Produced by Carola Long, Flora Johnston and Natalie Whittle. Images from Getty and Reuters. Edited by Josh de la Mare.
Milan Fashion Week is named for more is more aesthetic. And this season, most particularly gaudy, exuberant, and extravagant. All of Milan's key trends for spring summer 2018, demand high levels of body confidence. Take leggings-- designer Donatella Versace had revisited the Versace archives for her show, which was a tribute to her late brother Gianni, around the 20th anniversary of his death.
And it was a decidedly early '90s flavour to white leggings, featuring bold, gold, baroque swirls, and Andy Warhol inspired magazine cover designs. At Dolce and Gabbana, the Italian design duo went for clingy leg wear, featuring the Queen of Hearts and tropical fish. On the catwalk models showed off their light, [? Chritton ?] cased waists, by choosing tops that were cropped, as a [? Tetro ?] or tucked in like a Missoni.
Move over Elvis. Milan designers are staking a claim on the evening jumpsuit. The Bottega Veneta, designer Thomas Meyer, presented a lime green, velour jumpsuit with rhinestones that would have suited the king during his Vegas years. While, Gucci's satin jumpsuit in peach and pink, was pure glamour up, David Bowie. You'd be expected to tear up the dance floor in Dolce and Gabbana's shimmering, sequins catsuit, or Missoni's plunge front jumpsuit, in a fishnet like knit. Max Morris tailored lilac boiler suite offered a little more coverage, but it wasn't exactly for shrinking violets.
Every so often designers try and persuade us that shorts aren't just for the beach. And you probably agree if you've got the endless legs to carry them off. Giorgio Armani paired his silver skorts, a cross between a skirt and a short, with a tailored pink blazer to demonstrate that they can be smart. While Alberta Ferretti covered her cocktail shorts in buff coloured sequins. Prada's stripey shorts were very small, very fitted, and possibly very terrifying to the gym shy, as were Versace's starfish and shell print versions. Thank goodness for Fendi's beige, chino style shorts, which offered some vital extra inches of non-clingy fabric.