You can always rely on Milan to bring on outrageous flair, theatrical romance and unabashed conviction. This season was no different as we walked away with excitement over the continued celebration of individualism and styling tips that can actually be put to practical use.
Fendi: A fur collared drop waisted coat worn over turquoise thigh high boots, a blue and white striped tee tucked into a kilt and a coral yoked blouse tucked into a navy ballon skirt – there wasn’t one ensemble where Karl Lagerfeld didn’t play with unexpected color combinations and adorn with ruffled hems, wavy trims or pleated details. It was all so enjoyably playful, spirited and sure to cause a ripple effect come fall.
Ports 1961: Despite reflecting back on her time at Central Saint Martins in the 90s and drawing from the influence Helmut Lang had on her career, there was something uniquely modern about Natasa Cagalj’s fall collection. My favorite pieces were the floor sweeping trousers, which were oversized but beautifully tailored and the luxurious coats, which were reworked brilliantly with slits, overlapping lapels and trailing ties. The collection was full of wardrobe staples that will not only stand the test of time, but will be worn with swagger.
Alberta Ferretti: Romance is Alberta Ferretti’s best trait so we can always expect to be swept away by pieces like satin slips trimmed with delicate lace and lighter than air embroidered gowns. This season, however, it was the relaxed vibe of the grey wool suiting and an interesting take on pajama inspired jumpsuits that had me rethinking my night to day wardrobe.
Marni: Consuelo Castiglioni always pushes boundaries with her overly graphic prints, experimental proportions and artsy vibe, which is why I love Marni. The collection got even better as it progressed as I found myself putting puffy sleeved blouses cinched up high on the arms, capes and sweaters cut away by circular arcs, and stirrup pants with extra wide waistbands – all in stark, contrasting earthy tones – on my fall wish list. Strange and chic . . . just how I like it.