>> The backstage antics just don't stop. From salutes to smirks to piggyback posing, the first few days in Milan have certainly not been lacking in fun. Click through to get in on all the behind-the-scenes action — starring Fendi's modern warrior princesses, Max Mara's Metropolis-inspired minimalists, Gucci's gothic heroines, and more — right here, in the slideshow.
Backstage Snaps from Milan Fashion Week Part One: Raquel Zimmermann at Gucci, Natasha Poly at Alberta Ferretti, and More
>> While Lara Stone is only walking Calvin Klein this season thanks to a lucrative exclusive with the brand, Natasha Poly and Raquel Zimmermann finally popped up on the runway for the first time yesterday at Milan Fashion Week — the former at both Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, and the latter opened Gucci (the only show she's been spotted at so far). Peep Natasha, Raquel and more backstage at those shows, plus scenes from Francesco Scognamiglio, too.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> The ANDAM prize of €220,000 (approx. $279,000) has in the past two years enabled winners Gareth Pugh and Giles Deacon to move their runway shows to Paris Fashion Week and raise their international visibility. Who will be next?
This morning, the ANDAM jury, presided over this year by Carine Roitfeld and including Alber Elbaz, Hilary Alexander, Colette's Sarah Lerfel, Jefferson Hack, and Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon, named six nominees for the 2010 prize. Among them are: Mark Fast, known for casting "plus-size" models in his body-conscious knit dresses; couturier and Thierry Mugler alum Alexandre Vauthier; Turkish designer Hakaan Tildirim, whose last show attracted Kate Moss and Roitfeld in the audience and Lara Stone and Natalia Vodianova on the runway; Francesco Scognamiglio, whose oversized Fall 2010 fish belt was worn by Anna Dello Russo straight off the runway; Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix alum Bouchra Jarrar; and Calla Haynes, who worked with Olivier Theyskens for five years at Rochas and Nina Ricci.
The 2010 winner will be announced at the end of next month.
Milan 03/03/09. Photos by S. D'Alessandro/WireImage.