Milan Fashion Week always sets pulses racing as the best in Italian fashion design show the best of their latest collections.
Looking forward to Spring/Summer 2011, many designers used blocks of bright colour and billowing fabric to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere around the designs. “Upbeat” was definitely the buzzword of the week.
For us girls trying to work these looks on the street next year, the best option is to dilute the style by taking one colourful or patterned piece and teaming it with something simpler and plainer. Some girls may find this too intimidating in which case update a basic piece by accessorizing with colour. Karl Lagerfeld, in his designs for Fendi, drew our attention away from the main aspects of the outfits towards the accessories. Belts, bags, and shoes were all a symphony of colour, which is perfect for the less daring female! But for those of you who live in the colour black- fear not- Bottega Veneta showed a simple collection of flowing dresses and relaxed tailoring in neutrals, greys and blacks so you don’t have to cross over to the colourful side if you don’t want to!
Roberto Cavalli divine collection
The highlight of the week, however, has got to be Roberto Cavalli’s 40th anniversary show. His runway looked as though it was in a very exotic (and gigantic!) greenhouse, with foliage aplenty. This sense of ‘wilderness contained’ was replicated in the clothes themselves. The designs are a cross between wild almost roughly cut lines and the most delicate of detailing. Shown in earthy shades there is something very organic about this collection but also something contrived. Cavalli is playing with opposites this season and it certainly grabbed everyone’s attention.
If only I’d had front-row seats!