Sunday, February 26, 2012

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012 - Part One

Milan Fashion Week
Fall 2012 Favourites

This is the first chapter of my Milan Fashion Week overview. Click the pictures to enlarge. 

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti's flair for sensually graceful gowns shined through at her Fall 2012 showing. There was a striking contrast between the thick wool 'cocoon' coats and wispy chiffon dresses. The monochromatic colour scheme highlighted the delicate beauty of each look, wavering between black, cherry red, bright blue and plush purple. I'd most love to see the v-neck purple gown (6th on bottom row) worn on the red carpet.

Blugirl's buoyant range dresses four types of girls for Winter 2012. The preppy collegiate in red and blue argyle, polo necks, striped knits and stockings with socks. A phantasmic pastel princess in minted prints, pink and peach fuzzy coats, tights and earmuffs. A woolly white snow bunny, wrapped in chunky knits and Mongolian fur with fluffy knee-high boots and oversized beanies. And finally, the jaunty party girl in sequined and fringed little black dresses. A collection that covers style from the classroom to the nightclub.

The dark and esoteric ambience at Gucci's Fall offering was detected through dusky shades and opulent fabrics such as lavish velvets, jacquard, leather, lace and fur. The 19th century inspired range featured luxe-loungewear with slouchy trousers, smoking coats, capes and flat riding boots. Decadent evening wear began with belted floral dressed and ended with sheer silk chiffon and tulle gowns, embellished by sparkly floral appliqués.

The swinging 60's mingles with the military at Moschino's sprightly Fall 2012 showing. A youthful pageant of colourful and sporadically quilted coats were bedizened with gold buttons and chunky jewellery. Pants were skinny and colour blocked, skirts never below the knee. Quirky little drop-waist dresses were decked out with fringes and frills. Models were alternated with cowboy hats and beehives with large head bows.


Longer-lengths and geometric prints were the vanguard of Prada's Fall/Winter collection. That's if the sleek dip-dyed ombré hair and fierce neon smoked eyeshadow didn't already hog the limelight. The show opened with bejewelled black jackets and sleeveless tunics, navigating on to clashing mosaic printed suits in rusted orange, indigo, blue and mustard. Everything was worn over straight-leg trousers that grazed above the ankle. Models carried structured duffle bags and wore two-toned rubber-soled Mary Janes. Retro Appropriate. 

Iceberg tackles the 70's inspired rock-chic trend for Fall/Winter 2012. Swanky fur coats and tailored blazers were paired with chic leather trousers and cozy knit sweaters. Variegated patterned sequins covered skinny pants, shirts and long-sleeved mini's. While all pieces retained a luxurious edge, they were still wearer-friendly. Models were styled with tousled hairdo's and angled cat-eye sunglasses.

Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta proposed a sultry elegance for next season, with ladylike shapes adorned by shredded chiffon and peplum waists in midnight blue, ebony and plum. Pencil skirts and fitted dresses fell just over the knee, seen in rich velvets and decked with jewels. Designer Tomas Maier dispersed a few abstract prints through his collection, along with tailored coats and cropped trousers. Skinny belts, statement brooches, long leather gloves and ankle strap heels with socks accessorized the ensembles. 

Versace took a glam-goth warrior approach for the upcoming winter, with a side of cross-baring dresses and Lisbeth Salander. As bewildering as all that seems, Donatella succeeded in sending forth an army of blunt-fringed models in dresses that moulded to their Amazonian forms. Flashes of citrus orange and yellow met with black leather, metallic strips and large letter-block-prints. Slinky corseted chainmail gowns engineered like armour closed the show...if fashion was a battlefield, Versace leaves undefeated.  

Part Two to follow.


Joyce said...

I love the pastels at Blugirl, these collections are so amazing :)

Lucie Srbová said...

I love Blugirl collection:) I have a giveaway on my blog so feel free to join it:)

Judith said...

great post, love the dresses! x

Daniella said...

Amazing Collection,Amazing!!! In love with Prada's looks,the prints and play on lengths looks incredible! Also Loving the Iceberg collection,so full of texture and just the overall styling is stunning! :)

Take care,Daniella xox

kavery said...

I can see a lot of electric blue and purple in these collections. Looking forward to them

Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

my favourite is bottega veneta :D

Skinny Moonstick said...

I am smitten by the BLUGIRL pastels, Gucci purples, and Prada prints! Oh, can't wait for spring so I can wear all those gorgeous pastels!
Great coverage!!!
Good luck!

Marianne M. said...

i knew that you would blog about Milan's fashion week so i came straight here to see your recap and photos, thanks Sam!

LifeStyle Journal said...

I love Prada trouser suits with belts... so chic and 60s.
Amazing Bottega Veneta collection and I adore Moscino, the funniest brand...

hope in high heels said...

They all had such definite (and fabulous) colour stories! My favourites are Iceberg for general wearability and Bottega Veneta for elegant dreamability. Lovely round up as usual - thanks for doing the hard work for us and reporting it in such a delightful way!

Jessi said...

I love the minty, pastel colours from Blugirl and also the structured clothes from Moschino. It's great that you put the pics like this so we can really see the themes of each designer's collection. Thanks for sharing!

Leslie Quiros said...

this is horrible thought but I want it to be fall again! I cannot wait for these clothesss

Marie Martell said...

Great collections!

jamie said...

ohh! i am loving all the purples here!! another great set of great designs <3 hope you had a great weekend, love!!

<3 jamie

VintageDanielle said...

Bluegirl and Gucci were my favs! Lovely designs and color themes

Paolita@BerryHaute said...

Girly at Bluegirl & Moschino and 70's at Prada & Iceberg, as this Winter nears it's end,
so much to look forward to in the coming one.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Gorgeous collections. Adoring Ferretti!

Anonymous said...

I love Burberry again as much as last season.