Milan Fashion Week Gossip

Mimi ON Feb 25, 2010 AT 4:03 pm

Anna Wintour

Milan Fashion Week has a history of having to rearrange its schedule at the last moment. Last September, all the high-end brands had to be jammed into three days because of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. This February, since American Vogue editor Anna Wintour can only be in Italy for four days, big name designers will only show during those days. Designers have been working all year on these collections, and to have them seen by Wintour could lead to their clothes being worn in Vogue editorials or by celebrities. This has lead to an extremely tight schedule, and Jam-packed doesn’t even begin to describe it. Friday, 18 shows are set to hit the catwalk in only 12 hours.

The first day was more of a warm up, featuring less well-known, younger designers. The first designer to show was Elena Miro who sent several normal-sized models down the catwalk. Her goal was to “help real women feel confident and at peace with themselves.” The fashion industry has been making great strides against eating disorders since 2006, when Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston died while weighing only 88 pounds, and Miro is continuing that effort. She dressed her models in draped dresses in darker colours that showcased their voluptuous curves.

BNG A/W collection

BNG was all about black. Models filed down the runway all in the same colour, but with such dramatic ensembles that it didn’t get boring. Each piece was so different from the one before that it kept audiences wanting more. There were pantsuits, dresses, skirts, and everything in between. Each outfit was paired with chucky heels, which have made their way onto several runway shows this fashion season.

Valeria Marini’s collection dazzled on the runway. Everything was diamond encrusted, ranging from a sparking neckline or belt to a nearly blinding dress. Some diamonds were in intricate patterns and others were paired with velvet and fur.

Still to come are Prada and Dolce & Gabbana who kick off the run of internationally known designers. Milan Fashion Week continues through Monday, and 2,000 journalists and buyers from over 40 countries are expected to attend.

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