Goodbye Milan Fashion Week

BATD ON Sep 29, 2009 AT 4:56 pm

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010

Milan Fashion Week came to an end yesterday and one thing we can say for certain is that everyone in Milan definitely played to their strengths. Designers pulled from their classic images and brought them back with modernity. We highlighted the top shows for you to know exactly which trends to buy for the summer next year.

Dolce & Gabbana
Take a deep breath—D&G have brought back the corset. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took some inspiration from the 19th century with a tribute to the Corset as a must have item this spring. They’ve also gone back to their Sicilian roots with lots of lace and glamour. It’s the Dolce & Gabbana we all remember, they returned to their core elements, making you wonder, why is inside out so in right now?
About the corset, Stefano Gabbana simply replied, “Because it’s feminine and sexy.” Sicily is one mood: passion and it is embodied in their spring 2010 look. From the intricate black lace pencil skirts to silk fringed dresses, it was nothing short of sensual glamour. Instead of their usual finale of overdone ballroom gowns they sent the girls down in tight-fitting corsets.

What’s different from all the other D & G collections before it is the impeccable tailoring that gives it a fresher look. All the way down to the details of the handbags and shoes. The girl wore black lace and mesh socks tied with ribbons and lots of gold necklaces, earrings, bracelets and classic hair clips. The modern Sicilian look translates beautifully onto the catwalk and surely will next spring.

Versace Spring/Summer 2010

Versace Spring/Summer 2010

Prada
Prada is the queen of combining commercialism and creativity on the catwalk and her show this season wowed everyone who attended. Sporting edgy pig tails, bright red lips and sunglasses, the models walked down the runway as every Prada girl should, with confidence and style.
Miuccia Prada created the perfect paradox bringing together so many opposing elements, but also creating the perfect hybrid by crossbreeding those elements, breaking the mold of the traditional cut. She gives us very angular, gray, duchess satin coats, jackets, vests and Bermuda shorts that have been scissored off to leave raw edges. The frayed edges of luxury have never looked so expensive.
The look was business meets beach chic, with the dresses sitting beautifully on the body, with chandelier detailing on the blouses and shoes. The entire collection was very wearable, but oozed with luxury. Prada concluded with her point that “When things are bad, you have to come out from that. Optimism,” she declared, “is a choice.”

Gucci Spring/Summer 2010

Gucci Spring/Summer 2010

Versace
Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Donatella Versace presented a fabulous collection of vibrant pastels, geometric cuts and prints, and body-hugging ensembles. The major themes of this collection were super short dresses and super high heels. With colours that make your eyes pop, only Versace could have made plastic clothes look so chic, with see-through overlays and psychedelic prints. The finale saw a series of floor length dresses in turquoise, soft pink, plum, and white. All with a very high slit, cut to the thigh, to once again show off those beautiful long legs and with holes cut in the sides and back to show some extra skin. Although the collection was a definite turn from the ultra-sexy dresses Versace is known for, it still held onto its quintessential look of softness with an edge. For the first time Donatella overcame any apprehensions she had about entering the empire her brother created, presenting a very youthful and bold collection for the next generation of women.

Gucci
Frida Giannini, now officially the owner of Gucci, opened her show with a white bondage mini, setting the theme for the whole show. The most interesting thing about her collection this season is the materials she used and the way in which she used them. Giannini took the shoulders from a backpack and put them on the back of a dress and cut pieces of a parachute to sew onto a skirt. There is no taboo anymore and Giannini took this all the way. There were no limits to her creations. She made bondage elegant and classy with strong shoulders and heavy embroidery. The collection screamed sexy, but with a male authority.

About midway through, the collection took a turn for printed, vibrant dresses, but quickly turned colourless again. Black and monotone colours ended the show with jewel embroidery holding the dress up around the neck. Unlike a lot of the romantic looks that were sent down the runway, this collection was built for strong and powerful woman.

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