Severe silhouettes at Versace, everything and the kitchen sink at Moschino and Etro's tribal influences. Here's what happened on day three of the Milan fashion shows.
Hitting the saloon: Coco Chanel's maxim about taking one accessory off before leaving the house certainly didn't apply to Rosella Jardini's spring vision for Moschino, where it was all piled on: cowboy hats, enormous shades, scarves, bangles and massive earrings jingled alongside ensembles of bright stripes, polka dots, florals, ruffles, bows and more for a Wild West-meets-the-1980s kind of fabulous.
Patterned pieces: We fall in love with Etro's prints season after season, and for spring, we'll be coveting the tribal-inspired and geometric prints that were shown alongside the florals and paisleys. The flowing maxi-dresses with metal collars and one-shouldered, puff-sleeved dresses are on our wish-list for summer.
A fine romance: Antonio Marras took on spring's romantic sensibilities with ethereal dresses with touches of floral and lace mixed with easy sportswear separates. The delicate bras and high-waisted briefs peeking out from under macs, tailored jackets and sheer slipdresses made for some delectable boudoir touches.
Slick and sculpted: The tightly pulled-back topknots on Donatella Versace's models heralded a new severity in the designer's spring looks, which played with the idea of opposites: short hemlines vs. knee-length pencil skirts, midriff-exposing jackets and sexy cutouts vs. modest necklines and bright hues (turquoise, red and yellow) vs. black and white. The Greek key symbol, originally used by Gianni Versace, appeared on accessories and decorated jackets and clothing, while the house's goddess gowns were updated with fringe. And it looks like Versace's found a new British muse after Christopher Kane: Louise Goldin, whose knitwear pieces inspired the knits on the catwalk (she's just started a consultancy for the Italian label). Mad Men's January Jones sat front row, looking fabulous in a red fringed cocktail dress, while Jada Pinkett-Smith attended in a short purple number.
British invasion: In other Brit-designers-get-tapped-by-Italian-brands news, Mark Fast launched his collection for Pinko at Milan Fashion Week. For the new line, Fast's signature body-con looks have been rendered in metallic gold and silver foil with metal-ring necklines in a collection that pays homage to Grace Jones and Jerry Hall. Featuring 50 styles, as well as bags, jewellery and shoes, Mark Fast for Pinko will hit Pinko stores globally this December.
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