Like all good things, everything reaches its end and Milan Fashion Week was no exception. If the first five days were exceptional, the sixth was really the perfect ending to a week full of Italian style at its best. Byblos was perhaps one of the most impressive shows of the day. With a base of furs, silks, and tweeds, the delicately ruffled dresses, fitted pants, and voluminously fringed shoulders gave the collection a tough yet sassy and feminine attitude, it was an absolute delight, but the true stars were the goddess draped-like dresses which if on any woman would make her feel like Aphrodite herself. It was an absolute delight. Also impressive for his quality and innovation is Giorgio Armani, although this season the collection was a bit bare. We always expect minimalism and innovation, but this collection we barely saw the two. There were quilted jackets, petal-like textured sleeves, velvet dresses, and Swarovski encrusted gowns as well as loose-fitting silk pants. It was a bit safe for being Armani, but it was well-done and sensually tasteful, not his best, but pleasing nonetheless.
But if youth and innovation is what you fancy, then Dsquared2 is sure to delight. The collection was a continuation of last month’s men’s show in every sense. It was menswear inspired and it was also the same esthetic of outdoors Midwest meets fashion. The furs and denim were rustic, but the curves and fit were one hundred percent feminine. Although conservative at times, it was sensual, tasteful, but above all wearable, another trendy treat from the Canadian twins.
Also using menswear as the root of the collection was Silvio Betterelli. There were plenty of blazers with fastened waists, sheer tops, and pleated skirts. It was all a bit too simple, but the more basic the look, the more elegant the outcome. Definitely a great show from the Italian label. Also impressive was the show at Iceberg. With plenty of knitwear, voluminous tops, and relaxed fitting pants, Iceberg proved to be more mature this time around. Full of color and sequins, it managed to hold on to that youthful spirit it has always possessed, but the conservative cuts body flattering shapes, regardless of size and age, made it more relatable and wearable. It was refreshing to see that Iceberg was broadening its target consumer, thus making it a treat that any woman could enjoy.
However if it’s full on youth you want, then Just Cavalli will surly not disappoint. Alike past seasons, Cavalli gave us what was a flirty and wearable review full of cute playful prints, bold colors, denim, and lace. It was young, it was innovative, and the hair jackets were absolutely stunning, definitely an alternative option for anyone who wants to be animal conscious at the time of dressing. Undoubtedly one of the biggest rewards of the day.
As day six concludes, so does the Italian bid for next fall’s fashion. We saw everything from redefined classics, to a great use of menswear as ready-to-wear, needless to say, Milan Fashion Week was a success. As the third week of fashion ends, what will the fourth in Paris reveal?