’70s looks seen at Milan FW



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Lauren Craddock, Contributing Writer

Milan Fashion Week brought about a feeling of nostalgia as 1970s style resurfaced, and notable houses held to their own aesthetic to redefine this Spring/Summer ’15 season in their own way. From Alberta Ferretti and Fendi to Etro and Bottega Veneta, Milan did not disappoint with five days of trendy Italian fashion.

Miuccia Prada’s Spring/Summer ’15 line was one that embraced the vintage theme. Models carried heavy coats, high necklines and mid-length skirts around dunes of lilac sand, showing off patterned socks and bulky Mary Jane-style heels. The hues of the collection were also reminiscent of antique patterns. A color palette of neutrals, with touches of faded greens and yellows, allowed for subtle floral accents to peek through. Handmade was the idea behind this intensely vintage yet modern rendition of classic Prada style.

Closing the second day of presentations was one of the most talked-about collections of the week: Moschino. This Spring/Summer 15 collection was all about Barbie. Pink, pink and more pink walked the runway, exhibiting every Barbie lifestyle, from beach Barbie to travel Barbie. Hair and makeup was, of course, perky, with big blonde curls and bright pink lips. On a pure white catwalk, models brightened the room in neon hues while accessories came straight out of a young girl’s toy collection. Finally, gowns took the stage with excessive amounts of tulle and bows the size of Barbie’s dream house. In proper closing, creative director Jeremy Scott took recognition while wearing a shirt that read “Moschino For Ages 5 and Older.”

Missoni, on the other hand, colored Milan in a way only this unique brand can. Loyal to its signature style, colorful stripes and knit pieces seemed to convey a lightweight breath of air during a summer day. The runway show opened with bright lights, setting the scene of an early summer morning. An oversized cream blouse and free-flowing skirt, complete with rosy hues of pink and orange floral accents, took the runway. As the show progressed, the collection turned to its striped dresses with mixed yellows, greens, blues and purples. Imagining a hued sunset, the collection closed in comfortable, warm tones of pink.

The final day of the week ended with Dolce & Gabbana, bringing the bold beauty of Spain to Milan. The first look immediately captured spectators with a matching combination of black embroidered high-waisted shorts, a bandeau top and a cropped jacket. Watching models command the rouge red runway gave a high-fashion edge to the traditional traje de luces -— the classic attire of a bullfighter. Spanish garments of red polka dots and lace edges displayed a modern Italian. In traditional Dolce & Gabbana fashion, the collection closed with all models in the same look — a crisp white button-down, a simple black underlay and embellished high-waisted shorts.

From the craftsmanship of the ’70s to the classic flair of Spain, Milan Fashion Week brought a diverse range of looks for fashionistas to look forward to in the coming season.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 24 print edition. Email Lauren Craddock at [email protected].