29 Feb MFW HIGHLIGHTS AW16
Fashion week returned to the heart of European culture, presenting the classiest and most colourfully striking collections.
Anna Molinari, creative director of Blumarine, showed her “Moonlit Nocturne” collection. The collection offered full length fur belted coats in a variety of colours from aquamarine blue, classic dark brown and striped light to pink to black, fur lined lace dresses and sequined striped dresses that elongated figures. Anna created fur heeled shoes as well as furry flip flops that graced the runway, let’s not forget to mention the pomp om earrings, furry small handbags and fur helmets. Molinari’s collection will keep you on the best dressed list, as well as warm; perfect combination for Winter? Yes!
Can Francesco Scognamiglio ever create a bad collection? The answer is no. His signature boudoir looks made a return with ruffles, transparent fabrics and slits. Francesco created off-the-shoulder ruffled dresses with slits of bare skin from the thigh to the knee showing. Sheer long sleeved dresses came with ruffled detailing sewed symmetrically on across the front of the body with sparkling dark green embroidery across the whole dress, black see-through shirts came with satin ribbons along the middle, paired with tailored trousers and oversized structured bomber jackets came with embellished fern- like embroidery. Francesco made a return to fur, with Arctic white large fur coats and light coloured fur stoles which were an accessory to long sleeved silk dresses which had sequinned floral needlework stitched above the bottom hem.
Massimo Giorgetti’s second collection for Pucci put him on the map of designers to watch with an incredibly striking, bold collection for the Italian fashion house. The collection fused sporty wear with the heritage of the house with their famous prints and untameable use of colour. The prints were cleverly, yet subtly weaved into the clothing, from mountainous landscapes to geometric prints. One of the highlights from the collection was undoubtable the outerwear which included buff shearlings to knee length printed puffer jackets. Massimo opted for flat shoes with buckles and pointed toes to finish the fierce woman aura he created with his Autumn/ Winter collection.
It is without a doubt that fashion has bowed to Alessandro Michele. He is one of the very few men that can get fashion bloggers
and editors hearts racing so quickly with his Gucci collections. His Autumn/ Winter collection included brocade long dresses, pussybow blouses, silk cheongsam dresses with embroidered flowers with block colour tights and under the knee length skirts with the typical Gucci stripes. The collection as infused with animals, such as tigers and panthers being embroidered in various places in the collection, but the main animal on Alessandro’s mind is the snake. Backstage at the show, he says “I love ambiguity, and the snake is the most ambiguous animal. It represents fear, but it is also so beautiful. When you look at the snake, your heart is pulsing.” The accessories ranged from white sports socks with the iconic dark green and red stripes at the top, to loafers and spectacles. Michele is undoubtedly the biggest force in fashion at the moment, and the statistics support the statement with Gucci announcing a full year net profit rise of 32%.