Le Freak C’est Chic
I often have a hard time pinning down the specific trends which will carry forward from Milan fashion week because the designers I’m drawn to from this city are so diverse. Gucci, Vivetta, Blumarine to name a few of my favourites are all so unique in what they do. One thing which can always be counted on from Milan is the luxury & opulence which is on show much more than the other major three fashion capitals.
Dolce & Gabbana
Were Dolce & Gabbana inspired by the floor length black floral dress Carrie almost wore down the runway in her Sex & the City runway show episode (See dress on left four rows down)? Love, love, love the romantic lingerie collection, pastel satins, sheer capes trimmed with ostrich feathers and the gold bows? Hair accessories are definitely the look for 2019 and I’ll be using multiple bows to create a headband-like effect as seen in the last image. 2018 saw the rise of more unique sunglass trends and shapes and these silver tasseled cat eyes prove there’s no limit to how far we can go with glamorous eyewear. Finally there’s no shortage of sequins on the runway in 2019, D&G using them to create checkered pattern and glitzy gold skirts and jackets.
There’s something comforting in Vivetta s clothes. They remind me of my childhood – patchwork pieces made up of fabrics resembling storybook illustrations, or your grandmother’s oven mitts. I love Vivetta, so let me assure you, I mean this in the most complimentary way possible.
I few years ago there was a terrible abc Kids show called Bunheads, as a former dancer I enjoyed watching it, even though I was not the right demographic and the acting is deplorable. There is a quirky character on the show who owns her own boutique, full of her own designs. She makes a trench coat out of decapitated teddy bears, I honestly love the concept. I couldn’t help but wonder if somehow Bunheads made it’s way to Italy?
Finally, do these hats not remind you of Alec Baldwin’s scary face in Beetlejuice with the large cut-out eyes?
MM6 Maison Margiela
These MM6 Maison Margiela coats look like a cloudy, marshmallow dream after the cold winter we’ve had in Toronto. Though I do adore white outerwear, I know I’d be a nightmare in it.
I love the cut of this dress with the bow at the top from Emporio Armani. Though we can’t see much of it because of the coat, it’s evident that it hangs so nicely, a subtle bubble dress. Red is definitely going to be big this season, not something I’m particularly looking forward to, I really don’t think it’s my colour. The “bad girls” of the nineties really destroyed the brunette in red look for me for life.
As always, so much going on at Gucci – from Venetian Masquerades, to tears. The collection very much drew on inspiration from former Italy, the capes, masks and ruff collars be they made of lace, or spikes.
Monochrome palettes and wearable fashions on the runway at No. 21. I adore the beige cardigan on the right. My favourite sweater in my closet is a vintage camel hair cardigan from Holt Renfrew and it is quite literally falling apart at the seams, and everywhere else to be quite frank. It’s gotten to the point where I really should be embarrassed to wear it out of the house & It’s probably time to invest in a new one, but I just love it so much.
A very sweet collection from Blumarine – always one of my favourites to see what they com up with. Adore the harlequin print in a pastel and again in a red & pink palette with roses (very Valentine’s). Beautiful lace pieces abound paired with over the knee boots – looks like the “baggy” boot is back ugh. Can’t say I’m fond of the look of exaggerating the size of our legs – sorry.
Which looks are you looking forward to wearing next fall? I want a pair of those D&G sunglasses and a coat covered in Teddy Bears.