Milan Fashion Week SS20: 5 best moments from Sportmax, Etro, Marni
SPORTMAX: SAIL TO PORT
Favourite looks: It would have been a cheesy cop out to print sails in this thematic collection. Sportmax is far more sophisticated than that. Instead, it brilliantly incorporates triangular shapes throughout by way of nips, tucks, and clever cuts, some more subtle than others.
Favourite detail: Most designers treat their fabrics specially to avoid the fading of dyes, but those at Sportmax look to embrace that sun-wash, a softness of which is often juxtaposed with the brand's signature sporty-smart tailoring.
Favourite accessory: Sock boots are done to death at this point. Sock sandals however, are by and large uncharted territory, one Sportmax is keen to venture to sea with. And just like that, we're punned out.
ETRO: FLOAT ON ALRIGHT
Favourite look: There are two kinds of travel –– one is steep in luxury, the other is on the opposite end of the spectrum. We have always admired Etro's deft balance of the two. The clothing celebrates the road less travelled; the craftsmanship puts on a pedestal, decades worth of know-how money cannot buy. This season in particular, we see the balance of coin and character in spikes of showy opulence.
Favourite detail: Etro spring/summer 2020 is literally grounded by hot air balloons at the centre of the Via Conservatorio square, where models appeared at the end wearing Etro's iconic striped shirts.
Favourite accessory: Those paisley belts. They will cinch everything in our closets from voluminous girly chiffon frocks to structured kimono jackets beautifully.
MARNI: GREEN THUMB
Favourite look: Can we get away with a simple, "all the dresses?" Probably, though that would be lazy reporting. After the fifth finger-painted frock with raw hems and striking dyes (and we do adore them all) they start to morph into one another. Having said that, those with dramatically bare back secured with raffia ribbons earn extra points.
Favourite accessory: The bucket bags that can only be described as bucket bags because they look like... actual buckets. A cheeky homage to the forest and its fauna.