These past several days, it was Milan’s turn to shine with glitz, glamour, and couture for Milan Fashion Week. From September 18-23, the gorgeous city in the middle of Italy swarmed with designers, celebrities, and fashion lovers, all with the same goal: to catch a glimpse of the hottest pieces for Spring 2014.
If you love fashion as much as we do, then Milan is a must see.With shows from the most honored designers to gorgeous European brands, Milan gave the fashion industry a shock wave of lavish and luxurious looks.
There were plenty of runway shows that left us in awe – and these are our top ten.
The Italian designer jumped into the hearts of the fashion world and Hollywood back in the 1980s. He can make the most sophisticated and elegant designs which fashion lovers cling to. For his Milan Spring 2014 fashion show, Armani described his collection with the simple story of, “A woman who’s free to fly but can carry her own weight, gentle but gutsy”. The collection did just that with slim suits, bright colors, and a mix of free flowing gowns.
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Dolce and Gabbana
It was highly apparent that Italy was a huge source of inspiration in this spring collection as we saw the models walk down the runway. The collection, designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, used colors and prints that transport you straight to Italy, no matter where you are. There were belts with large golden coins and lavish Sicilian almond blossoms placed as crowns above models heads.
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Designer Peter Dunda has created looks for pop stars Beyonce and Rita Orta over the past year – an experience that has obviously helped his developing design aesthetic. Dundas’s Spring 2014 collection was young and fun, with strong elements of street wear meets couture. Bold prints matched with black was the cohesive look that streamed down the runway. We loved the everyday look that each garment had, while still making heads turn in Milan.
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Missoni is synonymous with intricate zigzag knits and patterns that catch the eye and grab the room’s attention. Created in 1953 and now in the hands of Angela Missoni, the collection embodied all the natural elements from fire to wind. We adored the pieces that had a turbulent mix of Mediterranean, South American, and Asian flavors to create a whirlwind of a collection.
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The label created by Franco Moschino celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in style! The show was bright, fun, and celebrated everything Franco loved almost twenty years after his death. The invitations to the show came with t-shirts with the famous saying, “FOR FASHION VICTIMS ONLY’ printed on them – a sure sign of collection’s spirit. The looks that came down the runway were bold, quirky, and everything that Moschino stands for.
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Marco De Vincenzo
The Roman designer who got his start four years ago isn’t a household name, but his collection proved that he should be. The detailing in the garments is incredible and highlight the talent of the designer. Dresses that were made of interlacing swatches stole the show and wowed the audience. The well-constructed looks jump between the worlds of modernism and elegance.
Sunday sizzled and Puglisi’s collection came roaring down the runway in Milan. It’s no wonder why Italian designer Fausto Puglisi creates looks for some of the boldest singers out there. Madonna is a fan and even enlisted him to design her Super Bowl Halftime show! The collection in constructed beautifully and stops short of gaudy.
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Walking out to the punk sounds of Sid Vicious, models adorned visors and loud floral prints, giving the impression that they were spending the day playing tennis or picnicking at the park. The flowers that grow throughout the gowns’ designs were a trend for the entire collection. With the additional flip-flops as the shoe of choice, the collection had a Japanese feel that got mixed into sleek business suits.
Designers Federico Piaggi and Stefano Citron stated that their inspiration was from photographs of tragic model Gia Carangi. The looks were simple yet bold in design, starting off with elegant nudes, then bursting into a bright neon, only to end with deep midnight blues.
Our first impression of this collection was a dazzling array of colors came walking down the runway that immediately grabbed everyone’s attention. The garments were constructed with some parts fitted, some loose, and a few cut outs; the construction choices resulted in the perfect amount of sexiness. The entire collection looked like something you can pack up and take to a tropical vacation for a blend of fun and sophistication.
What was your favorite Milan Fashion Week show?
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