Milan Fashion Week has basically come and gone in what seems like no time at all. It's always interesting to see how each country's fashion week compares--New York Fashion Week is usually a little slicker, a little harder, London Fashion Week is always the quirkiest, Milan this year is a little lighter and more romantic, and Paris is, well, Paris.
Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Trussard 1911: Pucci is bringing back the half-gown, and I have to say, I kind of like it. You get the legginess of a mini-dress with the movement and glam of a floor-length gown. The asymmetry in the front ties into the draping trend, and the quirky, grey/yellow tribal-nature pattern takes it to the next level. I can totally see some starlet rocking this on the red carpet. If any designers can pull off red leopard print, it's the boys at Dolce and Gabanna. In anyone else's hands, this would insanely trashy, but somehow here the floaty innocence of the chiffon mediates the rampant sexiness of the print perfectly. When you add in the same asymmetrical hemline we just saw at Pucci, you've got a fantastic on-trend party dress (maybe with a little more lining in the front). I've never heard of Trussard 1911, but this LBD plays with the nude/sheer, new knitwear, and long-sleeve body-con mini dress trends nicely. The peekaboo effect of the loose weave shows just enough skin, and adds so much visual interest.
Pollini, Gucci, Bottega Veneta: I never thought pink gingham would become a trend, but Christopher Kane and Pollini are proving me wrong. Such a campy fabric could come across as costumey and cheap, but when mixed with black and white, some chic draping, and an asymmetrical hemline, this dress is about as far from a picnic table cloth as you can get. This might be the first Versace show that I've loved. The futuristic, robotic-chic body-con minis are going to be a surefire hit. I like the juxtaposition of the high neckline against the slim fit, and the geometric sheer panels at the bust add just enough edge. Plus, when are pockets ever a bad thing? Bottega Veneta managed to take a totally synthetic fabric and make it into something organic and beautiful. That dress doesn't need anything--all those layers and all that movement are a statement in and of their own.
Versace, Versace, Blumarine: Oh, Versace. Let's be honest, Versace is basically sex made into a little glam dress. I know this first dress is totally sheer and therefore completely impractical, but the tattoo-esque print is insanely fabulous. I mean, if you could pull this off (I bet Megan Fox has already called this little number in), you will look sickeningly amazing. That's all. Come to think of it, this second dress has Megan Fox all over it too. Yes, that's a lot of skin (a LOT of skin), but the icy, geometric, diamond-ish print takes it from mildly skanky to Barbarella hot. And Barbarella is totally making a come-back. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Blumarine made tie-dye drop-dead chic. Pairing such a hippie-tastic print in such club kid color with a very clean, classic cut and a no-nonsense belt is such a genius look. It's equal parts Audrey Hepburn and Woodstock.
Gianfranco Ferre, D&G, Moschino Cheap & Chic: There are so many trends combined in this little dress (sheer, long-sleeve body-con mini, peplum skirt), but it still looks light and unstudied. Yes, you have to have no hips to wear this dress, but it would be really fantastic on someone with a more boyish figure, because that peplum is going to make your waist look teensy-tiny. D&G had this whole cowboy-western, denim, prairie skirt thing going on that was a little over the top for me, but there were a few looks that popped. The Lolita girliness of that tiered floral mini balances out the masculinity of the boyfriend denim button-up, and the leather belt ties it all together. And lastly, this Moschino Cheap & Chic dress is totally ridiculous in real life, but it's so darn cute that I had to post it. The heart almost reminds me of the Balenciaga leather dresses from a few seasons ago (I'm staring at them right now and there is definitely a resemblance).
Pucci: style.com, Dolce & Gabanna: style.com, Trussard 1911: style.com, Pollini: style.com, Versace: style.com, Bottega Veneta: style.com, Gucci: style.com, Blumarine: style.com, Gianfranco Ferre: style.com, D&G: style.com, Moschino Cheap & Chic: style.com