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Milan Fashion Week 2016 (24 to 29th February) started its six days of catwalk shows on Wednesday with Italian fashion brands Gucci, Fay and Roberto Cavalli among the first to show the creations their fashion designers hope will fill women’s wardrobes Fall / Winter season.
Gucci, which last week reported a forecast-beating sales rebound in the fourth quarter, presented a vibrant and colorful autumn/winter 2016/2017 collection, which designer Alessandro Michele called “Rhizomatic Scores”.
From one-colored outfits — including a pink furry coat teamed with pink tights, shoes, scarf and bag — to clashing print combinations and designs emblazoned with snake patterns, Michele showed a selection of eclectic looks.
Models wore sequined skirts, tailored trouser suits, Chinese-style silk dresses, shiny brocade coats, capes, brightly colored tights and a range of hats. The looks were accessorized with an array of bags, platform heels and large glasses.
At Roberto Cavalli, creative director Peter Dundas, who took over from the founding designer last year, showed a richly-embroidered array of outfits. Stranger pairings have happened in fashion, and in the hands of Peter Dundas and his Roberto Cavalli girls, it sorta makes total sense. Staying loyal to founder Cavalli’s love of animal print, Dundas used tiger and leopard print patterns on furry coats, suits, skirts and scarves.
Flower embroidery crept up jeans while sequins adorned sheer dresses and dark trouser suits, reminiscent of the 1970s. The show, also featuring menswear, included brocade jackets.
The brand, undergoing a transition since private equity fund Clessidra acquired control in April with founder Cavalli retaining 10 percent, is eyeing expanding daywear and accessories and growing in Asia, Chief Executive Renato Semerari said.
At Fausto Puglisi fashion catwalk,giant colorblocks were a big theme, here, best seen in a bright fur cape thrown over a gown with a revealing thigh-high slit. Legs, in fact, were basically an accessory as minis, slits and strict belted cage sandals all served to showcase gams.
The Miami-LA palm tree grew out of buttons and baubles along skirts at the hip, while studded motorcycle boots gave varsity jackets and letterman sweaters a bad vibe. As did a handful of police-style knit hats emblazoned with NYC.
Fausto Puglisi has a thing for America. And for fall, he wore his love on his sleeve, head and hip. Varsity stripes, red-white-and-blue, palm trees and some NYC values were on display in a collection that was, for Puglisi, more polished and less punk than usual.
Which were your Milan Fashion Week 2016 of yesterday?