Milan Fashion Week SS12: The Highlights

As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end the whirlwind of excitement is tangible. There was a mixture of feminine floral prints seen in the collections of Moschino Cheap & Chic to the more demure minimalistic sports chic given to us by Max Mara with translucent crop tops in delicate silks. The likes of Versace and D&G opted for bold prints that would make any one stand out from the crowd in homage to the swinging 70s. But that wasn’t all, Milan fashion week offered up an exciting array of designers and their SS12 collections.

marni ss12Whites in Milan were a key trend for many designers this season. Solid, clean-cut lines and classic shapes were Designers staple silhouettes for their collections. Marni and Jil Sanders chose chic simplicity that was defined through classic, clean, defined lines with a sense of purity, while Nicolas Andreas Taralis mesmerized audiences with his signature monochrome palette that was the epitome of nineties minimalism.

If there’s one trend that Milan excels at it’s footwear and this season was no exception. Not for the faint-hearted, designers sent their models down the runways in Perspex exaggerated heels at glamorous Versace. Prada took footwear inspiration from Cadillac wedges, with ornate flames shooting from them. In contrast Bottega Venetta took a more feminine approach to the footwear, instead using kitten heeled sling backs to compliment the collection of leather skirts and dresses awash with PVC.
versace ss12
The roaring Twenties also made a welcomed appearance this SS12. The essence of Flapper girls oozed from many designers collections, with Gucci setting the tone with a black and gold Great Gatsby- inspired collection of fringed gold and black cocktail dresses with Art Deco-inspired beading. Etro quickly followed suit, encompassing the colourful, confident Twenties chic with gloriously glistening drop waisted dresses, in a kaleidoscope of colors. It wasn’t only the clothes that set the Twenties trend off but also the accessories as seen on Emporio Armani’s models donning cloche hats. While Roberto Cavalli had models walking down the runways with flapper curls and bobbed hair echoing the classic Twenties Jazz Age.

Feminine florals in bright, brash and bold prints and colors were present in many of the collections at Milan Fashion Week this season with Marni’s 60’s inspired florals being a central protagonist to the trend that came in delicate shades of pastel. In comparison Antonio Marras chose monochrome with splashes of fushcia to add vibrancy. Not to be outshone Dolce & Gabbana’s combination of florals and food inspired collection paired aubergine prints with jackets covered in floral appliqué. While Blugirl and Roberto Cavalli found inspiration in a mixture of exotic jungle prints and sequin smothered blazers to dressers strewn in a luscious, golden glamour embodying both designers’ ultra luxe personas.

A real mix of indulgent flamboyance and understated chic has come through this season, with no two designers having clashing or repetitive collections. There has instead been a beautiful fluidity between the ultra luxe and demure designs that have graced the catwalks; giving Milan its rightful title of the fashion capital of the World.

dolce and gabbana ss12


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