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Five noteworthy things that happened at Milan Fashion Week S/S ’20

Paris Fashion Week might be all the rage now, but we’re still not completely over Milan. ICYMI, here’s a roundup of what went down in the fashion capital of Italy
 

1. The model’s protest at Gucci

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hello ✨ I just want to say Thank You for all the support so many of you have given me since I lifted my hands in peaceful protest on the Gucci Runway show yesterday I feel very blessed to be surrounded by supportive comrades, and to know that there are so many people sharing support online for this action ✊ I want to use this opportunity to remind people that this sort of bravery, is only a simple gesture compared to the bravery that people with mental health issues show everyday. To have the bravery to get out of bed, to greet the day, and to live their lives is an act of strength, and I want to thank you for being here and being YOU ! ☀️ The support people have shown to my act is more than I could imagine, so I only trust that we will share this same support to our friends, siblings, loved ones, acquaintances, internet friends or even strangers, who might be going through tough times with their Mental Health. Showing up for them may come in many forms, check in via text or DM, listen to them with patience and without judgement, offer a helping hand with household tasks like food shop, cooking or cleaning, regularly remind them how amazing and strong they are, but also that is okay feel the feels too, Lets show up for people with mental health and help end the stigma together ! Many of the other Gucci models who were in the show felt just as strongly as I did about this depiction of straightjackets, and without their support I would not have had the courage to walk out and peacefully protest. Some have chosen to donate a portion their fee, and I 100% of mine, to mental health charities, who are doing amazing work for people today! Below are tags to some amazing charities that I encourage, if you have the resources and capacity to, please donate in any way you can, and in my linktree ( in bio ) is a google doc to websites for more charities ! <3 Also, please comment any other Mental Health organisations globally you would like to support and share, as my resources are UK/US based currently blessings, love & rage - Ayesha / YaYa ✨ ✨ ✨ @projectlets @mindcharity @mermaidsgender @qtpocmentalhealth @stonewalluk @switchboardlgbt @lgbtswitchboard @papyrus_uk

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Notably the most debatable incident at MFW, the protest by model and artist Ayesha Tan-Jones at Gucci’s S/S ’20 show caught many by surprise. Dressed in a white straitjacket-like ensemble, she flashed the message “Mental health is not fashion” – written on both her palms – at the start of the show while moving down a travelator.

It was not part of the show’s initial plans.

Gucci responded with a statement on its Instagram account, saying that the opening of the show was a visual representation of the restriction of self-expression that society has imposed on individuals. The Italian brand also expressed its wishes to be a beacon of hope for this.

“Uniforms, utilitarian clothes, normative dress, including straitjackets, were included in the #GucciSS20 fashion show as the most extreme version of a uniform dictated by society and those who control it. This power prescribes social norms, classifying and curbing identity,” it read. “The creative director’s antidote is seen in the Gucci Spring/Summer 2020 line-up of 89 looks. He has designed a collection that conveys fashion as a way to allow people to walk through fields of possibilities, cultivate beauty, make diversity sacrosanct, and celebrate the self in expression and identity.”

 

2. Furla’s “see-now-buy-now” collection

Announced at the Palazzo Isimbardi, Furla’s Furla 1927 collection had a “see-now-buy-now” concept. In other words, it’s already been available in its Marina Bay Sands, Paragon and Jewel Changi Airport stores since Sept 19.

The collection includes tri-fold wallets and cross-body bags in various sizes and colours.

 

3. Jennifer Lopez and her iconic green Versace dress

Remember that green dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000? Donatella Versace created a similar look for S/S ’20 and sent the 50-year-old down the runway in it.

Gimmicky or genius marketing technique? We think it’s the latter.

 

4. Bottega Veneta’s Pouch bag 3.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dumplings & chains Bottega Veneta SS 20 by #DanielLee #NewBottega

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Introduced in S/S ’19, the Pouch bag has become a piece coveted by many fashion insiders. F/W ’19 saw the debut of the Sponge Pouch, a maximalist edition that’s crafted from hand-stitching individual strands of nappa leather together.

For S/S ’20, it’s fashioned with heavy-duty chains, which we believe will be a hot favourite too.

 

5. Moschino’s campy looks

Pablo Picasso’s artworks are the #inspo for Jeremy Scott’s Moschino this season. From an OTT framed ensemble (pictured above) to Kaia Gerber’s guitar dress, this collection pays tribute to some of the late artist’s renowned works, such as Girl Before a Mirror (1932).

 

ALSO READ: ICYMI, HERE’S WHAT WENT DOWN AT LONDON FASHION WEEK S/S ’20

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