Distilled: Milan Fashion Week A/W ’11

First there was New York and London, then there was Milan…

Soon, there will be Paris and I can stop annoying my boyfriend into making me more of these photocollages.

L-R (in convenient alphabetical order)
Row 1 – Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Bottega Veneta
Row 2 – D&G, Dolce & Gabanna, Etro
Row 3 – Fendi, Gucci, Marni
Row 4 – Missoni, Moschino, Versus


  • Milan didn’t let us down on the glamour front; colours are richer, pants are shinier and a sense of humour is always apparent.
  • Mixing textures – leather with tweed, wool with silk, hand-knits with aforementioned shiny-pants material.
  • Intense colour pops – from crayola brights at Blumarine to cloying candy colours at Missoni.


  • Milan’s glam does have a flip side – and that’s it’s (debatable) overuse of fur and snakeskin, evident on the Gucci catwalk.  I’ve stated before that I’m fairly ambivalent towards fur, but seeing this much is a bit like eating too much rich chocolate cake; you feel a bit of disgust at the overindulgence.
  • A distinct lack of trousers.  Case in point: no pants at Prada.

Pic 4 – Can’t you picture MIA wearing every single item from the D&G show?
Pic 8 – Apart from the whole ‘fur-discomfort’ thing, the Gucci show was beautiful.  Drawing inspiration from 70’s era Angelican Huston and Helmot Newton = WIN.
Pic 9 – Marni was my favourite show, which came as a bit of a surprise.  Pattern mix-and-matching from the masters.

What are your thoughts on Milan?

7 thoughts on “Distilled: Milan Fashion Week A/W ’11

  1. >Milan is definitely the most glamorous fashion week. I loved the pops of colours and the materials most of the designers used. But, totally agree with the overuse of fur and snake skin. I really hated R. Cavalli for that reason. :)SarahD

  2. >DITTO…on the pops of colour, (2nd pic orange is fab – although I don't think I would be brave enough myself)& mix in textures…I love the last black dress tooFair play to the boyfriend…a great selection ;)

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