Sadly, I was not in Milan for Fashion Week, which began Februay 24th and ran until March 3rd, but have been combing the footage of the wonderful Italian fashions. Milan Fashion Week began with the Italian fashion world in a tizzy due to their most anticipated guest, Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour stating that she would be spending less than five days in the Italian fashion capital. In previous years Ms. Wintour would stay a week. Italian designers scrambled to get their shows scheduled for the days when Ms. Wintour would be in town.
Eighty-six catwalk shows were held in just seven days during Milan Fashion Week 2010, so there is much to tell. I will be breaking down the fashion news into three sections. First, I will tell you which celebrities were in Milan and whose show they chose to see. This will be followed by a brief review of the most popular fall winter designer fashions. I will end with a look at designer accessories and a prediction of which couture fashion trends will carry over to mainstream fashion for fall and winter 2009.
Celebrities at Milan Fashion Week 2010
Everyone was talking about Twilight star, Ashley Green being spotted in the front row of Dolce & Gabbana. Ms. Green looked every bit the “it” girl in a watercolor print chiffon dress worn with toeless studded books. The Twilight beauty was also spotted at Missoni, as was Rachel Zoe, and in the front row at Gucci. Anna Wintour was photographed attending Alberta Ferreti. Courtney Love and Lindsey Lohan were spotted at Roberto Cavelli. Zoe Saldano, dressed in a stunning metallic wrap dress was seated in the front row at Max Mara.
Milan Fashion Week – Those Wonderful Italian Designers
Versace – Donatella brought glamour to the house of Versace with an array of goddess gowns in white, red and electric blue. There were also plenty of body hugging party girl looks and a stunning tailored wide lapelled coat.
Gucci – Gucci fashions for fall 2010 were a palette of white, camel and brown. There were plenty of Gucci’s signature tailored pants with their signature front crease and perfect flare. Evening wear was a blend of feathered and sequined designs, many of which were worn over lace tights.
Dolce & Gabbana-The Italian design duo went back to their roots and gave the audience plenty of reason to ooh and ahhh over their fall and winter designs. There designs were super sexy with many extreme short looks, though I will admit I love the square cut black blazer over the super short black silk and lace mini. The duo included French knickers and waist cinching dresses with built in corsetry.
Bottega Veneta-Designer Thomas Maier showed one of the most fabulous collections of Milan Fashion week at his Saturday morning show, bringing originality to the masculine meets feminine look, which appears to be a big trend for fall 2010. Fashions included a black leather double breasted pant suit and asymmetrical black dresses some shown over super skinny black pants (love the look!). Also featured was a black jumpsuit in cashmere jersey demonstrating that the jumpsuit will remain a fashion staple for fall 2010. While black was the predominant shade, Thomas Maier ended the show with a show stopping soft petal pink single shoulder strap gown.
Fendi-Designer and fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld gave us the return of the fur coat but in a brand new way. Lagerfeld blended patches of luxurious fox and sable fur with patches of rich wool in bold shades of blue, green, yellow and red. Coats were described as “fashion mosaic”. The most popular look was ¾ length jackets with large pockets and asymmetric lapels. Fashions also included chic outfits with ballerina skirts and belted tops paired with vintage booties. Fendi for the first time in years showed its signature logo fabric, popular in the 1980’s in their designs.
Giorgio Armani – Armani’s Milan Fashion Week show could be summed up with “uptown girl look”. Designs included short skirts paired with eco-fur (faux fur) and wool jackets. The fashions included playful looks such as green silk culottes and sequined jackets with a rose motif. There were plenty of short fitted jackets and square-shouldered jackets worn with short skirts. The show ended with red carpet ready black velvet evening dresses with fishtail skirts.
Prada – Prada, like many of the other Italian designers, brought retro looks to their Milan Fashion Week show. Fashions included vintage 1950’s and 1960’s wallpaper style patterned dresses in shades of red, mustard and brown.
Roberto Cavalli – Cavalli brought shades of grey and lots of fur to his Milan Fashion Week Show. 1970’s inspired tie dyed dresses and soft grey harem girl pants were some of the looks featured.
Italian fashion means accessories
The big looks in accessories were handle bags and booties, two looks that were featured at just about every show. Bottega Venetia’s models were clad in black suede ankle booties carrying large woven leather bags firmly by the handle. Prada showed a variety or retro style shoes including sling backs and high-heeled sandals but the biggest look was the lace up ankle boot. Gucci was the only designer that seemed to buck the bootie trend favoring thigh high boots for their models.
Couture Trends that will carry over to mainstream fashion for fall 2010
Definitely be prepared for booties of all shape and fabric for fall 2010. We will also see a return to bold colors. Retro looks from 1950’s ballerina skirts to 1980’s boxy jackets and miniskirts will make it to mainstream fashion. Asymmetrical cuts in dresses, tops and coats will be a big trend for fall and winter 2010. The jumpsuit will also continue to be a trend. Also, I would predict that mainstream handbag designers will be copying those big handled bags for fall 2010.
That sums up my look at the fall fashions showcased during Milan’s Fashion Week. The wonderful Italian designers did not disappoint.