Milan comes alive during fashion week, showcasing the ultimate beauty and timeless elegance of everything Italian. Collections are presented in stunning locations and are real feast for the eyes. The Italians love creating a performance, you can be guaranteed a real spectacle from the hair and make up to the outlandish accessories. I just love coming to Milan for fashion week, well that and of course the pasta! Here are some of my favourite looks from the week and the breakthrough trends we can expect to see later this year.
1. Fancy footwear
It’s easy to focus on the fabulous garments adorning the models but look a little lower and footwear is having a moment of its own. Expect to put your little black boots to the back of the closet for autumn/winter, in favour of something a little more colourful. Multi coloured, patterned and embellished boots all took a turn on the catwalk. These white ankle boots by Kurt Geiger really pop next to this orange silk dress by Rixo. Experiment with different heels too, chunky heels give a funky street feel, while block heels have a retro effect and give that extra height.
2. Italian vintage
Who doesn’t love Italian food, and one simply can’t be in Milan without having pasta at least once a day! Sofia Loren famously said ‘Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti!’. Well with all that running between shows, you don’t even have to worry about the calories!
I love the vintage feel to this beautiful dress by Giacobino. It’s so effortlessly chic. With simple styling of nude heels and pearls, this dress make a real statement. I’ve added a waisted belt to create a feminine silhouette. A great belt is such a game changer and we saw them featured in many of the Italian shows. Versace displayed big golden buckles on waisted belts cinching in on a black bandeau evening dress. However a chunky belt on a oversized jumper dress or a wide belt over a shirt and cardigan would look great.
3. Bold and the beautiful
I love making a statement in this deliciously red suit by Zadig et Voltaire. It’s so simple to wear with a silk cami and some killer heels, it’s my go to outfit for making an entrance. We’ve seen plenty of bold colours on the Italian catwalks so expect to be going bold this year. Prada featured shocking pink and neon colours which can be a little hard to wear. However this red suit is the right amount of bold, with a gentle coral undertone to warm up your complexion. I’ve gone for a quintessential Dolce & Gabbana red lip and a winged eye.
4. Magnifico Missoni
‘It’s a lifestyle more than a fashion’ and we totally agree Rosita Missoni. I worn this amazing Missoni jumper dress to the AW18 show and felt part of the family. The recognisable zigzag Missoni print was well displayed along with some more abstract designs in a kaleidoscope of colours. Jumper dresses are such a hot trend for this year. I’ve added some blue suede ankle boots together with a mini satchel bag by Aspinal of London. This outfit is so versatile and will see you from day to evening in one fell swoop.
5. Caped Crusader
I can’t think of a more sensational way to make entrance than in a ravishingly red velvet cape, can you? Against the architectural masterpiece of Milan’s palazzos I felt like an Italian princess. This stunning cape from NN Couture was such a dream to wear. NN Couture was founded in Tunisia and established in Italy, utilising luxurious textiles and elaborate embellishment techniques from a bygone era. The hand embroidery on the trim of the cape is exceptional creating a real one of a kind statement piece.
6. Statement bag
During the week we saw some totally bizarre accessories on the catwalks from baby dragons, snakes and replica heads (yes really!) at Gucci to real life puppies at Tod’s. Unfortunately we are unlikely to see these accessories become actual trends but one that we can definitely count on is the statement bag. Even the plainest outfit can be jazzed up with a beautiful statement bag. To compliment this pink dress by Zadig et Voltaire I’ve worn a gorgeously mint green coat by Theory. My stunning statement piece is from Aspinal of London. Invest in handmade, leather, classic styles to last you a lifetime. Your daughters and their daughters will be forever grateful as a beautiful bag gets passed down through generations.
7. Larger than life sleeves
I love this cute outfit, that ticks so many fashion trend boxes. A quirky statement bag, a chic beret, sexy tan coloured leather shorts and white ankle boots. Although it’s the voluminous sleeves on this blue striped blouse by Shu Shu Tong that is my favourite. Larger than life sleeves have been seen everywhere on and off the catwalks. There were ruffled airy sleeves on blouses at Balenciaga and oversized pleated arms on jumpers at Gucci. Puffed sleeves are expected to be one of the biggest trends of the season so enjoy the drama of these larger than life sleeves!
The biggest news this AW18 in headwear accessories is the happy return of the beret. Giorgio Armani AW18 Milan show displayed some really exaggerated versions of the beret, including furry and striped ones. I’ve teamed my matching palazzo pant and silk blouse by Stine Goya with a navy blue beret and sunglasses. It creates such a chic continental look!