It’s Time For Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012
For Fall/Winter 2012-2013, New York Fashion Week added fur to their sleeves and peplum shapes to their skirts. Marc Jacobs added an Oliver Twist flair with big floppy mink hats from Stephan Jones and Ralph Lauren went back to the Great Gatsby era with brown tweed suits, cloches, and sleek satin sheaths.
London Fashion Week kicked their colors into high gear with splashy mismatched prints and mega-watt graphic patterns. Mary Katrantzou reaffirmed why her gorgeous geometric prints are one-of-a-kind and Mulberry’s Where The Wild Things are runway called for giant Mongolian fur coats, chunky knit dresses, and a Maurice Sendak ambiance.
So what does Milan have in store for us? All of the above and more--if Dsquared2, Versace, Gucci, Moschino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli have anything to say about it.
Milan Fashion Week is arguably the most luxurious, most embellished, and most recognizable of all the fashion weeks in the world for many reasons including the fact that so many top designers and models are in one place. Where else can you get designers Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Versace and models Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana, Bianca Balti, and Anja Rubik in one week
The Italians also set the standards for the best in fashion. While yes, Paris is known for its haute couture and both London and New York is known for its edgy style, Milan has all of the above and more, with added luxury along the way.
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Scandals Shake Up Milan Fashion Weeks Past
In February 2011, the fashion industry was thrown for a loop when Creative Director John Galliano was suspended from his position at Christian Dior. While Galliano was a designer that showed in Paris, the news was made public around the time of Milan Fashion Week. Designers like Giorgio Armani felt sorry for the elaborate way the scandal rippled throughout the world and added that it was a difficult time for the designer. Fashion media heads like Vogue Italia Editor-In-Chief Franca Sozzani couldn’t imagine a Dior collection without the designer’s presence.
The events unfolded with deft precision and the news sent shockwaves through the fashion industry. But the show must go on! Designers like Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni, and Dsquared2 design duo Dean and Dan Caten commented on the news, but did not let it affect their statement-making ready-to-wear runways for Fall 2011.
This year, Milan Fashion Week may or may not be overshadowed by Oscars 2012 on February 26, 2012 as it typically is every year. That day, Marni, Versus, Frankie Morello, and Dolce & Gabbana are all set to showcase their Fall 2012 collections. And while the Oscars only take up a specific chunk of time in the evening, there’s always that before and after hype of what is he or she wearing, who’s going to win, and will the host or hosts live up to expectations.
What Will The Trends Be For Milan Fall 2012?
For Fall 2011, designers boasted both bold menswear-inspired pieces (Dolce & Gabbana) and ladylike fashions (Prada.) Roberto Cavalli pieced together a collection with warrior women in gilded garb and Gucci brought back the richness of the 70s with velvet and vibrant jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, and fiery red.
Will this transition into Fall, where fashion weeks like New York and London have already seen their fair share of fur, leather, military glam, and deep fall colors, we wonder if some of those Fall 2011 trends will be back on the runway or if they’ll be completely out of the picture. Will we see old favorites like Cavalli’s animal print and Versace bodycon dresses? Will Marni’s prints look wilder than ever now that she’s in the news for her collab with H&M?
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