Friday, February 27, 2009

Milan Fashion Week #1

Welcome to Italia! That's right, it's Milan Fashion Week. I love Milan--the Italians definitely have their own perspective on fashion, and it shows (is anyone else as excited for the Dolce and Gabbana makeup launch as I am?). Here's my roundup from the first round of shows:

Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani, Cavalli: How cute is that ruffled Armani coat? Especially when paired with that ruffled dress. It's a lot of ruffles, but the clean lines and minimalist palette keeps it from going into the overly girly category. I think it's safe to say that cascading ruffles are sticking around for next fall. And that tiered dress is so old-school Chloe (I miss old Chloe) to me--very girly-bohemian, but a little sexy with the mini-dress length. That urban-warrior dress is totally not what I'd expect from Cavalli, but I like it! The thin strips of leather and studs take the dress from boring to not only edgy, but hot. Props to Cavalli for showing even though his backing folded a few days ago. I hope he makes it! It would be really tragic if no one could buy this adorable dress.

Moschino Cheap and Chic, Missoni, Missoni: Moschino is always...offbeat. Generally in a good way. There wasn't as much crazy humor this time, but there were lots of wearable clothes covered in cascading ruffles (very Lanvin Fall/Winter 2008, no?). This LBD is definitely on the ruffly side, but I think the black tones down the ruffles just enough to make it wearable--if you're ready to be the center of attention, that is. This was probably my favorite Moschino show yet. Almost everything was some sort of knit, and while it might be a little crazy-hobo-chic to wear all the knits at once, if you dissect the elements of these looks, there are some really realistic and cute pieces. Take these two sweater dresses for instance. The fit is loose enough to be casual, but skims the body in a really flattering way. The scrunchy tights are perfect for a cozy winter look, as are the cardigan coats and oversized scarves. Maybe leave the giant hippie headband to the runway, though.

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