Milano is pretty known for being one of the fashion capitals of the globe, the many Italian designers are finally showcasing their collections at MFW, starting the first day with some of the most reputable names such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce Gabbana and Corneliani. Class and elegance are in the Italians blood, but do the Italians actually do it better than the French and the Brits?
E. Zegna gets Stefano Pilati on board to give his collection new life – dramatic and loose silhouettes and lots of Italian tailoring are on the main course for the next Spring/Summer 2014. The colour palette is very clean, featuring soft hues such as sand, light blue and indigos. A very huge range of light-outwear is available, Bomber Jackets, Parkas and Long coats are going to invade their stores next season.
I really enjoyed the show and the dramatic music combined with the round-runway platform made it all visually appealing to the guests.
Next up is the Italian duo who makes perfect tailoring: Dolce & Gabbana. Even after the latest scandal about tax-avoidance, the Italian couple still managed to get through and show us an amazing collection. Drawing inspiration from the previous all-sicilian galore, this time around we get to enjoy a piece of Greece. Displaying the images of the greek-mithology and the pagan gods – Zeus -, we see a fusion of the past and the present with a succession of block tailoring – white and black – and the all-greek prints. It’s almost needless to say that it was once again, a dreamy show, who said that dreams and fairytales aren’t for real?!?
A casual vibe is coming from the first designer of the day: Corneliani. Relaxed cuts and a mellow colour palette are created for its Spring/Summer season. Light fabrics – linen trousers, knits and jackets – being the key elements that keep the collection to a casual-relaxed level.
Neil Barrett, Andrea Pompilio and Costume National all go for something more aggressive and creative: Prints, geometric shapes and bright hues seem to be the way forward for the three brands.
Andrea Pompilio in particular, enjoys the energy and the fun of such prints and go all the way in order to create a collection full of smart essentials for the everyday wear. Young and fun seem to be the words to describe him. Neil Barrett tries his luck with modernism, and applies prints on Bomber Jackets, shorts and sweaters. From checks to stripes and two-tones garments. Finally something more sporty and less formal!