Best shows from MFW FW17 Day 4: Bottega Veneta, Missoni and Jil Sander
What did we learn from day four of Milan fashion week? Tomato red continues to be a trend on the runways and lamé frocks are set to be the next red carpet ensemble of choice, popping up at Bottega Veneta and Jil Sander. To find out more, turn up the volume on your computer or phone, and listen in as Norman Tan talks you through all the action via his audio review recorded in Milano. Enjoy!
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BOTTEGA VENETA: GIVE THEM A SHARP SHOULDER
Designer: Tomas Maier
Synopsis: "The men's and women's complement each other," said Tomas Maier in his show notes. "They were designed at the same time, and speak the same language." And it was a language that enunciated strong shoulders for the ladies; spoke of double-faced cashmere jackets and coats in stunning ochre and terracotta; and for the gents, translated into sharply tailored double-breasted jackets with fitted waists, finished with a generous black bow tie. How about that opening look of jodhpurs with red knee-high boots (there's that fiery shade again) and Nero striped nappa leather gloves? TDF. Love me some leather.
MISSONI: EMANCIPATED FEMININITY
Designer: Angela Missoni
Synopsis: The great thing about Missoni is that you can always expect a joyous explosion of colour and patterns. It takes an acute eye — not to mention a deft stylistic hand — to make colour work; especially when you're clashing the maison's iconic variegated weave design against stripes and checks. And as always, Angela delivered, offering a diverse collection that ranged from narrow coats and loose-fitting cardigans to hand-knitted cream maxi sweaters (one with a female gender symbol on the chest; another with two red hearts) worn over red tights and kitten heels. This season we also saw the welcome introduction of fur by way of bulbous gilets, candy striped stoles, and multi-coloured chevron coats. But it was Angela's speech at the end (her family standing behind her in support) — a rally cry for the fashion industry to stay unified and fearless against discrimination — that left the most lasting impression.
JIL SANDER: COVETABLE CUT AND CRAFT
Designer: Rodolfo Paglialunga
Synopsis: Who buys Jil Sander? A woman with refined taste; someone who appreciates couture cuts and silhouettes; a lover of progressive minimalism; and ultimately, a lady with deep pockets. For fall/winter 2017, Paglialunga's proposition for this elite demographic took the form of monochromatic dressing in glorious hues of mustard yellow, azure blue and tomoto red (hands down the colour for the season) by way of quilted coats layered over exaggerated blazers and generously cut trousers. Accessories came in the form of an elongated pentagon-shaped tote (rainbow striped) and thick rubber sole platforms (for the woman on a mission). However, similar to Bottega Veneta, it was the closing exits that truly mesmerised molten lamé frocks that seemed to drip over the model's bodies in bronze and gold; tying in with the checkerboard runway made of tiles cast in the same metallic hues.
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