Here are six showstoppers from Spring/Summer 2016 at Milan Fashion Week.
(Image from Vogue Runway)
Italian Vogue calls it “a safari in the urban jungle.” Keeping key aspects of the brand with its strong logo in many looks, Versace takes a twist on the safari with a mix of bright jewel toned animal prints paired with military-like styles and colors. Miniskirts and separates with structured jackets are seen with casual accessories such as the printed backpack seen below.
A brand focused on timeless style, Costume National provides an asymmetrical twist on basic ready to wear. Channeling a menswear aesthetic, the runway brings a unique use of materials and a reinvention of the basic suit using ribbons and lapel patterns in an unconventional way. The collection portrays a juxtaposition of structure and flow, something that is not always achieved successfully. The lack of color in this collection goes unnoticed due to the impeccable tailoring and new point of view Costume National takes on the basics.
My favorite of the week, Ferragamo brings a striking contrast of color to the runway. With rich black hues combined with light and soft pastels, it creates the ideal closet for the strong woman that desires to remain feminine. Cohesive to the collection, the various colors and textures of the lace-up pointed toe flats pull all of the looks together. The flirty silhouettes and mature use of ruffles and tie straps speak for the impeccable craftsmanship Ferragamo is known for in its shoe and fashion design.
A modern take on classic Victorian style, Etro displays a captivating and engaging runway performance. With the perfect amount of sheer and skin, Etro makes florals seem casual and delicate rather than heavy and formal, a tactic that allow the pieces to float off the runway into everyday wear. Metallic undertones paired with the exquisite beading and embroidery give the pieces a flirty sense of layering and flow, indulging the free spirit.
Bold and edgy like its creative director Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi marries structure and movement in all the right ways. Lagerfeld describes it as “femininity in a modern way,” in a collection where texture and materials are as crucial to the collection as the tailoring Fendi masters. Utilizing fur, silk, cotton, and animal skins, Fendi provides an unexpected mix of materials as well as a contrast of flow and fit that is extremely flattering and successful.
The backbone of Missoni’s brand identity is evident in its SS16 Runway, with its unique color palettes and signature stripes. Portraying a casual elegance with the striped maxis, Missoni creates a unique crossover of the traditional floor length couture gown turned ready to wear styles. To break up the compelling color of the collection, the zig-zag pattern is shown in two tones such as black, white, and royal blue in order to provide a “neutral” on Missoni’s terms. It’s hard not to covet every piece of the collection when given the comfortable option of sneakers with every look!
It’s safe to say Milan Fashion Week is making a comeback and these are just a few of the designers to keep an eye on in the coming seasons!
(All images from Italian Vogue)