Surprisingly, Milan Fashion Week has been my favourite so far this season. Usually it’s the one I look forward to least, but there were so many good shows it was hard to pick my favourite. It’s been noted that shows this season are either minimalist or extravagant, and it’s the minimalism that’s caught my eye in the Milan shows. There was a definite theme of sleek modern tailoring across collections. On the whole colour palettes were very muted, with lots of black, cream, and greys. There were however doses of rust and a few pops of pastel to break things up. The number one trend across all the collections was again leather, a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
This was the labels 10th anniversary and I loved everything about this collection. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with shirt dresses, however the styling here really stood out for me. The masculine shirt featured in most looks, and I really liked the oversized knitwear accompanying the shirt dresses. The ties at the cuffs and the detailing was beautiful. The chain detailing on the shoes also added another layer to the looks. There were a few stand out sequinned party pieces, my particular favourite being the silver and green pencil skirt and accompanying aviator jacket with shearling lining.
I had to do a bit of a double take when I saw “plus-sized” models on the Fendi catwalk. A first for the fashion house, as I’m sure Karl Largerfeld would have had his own views on this topic. Nevertheless it was great to see, and is something we are seeing in more and more shows. The statement sleeves were my favourite element, trumpeting out at the shoulder and providing a really memorable and different silhouette. I thought the grey leopard cardigan cinched in was a modern classic and I loved the Khaki and Tan accents of colour.
Rust and tassels could sum up the Boss show in two words. The colour rust dominated the majority of looks in the show, whether monochrome, or accented with complementary rich colours such as navy and orange or the more unusual pastel lilac colour. The coats and blazers were the standout pieces for me in their cut, with wide lapels and an oversized feel I could imagine wearing all of them. The tasseling detail was seen on everything including coats and dresses, but my favourite pieces were the bags. I thought the tassels gave a really playful element to the structured tailored looks the bags were paired with.
A clean collection that was full of beautiful classic capsule pieces. The collection, mainly in blacks and creams, stood out in different ways other than colour or print. The show contained staple pieces that have potential wardrobe longevity, that could be worn forever rather than appealing to the latest trend. The collection was cut to perfection and feminine in design. The cream dress already rang bells of imitation, with Topshop doing a similar one already this season. I really loved the all cream looks with tan accessories, they were so chic and grown up, if only I was brave enough to wear winter whites without spilling anything!
If minimal is one of the key trends of the Fall 20 shows then Giada is at the front of that trend. Ultra sleek and minimal looks dominated the runway in grown up colours. It felt like a polished collection for the working woman. Tailoring and coats were plentiful and they would make a statement in any boardroom. I particularly liked the single button coats, a real classic wardrobe item.