Milan Fashion Week is here and it’s looking straight up delicious on so many levels. For starters, Brunello Cucinelli held his bi-annual charcuterie-by-candlelight dinner party (think chianti, pocket squares, and lots of babes in turtlenecks) in Florence. The bacchanalia took place on Tuesday before the following day’s shows, which did not disappoint.
New York and London’s Fashion Weeks felt more inclusive than ever particularly the collections of Prabal Gurung and Ashish who channeled their frustration into some seriously juicy rebel-heart collections. So we were delighted to see Milan Fashion Week successfully take the baton.
Gucci, for one, felt a little more gritty than usual thanks to its location in a hangar on the city’s outskirts and a number of t-shirts covered with slogans like "Common Sense is Not That Common" in graffiti-style writing. Then, there was the fierce collection of Alberta Ferretti, which featured Halima Aden – the same hijab-wearing model we saw on the runway at Yeezy Season 5 – among its stellar line-up of Hadids.
If fashion is in part a knee-jerk reaction to the times, we can’t wait to see how the Italians (who, let’s be real, do drama better than The Housewives of Orange County) unfurl their frustration and resolve.
Gucci’s collection, aptly titled The Alchemist’s Garden, was perhaps the most anticipated show in Wednesday’s lineup – and it came in full throttle. Attendees like Hari Nef, Alexa Chung and A$AP Rocky (who, be still our beating hearts, was recorded reading extracts from Jane Austen as the B-side to the vinyl record invitations) gathered inside the hangar, sitting before a velvet curtain in anticipation until, suddenly, the noise of a helicopter filled the room.
The curtain fell to reveal a giant pyramid with a rooster weather vane, and models both male and female began to walk out in all sorts of Chinoiserie, lace and embroidered finery – it was a celebration of indulgence that pinnacled Hungarian model Armand Puszta’s look: a sparkly blue, Justin-from-The-Darkness-style chest-less onesie complete with snarling animal print.
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As per usual, the Hadid sisters rocked the runway, especially Bella, who stepped out in a gold, Venetian mask, covering her eyes but baring her nipples in a sheer dress. Plus, the glossy black velvet cape draped around her neck was the perfect compliment to her new jet-black locks. Alberta Ferretti has always been solid at dishing out the striped and caped ensembles that we imagine some glamorous, Italian socialite would wear – and the FW17 collection was no exception. Organza, floor length sleeves and weighty chandelier earrings commanded the presence of the room, but it was Muslim model Halima Aden who stole the show when she worked the runway in an a black coat and gilded lion belt.
Leave it to Fausto Puglisi to bring us a collection that's somewhere between Jude Law in The Young Pope and the Beyoncé's 2016 CDFA look. The collection fit in perfectly with the same mysterious aesthetic we found at Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, and we're especially into the dose of lilac and combat boots.
Correction: we previously wrote that A$AP Rocky had been reading a Jane Austen novel in the front row. It turns out he was recorded reading an extract from Persuasion, which was the B-side to the vinyl record invitations to the show.
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