Milan Fashion Week, September 2016

We’ve been to New York, we just left London, and now we’re on to Milan. I was particularly excited for Milan Fashion Week because of my newfound Dolce & Gabbana sickness. I never knew how much I loved D&G until this year, but here we are. So let’s see it!

Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Gucci’s collection was a little bit haunting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but it’s also giving me this Venetian Renaissance corpse bride vibe. One of these dresses has a stabbed heart and another has a sash with the name of a cemetery, so I don’t think it’s just me. The models even look a little bit ghoulish. Regardless, I really liked this collection; I like a little Tim Burton in my life (though I could do with more representation in my Tim Burton, even if he doesn’t think it’s “called for”), and I think all of the looks felt new and compelling.

Moschino gave us paper dolls for spring. This collection feels really fun and clever, but I think it also might also look like something creepy from Spencer’s Gifts. The paper doll inspiration and the teddy bears are all self-referential, which is neat. I think the most interesting part of this collection is the way that Jeremy Scott & co. were able to give the gowns dimension and texture. I’m not sure about this one — I think it looks really cool on the runway, I think it’s witty and interesting and possibly making a statement about seeing the world 2-dimensionally (magazines, phone and computer screens, the way that we often view each other), but I think I’ll reserve final judgement until I see people wearing these on the red carpet or in the real world.

Fendi wants me to wear silky pajamas as a dress and show my nipples in a sheer dress covered in flowers. I think I’m ready.

Luisa Beccaria
This collection was ETHEREAL af. It reminds me of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or some kind of woodland fairy tale. All of these embroidered flowers and the flowing skirts? Some of the other gowns in the collection looked like they were made for greek goddesses. These ones are my favorite; I bet when you’re wearing them you feel like a fairy or some kind of nature thing.

Giorgio Armani
Armani made his collection out of light glittering on water. I honestly don’t even have anything else to say; let’s all just take a quiet moment to consider how someone could make clothes out of water and light.

Versace Versace Versace Versace. This season, Donatella decided that power means movement. Look how it moves. A lot of the pieces in this collection were very athletic, which isn’t for me but definitely looks fierce and also comfortable. Naomi Campbell was a treat, and Gigi Hadid is living proof that athleticism can definitely mean female empowerment.

Dolce & Gabbana
When I go to the Museum of Fine Arts, I usually spend some time looking through the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman rooms, then I often get lost in the American wing for a while by mistake, and then I push through the Renaissance art in order to make it to my favorite room: The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. When I walk into that room, it always feels like my eyes relax, like I just dove into calming water. That’s how I felt when Dolce & Gabbana finally showed their collection. D&G’s clothing is just so obviously expressive in a way that makes my eyes widen to try to swallow everything whole.

The 2017 Spring/Summer collection is a celebration of all things Italian. It’s so much; I feel like it’s singing Puccini from the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica while trying to make me eat a third helping of spaghetti (if you’ve ever had an Italian grandmother, you know). There’s pasta and pizza on the dresses! Some of the other dresses were patterned with gelato and vino. Plus there’s all this Catholic imagery — the ornate crosses and the images of the Virgin Mary. And then there’s the lace. To top it off, almost everything was embellished or embroidered, and it was all flamboyant, youthful, and honestly just celebratory.

Just look at it:

I’m going to be sobbing over these photos for weeks. Send gelato.

Fashion Month has already moved on to Paris, so that post will be coming next Friday. I think maybe on Monday we should talk about Valentino to prepare. I’ve exposed you guys to my Dolce & Gabbana bug, but we still haven’t even touched on the plague on my life that is Valentino. 

Tweet me photos of D&G’s collection to keep me alive through the weekend. Or send me photos of your favorites from MFW, but honestly I don’t understand why your favorite would be different from gelato-printed sundresses. 



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