Milan Fashion Week Reviews

Happy fall! It’s the day we have all been waiting for… unfortunately it will be a 105 degrees this afternoon, but you still have all the right to say “because its fall!” when someone asks you why you are wearing your new booties and sheer tights. However this week is still about Spring 2012 as we continue our reviews of Milan Fashion Week.

Yesterday’s shows brought us several of the biggest names in fashion, Prada, D & G, and Fendi. All of which are synonymous with luxury clothing and fine handbags.

One of the most exciting things about seeing the Prada show this year is knowing that Arizona will soon have its very first Prada store at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The store will be located fairly close to their “rival,” Gucci. Now all we need is a D & G store and Fendi Boutique and we will be set.

Though we have seen several main trends across both collections and fashion weeks at large (color blocking, floral print, tribal) there is one main similarity that stands out—the past. Designers were overwhelmingly inspired by past eras ranging from the ‘20s all the way up to the ‘90s and Prada was no exception. Miuccia Prada gave us the 1950’s in the form of knee-length pleated skirts, hotrod-flame printed dresses and literal hotrods as well, and über-feminine pin-up girl bathing suits.

Obsessed with scarves? Then D & G’s spring collection is for you. Scarf button ups, scarf dresses, scarf skirts, scarf belts, and even scarf shoes all in different colors and prints and patterns. This is not one of my favorite collections…though I am a firm supporter of mixing and matching prints, this feels a little overdone. Nonetheless I think that paired with less scarftastic pieces these separates can make a so-so outfit fun and trendy.

Don’t get me wrong there were still several pieces that I favored, particularly the denim pantsuit with a hint of scarf at the rolled up sleeve. This also happens to be D&G’s last show as they plan to integrate the collection with their signature line.

Fendi was all about the Milanese woman and a highly academic one at that. Pants, skirts, and collard blouses made of striped men’s shirting reminded me of something my college professor would wear.

Lagerfeld noted Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini an Italian neurologist, who won the prestigious award for medicine, as the inspiration for this line. Perhaps medicine is what also inspired the blue scrub-colored pants. I say a genius collection indeed.

By Kristianne Young

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