Where catwalk and street wear collide, how to spend your next Fashion Week in Milan. An inside look on Autumn/ Winter trends, looks from Francesca Liberatore show, a show with an ethical cause.
Milan has always been considered one of the epicenters for fashion, with huge designer names like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, all coming from Italy.
I recently had the thrilling opportunity to attend my first fashion week in Milan, at the Francesca Liberatore show A/W 2018. Facilitated through my home institution, being a fashion student studying in Florence allowed me this incredible experience.
A Show with a Cause:
The show exhibits for its first time ever in Milan after the previous seven seasons being showcased in NYC; this is a milestone for the Roman designer.
What makes this show particularly special was her collaboration with UNIDO in Pakistan for sustainable industrial development. The designer’s collection is inspired by her efforts toward female empowerment, poverty reduction, and equality in the workforce and female entrepreneurship. UNIDO is a United Nations’ Agency that helps in inclusive globalization efforts. Francesca and UNIDO have also collaborated in Peru, Armenia, and Vietnam. Female empowerment and gender equality have been central ethical issues for Francesca, and have played a vital role in her work and collections. In her efforts, she hopes to create a world of opportunity where women can become more successful.
Inspired by Pakistani garments, her collection, through her draping and some of her prints and color choice are a nod to these efforts.
Some of the major catwalk trends I saw at the show which have been noted by trend forecasters as this Autumn/ Winter’s new “it” pieces are:
Millennial Pink/ Muted Mauves:
Muted mauves have been a large take on the ongoing millennial pink trend; it updates the pink look to bring it from spring to fall.
A modern interpretation of smart look, experimental tailoring with different length cuts and hems have been all the rage. These pieces have transitioned from a corporate only look to more cool business casual and street style looks.
Large lettering that looks like it is ready to shout at you has been all over the catwalks. This bold branding can be seen in the Francesca Liberatore show and the shows of MSGM, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, and countless others.
Seams seem to be the new trend in denim:
Deep indigo, with contrasted seams, rolled legs, or a tailored-flared look, seem to be the new trend in denim. The rich indigo shades are something you might find in your mid 90’s wardrobe are making a comeback in a modern way.
A huge trend primarily being seen in handbags, and shoes has been reptile and faux reptile skin. Whether crocodile or snakeskin it has been popping up in accessories and making its way into trenches and other clothing pieces as well.
Kitten Heel for the Catwalk:
A kitten heel has been popping up all over the runway, this trend takes its inspiration from a sixties style, most of these kitten heels having pointed toes, flattering the foot and elongating the legs.
Having been in for a few seasons now, sporty pieces being featured on the runway is no large surprise. Max Mara, Fendi, Sportsmax are some of the big designer names to send out pieces following this trend of incorporating a sporty athletic look to your everyday outfits.
Your Next Milan FW itinerary:
Between the Shows:
Stop by the immaculate Giorgio Armani café, store and museum
Take a quick break for a bite to eat in the Giorgio Armani café. Grab a vuotto or nutella brioche and sit back with your espresso or cappuccino in hand. The café is attached to the Giorgio Armani store where I took a look at some of the designer’s pieces and looked at their evening wear, and accessories for catwalk trends. If you’re into luxury pieces, architectural silhouettes and beautiful handmade beading on evening pieces; this is the perfect place to get your fix.
Next door attached to the café and store is a little bookshop where you can flip through fashion books magazines and catwalk images. Here’s a S/S 18 one I picked up from ShowTime.
Unfortunately, I did not make my way to the Giorgio Armani museum because it was preoccupied during fashion week.
Must- See Milan:
Take your own photo shoot outside Milan’s famous cathedral. You can pose in front of this immaculate building with its stunning gothic architecture, it’s the perfect backdrop for any OOTD (outfit of the day).
The famous Milan mall is stunning and definitely a go-to for anyone interested in fashion. Famous designer’s window displays are inspiring and the mall itself is a piece of art.
The Prato exhibits are supposed to be gorgeous, definitely a must- see and if I had more time I would’ve loved to visit this museum. A great excuse to visit this inspiring city again!
Sources to credit:
WGSN – I used this source to back up/ confirm my initial predictions for A/W trends.
Vogue (for images) http://www.vogue.it/en/shows/show/francesca-liberatore
Novelle Factory – on information regarding UNIDO collaboration https://www.nouvellefactory.com/single-post/Francesca-Liberatore-autunno-inverno-2018
Katie Mahoney attends Marist College and currently pursuing a degree in fashion merchandising with a concentration in promotion. She is a native of the Boston area but has spent the past summer and this coming, interning in NYC. Her passion for all things fashion had sprung from a young age, admiring her grandmother’s eclectic yet classically chic sense of style. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, having been to fourteen countries and counting; she finds it as an inspiration to see different cultural perspectives. She believes “Learning should not end in the classroom, you can learn so much from the people around you. Being abroad has broadened and challenged my view of the world. I have learned the most about myself from the places furthest from home.” She will continue her study abroad experience this fall, at a fashion institution in Paris. Upon graduation, Katie wishes to pursue a career in Public Relations for an in-house luxury retailer.