Fashion certainly is a wonderful phenomenon that can reveal so much. Take Milan… The fashion capital of a country where the food is full of flavour, life – emotions and the world – colours. The place where the sun, passion, flavours and sensuality are turned up to their maximum volume which can be absolutely intoxicating. This is the place where you can, metaphorically speaking, catch the rainbow, hold the rainbow, wrap it around you, put on your best bra and heels, handfuls of gold jewellery, dot a bit of Dolce&Gabbana perfume and pretend to be Sophia Loren. Or Isabella Rossellini if you are more Marni than Cavalli (in this instance you can scrape the silky lingerie part and keep it simple).
Milan was that rainbow for me, indeed. Or a flower bomb. I felt blinded and concussed for a while. Then I saw Ferre and Marni. And with them came a sense of calmness and tranquillity that I craved. They balanced everything nicely.
Marni with its draped skirts, graphic pleating and beautiful prints made me think of a Japanese garden, waterfalls and origami, serenity and peace. I loved the accessories and jewelled details very much, too. Nobody does it quite like Marni (or Consuelo Castiglioni if you please). Whenever I replayed my Milan fashion week visuals in my mind, it was Marni that stood out for me the most. I will remember it, I will crave it and I will certainly try to make some of those pieces mine.
Gianfranco Ferre was my other favourite because the looks inspired by classic Ferre designs and Gia Carangi were very, well, Gianfranco Ferre – architectural design made into elegant wearable clothes. The shimmering fabrics felt luxurious and every fold and stitch were impeccable.
And there was Fendi. As I was waiting for the live stream to begin I found myself wondering what it was that made me love Fendi in a first place years ago. I couldn’t find that start off point… And then the lights flashed and the show began and there was something so magical about the delicate layers of laser cut organza and the soft fur and shiny plastic that my questions varnished. It was a beautiful show made of weightless and intricate designs, and the collection became one of my most favourite Fendi ever made.
Photo source: backstage photos of Marni & Dolce & Gabbana via vogue.com, Marni Spring/Summer 2014, Gianfranco Ferre Spring/Summer 2014, Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 via style.com & stylebistro.com