Every day in Milan is a day well-spent, especially when it’s Fashion Week. The city is always alive with passion, style, and an energy centered around the bustling business of fashion, so when it’s Italy’s time to show what they’ve got, there isn’t a moment to be wasted. That’s why our team had our schedules filled from morning to night. The packed calendar proved fruitful. New collections were picked up (we can’t wait to reveal what’s coming for Fall ’18!), plans were made (look out for some special in-store events and exclusives from designers like Tod’s, Gianvito Rossi, and Versace), and inspiration was shared all around.
Read on for our top 10 takeaways from Milan Fashion Week FW18.
SHOP ITALIAN DESIGNERS
THE FUTURE OF PRADA
Set in a dark space within the glossy new Rem Koolhaas extension to the Prada Foundation, high above the city with drones capturing every move, Prada felt like a dystopian setting had it not been for the highlighter clothes and flame-edged shoes that received a very here-for-it applause from the crowd.
PHILOSOPHY’S WHITE WINGED DOVES
Stevie Nicks’ 1981 hit Edge of Seventeen blasted from the speakers at Lorenzo Serafini’s Philosophy show, and the collection reflected the straddling of decades. ’70s carefree bohemian vibes and the ’80s power silhouettes lived harmoniously on the catwalk. Strong shoulders and power onesies walked along ethereal lace-edged frocks with the utmost nonchalance.
Between a strong ’80s revival, a buzzy movie, and the sheer strength of its beloved house codes, Versace is one of the most talked about collections of late. Not only has Barneys just received a delivery of exclusive spring pieces available to purchase now, the team saw tons of gorgeous, ornate ready-to-wear and accessories that prove that if it ain’t baroque don’t fix it.
SNEAK PEEK ANNOUNCEMENT
For those of you following us on Instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of the upcoming Tod’s exclusive handbag capsule available now for pre-order. Our Fashion Director Marina Larroudé and scores of actors and influencers showed their love for Diego Della Valle’s luxury leather company by wearing their Tod’s bags to the runway show.
A HIDDEN PLACE WITHIN A SECRET SPACE
Ever since the Sergio Rossi relaunch three seasons ago, the team continues to push the boundaries in fresh design and presentation style during fashion fashion week. It’s something our team comes to look forward to. This season, Sergio Rossi showed in the private Teatro Gerolamo. Inside the magical space stood crystal pillars with each one housing a breath-taking Sergio Rossi shoe.
GUCCI MANUS X MACHINA
There was no way of escaping photos of models holding replica heads, baby dragons, and chameleons on the Gucci runway. In a show titled “CYBORG,” Creative Director Alessandro Michele had a gleeful time interpreting the essay “Cyborg Manifesto” by feminist philosopher Donna Haraway. Since we’ve all seen the heads a few times now, lets take a moment to appreciate the shoes—this pair goes with the theme and has elements of machine-like traction melding with organic shaped seams of leather and tech fabric.
GIANNICO IS TICKLED PINK
The young, new-to-Barneys designer Giannico introduced us to his new space in Milan—a pink silk moiré affair designed with surreal steps that lead to nowhere. Perched on the ascending platforms were his Fall ’18 heels in vibrant jewel-tone hues and playful textures like crushed velvet and even more silk moiré.
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO WELCOMES PAUL ANDREW
Genial British designer Paul Andrew has been quietly designing Ferragamo shoes for the last two seasons but this season, his third with the Italian heritage house, marks his big coming out. Now designing women’s read-to-wear in addition to shoes and bags, Mr. Andrew had reason for a runway victory lap with menswear designer Guillaume Meilland.
FENDI AND… FILA?!
Fendi just took logo-mani to a new level. An official partnership with activewear brand FILA was quietly unveiled on the runway. The unprecedented dual logo created by artist Reilly appropriated by the legended Italian house.
GOOD TIMES AT MISSONI
Babies in the house’s colorful knits sat perched on the knees of extended Missoni family all along the runway. Even the family dog, the infamous Johnny Missoni, was on hand to greet guests. Models buoyantly strutted down the runway of Missoni’s 65th anniversary show—a reason for the whole family to celebrate.