Milan Fashion Week: Fall 2014 Designer Coverage

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by Victoria Fok, Fashion Writer

As the debut of fall 2014 collections continued in Milan this week, fashion aficionados gathered to watch some of the most anticipated shows this season.   From the iconic Prada to newcomer Phillipp Plein, Italy’s fashion capitol hosted a slew of shows that you will not want to miss.  Catch up on some of Moda’s favorite must-see collections below.

Veterans

For many world-renowned fashion houses, Milan will always be considered home. Veterans like Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana and Donetella Versace have been showing show-stopping designs for years and this year was no exception.

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As though plucked from the most charming fairy tale, Dolce and Gabbana’s collection, “Enchanted Sicily,” was composed of whimsical designs entwined with embroidery, gilding and appliques of owls, foxes, and other woodland creatures. Gorgeous embellished hoods, capes and corsets also provided an imaginative, fairy tale touch.

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Known for her elegant red carpet designs, Donetella Versace did not disappoint this season. The Versace collection featured sophisticated silhouettes drenched in silk and satin, some of which featured elements of bias cutting and striking pops of color.

Roberto Cavalli also lived up to his expectations with designs that mirrored his “ultimate house of cool” image. Showcasing sleek looks with an edgy 1920s twist, his collection featured beaded, drop-waist dresses paired with luxurious furs along with ensembles consisting of sleek printed paints and structured jackets.

 

Eccentrics

Though not always viewed as such, fashion is a form of art and a form of expression. Many times the designs sent down the runways are not meant to be practical; rather they are meant to be admired, gawked at and sometimes even questioned. Milan was no exception as designers pulled out all the stops in displaying out-of-this-world designs.

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Outrageous outerwear was the highlight of the Prada show. Models paraded down the runway in bold, printed coats and boxy jackets lined with brightly colored shearling.

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At Marni, models were sent down the runway in designs that featured exaggerated shoulders, bold prints and extravagant ruffles with the most eccentric look of the show being an oversized blue and brown spotted fur coat.

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Lastly, while some designers are often inspired by extravagance, Jeremy Scott of Moschino found inspiration in the cheaper elements of pop culture. Showcasing designs that mixed couture with iconic cultural imagery, Scott’s designs paid homage to McDonald’s, Sponge Bob, Hershey’s and more.

 

Newcomers

Every season there are new designers creating buzz with fresh perspective and innovative ideas. They represent the next generation; the future of fashion.

In Milan, this category of designers most notably included Stefano Pilati, Phillip Plein and Massimo Giorgett.

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Marking his second runway show for Agnona, Stefano Pilati succeeded in maintaining his already impressive image. His collection included strong designs featuring pops of bright pinks, blues and mustard yellow.

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While not completely new to the Milan fashion scene either, Phillip Plein, produced a memorable second fall ready-to-wear show.  Highlighted with a performance by Rita Ora, Plein’s edgy, crystal-embellished leather pieces created a youthful and exciting collection.

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Finally, true newcomer Massimo Giorgett of MSGM put on his first fall ready-to-wear collection this season. Providing an intriguing juxtaposition to his fellow newcomers, MSGM featured beautiful autumn floral prints as well as a fun mix-and-match of slouchy sweaters with embellished silk skirts.

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