Milan Fashion Week: Highlights From Day 1

23/08/2010 11:03 | Updated 22 May 2015

Prada D&G, Fendi milan fashion weekPrada, D&G and Fendi. photos: AP, Getty, WireImage

The excitement of London Fashion Week is over and the fashion pack has headed to Milan for the next round of shows. The week got off to a playful start with a celebration of the female form, fashion not taking itself too seriously and some British entertainment...

Après-ski style: D&G sent adorable ski bunnies down their a/w 2010 catwalk, clad in snowflake-and-reindeer print jumpers, coats, playsuits and dresses, furry boots and ski goggles as hair accessories. The Winter Olympics in Vancouver surely had something to do with the collection's theme, but we loved the playful looks that were at once cozy and cute. All that was missing was a cup of hot cocoa and a fire.

Loving the ladies: Miuccia Prada often sets the barometer for where fashion is heading, and next season, women will rejoice: the bust is back. Using curvier models like Lara Stone, Doutzen Kroes and Catherine McNeil to show off her latest designs, Prada revisited the '90s classics in her repertoire (detailed coats and jackets, full-skirted dresses), emphasising the bust with lace ruffle details. We also loved the chunky knee socks that are sure to be on fashionistas' wish lists come autumn.

Facebooking Donatella: Versace fans can get all their questions about the a/w 2010 collection answered via the Versace Facebook page at 1 pm EST today, following the runway show. Even if you're not in Milan to see it, you can find out about the design process, this season's inspiration and more.

British invasion: In celebration of the new Maison Moschino hotel in Milan, Moschino Cheap & Chic designer Rosella Jardini ditched the traditional fashion show format and flew in Pixie Lott to perform. Guests stood side by side in a clear plastic tent, Asia Argento deejayed and models (evoking the different types of women who would come out of the hotel) strolled by, showing off the new collection of Moschino luggage called Lost and Found. Maids playfully swatted at people with feather dusters, and the fashion was similarly upbeat and fun: shopaholic models carried shopping bags labelled "FULL," while an Hermès-inspired lady wore an upside down Birkin as a hat.

Fur, two-ways: While fur is hardly the most popular fabric these days, in Milan it's already made a couple of catwalk appearances. At Fendi, Lagerfeld went minimalist with pelts in muted and natural colours that he showed as coats, waistcoats, wraps and even adorning black evening wear, while Roberto Cavalli went for furs in bold, bright colours like royal blue and red, paired with kilts, tartan prints, and, of course, jungle print, in his glam-grunge Just Cavalli collection.


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