Best shows from MFW FW17 Day 1: Gucci and No. 21
Ciao Milano! Welcome friends to the first day of Milan women's fashion week. Like the recent menswear fall/winter 2017 season I will be reporting live from this stylish Italian city with daily audio reviews of the best shows. So tune in — schedule an appointment to check back on my adventures every day — as I take you through the latest and most exciting developments in fashion, straight from the runways.
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GUCCI: AN ALLURING ALCHEMY
Designer: Alessandro Michele
Synopsis: For the first combined men's and women's Gucci show — held at the new Gucci office (aka Gucci Hub) out near Milan's Linate airport — designer Alessandro Michele posed a question scribbled on the cover of his show invitation: What are we going to do with all this future? It's an active inquiry about how we will shape the future, not a passive consideration of what tomorrow holds. For Michele, his sartorial vision for tomorrow was all about living life to the full through the rich alchemy of various design codes and influences. Sending out a staggering 119 exits, Michele showcased his signature garden and insect motifs on full-length sequined gowns alongside black leather dungarees, scepters that doubled as walking canes, and vintage Gucci tees graffitied by photographer Coco Capitán. Amidst all the creative chaos, certain leitmotifs shone through; namely, oriental paper umbrellas; menacing rose-piercings; those shock-factor silver chain mail body suits; and, a personal favourite, the repeated use of a super covetable white Gucci headband. #Need.
NO. 21: SHEER, SENSUOUS AND SEVENTIES
Designer: Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Synopsis: No. 21 is where a girl goes when she wants to buy a pretty dress imbued with attitude. We already know that Alessandro Dell'Acqua is a master of the elegant evening frock — striking in its sexy silhouette; desirable in its tasteful design details — but for fall/winter 2017, he dialed it up with cluster sequins embroidered on shoulders, scattered across lace skirts, and covering bulbous buttons. The soundtrack was an '80s flashback of Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar and It's My Life by Talk Talk, but with the inclusion of patch-pocket car coats and belted off-the-shoulder knits paraded next to dreamy tulle and lace concoctions, the collection was sheer, sensuous, and decidedly seventies.
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