection? Stay tuned to FashionTV for more on the show.
This year Fendi celebrates 15 years of the iconic “baguette,” or first “IT” bag, celebrated on our screens by Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, and carried on the arms of everyone from Madonna to Julia Roberts. Expect to see luxury leather accessories in true celebratory fashion from Karl Lagerfeld, who is known for his draping creations paired with sculptured shapes for Fendi.
Dolce & Gabbana are known for their strong and sexual collections. These designers always pay tribute to the beautiful curves of a woman. They immortalized the Italian legend Sophia Loren on her own T-shirt a few years ago and have bombshell Scarlett Johansson as the face of their cosmetic line. The talented two went for retro fits and a Forties feel last spring, with swing coats and pencil skirts decorated in luxurious lace for the collection. Shape is everything to them, with S/S 2012 seeing cinch-waisted dresses that flared to perfection or snug bodycons. Then there were the lavish fruity prints, and bejeweled and encrusted garments for the finale. Tipped to be a Milan Fashion Week highlight, FashionTV can’t wait to see what the design duo will present this season.
Last year, Prada left the crowds talking after the Spring 2012 Milan show, as two very different themes -- granny vs kid -- were walked down the catwalk. The sexed-up granny look embraced mixed lace coats, skirts, and midriff-baring tops (something we don’t want to imagine granny wearing!), while the kid-look combined leather skirts decorated in oversized prints of flaming cartoon cars, candy-colored crochet tops, and too-cool-for-school clutch bags. This year, word is out that Miuccia Prada has provided Carey Mulligan’s onset gowns for Baz Luhrmann’s screen adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” and while Prada admits she doesn’t like to use eras as a theme in her work, we may be treated to some 20s-inspired creations from the Milanese label.
Undeniably, the glitziest of fashion week shows, Milan Fashion Week is set to create a storm in the coming weeks, and FashionTV will be waiting on the front row to say BRAVISSIMO! to the designers as they set the trends for a spring of Italian spirit.
Are you excited about Milan Fashion Week?