Milan Fall ’12 Fashion Week: My Top 4!

March 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Milan truly brought it this season with strong collections that ranged from commercial to avant-garde and everything in between. The collections had a classic Italian femininity, with some designers using that aesthetic and toughening it up a bit. So far, Milan is definitely having the strongest fashion week!

I present to you my top four collections below:

4. Francesco Scognamiglio

I usually overlook this label but this season I fell in love with the collection’s menswear-inspired looks. The runway show reminded me of a top European fashion editor’s closet – filled with cigarette pants, flowy printed blouses, leather skirts, sheer accents and a no-nonsense attitude. The collection was also very commercial compared to other shows in Milan, which I liked because it was not overwhelming. I look forward to see what he does next!

View the full collection here!

3. Gucci

I am a big fan of Gucci, so Frida Giannini’s collections will almost always make my runway picks for Milan. This season, she took it back to the 19th century, with dark and romantic Victorian-inspired looks. This collection embodied Fall to the fullest, with heavy fabrics like velvet, wool and leather. I enjoyed the hints of menswear throughout the show while still maintaining the vampy aesthetic that Gucci is known for.

View the full collection here!

2. Jil Sander

With this being Raf Simons final runway show at Jil Sander, the runway held a strong sentiment that brought everyone to tears once Simons took his last bow. The emotions hanging over the collection made for an even more beautiful collections. The looks were delicate, feminine and extremely elegant. But the fabrics used prevented the clothes from becoming too sweet, which was appreciated. Simons will definitely be missed at Jil Sander, but I’m excited to see where he’ll head to next!

View the full collection here!

1. Prada

I have always had a weird relationship with Prada. With every season, Miuccia Prada’s collections are either a clean hit or a painful miss. This season was an absolute HIT! I couldn’t get enough of the blatant ’70s influence, from the boxy silhouettes, the wallpaper prints and the bold color themes. The jewel embellishments were gaudy yet stunning, the pajama outfits were ill-fitting yet still flattering and the hair and make-up were ghastly yet captivating. The juxtapositions throughout the collection made for a very exciting runway show with endless amounts of depth.

View the full collection here!

What was your favorite show from Milan?

All photos courtesy of: Style.com

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