Milan Fashion Week s/s 2011: recap

Also Milan stayed true to some trends we’ve seen last season: flowers, animal prints, lace and white pieces adorned the catwalk. Take a look at some of next year’s must-haves.

Alberta Ferretti‘s point of view on fantasy became very clear in this collection. The bohemien and romantic lace dresses seemed to have come straight out of a fairy tale.

Blumarine again had a lot of prints in a collection that bursted with color. Even though pieces with animal prints in neon colors dominated the catwalk, my favorite print of the show is the one above.
Bottega Veneta did what he did best, turning simple items in neutral colors into absolute must-haves for the season.
There’s no mistake Dolce and Gabbana got their inspiration from the garden. The D&G show probably had the most floral pieces ever. Love the bohemien chiffon gowns with raffian belts that closed the show.
In contrast of the colorful D&G colection, Dolce and Gabbana chose for a monotone black and mostly white collection to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their business. The idea behind the show was a hope chest. That is, the things new and handed down that a bride might pack before she sets off on the next chapter of her life.
Frida Giannini at Gucci called her Marrakech and YSL-inspired collection ‘Sophisticated Seduction’, which was a great mix of colorful, but minimalistic pieces and monotone colored embellished pieces.
The Dsquared² brothers created some preppy, but sexy tailoring. Oxford shoes, check. Oversized hat, check. Big, black spectacles, check.. It’s official, the nerdlook is hot!
Peter Dundas at Emilio Pucci got his inspiration from the Cyclades in the Mediterranian Sea and named his collection “Bohemian beachcomber done luxe”, which also has a clear 70s vibe.
The Etro collection is all about graphic prints, and the ones above were my favorites. Not too crowded and with nice, simple color combinations.
Emporio Armani used a tube skirt in stretch tulle as the show’s foundation stone. The color palette was very neutral using white, shades of grey, beige, blue and black. The show had some great accessories too, that go perfectly with workwear.
‘Rigor with sensuality’ was Donatella Versace‘s focus for Spring. She went back to the label’s roots by using the Versace Greek motif on the dresses and bags. The collection is filled with bright colors, fringes  and geometric shapes and cutouts which made it look very chic and modern.
Paolo Gerani got his inspiration for the Iceberg Spring collection from the 70’s woman. Highlights of the collection included the polka dot-printed A-line skirts dresses and tops. Another favorite is the loose boyfriend blazer with pulled-up sleeves.

Color and geometry were the two pillars of the Fendi Spring collection. Even though it was named “the burning summer of hot passion”, the skirts weren’t short and the dresses weren’t skin-tight. The collection had a refined mix of voluminous silhouettes paired with tailored seperates.

Raf Simons’ collection for Jil Sander is all about volume, layers and poppy colors. Normally, I’m not that much of a fan of oversized clothing because most people can’t pull it off, but Simons managed to make it work, like he always does.

Minimalism was the key of the MaxMara collection, so the point of focus was put on the shape more than on lots of bright colors and details. The emphasis on the body meant flesh was bared through dresses with high splits and backless tops, which became my favorite pieces of the collection.
Stay tuned for more catwalklooks.

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