Oh Milan… Italy… Rigatoni and ravioli. Sorry, I’m loosing it. It’s been a year ever since I’ve last been in Milan and needless to say for someone who used to go there all the time, it did feel so good finally coming back. When living in Switzerland, it used to take one train ride to be in the city of gelato and perfectly tasting espresso, not to mention the very heart of fashion and brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Armani, Cavalli or Versace… Ah Milan. Having an Italian best friend definitely also made me reconsider my love for Italy. I mean Fiona’s religion is pasta and good wine. Because of her, inside of me started to grow a new love for cheese and anything truffle. But enough for the food (you know I can keep talking about it for hours!), we are here to talk fashion.
Early 2015, we decided to skip February’s Milan fashion week. And it wasn’t really skipping it as much as it was that we actually couldn’t make it. We had just moved to the US and were settling down in Los Angeles which as you can imagine brought so much unexpected work. Plus some of our personal projects came along side, making it impossible for us to lose another precious week. Therefore, this September was the occasion to compensate. I’ve really missed Milan fashion week and the madness that goes around it. The people, the joy, the laughs and of course all the bold colors, prints and flamboyant dinner parties. MFW, I was so ready for you!
As we arrived with Cibelle and Fiona right after wrapping up London, it felt like a breath of fresh European air. Imagine, we had just spent so much time in America and London, which is after all also an english speaking city, that we almost forgot that there are other existing languages in this world. And I can tell you, when travelling to Italy, make sure one of your friends does speak a few words of Italian if you want to make sure your taxi brings you to the right place. Everyday, we were grateful for Fiona’s skills, so much that we practically let her do all the speaking when it came to restaurants, cars and even hotel receptions!
It was Cibelle’s first Milan fashion week and I was so excited for her to experience it and hear her talk about it. It ended up being more intensive than what we thought… After two cities already wrapped up, Milan came third. As you can imagine, our energy levels were not at their max. Though Fiona and I were already used to this lovely little circus, Cibelle unfortunately faced some back issues and had to back off the very first day of MFW. Imagine, running around all day with a backpack filled with photography material and having to twist your body in all sorts of different positions to get the right shot is not particularly healthy for your back. So there it was, the Fendi show was starting in one hour and we didn’t have a photographer. So what did we do? Fiona grabbed Cibelle’s camera and improvised herself as the photographer for the day. And guess what? She slayed it.
The whole experience was filled with little anecdotes like these. Unfortunate situations turned into challenges and then funny stories we would share with our friends because we all know that the fashion month can be a pain… But it’s still such an amazing one, and we love a little sweet torture. The collections this year in Milan have been surprising at times, fascinating at others, but the overall impression was a sort of distant observation of sophisticated, polished beauty. But not necessarily something new or something revolutionary. It’s not that we were disappointed but our hearts were not beating as fast and our eyes were getting as big. I had a few personal highlights though.
First of all, Gucci. Gu-cci! What an incredible collection. Alessandro Michele who took over from Frida Giannini early this year absolutely killed it, reinforcing the codes of the new aesthetic he had created for the house. See through, sheer materials, a mix of rainbow colors and patterns, déjà-vu surrealistic prints and retro glam, boho details all got together to create a completely remarkable SS16 collection. I was in awe. Then let’s talk about Versace who set the bar very high as well this year with a new show location and absolutely stunning production. The show was rhythm by a girl power anthem as the models strutted the runway with a firm, confident grin. The whole collection was about empowerment to create a military, sexy, playful look. An absolute blast.
As for my own personal looks, being in Italy usually always means for me playing and experimenting with colors. This season however, I decided to have a little bit of both. Edgier, darker looks and more playful ones with fun prints and crazy materials. My favorite look of the whole week was actually total black with just a red lip for color… A Versace sweater, skirt and boots and Fendi backpack for an overall comfortable yet strong look to run from one show to another. I couldn’t get over these high knee patent boots, there were seriously everything. Not only so comfortable but they made me feel like a comic book super hero, and that’s a big fashion goal. Another look that I really enjoyed wearing was my first one of the week, which I wore to attend the Fendi show. Very simple with a white top and bottom but all the detail is in the stunning Fendi feather jacket with it’s red, black and white stripes, tied to the waist and just casually sort of hanging there… Total love. And what about you guys? What was your favorite MFW moment? Share it with us bellow in the comment section ;) x