Milan Fashion Week F/W 2019

‘Make it fashion’ is a popular phrase I’ve often seen recently on social media. I like that it means being a little extra or having a creative styling moment. But can you do better than Milan Fashion Week? I think not! The debut of Fall 2019 Ready to Wear, according to Italian fashion houses held February 20 through 25, was unbelievably good. Naturally there were still a few snafus, but overall impressive. Keep reading to see for yourselves, and tune back in for full length show videos!

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Moncler was an event that seemed like you “had to be there”. The show took over an entire street, where a 12 designer show was done. I couldn’t find images for all the runways, but it included collaborations with London based designer Richard Quinn, Simon Rocha, Pierpalo Piccoli, dog couture designer, Poldo, Crazy Green, Liza Kebede, Valextra, Palm Angels, Sergio Zambon, Sandro Mandrino, Fragment, & Hiroshi Fujinera. The collections will be released monthly beginning in June. I’m not sure what the order will be, but I imagine with the displayed collection being cold weather attire, it won’t be until later this year. What I did see seemed like good high fashion. Many people continue to say fashion is dead and needs some kind of revival, but I don’t think reinventing the wheel is necessary by lieu of this show.

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Alberta Ferreti shared a moody runway that was very enticing. From day-wear to evening attire, your wardrobe can have it all. Romantic dresses, jumpsuits that shine, even white cowboy boots if your into that. I loved the neutral palette that gradually continued to included soft pink and gray tones in the show. The metallic mix was another fun touch. My favorite pieces were the all black ensembles, elevated by their play with textures for lots of depth and an all around individual look.

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Two years ago I had never even heard of the brand, Vivetta, and now its a show I always look forward to seeing. Even in its crazy moments- like this upcoming season’s teddy bear coat made of actual stuffed bears, this is the embodiment of fashion. It’s serious, but shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Vivetta is truly a world of its own, where art and fashion blend together seamlessly. I can’t help but be dazzled by the delightful aesthetics. The question is, how soon can I get that cobalt blue suit in my own closet?

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Prada is always expressive, but this might have been my favorite runway yet. Miuccia Prada still infused subtle prettiness into this collection, by way of flowers, pink and lace, even though she emphasized in backstage interviews she is conerned with the threat of war. This concern was hit with darker notes, spotlighting utility. There were uniforms, collars buttoned all the way up, and combat boots. The stern expressions models had and severe hairstyles, Wednesday Addams inspired braids and slicked back buns, created a perfect storm of fantasy and reality. The best Ready To Wear yet, am I right or am I right?

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Bottega Veneta was very structured, as expected. Many have been in anticipation as Daniel Lee became Creative Director in June, after formerly being Ready To Wear Director at Celine. The quilted pieces were a highlight for me, even the square toed pumps! There were plenty of knitwear options and one’s choice of leather outerwear. Other mention-able attire included dramatic scoop neck tops, sophisticated hem lines and a nice cheery orange made an appearance that really brightened the collection.

Tod’s was another structured line that was very straightforward. A play with proportions made for a powerful ease on the runway. Choose between a trench coat, belted or loose, in patent, snakeskin or matte, or puffy vests. Select and Aline skirt or trapeze dress. Pick loafers or ankle boots and add a tiny bag or drawstring bucket bag and viola! The maroon and camel color combination was my favorite. I didn’t even know I wanted a pair of leather Bermuda shorts until I saw them! What are your thoughts on the leather button down shirt?

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How can a brand be fresh after 50 years? Just one look at Etro will make it look effortless. The runway meant to embody the company’s values, first by going back to it roots in paisley print. Veronica Etro, Creative Director of women’s wear said, “it’s all about how you mix things up and wear them, that’s life I guess.” There were time jumps from Edwardian collars to a current blazer dress. Crocheted and knit fair isle pieces created a  cozy folk ambiance. From baroque printed mini dresses to taffeta, there were so many great material options, I can’t pick a favorite. Timeless shapes, like cigarette pants, helped tie everything together flawlessly. Tassled trim, spangles and chunky belts added luxe detail. And the icing on the cake was seeing models of all ages on the runway, proving no one is too young or old for great fashion.

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Romance & flair made up the runway of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. It was inspired by the 90’s supermodel, and left the viewers nostalgic for that decade. There were slip dresses, tuxedo jackets, straight leg jumpsuits and vegan leather ready for girls looking to get glammed up and go out on the town. The silk blazer looked so delicate yet polished. And I’m dying curl up in one of those cozy turtleneck sweaters!

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The sky is the limit for Giorgio Armani, and this season was no creative exception. Ladies wear velvet pants with a wild top or simply suit up. There were so many great jackets and bags to choose from! For those who want to go the extra fashion mile, don a gown with a rose adorned collar or try a puff sleeve with ruching. As for the gentlemen, go double or single breasted in a suit jacket, either way you can’t lose. Chooose a pinstripe or go all out in leather. Mix things up with a jacquard or bomber jacket. Whatever you decide, you’ll look your best in any ensemble from the titled collection, Rhapsody in Blue.

Clockwise Left to Right, Byblos, Angel Chen, Marco de Vincenzo

Even though I truly love the holographic trench coat, I’m skipping on the shag accessorizing from Byblos. I also have no plans to have my hair done like a Who from Whoville, as donned on the runway from Angel Chen. What’s more, I don’t understand the Bird Box inspired look from Marco de Vincenzo. Things aren’t that dire, pinky promise. What are your thoughts about Milan Fashion Week? Share them in comments!

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Huffington Post

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