A's pick of the bunch from Milan Fashion Week.As the festivities draw to a close in Milan and the frow-sen few jet across the continent to Paris, we take a look back at the highlights of a frankly spectacular fashion week.
A whirlwind of romance and fairytale. Stefano and Domenico bid us journey with them into the romantic past of Sicily and explore the Spanish heritage in deep and dark blacks and reds. Sultry, sexy as always, and utterly compelling. And the most sumptuous treatment of the tuxedo we've seen for a long time.
Key piece: a cropped matador jacket to add some romance to your smart look.
Rodolfo Paglialunga made his debut at Jil Sander this season and asked 'what is minimal?' I'm not sure I know the answer still, but this confident, beautiful collection presents a very convincing argument. With this schoogirl-inspired collection for 'real women' and 'real life' Paglilunga has just about solved every woman's work-wear puzzle.
Key piece: a crisp cream shirt, paired with schoolgirl blues and maroons, that'll become your work-wear wardrobe staple.
Like walking works-of-art, the models played out Antonio Marras' Japanese vision along the catwalk. Gowns depicting semi-abstract garden scenes and florals in bold monochrome with swathes of orange and blue. Sandals like those of a modest geisha. Feminine. Bold. Delicate. Breathtaking.
Key piece: a printed gown for a fairytale wedding.
The prints were delicate, feminine; the cut-work was intricate and the fabrics and colours carefully matched, but nothing was fussy. The collection was fresh, modern, light and the models stood tall and confident in their sensible gladiator sandals.
Key piece: a cigarette pant, preferably worn with an artfully printed top.
A lesson in smart-casual, Armani promises a summer sipping prosecco aboard a white yacht on an azure sea. Failing that, perfect nautical in the city with bold stripes, head-to-toe cobalt and smart separates.
Key piece: a blue and white stripe jumper to throw on in the cool summer evenings.
If that doesn't get you excited about spring-summer, I don't know what will. I know I've got a mental shopping list as long as my arm!
Watch this space for J's run-down of Paris fashion week.