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Runway Report: Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Amid plenty of drama—both on and off the catwalk—Milan Fashion Week has come and gone and the fashion pack has uprooted to Paris. Click inside to read our runway report on the best and worst of Milan Fashion Week.


Runway Report: Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Amid plenty of drama—both on and off the catwalk—Milan Fashion Week has come and gone and the fashion pack has uprooted to Paris. Naturally, there is plenty to discuss—from the collections to the celebrities, from the backstage beauty looks to the bold trends that turned up. On that note, click inside to read our runway report on the best and worst of Milan Fashion Week.

Milan Fashion Week officially kicked off last Wednesday. By Friday, the halfway mark, plenty of celebrated labels had shown collections—including Alberta Ferretti, Gucci (far left), Max Mara, Fendi (second from right), D&G, Prada (far right), Moschino, Etro, Gianfranco Ferre, Blumarine and Versace. One of our favorites? Gucci. Not only was the color palette—a bold mix of teal, lilac, jade green and rust—delightful, the clothes, themselves, were mouth-watering. We loved the breezy blouses, suede suits, chiffon dresses covered in petals, and colorful fur stoles, in particular. It also doesn’t hurt that Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine was named by Gucci designer Frida Giannini as the inspiration for the floor-length dresses.

The second half of London Fashion Week saw another set of luminary labels take to the catwalk—including Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Sportmax, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Marni (second from left), Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name just a few. Our highlight for the week? Marni. We loved all the slouchy separates at Marni—from a boxy printed green coat to a black fur. The collection reminded us, just a little, of Marni’s fall 2001 and spring 2002 collections, of which we are big fans.

In terms of street style, one major spring trend was everywhere in Milan: bright and bold colors. Fashion blogger Bryanboy was spotted in bright coral pants, Vogue Nippon’s fashion director at large Anna Dello Russo wore a neon yellow ensemble, while fellow blogger Susie Lau of Style Bubble wore a fabulous printed dress and bright blue Oxfords.

As for what had people talking, unsurprisingly John Galliano was the talk of the town on Friday following his arrest in Paris. A special mention, also, to Katie Holmes, who was honored at the Max Mara show as a face of the future.

On that note, it is time to bid farewell to Milan and say bonjour to our last stop: the stylish streets of Paris.

Photos: Feudiguaineri.com, GoRunway.com

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