Photos by Kristin Yamada
Milan Fashion Week may be over, but the inspiration is endless. 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.
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Beauty for beauty’s sake is redrawing the fashion atlas at Milan Fashion Week. Gucci, in the words of designer Alessandro Michele, transformed clothes “into psycho-geographic maps capable of recording the urban unconscious” in a riotous visual display of glitter, imagery and breathtaking craft. Meanwhile, Alessandro Dell’Acqua juxtaposed fragility with rigidity in his beauty-gone-awry collection for No. 21.
Gucci’s Michele created a surreal landscape—both urban and emotional—with a parade of Renaissance-inspired looks set against the backdrop of an industrial open-air train depot. The Carte de Tendre, Madeleine de Scudéry’s 1654 imaginary land charting the complexities of love, surfaced on a slim, silken dress with a plunging neckline and again on a pleated A-line skirt. Sheerness took on next-level delicacy in frothy pastels with barely there ruffles. Snakes, another recurring motif, offered a darker counterpoint, slithering up the thigh of ankle pants.
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Número tres stop during Spring 2016 Fashion Month is Milan, Italy’s fashion, commercial and economic hub. As with New York and London before, designer Caroline Issa—a street-style guru, too—has selected an outfit that revolves around a handbag chosen for the chic city. And this suede, drawstring borsa is molto bella.
Loewe Flamenco Knot suede & calfskin leather bag
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How would you celebrate 40 years in fashion? Just weeks ago in Milan, on the exact same day that the city’s 2015 Expo opened, Giorgio Armani nodded at the past and the future with Armani/Silos—a museum of his work and times. Set to be open through the end of October, the first exhibit is a showcase of the sleek, structured yet expressive looks that established the designer’s name in Italy, America and beyond. Says Architectural Digest: “The straightforward structure, named Armani/Silos for the building’s origins as a 1950s granary, is yet another testament to the legendary designer’s practiced minimalism.”
“I thought that bringing clothes, accessories, bags and technical drawings together in a single space, as an archiving project with a particular, personal perspective, would be a concrete way to turn the past into a foundation for the future,” said Armani.
For more from the designer, and stunning images as well, keep reading.
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As the shows in Milan have ended and the attention shifts to Paris, we’re calling the top-10 ultra-desirable ideas coming from the city for next fall.
The new romantic emerges strongly in bookish, vintage-inspired looks that feature lace and faded florals, while an emphasis on texture continues to dominate with layered and patched furs, shearling and richly hued styling brought up to date in unexpected techno fabrications and colors. The silhouette in general is long, lean and layered, and we’re seeing the continuation of the classics with menswear-inspired tailoring, rich tones of camel and the polished, tailored satchel—all key. Enjoy!
1. VINTAGE ROMANTICS
2. WILD THINGS
3. CLASSIC CAMEL
4. RETRO FUTURE
6. LONG LAYERS
7. CLASSIC TAILORING
8. CROP FLARE PANTS
9. CLASSICS REWORKED
10. TAILORED SATCHELS
— The Fashion Office
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An intriguing trend we’re seeing from Milan is a strong showing of retro, quirky color mixes. Mix up mid-century-influenced shades of olive, ochre, or pale pink with sporty brights for an off-kilter charm that’s still totally sophisticated.
–The Fashion Office
Tasia’s look is all about femininity and texture. Texture is one of the top themes of the year and this modern embroidery evokes springtime lace. Updated utilitarian coats are an emerging trend, and I love Tasia’s khaki number. Thigh-high boots are obviously still numero uno in the footwear scene, and unique handbags are rounding out the top purse trends, as well.
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Utility Jackets | Over-the-Knee Boots | Embroidered Tops
Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:
Maison Scotch Twill Jacket| Steve Madden Over-the-Knee Boot | Joie Embroidered Top
Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: Dolce&Gabbana celebrates the beauty of a mother’s love and the whimsy of childhood, MSGM presents quirky retro clash and Marni gives us structured, mid-century minimalism.
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Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s Milan Fashion Week runway shows: an astrological motif wound through Peter Dundas’s final collection at Pucci, while Roberto Cavalli did what he does best with a show that deftly mixed sexy and sophisticated.
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Fashion Week Journal for Friday, February 27
It’s Jeremy Scott’s world—for today, you and I are just living in it. The ultra-fresh designer and the innovative team at Moschino have done it again; they’ve solved the runway’s but I want it now problem.
Fresh off the Milan stage, the Moschino Fall 2015 capsule is live; you can shop the brand-new collection of Moschino backpacks, totes and duffle bags, earrings, and phone accessories now and be the first on your block to toy around with Scott’s pop art.
Shop: Fall 2015 Moschino runway capsule collection
—Laura Cassidy & Brooklyn Benjestorf