From the warm fall weather and the picturesque open-air venues to the local appreciation of color and print—Milan Fashion Week was certainly a feast for the senses. Prada hit just the right note of whimsical and empowering; Gucci made us want to party; Missoni made us actually party; Kaia Gerber cemented her title as fashion’s latest It Girl; and, boy, did we eat well (thanks, Milan City Guide!). Overall, the energy felt optimistic, a feeling we’re certainly keen to embrace in the coming season. Scroll on for our highlights from our week in Italy.
SHOP MILAN FASHION WEEK
1. Gucci’s Brave New World
Though it was set among relics of civilizations past—from ancient Egypt to the Roman Forum and Aztec Empire—Gucci’s psychedelic and sparkly SS18 parade was anything but archaic. Alessandro Michele proved that his glittery mélange of influences recipe is still a success. While the collection was at times hard to see coming down the runway due to intense strobe lighting, the other-wordly set was a trip in and of itself.
The set of Gucci SS18 at Gucci Hub.
2. Philsophy di Lorenzo Serafini‘s Effortless Cool
Lorenzo Serafini is brilliant at creating romantic-with-an-edge clothing that never feels precious or fussy. This season, he was inspired by ‘80s NYC nightlife maven Tina Chow, wife of restaurateur Michael Chow, and took cues from her ‘80s glamour and knack for East-meets-West styling. The resulting collection of paper bag waists, printed silk blouses, neckerchiefs, and jumpsuits—along with his signature dresses—felt cohesive, relevant, and like a complete wardrobe wish-list.
Philsophy di Lorenzo Serafini SS18
3. Angela Missoni Celebrated 20 Years
This season, Angela Missoni is celebrating 20 year as Creative Director of the label her parents founded almost 65 years ago. The show was a celebration of all things Missoni: joyful color, signature stripes, and youthful energy. It all felt very party appropriate, which was fitting since the runway was transformed into a fabulous party later in the evening. Congrats, Angela!
4. Prada’s Comic Relief
Miuccia Prada infused her SS18 collection with artistic whimsy in the form of comics. Drawn by eight different female artists and all depicting women, the comics were seen as silk screen prints throughout the collection and were hand-painted onto the walls of the venue. They depicted images of female strength and empowerment, with a playful dose of wit. Sharp, masculine tailoring in lightweight cotton and canvas was layered creatively, while studding and leopard print details gave the collection a playfully punkish twist.
5. Blazé Milano’s Perfect Jackets
Created by former magazine editors and friends Corrada Rodriguez d’Acri, Delfina Pinardi, and Sole Torlonia, Blazé Milano focuses soley on jackets in a range of silhouettes and patterns. We met the charming, gorgeous designers at their flawless presentation, and it solidified what we already knew: these jackets are an absolute must-have.
Corrada Rodriguez d’Acri, Delfina Pinardi, and Sole Torloni of Blazé Milano
6. Kaia Gerber Stormed Milan
Cindy Crawford’s only daughter is without a doubt THE model of the moment. After her runway debut at Calvin Klein in New York, she walked the runway in Milan for the likes of Prada, Fendi, Versace (pictured), to name only a few.
Kaia Gerber walking in Versace SS18.
7. Sergio Rossi‘s Sexy Silhouettes
It was love at first sight when we saw the latest collection from Mr. Rossi. He explored pushed the boundaries of a pointy-toed silhouette, which he utilized for both flats and heels, and crystal embellishments nodded to the 90s-era designs that put him on the fashion map.
Sergio Rossi SS18
8. Fendi‘s Must Have Bags
For SS18, Fendi debuted new riffs on signature styles, as well as new silhouettes altogether. In keeping with the Carribbean aesthetic that inspired Karl Lagerfeld this season, there was a fresh combo of neutrals, pastels, rattan, florals, and plenty of playful accoutrements. There was also a new spin on the Fendi logo that’s sure to be a hit.
9. We Explored Milan Like A Local
We launched our latest City Guide just in time for Milan Fashion Week. With insider tips from Lorenzo Serafini, Barnaba Fornasetti, Tamu McPherson, Alberta Ferretti, Max Poglia, and more, there’s a wide range of suggestions to explore. We made a point of visiting some of the spots—like the best pastry/cappuccino combo at Pasticceria Sissi, Bar Luca at Fondazione Prada, and Le Specialità (which has a gluten free pizza menu!). Planning a trip to Milan? Be sure to check out our Milan City Guide!
Bar Luce, the cafe designed by Wes Anderson and located at Fondazione Prada.