Milan Fall ’13 Fashion Week: My Top 3
March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Fashion month is almost complete, with Milan just wrapping up their runway week. The designers of the Italian city took inspiration from the past and looked to eras like the ’40s, ’70s and even Christianity.
Take a look at my three favorite collections below!
3. Bottega Veneta
While it’ll always be sexy to show a little skin, layering up is a fresh alternative to leave a little mystery. Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier turned to the 1940s as inspiration for the classic and sophisticated woman. With knee-length dresses, structured overcoats, dainty purses and perfectly curled hair, this collection created the frame for confident ladies everywhere. The clothing may look plain at first sight, but take a closer look and you’ll see Maier’s play with wool, pleat detailing and fun use of bright colors.
2. Dolce & Gabbana
Using religious themes in fashion can be a little cliche, but the Dolce & Gabbana duo knows how to make it work for their all-Italian brand. Steering away from their Sicily-inspired themes from recent collections, the designers looked way back into the Byzantine Empire for a bold and decadent runway show. The Byzantine art prints were beautiful and had a mosiac feel that made them look authentic. Also, the effortless combination of colors like ruby, gold, cream and ebony were reflective of Dolce & Gabbana’s classical aesthetic. The dresses kept their romanticism while the suits were sharp and tailored – a juxtaposition that the duo has mastered over the years.
When it comes to historic fashion houses in Paris and Milan, the creative team doesn’t have to do much to put on a memorable show. Miuccia Prada took this into account and showed one of the strongest collections of the season to date. She has the unique ability to embed true emotions in her collections, and this collection was no different. The looks were also inspired by the 1940s, but it was essentially an archive collection that highlighted Prada’s best fashion moments throughout her career. The showed opened with Amanda Murphy with dripping wet hair and her sweater casually falling from her shoulders. There was a sadness to the collection, but also a slightness of danger. These Hitchcock-inspired models looked like they were ready to kill. But judging by them stepping inside from the pouring rain, they may have already committed murder.
All Photos Courtesy of Style.com
Check back later in the week for a Paris fashion week wrap-up!