fashion   //   September 30, 2009

Fashion Week: Milan

For Spring 2010, the Italians are showing us some love. The collections were romantic and demure – ruffles and tulle replace the tight-fitting styles we saw last February. Milan focused on the basics with recurring palettes consisting of beige, black, grey and white. Another constant on the runway were the short hemlines – short dresses, short skirts and short shorts were spotted on nearly every runway. Check out my top three picks from Italy before we head to the City of Lights for the last stop on the Fashion Week circuit.

Bottega Veneta

Thomas Maier presented a wearable collection with pieces made of cotton and canvas in muted shades of beiges and whites. Each piece was distinct and could hold its own, yet the collection was impeccably tied together and cohesive. The looks that went down the runway struck me as the perfect travel attire – chic and wearable, not to mention the oversize bags that would be perfect carry-ons. Maier surprised the audience by closing the show with three extraordinary (and red-carpet-worthy) violet and vivid red evening gowns.

Jil Sander

It was back to the basics for Raf Simons, the lead designer of Jil Sander. While the color palette was simple – black, beige and white – the pieces themselves were eye-catching with interesting and unexpected details including dresses that had scissor-cut patches hanging from them and wool sheaths with a sheer knit top-half. Simons’ superb engineering and tailoring made this collection one to remember.


Fendi

Let me state the obvious here: Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. For Spring 2010, Lagerfeld is bringing out Fendi’s romantic side (a side, I might mention, we have not seen in quite some time). The collection featured silk and tulle dresses in pastel hues – take note of the soft pleats and masterful drapery on these – thigh-grazing skirts and lovely cropped jackets. But Lagerfeld didn’t just stop at clothes, he finished off the looks with a dazzling assortment of accessories – transparent clutches made of Perspex, and sky-high, ribbon-tie heels complete with a lucite platform.