As we did with London, it is now time for us to round up the special, sensual and surreal moments with the closing of Milan Fashion Week.
The fashion? Utilitarianism gains further traction - from toolkit belts from Fendi to neutral palettes of khaki and brown. Vivid colours are splashed across the runway, heralding the coming of spring. The colour of spring? Don your shades because it seems to be lime-green, as evidenced by its appearance on Prada, Tods and Jill Sander’s runways.
But we’re not here for the fashion, oh no. We’re here for the weird and wonderful moments that happened beyond the collections. Check out our top 5:
Sure, we humans are born with two breasts. But Italian fashion brand GCDS (which stands for God Can’t Destroy Streetwear) declared that you need three. How? Well the extra one was a cleverly crafted prosthetic. This dystopian-esque move by Giuliano Calza, the co-founder and creative designer of the four-year-old brand, has a deeper and more personal meaning other than seeking social media airtime.
In an interview with Huffington Post, the designer said that the added breast was a nod to his mother who had breast cancer two years ago that led him to think about the future. Despite being a young designer, Giuliano hopes that the the added bosom will provoke people to start discussing about environmental and sustainability issues.
Airport fashion, literally
Giorgio Armani brought the Emporio Armani line to new heights by showcasing the show at Milan’s Linate airport. He took over an entire aircraft hangar and refurbished the space into the grounds where the collection would soar. To further realise this make-believe, guests had to go through airport security checks and were greeted with perfume bottles that met with the standard 100ml limit in plastic bags.
Do you ever really know where you are in life? At Prada’s runway show in Fondazione Prada, they give you the exact location - down to the longitude and latitude of the spot you are seated at. But that’s not all. If you aren’t flying off after the Emporio Armani show, at least you could be in the air. Or at least seated on an inflatable transparent cube.
Old is Gold
90s supermodels made a triumphant return to the runways of Milan, showing the millennial generation of Hadids and Jenner that old is indeed, still gold. Names include Amber Valletta, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Carolyn Murphy, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni (former French First Lady!) and Eva Herzigova. The choice of casting these models pointed to the increasing inclusivity trend that we see on the runway as well.
The Medusa gets a new home
While models like Anja Rubik, Freja Beha Erichsen and the Hadids may have graced the runway for Versace’s very retro-inspired spring collection (red satin coat anyone?), it was the business news that dominated the news. It has just been announced that Michael Kors (the company, not the person) would be buying over Versace for US$2.1 billion (yes billions, you heard that right). A favourite between celebs and the riches, Donatella Versace will fortunately still be the chief designer.