Milan Fashion Week just wrapped yesterday and if having all the best of the best in the fashion, beauty and style industry in one place isn't enough to cause major heart palpitations, doing it with Milan as the backdrop is the icing on the cake (we'll talk about Moschino's "cakewalk" a little later 😉). Let's talk about all the things Milan Fashion Week. From runway to walkway, let's take a look at the most notable moments from this week.
"LET THEM HAVE CAKE" - THE MOSCHINO RUNWAY
Moschino's runway was inspired by cake and Marie Antoinette. The looks were as decadent and opulent as Meghan and Harry's wedding cake. There were beautiful pastels, layers of gorgeous fabric, pops of fun color and sky-high hair. Who says you can't have your cake and wear it too?
As much as we would all like to strut down the street or into work in a dress inspired by our fave cakes, cake can't always be on the menu. So, how can we indulge in a practical way?
Embrace traditionally feminine colors (think pastels and hot pinks);
Try out fabrics good for layering and mixing (lace, tulle, velvet, velour); and
Get some structure (chose pieces with some structure: corsets, bustiers, padded shoulders, intense a-lines).
Achieving this look is all about the over-indulgence in royal girly-ness. Embrace you inner-Marie, but skip the snobbery and treason.
BUSINESS IN THE STREETS
What do you wear in room full of super models? A suit of course. In every front row and on every red carpet, there were suits or outfits inspired by suits. Everyone from Cara to Saweetie had a suit moment.
The suit has long been a men's fashion staple and over time has transitioned from the boardroom to the showroom of our favorite women's fashion designers. There's several ways to wear a suit but make it fashion. Here's a few:
Pair it with an unconventional top (bralette, crop top, or no top at all);
Chose a fun color; or
Have some fun with the cut of the suit (asymmetrical hem lines, over-sized pants and jackets, or slits).
Another noteworthy Milan Fashion Week moment was designer Phillip Plein's Kobe Bryant tribute. Plein designed a Kobe Bryant capsule collection featuring Lakers' gold and purple items with the number 24 on them. Critics feel this was an insensitive attempt to profit from Bryant's death. Plein was also criticized for the runway set which included a Plein-branded yacht, helicopter and plane. Plein stated, "The catwalk set-up was already planned and designed in November, 2019 way before this tragic accident occurred, this is the reason gilded helicopter's on the runway. I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them." All of the proceeds from the Mamba Collection are being donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
NO ATHLEISURE, NO PROBLEM
Something else really interesting about Milan Fashion Week this year, just like NY Fashion Week, there was little to no athleisure to be seen. It seems like we're moving even further away from street style and athleisure and into a more romantic French and Latin influence.
Milan Fashion Week comes with so much on and off the runway. What were some of your highlights this season? What new trends would you like to try? Was Plein out of line for his homage to Kobe Bryant? Join the conversation below or on Instagram @porscheporshia.