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Milan Fashion Week kicked off earlier this week and thus far has been one showstopper after the next. Here, we bring you what wowed us from Fall/Winter 2019 collections by N21, Max Mara, and Aspesi.
Sensual suspense could best describe the feeling of N21’s Fall/Winter 2019 women’s collection. A mix of Italian bad girls and Hollywood glam femme fatales came down a darkly lit, sparse runway. The garments were the clear star of the show, featuring slits, sharp lines, and skin-bearing cuts. Creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua was inspired by Brian De Palma’s 1980 film Dressed to Kill. “I wanted to recreate a similar mood, sending down the catwalk a strong woman who clearly craves to come on sexy and who, with equal awareness, exalts her own ambiguity through clothes that reveal her real intentions,” said Dell’Acqua.
Max Mara transported us to the eighties for Fall/Winter 2019, where power dressing packed a punch. The glamor of the decade was fully embraced, intertwined with the attitude of today’s boss lady. Looks were shop, conveying strength, and volume was used without romance. Shoulders were boxy, skirts resembled men’s pants, and thigh high boots were paired with oversized sweaters. You could feel the luxe camel hair, alpaca, and cashmere power walking down the industrial, concrete runway. We especially loved the functional detailing of zips and oversized pockets on vests, jackets, and cargo skirts.
ASPESI’s Fall/Winter 2019 line could be described in one keyword: medley. For the season, we saw a range of fabrics, shapes, colors, and attitude. Patters included checks, Prince of Wales, and herringbone. A sculptural, feminine floral cloqué jacquard was juxtaposed with oversized puffer coats and accessories. Rich cream classic knits were paired with neon vinyl jackets. Skirts were long and necklines were covered, while most silhouettes lay loose on the body. The collection overall felt hip, young, and current.