Milan Fashion Week SS19 Highlights
Dolce & Gabbana
Undoubtedly a Milan designer highlight, Dolce & Gabbana championed the brand’s DNA by fabulously illustrating their signature aesthetics, all rolled into their SS19 collection that resulted in a true family affair. Sicilian romance, embroidered florals, souvenir prints, black Basque seduction, silk lingerie and widow’s weeds transpired as some of the iconic looks that have metamorphosed as sartorial staples that emit as the duo’s genetic makeup. A wonderfully unmissable rot of vibrancy, patterns, textures, embellishments and silhouettes, modelled by iconic influencers made for a standout show.
Rising to the challenge of creative director at Marni in 2016, Francesco Risso has adopted and enriched the label’s iconic use of bold colour, avant-gardism and sculptural silhouettes, whilst additionally interpreting his own style. For SS19 Risso included voluminous skirts, deconstructed corset tops and electric photo-prints of abstract paintbrush marks, Grecian figures and naked bottoms. Ultimately, the collection was rather feminine, with an arresting colour palette and sharp silhouettes that resulted in a rather sophisticated story.
Donatella has a magical knack of conjuring iconic supermodels from years gone by to appear in her recent catwalk shows and SS19 was no exception, with Shalom Harlow closing the seasonal presentation for Versace. Garments included bright, peppy checks, button-through pencil skirts, floaty handkerchief layers and stretchy florals – all bedecked in a wickedly vivid colour palette. A dichotomy of prints collided with one another that on paper would never work but naturally materialised as chic and covetable and the collection saw obligatory glimpses of the label’s signature silken and slinky slip dresses – always a crowd pleaser.
“Let’s go to the beach, each, let’s go get away!” For SS19, Veronica Etro channelled all surfing vibes with a collection so bold and beautiful that it would make anyone wish to prolong their now distant summer vacations. A melange of tropical prints, bohemian denims, blanket jackets and crochet and shell accessories collectively added to the psychedelic patchwork array of beach-flavoured attires that were seen rendered amid the Italian brand’s signature paisley prints. The collection came complete with bright and bold wetsuits, bikinis, swimsuits, bomber jackets, windswept kaftans and naturally, surfboards arose as mandatory.
Words by Katie Farley