While some designers stuck to the currently trending theme of relaxed and easy fits, in light of the pandemic, other haute couturiers chose maximalism at the digital edition of Milan Fashion Week.
While Versace and Bottega Veneta opted out of the Milan fashion calendar, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Ferragamo, Moschino and Prada, took to the virtual runway to showcase their Fall-Winter range.
Laced with the Italian nuances of avant-garde and elegant, we list our favourite looks from Milan Fashion Week 2021.
Valentino’s Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli reopened Piccolo Teatro, Italy’s first permanent theatre (1947), for just a day, to present Valentino Act, a ready-to-wear edit for Fall 2021. Black, white and golden were the key colours matched with sheer and mesh patterns.
Dolce & Gabbana
D&G’s new collection #DGNextChapter explores the future after the pandemic, speckled with high-energy, disco-esque hints of the 80s and the 90s fashion. The models wearing colourful, sequinned outfits, walked the ramp with AI robots, lending an eye-catching, tech-forward theme to the entire showcase.
On his new Winter 2021 collection, Future Positive, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Creative Director, Paul Andrew, said “The objective was to engineer a collection that sees the present through a prism of the future – unleashing a multitude of fresh perspectives. Pre-millennial sci-fi classics Gattaca, Until The End Of The World, and The Matrix were all cinematic influences.”
Using recycled and upcycled materials, Ferragamo designed athletic and military-inspired outfits with a monochrome palette.
Demure and vivacious, Giorgio Armani’s Fall-Winter collection, Nocturnal, was a romantic walk through the different shades of the sky – from dabs of watery hues, indigo, turquoise to pale purples and soft pinks. Clean, crisp tailoring of the outfits was matched with accents of ruffles, 3D floral cuts and velvety textures.
Trust Moschino to manifest the original, old-world glamour and gala-like mood of Hollywood in the 21st century. The new collection of formal, chic shimmery gowns and dramatic capes, is designed by Creative Director Jeremy Scott. The virtual film featured celeb models Hailey Bieber, Winnie Harlow and Miranda Kerr.
Artistic Director of Womenswear, Kim Jones presented his first RTW collection for Fendi at Milan Fashion Week. Inspired by the brand’s history and the Italian savoir-faire, the outfits are soaked in an elegant, neutral palette of off-white, white, pale pink, tan, olive green and black. High necks, fur and fringe coats, drop-shoulders and belted waists are the key highlights.
Titled Unfashionshow, Onitsuka Tiger collaborated with Toyoki Adachi for a fashion film that is inspired by the Himalayas and the 70’s trekking boom. This marked the Japanese brand’s debut show at the Milan Fashion Week. The edit is dominated by fleece and nylon pieces layered with touches of neon tones and clean black hues.
A fusion of simplicity and edgy, Prada’s explores the idea of change and transformation in its Fall-Winter collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. The 46 outfits are mainly awash with a black palette with pops of playful textures, patterns and colours seen occasionally.
Inspired by free-spiritedness, Etro’s Fall-Winter line of clothing is speckled with generous hints of paisley motifs, exotic tiger prints and metallic fringe details. Baggy pants, streetwear knits, robe coats, puffers and belted mini and maxi dress were some of the most fashion-forward styles on the runway.
Last year, Christian Baoro launched his own label after an elaborate stint in the fashion industry for 15 years. As the Italian brand’s Instagram bio says, CHB is about embracing individuality and it is mainly genderless and seasonless. Debuting at Milan Fashion Week 2021, the designer showcased Manifesto, a sensual line-up of body-fitting outfits, including satin co-ords, slip dresses, gowns and jackets.