Fashion Week

There was no shortage of glitz or glamor in the fashions presented in Milan last week–the embellishment at just Gucci or Dolce&Gabbana alone could outfit a parade float. While these decorative flourishes create a luster of new, beneath, the industry in Italy is an established bedrock of the national economy and craftsman culture, something Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi enthusiastically acknowledged at the opening of MFW during a lunch held at La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house, with the fashion elite (including Donatella Versace, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Giorgio Armani and Anna Wintour).

Here are some of the highlights from Milan Fashion Week. Each shows why Italy is still the home of Alta Moda.

1. Dolce&Gabbana tropical accessories
Dolce & Gabbana MFW Spring 2017

Images by Indigital Images

Introduced by Tarantella breakdancers, the exuberant clothes on Dolce&Gabbana’s spring 2017 runway suggested a cheerful albeit fictional vacation destination, one that offers band instruments aplenty, LED lights, and a menu of fish, pizza, pasta and fruit. The theme was “Tropico Italiano,” described as “an imaginary line that marks the territory which stretches from Naples to Sicily.” Although the clothes were as refreshing as a tropical trip, the accessories were pure delight. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce created elaborate crowns and turbans as headpieces, drum kits and mandolins were really handbags, and the shoes both, literally and figuratively, shone.

Dolce&Gabbana MFW Spring 2017

Images by Indigital Images

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Scene Snaps: Milan, Part Three

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week spring ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.

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What Men Wore to Milan Fashion Week

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As the fashion weeks roll on (full coverage here) with just Paris to go, we continue to bring you street style slideshows of what men wore. First there was New York City, then there was London and now: Milan.

Click through the slideshow below and be inspired by brightly colored knits, dangly keychains, ripped jeans and mock turtlenecks. And of course: classic Italian tailoring.

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Our Designer Collections buyers are great resources when it comes to predicting what celebrities will wear to awards shows, recommending where to grab a coffee in any international city, suggesting what to pick up at our Anniversary Sale and, of course, telling us what we’ll see in stores after they’ve seen it on the runway.

Turns out our buyers are also excellent advisors when it comes to travel packing. We spoke with buyer Sahar Sokhandan about some of the things she’s bringing to Paris and why.

Paris Fashion Week packing list

WHAT SAHAR IS PACKING

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And ready for your shopping cart.

Moschino S/S '17 capsule collection items.

Moschino: pill-print minidress | leather clutch | iPhone 6 & 6s case | cotton tee

Jeremy Scott’s latest see it, buy it collection has a wellness message for you: just say Moschi-no. Whether or not you heed his advice, the candy-colored pieces—billboard tees, pill-capsule phone cases, “extended-release” track jackets—are tongue-in-cheek wardrobe additions you need now (no ℞ required, of course).

CHECK OUT YOUR NEW CHILL PILL

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Milan Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2017

Photos by Kristin Yamada

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017 is up and running, and the street style in the Italian fashion hub is unstoppable. Here are some of our favorite (shoppable!) looks from MFW so far—captured by our gimlet-eyed street-style reporter Kristin Yamada—that we plan on emulating posthaste.

SEE (AND SHOP) THE LOOKS

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Scene Snaps: Milan, Part Two

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week spring ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.

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Grand master of high fashion Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of what Vogue called “techno rococo confections” for spring ’17. The skillfully executed mashup of eras and tastes included gilded aprons over pants and boudoir-inspired lingerie pieces amid exaggerated sleeves and high-contrast pinstripes. And, of course, decked-out Fendi handbags.

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Runway photos by InDigital Images

Beautifully offbeat, expertly crafted pieces are something of a signature for Fendi—a well-known fact for anyone who owns a handbag (or three) from the iconic Italian house.

Which is why just days before the Milan Fashion Week runway show, we celebrated the launch of the newest Peekaboo bag—her name is Selleria–at our downtown Seattle flagship store. Fendi lovers sipped on bubbly and perused the boutique as they witnessed the magic of Italian artisan Dimitri Ciandella.

MEET THE SELLERIA BAG

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We’ve been talking to some of our favorite writers, editors, photographers and fashion authorities about how they prepare for and survive the bustle of the streets, parties and runways during Fashion Week.

We rely heavily on global trend reporter Kristin Yamada‘s keen eye to capture the coolest looks on the Fashion Week street scene. Her photographs form the core of our seasonal fashion predictions and some of our best shopping inspo. So we couldn’t help but ask her what she’s packing for her four-city fashion tour.

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What item of clothing can you not wait to bust out during Fashion Week? 

A gorgeous silk pantsuit scored in Italy a few years ago. I love it so much! Its rich, allover pattern feels particularly right at the moment. I’ll probably rock it the first day in Milan, channeling my inner Gucci girl.

New Public School shorts and a plissé slipdress also have me excited. When packing for 27 days on the road, versatility is key. Both of these pieces will be comfy in the street and can easily be dressed up for evenings on the town. 

SEE WHAT SHE’S PACKING

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A few weeks ago the fashion press reported that Miuccia Prada and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell would collaborate on a short film to be presented during Milan Fashion Week at Prada‘s spring runway event.

Lucky Caroline Issawearing the Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa stretch silk peplum dress she helped designwas there to see it all, so we got her download on the most vital elements.

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Caroline Issa image by Kristin Yamada

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