The icing on the cake of Milan Fashion WeekChoosing the best of this season's shows at Milan was nigh-on impossible. The ancient fashion capital is enjoying something of a renaissance, with design houses rethinking their aesthetics and revisiting their heritages and along the way creating truly covetable collections.
Prada's delightfully retro showing this season was a girl on the brink of womanhood. Too-short trousers and jackets in grown-up tweeds were worn with babydoll dresses and high ponytails. A colour palette of girlish pinks and sky blues was kept from being sickly sweet with injections of chartreuse and sobre navy.
Key piece: a babydoll dress can be very versatile, especially if you go for grown-up grey.
Dolce & Gabbana celebrated mothers everywhere with this vivacious show of womanhood. The classicly Sicilian Dolce & Gabbana look was fused seamlessly with a playful and practical homage to the precious relationship between mother and child. Naive lettering and child's drawings adorned simple silhouettes for a charming and perfectly pretty collection.
Key piece: a baby all of your own is the accessory of choice this season, or failing that, a simple shift dress decorated with red roses.
British outerwear staples came head to head with Italian glamour. Urban grunge waged war with rural comfort. The Max Mara show was a walking contradiction where nothing should work, but by some stroke of genius, works beautifully. In fact, it might be my favourite show of Milan Fashion Week - endlessly wearable, infinitely classy and so decadently cosy!
Key piece: grab yourself an oversized jumper in earthy brown to throw over any outfit this Autumn Winter.
The Gucci brand is undergoing a radical makeover with Alessandro Michele at the helm. Continuing with the 70's revisitation started by his predecessor Frida Giannini, but steering the aesthetic toward a more sensitive, sensual Gucci woman. The Michele Gucci woman is educated, ready to explore the world, to reassess accepted norms and is open to new ideas. We'll be watching the Gucci brand with interest...
Key piece: a pussy bow blouse will nod toward left-bank intellectualism, a beret will shout it from the rooftops.
Key piece: keep it simple with a primary colour sweater.
For all the pictures from all the shows, you can rely on Vogue.
Be sure to come back next week for our Paris Fashion Week round-up.