02 Oct Highlights from MFW SS16
Fashion week arrived in the heart of Europe enabling us to fall in love with the new collections that the designers had mastered for us.
Alessandro Michele has continued the reinvention of Gucci. His first collection for the brand was the gripping introduction for his work, he had to impress the world with his second womenswear collection with the continuation of his revolution. His Spring/Summer collection was inspired by geographical maps and nature, and the second being emotion, towards the insignificance in the world around us. The collection included embroidered suits with snakes and flowers upon them with intricate detail, sheer shirts, berets and neckties, and frump length skirts and glasses. Michele still kept a slice of the classic Gucci with loafers, but they had the backs cut off, and the green and red racing striped logo for across the shoes and handbags.
Dolce & Gabbana is the brand that makes people fall in love with Italy more. With this collection they tried to capture the essence of Italy in their clothes, from the ancient architecture to the food; they wanted the clothes to take you on a holiday. While the models were walking the stone runway, they were encouraged to take a picture of themselves #DGselfie, and it would then be automatically projected onto screens above them. The collection was crammed with the classic vintage styled woman, with pieces like shirt-dresses, silk turbans, sheer long dresses with flowers embroidered on them, cropped suits and Michelangelo’s art patched onto various areas of the outfits. Accessories included clutches that looked like cameras, bejewelled phone cases and extremely glittered sunglasses.
Though Miuccia Prada was not able to attend her own show, she still smashed it. The Prada collection was an internal dialogue of the struggle of femininity. It began with slowly with earth tones and the 60’s styled jackets with structured shoulders, it then flipped to the traditional Prada with an array of colours and fabrics to pastels and patents to pink and white with silver strapping. The looks had dresses with vertical stripes, skirts with panel overlays and sheer printed ensembles. The collection transformed into silk dresses in a 1920’s styles and oversized silhouettes, in colours ranging from orange, yellow and turquoise. The dresses changed from sheer tulle to printed graphics and knit layers on top. If Miuccia hasn’t blow you away already, she finished it all off with evening jackets, coats and skirts with encrusted flowers embroidered on them. Unlike many other collections, this one did not include any trousers in any form giving Prada an edge this season.