While last year’s Milan Fashion Week took place at COVID’s peak, this year’s edition was an online-only event. With a combination of short movies, live-streamed catwalk shows and photo reports, Italy’s fashion event didn’t fall short. Discover the best of Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021-2022 below.
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Best of Milan Fashion Week
“Optimism is mounting,” Miuccia Prada said after Prada’s Fall/Winter 2021-2022 show. This mounting optimism was indeed visible and sensible in this new collection, created by miss Prada and co-creative director Raf Simons. It was expressed through glamorous designs including faux fur, paillettes and other shiny materials. However, it perfectly displayed how the pandemic has changed fashion as well. COVID has made comfort the protagonist of fashion. That doesn’t mean that elegance of off the radar though – Prada’s show is the pure proof of this phenomenon.
Veronica Etro injected a new form of freedom in her collection. According to the designer, this new sense of liberty consists of the blurring lines between business, leisure, indoor and outdoor. Instead of decadent looks, wide trousers in washed blue hues, preppy sweaters combined with Peru-inspired capes and easy to wear tops were dominating. In short, a collection perfectly in line with today’s Zeitgeist.
Vivetta Ponti’s Fall/Winter collection focused on the mysterious, perhaps even the darker side of society. Models’ faces were covered by wigs, colors were muffled and postured were somewhat awkward. “There’s an ambiguous, elusive energy which I find fascinating,” Ponti explained. This energy was clearly visible in her dresses, deconstructed tops and hoodies. All together, the collection forms a modern take on the seventies. After all, we’re going to relive old times after the pandemic – and this collection is nothing but a preview.
Blumarine’s creative director Nicola Brognano is one of the prominent young creatives shaping Italy’s modern fashion scene. His take on Blumarine is “dirty, bitchy and sexy,” he said. With the likes of Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and Dua Lipa, amongst others, this bitchy attitude seems to work well for a younger audience that – for years – the brand lost track of. However, the loyal Blumarine customers weren’t forgotten; they were treated with the label’s signature floral prints.
Giorgio Armani developed his Fall/Winter 2021-2022 collection with better times in mind. It resulted in a romantic yet comfortable collection, including several looks evoking a party mood. Fashion should be a surprise, Armani explained. That’s why he added a giant gorilla to the runway, once given to him by his beloved sister. Armani incorporated this sense of fun in many ways, of which the embellished portrait of Bob Krieger on an evening dress was most striking. Just the whimsicalness that’s necessary to keep things light in times like these.