09 Oct MFW SS17 HIGHLIGHTS
Fashion jumped back into the heart of Italian culture in Milan. The Spring/ Summer 2017 collections proved to be the starting gun for major trends with bralettes, big belts and wearable sportswear being a frequent theme among the shows.
Miuccia Prada stated that her SS17 collection was an array of clothing that women wanted to wear, uncomplicated yet had a pinch of spice to it. With an all black look opening the show, it made the guests question what was going to be unveiled. However, Miuccia never does boring and she definitely did not disappoint. The exciting new wave of ostrich and marabou feathers entered the realm of the Prada hemisphere; along with art deco graphic prints, pajama styled trousers and skorts shorter than the mini. Mrs. Prada’s fancy bralettes with fine feathers poking out of the top, dressed over patterned shirts was the starting gun to one of this season’s new trend, with Etro and Bottega Venetta following her footsteps. Despite of all of this, the collection was totally wearable yet extremely classy. The footwear was nothing extravagant with a sea of kitten heels and flat sandals storming the runway, with the occasional sight of low, chunky platform heels.
Peter Dundas took us all on a psychedelic journey through the 70’s to the heart of Morocco. The bohemian spirit swept the crowd off their feet as velvet embroidered flares, multicolored pale lace dresses and printed capes breezed along the runway. Dundas took references from Native America with his tribal inspired jewellery, Navajo prints, Egyptian- inspired textiles and platform wooden clogs (that are an essential part to Scandinavian traditional dress). He is an Oslo native with his mother being American, so the cross over of culture seemed appropriate with this collection. The collection oozed sex appeal, and reminded me of what a female young Mick Jagger would wear.
As always, Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is the most anticipated collection in Milan. The SS17 was a calm extravagance of a modern day fairytale. Unlike many designers, fashion’s favourite ‘it’ boy keeps getting better and better. The models strutted down the pink striped runway to the sound of violins with peach coloured chiffon dresses layered at the shoulders, studded denim suits, knee length bright orange fur coats with two zebras printed at the sides and a rainbow tinsel-like dress all being shown. The collection was like looking at Tarot cards through a kaleidoscope that completely left the audience, and myself, in a daze. – I