The week that was. From the pure joyous fantasy, the utmost luxurious loungewear, iconic sensual film inspirations and the most hyped collaboration show of the season. We round up the best of Milan Fashion Week SS 21. Italy, we missed you.
The last womenswear collection designed by Sylvia Venturini Fendi before she hands the reins to Kim Jones as artistic director. United by family, legacy and pasta invitations, the SS 21 show was a stripped back, calming wonder. The ultimate diverse cast wore soft silhouettes of knitwear, embroidered linens, luxe lounge and sleepwear and hero silk duvet coats. Lay where you may.
Rebirth, renewal, reconstruction. A muted palette blends tan, beige, soft white, black and smudges of subtle powdery pastels. Forever minimalist, sleek and sophisticated – clothing that makes you feel your best. SS 21 renaissance women.
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
An occasion for garden picnics on a European summer Sunday afternoon. Pair your mini skirts with rubber boots, billowing shirts with synced corset waists and off the shoulder dresses with classic tank tops. Remember layering is key.
Under the sea. Donatella created a Versacepolis world for SS 21. Taking it back to the 90s with repurposed seashell motifs from the Spring 92 collection when the supers reigned supreme. Tropical fish prints, neon, sparkle and cocktail gowns for the win. Model highlight mentions go to Precious Lee, Mica Argañaraz, Jill Kortleve, Alva Claire and Irina Shayk.
The most anticipated show of the season. Mother Miuccia and now co-creative director Raf Simons new partnership is an industry delight. For SS 21, exploring the notion of uniform was key. Clothing is pared-back, refined and focused. Re-nylon clutch coats, shell tops, satin shift dresses, straight pants and fleece suiting. You can watch Miuccia and Raf’s post show conversation here.
Francesco Risso created a Marnifesto for SS 21. Looks were sent to friends and family all over the world to model and live stream in a digital showcase. From LA, Philadelphia Detroit, New York, London, Milan, Paris, Dakar, Shanghai and Tokyo – it was a celebration of unity and diversity; we are all in this together. Archival pieces were deconstructed and recreated in new ways, presented in IRL everyday scenarios. The Marni connection.
Forever the romantic. Pierpaolo Piccioli said it with flowers for SS 21. Signature ethereal evening gowns, caftans, cape dresses, short suits, oversized shirting, crochet, lace, sheer masculine blouses and touches of sparkle. Fluid, free, simplified and forever dreamy. P.S the rockstuds are back and better than ever with a new edge.
Inspired by the words of Walt Witman, “And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?” For SS 21 is a story that is sensual and hypnotic - surreal silhouettes, revealing skin and enigmatic femininity. The radiant beauty of Romy Schneider in La Piscine, 1969 was a secondary visually seductive reference. Magnetic and iconic.
A focus of craft, colour, artistry and renewal. A tree-lined SS 21 runway revealed a sporty aesthetic with sneakers, bomber jackets, utilitarian details, sleek shorts, wide leg trousers, soft knitwear and a refreshing palette. Relaxed, easygoing style.
Easy shapes, vibrant colour, contrast, decorative accessories and washed, worn out textures of suede and canvas.
Image credits: courtesy Fendi; courtesy Max Mara, @moschino and @moschino; @philosophyofficial, @philosophyofficial, @philosophyofficial and @philosophyofficial; courtesy Versace; courtesy Prada; @marni; courtesy Valentino; courtesy Sportmax; courtesy Boss; courtesy Tod's.