This week, the style set jetted to Milan, and though some of the faces may be the same, my, how the outfits change. Click through for a peek at all the glamorous getups, outrageous ensembles, and killer clothes spotted on the streets of Milan Fashion Week.
Scan the show notes for Massimiliano Giornetti's Fall 2013 Salvatore Ferragamo collection, and you'll notice a lot of similar words and phrases: "simplicity," "neatness," "severity," "lightness" are all there, and so is "the elimination of the unnecessary."
The Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2013 collection struck a mod-meets-minimalist chord, pairing shiny patent double-breasted peacoats with turtleneck dresses, and cropped jackets with A-line skirts. Consider it a turn to retro styling juxtaposed against pared-down silhouettes. To fully harness this vibe, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti sent out sleek pieces — mostly in navy blues, blacks, and slate grays — only letting the crispest shade of white punctuate the dark lineup. While there were quite a few "deconstructed" minidresses to (once again) redefine the standard LBD, it was the expertly tailored (and very luxurious) outerwear that held our attention. As for the label's iconic leather goods? There were plenty: all of them, cooler than the one before. Between the croc-printed bags and the knee-high cutout pointy-toe boots — which, from the back, provided all the lace-up sex appeal in one parting glance — Ferragamo Fall '13 proved jam-packed with accessories and clothing worth coveting. See it all here.
Despite troubling revelations regarding Vittorio Missoni's disappearance, Missoni's Fall 2013 runway show went on — and took a surprising turn towards minimalism. In place of the loud knits we're used to seeing, Angela Missoni utilized a simple, refreshing color palette and a more effortless feel for Fall with a mix of solids and patterns. Oversize robe coats were worn haphazardly over the shoulders and paired with print trousers, and blazers, while dresses received a modern touch via sheer cutout details. There were also a few pairs of irresistibly cool slouchy leather pants dipped in cobalt and lime green hues. The fashion house's iconic knitwear was still evident throughout the collection, but this time toned down in fine shimmery metallic finishes and textural sweater coats. See Missoni's full collection now.
Leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to bring a little flash to Fall 2013. This season, the duo's penchant for flair came in the form of Byzantine mosaic prints, religious fresco patterns, and dazzling jewel adornments — not to mention the army of models in crimson lace that closed the show.
"It's austere but with a romanticism," Consuelo Castiglioni said of the Fall 2013 collection she sent out in Milan Sunday. Sure enough, this was a sparser, darker collection than fans of the quirky-retro brand have come to expect.
Once again, Dolce and Gabbana's Fall 2013 collection was one of pure over-the-top extravagance, celebrating the brand's rich Italian history. With models decked out in golden crowns, oversize chandelier earrings, and rosary beads, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana churned out a collection filled with ornate details. Such was the case with the intricate Monreale Cathedral church mosaics they featured — the duo enlisted the help of local artisans and experts to re-create the complex artwork — on a wide array of shimmery dresses and filigree sculpted shoes and embroidered bags. The decadence continued with beaded shift dresses featuring flared flute sleeves and a look that highlighted a gold stone-embellished bustier dedicated to Saint Agatha. However, it wasn't all about the glitz and glamour; Dolce and Gabbana provided pared-downed elegance for the everyday lady via chic tweed skirtsuits and tailored coats. The closer? A stampede of models decked out in a captivating lineup of bejeweled red lace dresses simply took our breath away. See the full collection in all its glory now.
The runway at Marni's Fall 2013 runway show was a masterful lesson in dark, streamlined, and utterly sophisticated wares from Consuelo Castiglioni. "It's austere but with a romanticism, it's melancholic, severe," said the designer. While we're used to seeing a more whimsical spike in Castiglioni's hand, her latest collection induced a sense of pure refinement, showcasing a magnificent array of outerwear in the way of heavy, oversize wool coats, structured bomber jackets, and bonded leather jackets. For daywear, Castiglioni paired strapless peplum tops over a range of baggy trousers, cropped biker jackets with peekaboo knife-pleat skirts, and miniskirts with structured bonded tops. And every so often, there was a pop of print via graphic landscape and floral patterns. Fur added an opulent touch across the board; short and long haired textures were used on skirts, capes, extralong stoles, and collars, injecting pure decadence into every single look. Marni's accessories always draw a big crowd, and this season's latest highlighted a range of flat riding boots (and even a few furry renditions), double-strap sandals, gorgeous leather satchels, and furry mittens.