If New York Fashion Week was mild and London was not much different, Milan Fashion Week was a sight for sore eyes.
With dynamic runways shows with political statements and intricate presentations the Italian designers were not afraid to take risks. It was a pleasure to see traditional brands like Dolce & Gabbana stray from their Italian core and the controversial Lalo make a thunderous Gucci show.
Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week with an unforgettable show. Under the command of Alessandro Michele, mostly known as Lalo, a reinvented youthful Gucci raised the bar for the next collections to come. The theme “The Alchemist’s Garden: an anti-modern laboratory” should be the first hint that Lalo was aiming at the unusual. Both men and women walked the runaway, which had a pyramid right in the middle of it. Big and flashy accessories mixed up with different prints and fabrics gave us one message: go big or go home.
Dolce & Gabanna
The Dolce & Gabbana runway show was quite unlike any other during Milan Fashion Week. Instead of their regular set of professional models, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana invited regular people to walk their clothes. There were members of royal families, web influencers, millennials, actors and actresses and style icons from all over the world. “The character of people is the important thing to us,” declared Stefano Gabbana. “We’ve had an attraction to this from the very beginning—our first show in the mid-1980s was on real people. The message is: You need to accept yourself as you are. That’s it!” The unusual models also chose, styled and accessorized their looks during the 3-week spam of fittings. And while Stefano took over social media to spread the word about the show, Domenico was custom fitting all the looks into the invited models.
Missoni was the one brand which took political statements and inclusion to another level during Milano Fashion Week. All the staff, from the security to models to setup crew were all wearing Business of Fashion´s #TiedTogether handkershiefs. And that was only the beginning, every seat inside the venue had a cat pink knit beanie, the same worn in the Women´s March in January. The head of Missoni, Angela Missoni closed the runaway show with a speech stating that “there is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe,” she said. “The bond that unites all those who respect human rights.”
Everyone at Missoni gets a Women’s March style hat at their seat pic.twitter.com/4u2qxLWqRm
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) February 25, 2017