MFW – Versace, Missoni, Ferragamo

Over the weekend there were several amazing collections shown in Milan… I know that we already talked about the Dolce & Gabbana show (which I personally liked better than the D&G show) but can we just say how amazing those crystal adorned corsets were?! I’m positive that even after this blog the truly Italian inspired collection will be talked about for weeks and months and even years to come.

On another exciting note the label that caused mass hysteria at Target stores recently didn’t fail to also cause a frenzy at their show on Sunday. Missoni’s Spring 2012 collection is a whirlwind of ruffles, zebra print and loads of tassel fringe. Colors are bold, yellow, cobalt blue, purple, aqua, magenta and in all combinations, patterns, and prints.

Her inspiration? Watching her daughters come home after dancing all night in Sardinia—something spontaneous and improvised. She hit the nail on the head with multi-colored zebra print dresses over pants and the off the shoulder open knit shirts and Tropicana-eque ruffle skirts.

Salvatore Ferragamo, also showing on Sunday, was like looking at many of my favorite collections so far all rolled up into one—the bold colors of Missoni, the vibrancy of Badgly Mischka, and scarf-dresses akin to D&G. Of course that is not to say that Massimiliano Giornetti didn’t create an original collection, it is actually quite unique…and beautiful.

One of the favorites a gorgeous color-blocked floor length dress with magenta top, aqua skirt, and red belt tied at the waste. Several looks are created from a sexy purple and aqua animal print, my favorite is the jumpsuit topped with a purple textured jacket… ready for a sizzling night out. The clothes aren’t the only things to rave about, the handbags were just as gorgeous—shoulder bags and clutches in similar colors of red, purple, and magenta.

Earlier in the week Donatella Versace showed a strikingly young collection, though verifiably Donatella, on an illuminated catwalk. Madam Versace says so herself, “The meeting of old and new Versace.” The marine-life theme is complemented by aquatic colors of sea-foam green, pristine sandy white, and sea urchin lavender (look it up I promise you’ll see what I mean).

The collection is appropriately dominated by short-shorts, easy-to-wear short dresses, and bandeau tops. The white looks are gold studded with sea shells, sea dragons, and starfish, or just plain, well not exactly plain, studded. Pretty sea-life prints were also present.

By Kristianne Young


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