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Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 – Throwback Trends


During the Spring/Summer 2018 trends that descended on Milan Fashion Week, a distinct appreciation for nostalgia emerged, as Italy’s leading influencers delved into their archives and re-appropriated some of the all-time classics we know and love. 

Milan throwback ss18In a week which saw some fabulous fashions that injected a feel-good factor amid a period of sad global news that seems to be dominating the headlines, a welcoming shower of familiar faces and styles from the likes of Versace, Fendi, Gucci, Prada and Moschino lifted our spirits. 

Gucci commenced the week of throwback must-haves with a refreshing return of the monogrammed handbags that were originally unveiled in the Eighties and later became an iconic signature symbol for the brand. Michele decided to re-introduce the timeless favourite throughout his resort collection earlier this year, and for this season, opted to apply the bags to accessorise an array of opulently decretive outfits. 

Another brand who was acquainted with their logo-tastic house signature was Fendi, where designer Karl Lagerfeld adorned an amalgamation of jackets, skirts, hosiery and an accumulation of accessories with his iconic inverted Fs, which he first designed for the house in 1965. Albeit, it was the monogrammed, brown leather bags, almost identical to the original, that stole the spotlight for Spring/Summer 2018. 

Miuccia showcased updated versions of her best-selling black nylon carryall at Prada, where the accessory emerged in the Nineties as one of the original It bags. Fast-forward twenty-plus years and it has been creatively reinvented into a satchel, bum-bag and crossbody bag that was seen embellished with strips of leather and studs. These functional additions accompanied the militant feminist aesthetic that was seen as a theme throughout the designer’s latest collection. Female superhero coats along with tomboy-esque jackets, coats and cotton shirts with the sleeves pushed above the elbows were all noted examples. 

A few hours later the same evening, Jeremy Scott reawakened his love for My Little Pony, his pop culture preference for Moschino Spring/Summer 2018 that he proceeded to emblazon onto every sartorial item imaginable. Tracksuits, sweatshirts, t-shirts and an army of further pieces including My Little Pony Thermos and lunch boxes echoed the original Eighties versions. 

And then, the moment that has undoubtedly defined the entire Spring/Summer 2018 season; Versace’s supermodel spectacle, where Donatella honoured the twenty-year passing of her brother Gianni. The collection presented itself as a retrospective of the late designer’s iconic works, which included many of his early to mid-Nineties classic prints and pieces. Carla, Claudia, Cindy, Naomi, and Helena collectively made Instagram history!

Words by Katie Farley

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