We’re past the halfway mark and next season’s styles have been delighting and astounding the fashion world. We can follow the beautiful street style and our favourite designers through the eyes of some of the world’s best fashion bloggers and journalists through Instagram and blogs alike, keeping the whole world filled in on the Italian fashion capital. This S/S15 season has been different than the ones before it. Instead of relying on pastels and florals for that typical springtime wardrobe, designers went rogue using bold colours, unusual prints and richer fabrics. Milan is usually the city for opulence and heavy duty fashion and this season was no different.
You can always count on Emilio Pucci for strong colours and whimsical patterns and this new collection didn’t disappoint. Creative Director Peter Dundas carried on an unspoken tradition of the seventies theme, keeping it light, airy and bohemian. From bell-bottoms to peasant dresses, this era of Pucci stayed true to itself yet modernised. The bold colours really stood out and there will be a feast of strong yellows, turquoises and reds to carry us through next season. Dundas made the collection very easy to wear and there are pieces that can be pulled straight off the runway into our wardrobes.
Unless you were living under a rock or just cut off from social media, you’ll have heard about the Dolce & Gabbana show. Although they cited a Sicilian theme running through the show, there were a lot of Spanish undertones – especially in their choice of colours and embellishments. The collection boasted a lot of red, black and white with matador-style suits and jewelled pieces. Their clothes were elegant and a perfect mixture between simplistic and complicated. Although the fabric style seemed more suited to the winter months, we’re sure to see a lot of the classic styles shown in this show during next season.
Jil Sander was elegant as usual but was hitting the headlines once again for a more controversial reason. With yet another Creative Director at the helm of the company, the position appears to be a revolving door for the eponymous designer who left the company for the third time last year. With very little time, Rodolfo Paglialunga – who previously held positions at Prada and Vionnet – pulled miracles out of the bag. Although the pieces seemed a little simplified and rushed, Paglialunga created a beautiful, tidy collection that any fashionista would be proud of. There was a lot of featured workwear and the pieces were classic and achievable to recreate.
Roberto Cavalli, like Pucci, stayed with the bold bright colours but this designer had a more Middle Eastern vibe to his pieces – clothes that wouldn’t look out of place in Marrakech. Between the monochrome, there were splashes of jewel shades and animal print. As usual, with Cavalli, there were some beautiful simple pieces and others that are best left alone. Overall, the brand created an attainable collection that will be seen on the beaches of many a warm country next summer. Perfect for your wardrobe if you like vivid colours and lots of pattern.
The Versace runway started off primarily black with hints of turquoise and pink before entering with an explosion of colour. Unlike some of its Italian counterparts, Versace didn’t use the seventies as a muse, sticking to the sixties instead. This collection was made to go out and have fun in – little shift dresses, sheer panels, crop-tops and bright patterns. There seemed to be a confusion with colours in the latter part of the show where pieces weren’t as cohesive as they could have been. In true Donatella Versace style however, the collection was all very glamorous and out there – an embodiment of the designer herself.
DSquared2 have a reputation for being flashy and theatrical – having collaborated with Beyonce for stage outfits. However, for S/S15, the two designers put their efforts into bright colours and patterns rather than theatrics and showstoppers. Another brand with a hint of the seventies era, DSquared2 managed to keep most of it on the right side of tasteful and there were a number of pieces that we can guarantee will be huge next season. This was a bright collection with splashes of every colour imaginable – keeping it bright and exciting for the summer months.
Every fashion addict loves a little bit of Prada and the fashion elite flocked to attend one of the most anticipated shows of the season. Although the collection would be much better suited to the A/W season, the pieces were beautiful and centred round rich colours and fabrics. There were a number of midi-length coats and dresses in navy, brown and various shades of brown leather. It was evident that next season is focusing on craftsmanship and quality. The rich fabrics were almost more suited to curtains than clothing but this fit in with the Prada theme of opulence. There is a little something for everyone in this new collection but as a whole, Prada was a little bit underwhelming.
Fendi’s collection was predominantly black, white and blue with a orchid theme running throughout. There were a whole host of blue hues and each of them were as beautiful as the last. This was one of my favourite collections of MFW with both ready-to-wear and show-stopping pieces. There was a huge amount of diversity in the collection with everything from denim to baguette bags, suede to laser-cut leather. Karl Lagerfeld said he looked at a mixture of fashion and architecture to create some beautiful shapes – straight lines with asymmetrical pieces. There was the perfect mixture between slouchy fabrics and structure, something that is very hard to do in one collection and only a master like Lagerfeld can get right.
Paris is the last stop on our fashion list – the place where romantic and ethereal style like Elie Saab and Chanel lives. With a fantastic three weeks behind us, can Paris fail to disappoint or round off a phenomenal fashion season?
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