Thursday, October 23, 2014

MFW Runway in Review

Everyone in fashion knows that if you want quality and craftsmanship you look to Italy. The same goes for print design, and no one does it like the Italians! With their love of bold color and print mixing, paired with their classic technique, Milan Fashion Week is always something to look forward to. 

Designers (left to right)- Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Fendi,  Roberto Cavalli

Milan gave London a run for it its money this season with a wide array of print mixing that is sure to excite. The mix masters at Cavalli kept things bright and festive with solid stripes with everything from tropicals and animal print to lace, dots and florals. Alberta Feretti went with a softer more feminine approach, with stripes and pink orchids, while Fendi presented a more stylized orchid print mixed with stripes of abstract shapes. 

Designers (left to right)- Gorgio Armani, Salvador Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Salvador Ferragamo

Unlike in London this season, the animal prints of MFW were very soft and neutral. Ferragamo and Armani showed movement in their skins with swooping lines and color that add to the elegance and sophistication of the beautiful flowing silks they were printed on. Cavalli and Gucci stuck to simplified color and motifs for a more classic look.

Designers (left to right) - Jil Sander, MSGM, Faisto Puglisi, Angelos Bratis, Faisto Puglisi

Milan took a little bit from all of this season's geometric trends. Faisto Puglisi mixed geos of different scale and color while Jil Sander kept to small and tonal shapes. MSGM and Angelos Bratis carried the oversized geo trend forward with large placed geometric motifs.

Designers (left to right) - MSGM, Marni, Max Mara, Bluemarine, Marni

Streamlined florals were all over the runways in Italy, giving the classic feminine print a stylized twist. Marni offered large flat florals with thick outlines in rich color combos while Bluemarine kept things clean with outline only floral motifs. Although they chose contrasting scales, MSGM and Max Mara both stuck to black and white.  

Finally, because we loved the collection so much, we have made a board to exclusively feature the beautiful Spring 2015 prints of Etro. Their perfect summer palettes and eccentric mix of ethnic, paisley and tribal prints made this collection one of our runway favorites.

Please check out our Spring 2015 Pinterest Board for more runway inspiration and check back soon for Paris!

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