This season’s Milan Fashion Week (which wrapped September 26) proved to be an evolution for some houses, and for others a chance to stay consistent. Gucci, with designer Alessandro Michele, put forth some standouts with futuristic and fun sunglasses, beaded necklaces, tucked-in ties, musical note prints, overtly-structured blazers, bedazzled racing jackets, checked suits, a bejeweled leotard, a Bugs Bunny vest, waist bags, track jackets with slogans, fur coats, and an array of large and small handbags. Colors were bright, like the eye-catching sunny yellow and royal purple, and shapes ranged from sharp to fluid. Suits, dresses, trousers, jumpsuits, jeans, and even short shorts graced the runway—an illuminated purple-blue runway that added an extra pop to each look
Fendi debuted a forward-thinking tropical flavor full of shades of ocean blue, seafoam green, coral pink, and sand. Caribbean charms—like a monkey, a bandana, and a Bao-bug logo—added to the collection’s tropical vibes, as did futuristic florals, beaded organza, nude sequin shimmers, and pointed mesh flats. The spring/summer 2018 collection offered a first look at the brand’s new Mon Trésor bag (a mini bucket in leather with metallic pearls) and the new Runway tote (a transparent mesh beg with rounded rattan handles). It also marked the return of the Kan I F bag—a fun fringe-trimmed accessory perfect for the tropical months ahead.
Prada celebrated fashion by collaborating on an installation with nine female artists—Brigid Elva, Joëlle Jones, Stellar Leuna, Giuliana Maldini, Tarpé Mills, Natsume Ono, Emma Ríos, Trina Robbins, and Fiona Staples. Contemporary and classic comic design collages centered around activism, feminism, and new narratives within storytelling to set the stage for a powerful new collection. Full of comic-book-character-meets-superhero vibes, the diverse spring/summer 2018 collection included oversized coats, knee-high socks, graphic tees, shorts with jeweled pockets, and button-downs with spider prints.
Effortless and sweeping in dynamic silhouettes, Krizia showed a collection of soft and sensual shapes. Shades ranged from white to black, and in-between. We saw rainforest green, misty blue, orchid pink, citrus yellow, and bright vermillion. Lampshade sleeves were complemented by knitwear, and scooped backs were seen carving out their own drama, alongside flyaway draping, tessellated appliques, transparent looks, and the plentiful offering of pleats.