Best shows from MFW SS17 Day 3: Giorgio Armani, Etro and Versace
Milan Fashion Week
GIORGIO ARMANI: LIGHTNESS OF FORM
The inspiration: The state of 'charmani' — which, as described in the show notes, is "...the lightness of the body, seductively revealing itself, finding a new balance between discipline and freedom."
The collection: When applied to his women's wear, this lightness of form translated into double-layered shorts with jackets and cardigans fastened at the neck (looks 1, 2, 3, and 4); dreamy floral prints applied to above-the-knee daytime dresses ruched at the shoulders (looks 18, 19 and 20); and heavy fringing on tops and skirts (looks 7, 13 and 45) — all cast in a watery shade of blue. Further accessorised with wide-brim hats and sunglasses, some of the looks appeared rather heavy than light, and in need of a good edit. But, as always, Armani's evening pieces delivered: That iridescent floral jacket and shirt combo in look 58, and that metallic column paired with a matching long-sleeve cardigan in look 59, underscored the designer's mastery of classic elegance.
Something you might have missed: Those strappy, almost gladiator-esque, leather boots that opened the show — some of the most badass footwear we've ever seen from the traditionally pared back designer.
ETRO: ROAD TRIPPING
The collection: The one thing you can always expect from Etro is clothes that speak to the free-spirited globetrotter. Today's runway show was no exception, serving up a collection that will drive you (literally) to start planning that ultimate road trip you've always been talking about. Every spring/summer 2017 look sent down the runway was designed with travelling through the Sahara desert in mind. Modern bohemian sensibility was expressed through ponchos and kaftans in either silk or thick jacquards (looks 6, 23, 35 & 37); and rich brocades, ethnic patterns and tribal embroidery found its way into relaxed sportswear layered luxuriously with those aforementioned bohemian staples (looks 9, 20 & 37). If this collection doesn't ignite the wanderlust in you, we don't know what will.
Buro loves: We'll take those hooded cloaks to trek through the dunes (looks 2, 5 & 40) and kimono robes (looks 13 & 33) to lounge in our desert camps.
Something you might have missed: Satchel bags sent down the runway were designed to functionally hold an explorer's 'survival kit' — sketchbooks, pencils and a hip flask.
VERSACE: SPORTY SEXY
The trend: If you're ever asked to cite an example of the power and appeal of athleisure, then simply whip out the spring/summer 2017 show by Donatella Versace. One of the most single-minded collections this season to really showcase the allure, and hyper trend, of sportswear.
The collection: A continuation of the men's spring/summer 2017 show, the Versace woman is ready to rumble. Kitted out in racing checkerboard crop tops and skirts (look 15, 20, 21); panelled leather tracksuits and trucker jackets (look 27, 29 and 32); and, most dramatically, billowing nylon parkas over bodysuits and slinky frocks (looks 1, 4, 30, 36 and 51), it was sexy sports luxe at its best. And what about Gigi who closed the show? Vixen on a mission.
Something you might have missed: Those high-platform Teva sandals. The beautiful fusion of function and fashion.
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