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MILAN FALL 2011: TOP 5 PICKS

Before we get too enthralled in the Paris shows, I want to recap the Milan collections and give my favorites.  Milan continued the trend themes that had been set forth before them and weighed in as the leader in the Masculine/Feminine juxtaposition.  With tailoring being at the forefront of Italian fashion, it seemed very apropos to see wonderful offerings from some of Milan’s finest.  Fresh color combinations set the tone at Gucci’s anniversary show and bold color continued throughout.  Femininity and surface interest are two major themes and accessories are much more “out of the box” than usual with most designers offering clever ideas on shoes and handbags.  Fur continues to dominate in outerwear while trousers, most specifically cropped versions, are THE bottom silhouette for Fall.  Hemlines are super long and mod 60′s elements are leading the European trend ideas.  Folkart references and Ethnic graphic prints also remain strong while fabrications such as velvet and sequins/shine are making their mark.

Outside of the top 5 collections, a few to note were Dsquared who referenced the Wild Wild West with fur dusters and floor sweeping skirts paired with ten gallon cowboy hats and western details.  Missoni showed a much younger Japanese inspired collection with a fresh color palette and silhouettes that will broaden their customer base.  Dolce & Gabbana went for a full-on menswear inspired them channeling Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” mixing feminine elements with teddy boy charm.  And Antonio Marras continues to tread his way into becoming one of the major players in Milan showing a beautiful collection inspired by his mother with references to his Italian heritage and the 1940′s.

Our top 5 picks for Milan are as follows…

1.  GUCCI

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Gucci Fall 2011

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Gucci Fall 2011

Just like last season, the Gucci show opened Milan fashion week with a mind-boggling display of color, sexiness, and luxury. For the 90th anniversary show, designer Frida Giannini took homage to Angelica Huston and Florence Welch from Florence and the machine. The 1970′s elements of  sexiness included confident and glamorous culottes suits, coats, and for evening the style was long and sexy with slits up the thigh and tops cuts down to the naval. The bold color combinations left everyone salivating for more and will surely drive many a customer into the stores this Fall. It was a full display of the quintessential Gucci woman, everything was over the top fabulous, even the hats, the furs, and not to mention the dresses closing the show. All in all it was opulent, desirable, and reminded everyone why Gucci lasted 90 years and is most likely to enjoy another 90.

View the entire collection here.

 

2.  GIORGIO ARMANI

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Giorgio Armani Fall 2011

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Giorgio Armani Fall 2011

Mr. Armani often has one of the biggest collections each season and he has a good reason why: he has customers and they have demands! Usually translated to one note offerings in the past with angular wool suits and long shimmery dresses, this season he offered an array of styles channeling the heritage of the Armani brand. As we were all reminded by a stunning (and visually and conceptually interesting) dress worn by Anne Hathaway during the Oscars. Mr. Armani has long been a pioneer in his field and the Fall 2011 collection is an outstanding showcase of why he is always a leader. The collection was beautiful, a great display of the masculine/feminine trend with the model’s hair and makeup styled so fresh and pretty that it put me in a happy trance just watching it. Obviously there were great suits, but this time updated with Fall’s newest cropped full trousers. He continued to play with shape in his textured strapless dresses and wowed us with his finale of sequins column gowns.  Once in a while a legendary house can hit all the trends just by doing what they do best and we cannot be more happy this season that is Giorgio Armani.

View the entire collection here.

 

3.  ETRO

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Etro Fall 2011

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Etro Fall 2011

Etro is doing a great job transposing ethnic chic into an urban sensibility and this season is no different. The collection was full of prints and texture but all done in a wearable, modern, and interesting manner. Though thematically a bit all over the place, it was nonetheless superbly executed and it was decidedly more the merrier. Perfectly on trend, coats and jackets were a strong suit among colorful digital paisley prints, folk art details, ethnic graphic prints, blanket coats, plaid, fur and luxe elements. Another standout is the liquidy digital looking dresses cut from a fabric called nylon lurex which drapes beautifully on the body. Always one of our favorite Milan brands, Etro did not disappoint and gave us a lot to be inspired by for the Fall season. It’s great to see a brand offering women options to be bold and strong while also having a little bit of fun.

See the entire collection here.

 

4.  PRADA

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Prada Fall 2011

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Prada Fall 2011

This season it was a full display of innocent glamour for Miuccia. She wanted to take all clichés that are associated with luxury and turn them innocent again,that included fur, python, sequins, and the color pink. And the way to do that was through Prada’s signature quirkiness. The designer was quoted to “want to challenge women” and she did that with oversized silhouettes, dropped waist coats, and overtly colorful sequined pieces. It was fun, rightfully girly, and the color combinations and silhouettes are fresh. A notable style was the python cocoon coat, so bold and challenging it its shape and style. Though the whole collection is a bit oddball and lacked last season’s savy, you have to hand it to the woman for her unique perspective and amazing innovation. Miuccia always stands out all on her own and this season was no different.

View the entire collection here.

 

5.  SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

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Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011

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Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011

A bit unexpected, Salvatore Ferragamo might have the best collection coming out from Milan. Known for their shoes and handbags, it was surprising to see a RTW collection so polished, full of fashion, and attention-grabbing. Designer Massimiliano Giornetti designed a winning collection of directional, clean and sexy clothes. It was a masterful display of the masculine/feminine juxtaposition with suits reminiscent of the 80’s power women a la “Working Girl”, but the dresses are cut sexy and confident. The clothes weren’t super designed and did not come with futuristic fabric technology, but the tailoring alone keeps them looking strong and desirable. In a sense, because of the masculine component to this collection, the feminine counterpart had to push up the sexiness and as a result allowed the whole collection to be more desirable. We are also impressed by the focus of the collection in its color choice of black/white/grey and the use of pinstripe – the ultimate sign of powerful men’s suiting. We also loved the blazer dress and the plethora of great coats. Are we witnessing a return to relevance for the house of Ferragamo?

View the entire collection here.


 

 

     


     

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