I was looking forward to Day Three perhaps most of all – Versace and Emporio Armani always put on a beautiful show, and they didn’t disappoint. Sleek, glossy and every-so-slightly rebellious, they always produce collections that speed their way in to the highstreet and linger there for a while.
But then I was also pleasantly surprised by the other designers on Day Three – Tod’s, Sportmax and Iceberg flung down an incredibly fashionable gauntlet that’s sure to be taken up. I can’t wait to see adaptations on the highstreet of their clean and fresh designs!
See what happened on Day Three of Milan Fashion Week…
Despite the best efforts of the likes of Versace, it was Blumarine who takes top spot for Day Three. Anna Molinari explained that her starting point was a “hidden garden on a summer night” – and that, at first, was what we got. Butterfly lace, white point d’esprit, and dashes of coral and gold were cute and feminine. But this sweet look quickly stepped in to party-girl mode – a red leather hobble skirt and a T-shirt of crystals. The distinct contrast in the two Blumarine women meant a disjointed collection, yet one that intrinsically worked – you can see yourself as both the sweet girl in a garden and the party girl in the statement frock. Molinari seems to have gathered all the personalities together, and found that it fits just right.
See the full Blumarine collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Another dress for the office? Okay then! Antonio Marras’ use of florals was inspired – sweeping petal shapes and surreal paint strokes. I love the impression of blue and pink on this cute and grown-up collection, and this dress, with its modest length and sheer panel, is just beautiful. I could easily dress it up with sky-high heels and a statement clutch, but this would be perfect with little flats, a tote and a smart blazer.
See the full Antonio Marras collection on Vogue.co.uk.
Best Dressed on the FROW
Dasha Zhukova made a bold statement for front row at Emporio Armani. The orange of the jacket and shoes was beautifully off-set by this incredible animal-print purple skirt. London Fashion Week might have experienced hail, but Milan is enjoying bright sunshine and warmth, and Zhukova takes full advantage with bared legs. Love, love, love the look!