Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week: Milan

Viva Italia!  The overwhelming trend on the spring runways has been the seventies...we'll see if Paris follows suit.  I LOVE the Italian designers, so it is difficult to pick favorites.  When push came to shove, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, and Prada's spring shows were the standouts.

Peter Dumas is a designer to watch.  Every collection he's put out for Emilio Pucci has been flat out gorgeous, and this is only his second spring showing for the design house.  He has a tremendous sense of color and print (necessary when you are working at Pucci), and his designs are sensual and glamorous.  This collection has a very relaxed, earthy feel, but these dresses would still look right at home on the red carpet.

This collection is strong, sexy, and drenched in color.  What's not to like?  I think this is Frida Giannini's best show to date for Gucci.

Miuccia Prada is not one to rest on her laurels.  After her critically acclaimed Mad Men-esque fall show, she did an about face for spring.  This collection pushed the envelope with goggle-like sunglasses, loud stripes, and baroque-style prints featuring monkeys and bananas.  To top it all off, the models were styled with gelled finger waves and a heavy silver eye, inspired by Josephine Baker.  I think Miuccia has a pretty good sense of humor.

I had to throw these in to do justice to Milan.

D & G

Giorgio Armani
Jil Sander


I am finally caught up!  Paris Fashion Week begins tomorrow.

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