Fall 2012 Fashion Shows in Milan Part 1
Milan Fashion Week has been a swirling mass of fur, unstructured and billowing shells, and black sheer sexiness.
Milan Fashion Week Day 1
Because of the craziness that is Italy’s economy, there was a trend this season that is said to be directly influenced by the decrease in retail sales by over 5%. The trend is an almost funeral looking black that extends to all materials and to most of the collections shown so far at Milan. But no brand represented this trend quite like Gucci.
Frida Giannini had said that the black was representative of a romantic love that was darker than the flighty types of lust or infatuation seen in today’s media. A heavy 19th century influence was infused into the line displaying velvets, lace, and floral appliques.
Some of the other collections shown on day 1 were Francesco Scognamiglio, Elena Miro, Angelo Marani, Ballantyne, Brunello Cucinelli, John Richmond, Kristna Ti, No. 21, Paola Frani, Sergio Zambon, and Simonetta Ravizza.
Milan Fashion Week Day 2
Alberta Ferretti was another collection that represented the black ace/sheer trend that was prevalent throughout this fashion week but Ferretti used a lot more animal and exotic influences than many of the other collections. They has feathers detailing dresses, ruffs made from fur, and exotic skin belts. But no one showed more fur or exotics thus far than the king of furs: Fendi.
Fendi made nearly an entire collection of furs and exotic belts made from stingray and crocodile. The furs were dyed any and all colors and at times made into patterns and evenmade to look like the faces of animals. These designs were usually stunning and beautiful, but occasionally scary beyond belief.
Prada was another collection that had some scary looking elements to it, not so much the clothing, but more so the beauty and hair. The models all looked like vampire clowns with flaps of unattractive clipped in hair pieces. The collection was saved because of the stunning bags that were shown which is already the most profitable area of the company as seen by their publicly traded stocks in Hong Kong.
Other shows that graced Milan Fashion Week on day 2 were Blugirl, Daniela Gregis, Ermanno Scervino, Anteprima, Jo No Fui, Krizia, Max Mara, Luisa Beccaria, Maurizio Pecoraro, and Roccobarocco.
Milan Fashion Week Day 3
Day three consisted mostly of detailed collection that were rich in colors and patterns and had a story to tell like the Versace Fall 2012 collection. It was riddled with crosses and other bold patterns like their name splattered all over a few of the dresses. Not Versace is a lot of things, but subtle is not one of them The collection was actually quite beautiful and you could tell the Donatella is finally moving away from the studded looks that were present at the Versace for H&M collection which is nice in itself even though everyone should own at least one of those studded looks.
Etro showed an amazing Fall 2012 collection that helped to demonstrate Veronica Etro’s talent and growth as a designer as compared to her previous collections. Lots of paisley, velvet, and… did I mention paisley? The looks were all very fitted which was a nice change from the very over-sized coats we’ve been seeing throughout Milan Fashion Week and previous fashion weeks for Fall 2012.
Other shows that presented at Milan Fashion Week for Fall 2012 were Albino, Blumarine, Gabriele Colangelo, Iceberg, Just Cavalli, Marco de Vincenzo, MaxMara Atelier, and Moschino.