Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Milan Fashion Week Wrap-Up

"Milan Fashion Week is certainly no place for the shy and retiring."

Ciao, benvenuto a Milano! (Hello, welcome to Milan!) Thank you, Google translate J So far we have experienced the excitement of New York and the originality of London. Now, we travel to Milan where luxury and extravagance are the language of this fabulous week. Milan features designers such as Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Moschino. Cavalli, (excuse us as we swoon) the list really does go on and on. With such elite heavy hitters, it becomes exceedingly difficult to stop our drooling and pick just one favorite. But, as they say, anything is possible and we have narrowed down this remarkable selection to our two stelle brillanti! (shining stars) Wow, Italian is fun!

Bri's Pick

I would just like to begin by saying that if you have not seen Moschino’s Fall 2014 show, you must go look at it NOW. I am talking Spongebob and McDonalds inspired gowns, people. No, I am not kidding. That is just the genius of Jeremy Scott when designing for Moschino.

Okay, now let’s get down to business. Milan really did bring some amazing collections, aside from those that were fast food inspired. My ultimate fave would have to be Iceberg. Honestly, I don’t know exactly why I am so drawn to this collection. There were many others that were more my style, but for some reason I am just obsessed!

"In the late sixties, Parisian high society escapes to the mountains for an acid moonlight party getaway," said designer Alexis Martial… Yeah I don’t really understand it either, but it works for me! I think the thing I loved most was his use of Neoprene as his main textile. A fabric normally used for scuba suits that he somehow made into edgy street wear and the most elegant of coats.

The collection also featured some stunning fur neck braces, which I obviously need like ten of. Talk about some solid protection against the harsh Chicago winter winds! Intricate knife-pleating, metallic sweatshirts, and transparent plastic appliques. Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so. Not to mention the impeccable use color- mixing jewel tones with winter pastels. Love. Overall, this was a truly innovative collection, and I cannot wait to see more from this label.   

Samantha's Pick

I was absolutely blow away by the craftsmanship and ingenuity of Milan Fashion Week. With all the huge names who show in Milan come extravagant performances. While I died over Dolce & Gabbana's Red Riding Hood inspiration and the always fabulous Antonio Marras, I chose to reflect on the beauty in the newer artists, like MSGM.

MSGM's show was inspired by other artists (Gerhard Richter, Dario Catellan, and Bjork to be exact). Designer Massimo Giornetti played up the idea of mixing and matching prints and solids in a whimsical, yet still grown-up fashion. Giornetti's typical motto is "the zanier, the better", so, of course, he fit right in at Milan Fashion Week.

I was a sucker for the use of fur, the mixure of metallics and neoprene, and, obviously, the shoes! Here are a few of my favorite looks: 

*Cue announcer voice*
Now let's play another round of Catwalk-to-Closet starring your favorites, Samantha and Bri...

         Iceberg:                                         Bri:         


              MSGM:                                            Samantha: 

Truly Yours,
P.S. "Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose" - Lauren Hutton

Get Bri's Look
Similar Leather Jacket - Zara
Similar Vest - Urban Outfitters
Relaxed Pant - Macy's
Black Heels - Target

Get Samantha's Look

Similar Blue Sweater - H&M
Similar Marble Skirt - Zara
Heels - City Soles
Bags - H&M
Images from Style. com

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