I don’t know you guys, but Milan might be my favorite fashion week of the season thus far. The city’s designers gave their creative muscles some serious flexing for Spring 2016, and it showed in their standout collections. Check out a few of my favorite details (stripes! aprons!) below.
Tribute to the Ancients
(l-r: Piazza Sempione, Alberta Ferreti)
Italy is steeped in history, so it makes sense that the country’s designers would find inspiration in it’s ancient roots. The history nerd in me couldn’t help but freak out over the Romanesque looks that popped up throughout the week, Piazza Sempione and Alberta Ferreti in particular.
Fit to be Striped
(l-r: Missoni, Prada, Arthur Arbesser)
*LMFAO voice* Stripes! Stripes! Stripes! They were everywhere, and done every which way. Missoni went the hyped-up atheltic route, while Prada edged more towards the business end of things. Up-and-comer Arthur Arbesser carved his own niche, giving the pattern a naïve schoolgirl look in the form of a crochet minidress.
Apronz ‘R’ Kool
(l-r: Marni, Jil Sander, Sportmax)
Apron-like vests and jumpsuits made several super-chic appearances on the Milan runways. Wether given an arty spin à la Marni, or a more fluid vibe at Sportmax, there’s no doubt the style will be street photographer bait for seasons to come.
Shirts on Shirts (on Sweaters)
(l-r: Tod’s, Max Mara, Brunello Cucinelli)
It seems that the Milanese designers had layering on the brain for SS16: Not only were there aprons abound, but a number of cool, one shirt on top of the other looks. I especially loved the peplum over the button down at Tod’s, as well as the nineties-reminiscent tee over long-sleeved top at Max Mara. Brunello Cucinelli also did a great job tackling this trend. Because who doesn’t love a a cropped sweater over a cozy blouse?
Girl on the Rise
(l-r: Ruth Bell at Gucci, Versace, Max Mara)
The Milan runways were home to plenty of familiar faces- Caroline Trentini, Gigi Hadid, Soo Joo Park…the list goes on. But newcomer Ruth Bell also made a quite a splash. Currently the star of Saint Laurent’s cruise campaign, she made her MFW debut this at the highly-coveted Gucci show. She went on to stomp down the catwalks at Versace, Etro, and Max Mara. With her intense gave and shaved haircut, there’s not wonder why designers want Bell in their clothes: she’s impossible not to watch. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of Ruth Bell in the future. A Saint Laurent runway appearance next week, perhaps…?
What was your favorite part of Milan Fashion Week?