The tone for Milan comes by way of voluminious shapes up top and tight, narrow and slinky down below, as designers on day two of Milan Fashion Week serve up a stylish platter of trend-woven treats. Alessandro Dell’Acqua presented a casually chic collection for No.21, combining figure-hugging pencil skirts with classic, mannish shapes. In a crisp and vivid colour palette of white and cobalt blue, layered skirts, full-shouldered tunic tops and white shirts were celestially themed with cherubic imagery adding a classical feel to this spring summer line. Oversized knits, splashes of metallic magenta and dresses and vests embellished with ancient coins completed the innovative yet understated collection.
Continuing the heavenly motif came Francesco Scognamiglio’s ethereal line-up of sheer, lace and floaty dresses, long-sleeved shirts and separates in silvery whites, dusky blues, sheer black and punches of gold. Elegant floor-length dresses not dissimilar to Victorian nightgowns billowed out with lengths of flowing fabric, mannish, boxy white trouser suits and sheer black shirts were embellished with crystal-encrusted bird detailing.
MaxMara floated down to earth with a safari-esque capsule in shades of sand, khaki, eggshell blue and moments of leopard print. Sleeves were rolled up and relaxed, shoulders and backs were inflated and skirts and trousers were narrow and svelte. Trenches, jumpsuits with elasticated waistlines and shirt dresses showcased the designer’s preference for light and wearable shapes in a nod to casual elegance.
Fluid and feminine silks and satins made up the spring summer 13 collection for style stalwart, Emporio Armani, in hues of oyster pink, grey, camel and mushroom brown. Short macs in plaid, sleeveless jackets and t-shirt blouses reflected a young and playful vibe, and leather woven jackets in blue and pink caught the attention of the transfixed style set. My own personal highlight were the bronzed and iridescent draped sari dresses which sent out a siren call to me to fall into and drown in the luxrious folds of silken beauty. Elegance from head to toe, Armani’s footwear came courtesy of delicate strappy sandals and pointed slingback stilettos in shimmering silver.
The label has also teamed up with digital music site Spotify in a bid to encourage the technology crowd to further interact with the fashion house, following in the footsteps of Burberry and Topshop as more and more brands subscribe to the power of the social media sphere. I’m setting my iPod nano to style soundtrack central!