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TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN

For Spring/Summer 2011, Milan gave us what they do best:  beautiful and wearable dayclothes with a sexy undercurrent.  The 70′s continued to be a theme from Gucci’s Glamour girl channeling YSL to Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci’s Bohemian goddess.  The color trends continue with bold combinations from Prada and Jil Sander while Marni took it to the next level with a saturated 60′s palette.  The modern woman was shown impeccable tailoring at Versace and beautiful day clothes at Bottega Veneta and Max Mara.  Amazing bold floral prints dominated the Milan runways seen at Antonio Marras, D&G, and Etro;  while ethereal florals and lace were key at Alberta Ferretti and Dolce and Gabbana.  Asian and Tribal influences continued in both accessories and prints with Gucci and Etro leading the way.  Florals and prints continued to be mashed up and the “Fusion Fashion” theme was seen at both Antonio Marras and Versus.

If you could sum up the entire season at Mlan it would be:  70′s influences, bold color, amazing prints, impeccable tailoring, and charming femininity.

The Sche Report chose it’s Top 5 collections based on vision, freshness, marketability and straight up “I die” factor.  We hope you are as excited about these collections as we are.

1.  JIL SANDER

Many top editors are about to name Jil Sander one of the best shows of this season to date, and The Sche Report is ready to join that discussion as well. Designer Raf Simons challenged the notion of embracing minimalism with a “maximalism” perspective;  the perfect example coming from the opening looks of pairing  a minimal t-shirt with maximalist voluminous ball skirts. These were followed by bold stripes and a few floral prints in equally clean lines but dramatic silhouettes.  The whole collection provided visually striking lines and proportion through essentially not that much extravagance (which is something Raf Simons deserves praises for), the only downside is that there’s only a handful of gals who can walk down the street in these gorgeous long skirts. However,  the overall concept and execution was flawless and Raf Simons is paving the way for Spring’s version of “The New Minimalism”.

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Jil Sander S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Jil Sander S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Jil Sander S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Jil Sander S/S 2011

To view the entire collection, go here.

2.  BOTTEGA VENETA

For Spring, Tomas Maier made beautiful clothes for the urban jungle in what he called “sophisticated casualness.”  His collection was about ease and beauty producing an airy and light quality for amazingly well done everyday wear.  His evening wear was missing this time around as Maier stated, “I’m not inspired by red-carpet events or little starlets who pose in front of those logo printed walls, I’m inspired to make clothes for women”.  The palette was neutral and he focused on light fabrics such as silks and linens making sure that each piece was properly rumpled for a “i just got out of bed” feel.  Even the hair of the models appeared to be wet as if his girl just got out the shower, threw on her wardrobe and hit the city streets.  The leathers were rumpled which added a touch-chic element to the urban dweller and kept with the feel of easy and light. The collection is understandable and beautiful, it has every bit of the luxury that Bottega Venetta is known for, just for this collection, that luxury is translated to everyday beauty.

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Bottega Veneta S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Bottega Veneta S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Bottega Veneta S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Bottega Veneta S/S 2011

To view the entire collection, go here.

3.  PRADA

Muccia Prada delivered an epic collection of bold color, patterns and shapes she called “Minimalist Baroque” for S/S 2011.  Referencing both Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, she delivered bold color combinations and silhouettes pushing her mood far from where she took us last season.  Muccia Prada is a fashion visionary always taking us way beyond our reach to a land in the future of fashion. Sometimes we might not understand(not everyone can make monkeys and bananas fashionable), but we are always inspired.  This is what she does best.  From her fluffy foxtail stoles in cartoon stripes to her Carmen Miranda and monkey prints, the collection was a world of fun.  As a whole, some of the casual fashion fans might not appreciate the collection, but looking at it up close and as separates, there are plenty of wearable and desirable pieces.  Notable mentions from the collection were the  fur stoles and the few black dresses at the end of the show: the poufy sleeves and ruffled neckline signatures a LBD redefined, and redefining is exactly what Ms. Prada does every season.

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Prada S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Prada S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Prada S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Prada S/S 2011

To view the entire collection, go here.

4.  VERSUS

As one of our “Ones to Watch” for Milan, Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane delivered another outstanding collection. The setting of the show was a school’s recess period and models were grouped into different motifs: plaids, floral, stripes, color-blocking, as if they were the different groups of girls staking out their piece of the playground. Versace and Kane were able to retain what was popular from the season before, the cut-out dresses, and fuse that element with archival prints and an updated modern silhouette. The overarching theme of mixed florals, plaids and stripes to produce a version of “Fusion Fashion”  was genius and beyond what we have seen from this collection before.  The result was a clever arrangement of motifs weaving in and out of the show. It started with a plaid group, and soon floral got worked into the plaid, and stripes in floral, and color-blocking into the stripes. The standout pieces were definitely the dresses and especially the body hugging collage dresses of different motifs. They were the most fresh and added an unexpected artsy vibe to a brand more known for being sexy and young.  Definitely geared towards the younger customer, we feel sure this collection will be referenced by the more fashion forward and girls will be standing in line for those dresses.

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Versus S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Versus S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Versus S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Versus S/S 2011

To view the entire collection, go here.

5.  ETRO

This season is all about looking back to find something new while hitting all the key trends and Etro’s Spring collection achieved all of that. Playing with tribal-ism as well as employing a heavy 70’s silhouette, the collection was able to pick out the essence of tribal in its prints and accessories but anchor the wildness with items such as a high-waisted pants or sharp pant suits. It was all done with class and style. The prints were amazing and paired with a YSL spirit and a bohemian vibe while maxi dresses were done up sexy and chic. This collection did a great job at defining an entirety of looks for the new wave of 70′s glamour that is about to hit the streets.  Take a good look at the elements in this collection as they are sure to be on the top of the trend list for Spring 2011.

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Etro S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Etro S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Etro S/S 2011

 TOP 5 PICKS SPRING/SUMMER 2011: MILAN   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Etro S/S 2011

To view the entire collection, go here.

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  1. Angela

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