Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Style: Milan Fashion Week SS16

A will be buying most of SS16 from Milan Fashion Week (in her dreams) and is willing to bet you will be too.

There is a special place in my heart for Milan. It doesn't inspire the hushed reverence of Paris but it is home to some of my all-time favourite designers.

These are the shows I couldn't ignore.

Antonio Marras usually slips under my radar, but this season's lavish mish-mash of floral prints, metallics and you-name-it spoke to me. All held together in a ravished, folkloric kind of a way, this crazy, girly mix worked a treat.

Key piece: any old floral dress, worn in an end-of-the-world romantic fashion.

Marni never fails to show a strong collection, but this season, a certain loucheness, dare I say it, a relaxed feel has snuck into the collection. The well-loved Marni tropes - block colours, bold prints - are there, but reimagined in primary colours and less structured shapes.

Key piece: I challenge you to resist that shiny red belted mac.

That infamous pair, Dolce and Gabbana, have gone and produced another triumphant collection. A holiday in Italy was the story, and with inspiration from favourite Italian destinations, to tourists, shopping bags and retro sundresses, this collection was a riot of colour and fun. Difficult to resist.

Key piece: you're nowhere without your matching floral pyjamas. Just pair with a jewelled headband and sandals and you're cocktail bar ready!

Giorgio Armani produced what was one of the most simply beautiful and utterly wearable collections I think Milan has ever seen. Tea dresses, simply tailored trousers and jackets made up the majority of the show, which was topped off with a few well-chosen gowns.

Key piece: don a boxy cropped jacket in a simple red or navy for ultra sophistication this spring summer.

Moschino gets me every time. Jeremy Scott perfectly encapsulates the brand's heritage of picking fun at fashion, itself and everything around it. This season's collection is an unlikely melding of the construction and fashion industries, with models wrapped in caution tape and even dressed as fluffy carwash pillars.

Key piece: keep it wearable with a irreverent sweater for ultimate understated cool.

It would seem it's the season for the 'real' girl. For a city renowned for glitz and glamour, this is certainly a change! The designers have very generously created collections that will at once inspire and fit seamlessly into our wardrobes. 

Get pinning. Get shopping. Roll on spring summer!

A x

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