Recession? When it comes to Milan Fashion Week, there’s no such thing; no one does rich like the Italian fashion crowd and even the snow didn’t seem to stop them. From the word go Milan took us to the dark side; Gucci’s rainbow collection of SS13 was out and black, dark jewel colours and fierce slicked back hair was in; the AW13 Gucci girl meant business. Highlights included python skin skirt suits, embroidery, feathers and the gorgeously feminine (but tough) silk skirted evening gowns. Versace came out strong, exploring the punk revolution with tartan/pvc clad models storming the catwalk; even Prada kept the tone dark, using grungy browns and flashes of mustard. Moving away from the strong silhouettes, Prada concentrated on softer drapes in tweeds, un-fitted leathers and fur with some Prada magic coming from the occasional flash of contrasting colour (I need the aqua green tweed two piece!!!). So where was the fun? The kitsch glamour? The colour of the Italian fashion capital? That job was for one man, Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi with his ‘FF’ Fun Fur archive collection. Fendi AW13 showed off a collection of fur like you’ve never seen it, accompanied by mohawke’s and what looked (at first) like a small Sesame Street character hanging off each bag, the mood was lightened and Fendi took centre stage.
It was then left to Dolce and Gabbanna to help to bring Milan to an end with their beautiful, classic and oh so Italian collection that, as always, Wowed!