6 Best Loved Shows From Milan Spring/Summer ‘17

Naaila Khan

While the fashion world is currently engaged in a simmering war between editors and bloggers, and Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’17 is drenched in controversy, it would be criminal to overlook what we’re all here for anyway – the clothes!

Starting off on the right note with Alessandro Michele’s vintage-20th-century-pop-culture-meets-the-Renaissance last Wednesday and coming to a grand close yesterday with Dolce & Gabbana’s nod to the Italian tropics, the second last leg of 2017’s Fashion Week had a slew of seasoned mavericks taking the runway.

Watch the shows best loved by editors, bloggers and fashion lovers alike, below!



Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana debuted their ‘Tropico Italiano’ collection, an ode to the south’s seaside cuisine and culture, to frows peppered with celebrity millennials – Dylan and Thomas Lee, Talita von Furstenberg, Zara Larsson, Sarah Snyder, Sofia Richie, Sistine Stallone and the squad.

The clothes themselves were traditional to the Italianate house – printed sundresses (pasta, fish, cocktails, gelato!), headdresses galore (tiaras, turbans, fruits!), oversized florals D&G logo T-shirts, and crazy embellished toy soldier military jackets – make that embellished everything!

Post the runway parade, the designer duo threw a 400-person dinner party in the middle of the shopping street Via Montenapoleone, ending things quite nicely.



While Donatella Versace is usually the pioneer of sexy evening power dressing, her collection this time was more well-rounded with the addition of day wear, set to a feminist spoken-word soundtrack by Violet & Photonz.

A diverse cast of models including Gigi Hadid, Doutzen Kroes, Taylor Hill, Adriana Lima, Naomi Campbell and Irina Shayk showcased Versace sigs like curve-sculpted dresses, checkerboard and scarf prints, and sleek black suiting, and also major outdoor activewear: nylon parkas and track pants, body-con leggings, tight sporty T-shirts, sightings of leather and symmetrical two-toned outfits. Maybe why Serena Williams was sitting front row?



Jeremy Scott’s productions are probably one of the most fun of all – the kitsch-happy designer sent an army of paper doll girls sashaying down the runway with interchangeable wardrobes, complete with attachable tabs. 2D prints created interesting 3D illusions in polka dotted blouses and dresses, swimsuits pretending to be bikins, and trench coats pretending to have buttons. There were Moschino signatures on display as well: graphic printed casuals (pills, sunglasses, shoes) and printed gold logo belts and chains.

The 2D prints extended to create illusions of all sorts of gowns, and the whole thing was just Scott taking trompe l’oeil to the next lev! You’re going to want to be a paper doll come to life after this.



Ending its two-day tease of Instagram clips of multi-screen installation by director David O. Russell starring the likes of Freida Pinto and Allison Williams, Prada’s show culminated in a sophisticated affair, at a venue transformed into a futuristic, spaceship-like set.

Miuccia Prada revisited old aesthetics to create reiterated versions: ’90s minimalism, retro prints, generously lavished with miles of ostrich and marabou feather plumes sprouting from neck lines, sleeves, slits and sandal straps. There were bralets worn over shirts, co-ords, bomber jackets, and skirts and dresses in varying helm lengths. P.S: Did we just spot skorts from the past?



Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi always try to keep it light and airy at their spring shows, and this pretty ready-to-wear collection was a sugary pink treat! Pastel pinks, blues, blush nudes, easy floral prints, bold stripes, cutout butterflies and tiny ruffles made it to delicate sheer lingerie-like dresses and skirts, and satin lounge wear.

Fresh pastels were accented with hints of gold and there was also a good amount of black for a summer collection. Lust list: wispy blouses with scalloped edges, baroque ribbon-tied skirts and the crop-midi-sock boots combos. 



Of all the fashion players that present at the shows, Gucci's Alessandro Michele has earned the rep of having one of the most anticipated and talked about celebrity-studded shows of them all. And the master of maximalism didn’t disappoint anyone this time either – it was all tulle and floral ruched taffeta on the push pink runway. 70s disco FTW!

Titled ‘Magic Lanterns’, Gucci’s theme centred around an illusion of love, and the lineup featured disco suits and excessively ruffled dresses with phrases like ‘love for blind" and ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery’ splashed across them. It was a parade of haute couture with all the Gucci trappings: animal motifs, floral embroidered silks, oversized bows, and a very special pineapple-sleeved dress at 8:02. All this to a voiceover by Florence Welch reading William Blake atop an ominous orchestral soundtrack.






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