Angel Chen's show
We kicked off Milan Fashion Week with Chinese fashion prodigy, Angel Chen, who served up a kaleidoscopic collection of pastel tie-dye dresses, deconstructed windbreakers, and neon bags in the shape of chameleons which later translated into the inspiration for both pattern and colour.
Fondazione Prada exhibition
This season, the Fondazione welcomed Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf to curate an exhibition that resulted in a treasure trove of curiosities. We’d bend down and find a ceramic apple or tippy-toe and find taxidermy. A room organised by all things green from a smoking pipe to geodes, rather than by time period or country, was Anderson's way of demonstrating a different kind of museum experience.
Peter Pilotto Show
Historically showing in London, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos decided to present their ‘printastic’ collection in Milan this season. The line is filled with their signature collage of floral prints on satin dresses, alongside some sport knits, denim, sunny pastel anoraks and matching bucket hats, making it a more casual collection than their previously evening-ready aesthetic.
Brunello Cucinelli presentation
We were treated to a quick chat with Mr. Cucinelli himself, who was proud to introduce his sophisticated collection—this time with pops of colour in dusty blues and rust, as well as the return of the Opera chunky knit, each hand-done and adorned with sequins for a hint of eveningwear.
Always one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Prada’s latest collection was a wild departure from its Frankenstein-inspired fall/winter looks. There were breezy cheesecloth dresses topped off with mother-of-pearl shell necklaces, fisherman’s hats, rope sandals and bucket bags that are sure to fly off shelves.
Leave it to Maison Margiela to always leave us surprised. The guerrilla-style event featured an enormous sheet cake and balloons as if celebrating a wedding—and sure enough, the looks on models who wandered through a concrete garage were also bridal-themed, but in the form of satin dresses layered over trousers or exaggerated lace bubble dresses for that quirky Margiela touch.
Micro-floral prints dominated the first half of the collection before they gave way into more subdued tones of khaki and camel with crisp leather Bermuda shorts and flowing ribbon trains.
Jil Sander show
Set in the beautiful Palazzo di Brera, which was filled with mounds of white sand, the Jil Sander show was look after look of minimalist perfection. Layers of neutrals peppered with tasselled dresses and finished off with their bread and butter–accessories–which included everything from side-handle bags to sandals with gold ball details.