Now, we're stopping in Milan for the 3rd Fashion Week of the schedule. Milan holds some of the heavy hitters when it comes to changing style - who can forget the breath of fresh air that was Alessandro Michele at Gucci in March..? His influence has been felt all over the UK High Street this Autumn, so it seems apt that we start our Milanese coverage with him. He has built on the foundation of his geek girl from last season but added more sequins, bows and lurex thread. Over-sized digital prints and printed images onto logo'd jackets also looked strong.
It's virtually guaranteed that this collection will have the same effect and we'll see homages everywhere - which is no bad thing when you look at how gorgeous it all is!
Armani, which can sometimes get a bit overlooked as a sea of greige, showed two strong collections in both the Emporio and Giorgio lines. Emporio, the less expensive diffusion line came first and showed a laid-back, sporty vibe with lots of shorts and a colour palette of grey and pink and grey and tan.
Over at Giorgio Armani, there was an air of celebration at Giorgio's 40th anniversary in the business. The collection was in contrast to the pastels above and featured red in many different shades as well as lots of shorts and filmy trousers.
Marni took the tunic (possibly proving itself to be the season's key item) and wore it over trousers and skirts and with lots of assymetrical layers. Block colours of bright orange, yellow, blue and green were typical of her palettes. Print was sparse apart from giant leaf prints. Jewellery was metal and chunky plastic on earrings and cuffs.
Missoni looked to the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and his colourful stripes ("before the zig-zag there was the stripe", claimed Angela Missoni) as she took the label back to its' sportswear routes by way of the Maasai tribespeople of Africa and the aforementioned Cruz-Diez. Striped polo-shirts looked fresh and silhouettes long and lean. The models all wore either strappy sandals or printed Converse (could there be another collaboration in the pipeline..?)
Dolce & Gabbana, prior to the event, showed vintage posters of Capri, Venice, Rome and Florence giving an idea of Italy through the eyes of foreign tourists. The designers also claimed they don't believe in fashion trends anymore and that everyone should just enjoy it! The looks contained a lot of Sicilian Lace, pom poms and fruit. But we can definitely get behind their view that at the end of the day we should just wear clothes that suit us and make us happy. Cheers to that!
Prada went for vertical stripes across the range and showed a collection primarily made up of skirt suits and coats. Large, dangly Christmas bauble style earrings accompanied every look. It was a Miuccia Prada take on the classics...
Before we zip off to Paris we thought we should give a quick mention to Versace. Donatella is well-known for her very glam, red-carpet gowns but this season she went for a combat-inspired look. Camoflague prints in popping brights accessorised with stars. Models were wearing either clogs of sporty slides with each look and waists were cinched in with webbed belts featuring the Versace lion logo.