Hello, color! Frida Giannini kicked off Milan Fashion Week with a luxurious take on the '70s and delivered it in eye-popping technicolor. Teal, emerald green, sapphire blue, red, and chartreuse brought new life to furs, suede, and snakeskin. The ladylike silhouettes — skirtsuits, wide-leg trousers with sweaters, tie-neck blouses, halter dresses — were immensely wearable, yet the color combos, like olive green with cerulean blue and purple with teal, gave everything a cheeky sense of indulgence. The Gucci woman does not hide from color, even in a season that calls for blacks and grays. In a total repudiation of Fall and Winter's organic darkness, the finale dresses were frothy, sheer, and wrought with a dense floral applique that made models like Joan Smalls and Abbey Lee Kershaw look like they were in full springtime bloom. Magazines will have a field day shooting this collection.
- Trends: Jewel-toned color, fur, '70s, wide-leg trousers, sheer.
- Colors: Teal, cerulean blue, sapphire, emerald, magenta, garnet, pink, purple.
- Key Looks: Furs over tie-neck blouses, sweaters and skirts; the sheer gowns with applique.
- Accessories: Fedoras, snakeskin bags, platform sandals.
- Who Would Wear It: Sexy girls who live for luxury and aren't afraid to flaunt it.
Prada's Spring 2011 collection at Milan Fashion Week bled bright colors like cobalt blue, lime green, sunny yellow, and kelly green. My favorite look was this sleeveless, knee-length dress with traffic cone orange, hot pink, and black stripes paired with a Cheshire Cat-esque fur stole in pink and green. The combination of bold, bright stripes is fearless, fun, and eye-catching.
I'd love to have a room in my home with equally arresting stripes. I'm thinking white walls and floors with a no-holds-barred mix of brightly striped accessories and upholstered furniture and some statement-making, modern artwork on the walls. To create my Prada-inspired room, I'd start with the World Market Amazon Striped Toss Pillow ($15), the Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Striped Magis Chair ($850), and the World Market Rangoli Multicolor Stripe Lantern ($25). Click each of the product images to shop the rest of this look!
Milan Fashion Week showed off bold colors like royal blues and kelly greens, reinvented platform shoes, and small clutches. Covetable designers including Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana displayed fresh and innovative yet wearable fashions for Spring 2011. Plus, we show you several standout looks from the week!
Before we move on to Paris, a selection of our favorite street chic looks from Milan Fashion Week. Among them, Anna Dello Russo working a fringed mini; Lindsey Wixson in patent red; and Zanna Roberts Rassi perfecting the wide-legged trousers look.
Photos: Greg Kessler
George Clooney led the way for Elisabetta Canalis after dinner at Nobu in Milan last night. They were joined by Roberto Cavalli, who stopped by the amfAR gala to pose with Heidi Klum on the red carpet earlier in the evening. Elisabetta has stripped down to almost nothing as a model for Cavalli Underwear, and she's been close with the designer for some time. George also accompanied Elisabetta to the Georgio Armani show yesterday where he couldn't keep his hands, or face, off her. The happy couple are in the city for Milan Fashion Week, traveling from visiting her family elsewhere in Italy last week. Despite skeptics, George is clearly full speed ahead in his relationship with Elisabetta, and he looks just as smitten as a year ago.
This season, the signature psychedelic Pucci print is reworked for something equally fabulous. For Spring '11, the feel is feminized, softer in silhouettes, and has a muted palette. Fabrics float in dreamy, watercolor-inspired prints that feel more serene than in-your-face. Blue hues spotlight on peasant-style blouses, ruffled dresses, and a standout knit, embellished mini sheath, but designer Peter Dundas gives every color a moment — tan suede coats, brown and red prints, orange-toned separates, even black in sheer blouses and cutout maxis. We get a taste of the '70s, then something romantic and sultry emerges: crochet, cutouts, and lace-up tops and dresses dominate. Feminine but not girlie, bohemian and whimsically wearable — that's how Pucci played it.
If New York Fashion Week is known for its sporty looks and London for its cheeky designs, Milan is famed for its utter chicness. Its soignée denizens parade down the catwalks in classic styles, with hair and makeup as tony as the pieces they sport. There were lots of lovely looks, but I singled out five and got step-by-step breakdowns on how they were done from the stylists who created them. Ready to get a bella figura worthy of any Milanese beauty? Then just keep reading.