A bridal trousseau at Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni takes a trip around the world and school's in session at Versus. Here are the highlights from the fifth day of the Milan shows...
Wedding belles: For spring, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana envisaged what a hopeful bride would pack for the next stage of her life and turned it into their spring/summer collection (considering the designers celebrated 25 years in the fashion biz this year, it's no wonder they were in an optimistic mood). Bedspreads, curtains and tablecloths - white, embroidered and lacey - were skilfully transformed into corsets, rompers, skirtsuits, babydoll dresses and maxis. Of course, the designers couldn't resist intermingling a jungle print or two with the lace, as well as floral prints and sparkling crystals for evening. The duo tossed all innocence aside for the finale, where the models stripped down to their saucy, reserved-for-the-honeymoon-night bras and bloomers. Naomi Campbell (also celebrating her 25th year in the industry), Jada Pinkett-Smith and her daughter and Kylie Minogue all sat front row.
Swim fan: Inspired by the late-'60s film La Piscine, Massimiliano Giornetti's spring/summer 2011 collection for Salvatore Ferragamo channelled a boho spirit: knit bikinis, peasant tops and skirts, safari jackets and crochet dresses were paired with leather hobo bags, headscarves and flat, strappy sandals. Claudia Schiffer sat front row, where she revealed to WWD after the show that she is launching her own fashion line for winter 2011.
What a trip: Angela Missoni took inspiration from around the world for her latest collection, which featured tribal prints, geometric shapes and psychedelic colours on oversized silhouettes like exaggerated ponchos, kaftans and tent dresses. Adding to the madness were scrawled rap and funk lyrics emblazoned on fabrics, enormous hats and clear carrier bag-encased purses. We're packing our bags already.
Athletic aesthetics: Marni's Consuelo Castiglioni took a sporty approach to spring with a collection inspired by athletic events like cycling, track and field and scuba diving. How did this translate to high fashion? With leather helmets, scuba-style neoprene jackets, cycle shorts, running stripes, mesh and PVC, plus vibrant hues and quirky prints. If we could only get the Olympians to embrace these bold patterns for 2012.
Mean girls: Which clique are you in: tartan, floral or colour-block? At the Versus show, Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane took us back to school, with a grass-lined playground set featuring swings and a merry-go-round. As far as we could tell, every girl was the cool one in their fitted body-con dresses, prim cardis and leather school-kid satchels.