Milan Fashion Week SS20: 5 best moments from Prada, No. 21, Max Mara
PRADA: GILD TRIP
Favourite look: That brilliant suit at Prada we knew was going to be worth the wait when the invite card, also in gold, came in the mail.
Favourite detail: Gold leaf, also known as goldbeating, coats the Fondazione Prada building. Mrs Prada not only replicated its effects in one of her suits, literal gold leaf motifs were embroidered and embellished on many a look.
Favourite accessory: Few designers do headwear like Prada. Remember SS19's pregnant headbands, now all over high street? What about their feather hoods from FW17? Though hats are historically structured, Prada's SS20 mixed material fishermen iterations are wonderfully floppy.
NO. 21: FLORALS FOR SPRING
Favourite looks: It was the catchphrase heard all around the (fashion) world. Yet, as unlikely as it was, yes, florals for spring can still be somewhat groundbreaking. Alessandro Dell'Acqua's SS20 blooms are pushed to the brink when challenged with contrast fabrics married for alien-like medleys.
Favourite detail: Won't lie, we're not a fan of the cape trend (Louis Vuitton's Star Trek shoulders are an exception) but No. 21's earned a double take and a thumbs up with their now-you-see-it-now-you-don't slits under the armpits. Well played.
Favourite accessory: You know that chilling embarrassment of walking out of the ladies only to realize you have toilet paper stuck under your shoe? No. 21 is reclaiming it, and making it fa-shun.
MAX MARA: GUN FOR HIRE
Favourite looks: What would 007 wear if he was a woman, more refined, and didn't believe in guns? Probably Max Mara's three-piece trouser suits in pastel and Prince-de-Galles. No firearms on her person either, though the holster is reimagined as clever back straps and utilitarian pockets.
Favourite detail: Instead of a bow, Max Mara's assassin dons a tie with almost every look.
Favourite accessory: The Max Mara Whitney bag with its proportion blown all the way up up, big enough for overnight.