It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for with bated breath. Yes, Milan Fashion Week 2021 is here in all its glory. Luxury fabrics, impeccable tailoring, and top-notch designs, the crème-de-la-crème of fashion are here with the hottest fashion lineup. The year boasts of extremes. With eccentric silhouettes, bright palettes, party-ready metallics ruling one end of the spectrum, neutral and practical styles were also a dominant feature.
While every piece was a stunner, we’re rounding 5 standouts that not only style our hearts but the show too.
Here are our 5 favourites from this season’s top collections
This year Brunello Cucinelli put up a show that was both ethical and aesthetic. The collection called ‘The Touch Of Knit’ fused comfort and elegance, and was aimed at redefining the ridged standards of fashion. His collection was easy on the eyes, with a soothing palette of colours and a sublime mix of textures. While all the pieces were impeccable, but the one we loved most was this pale grey intarsia-style woven cardigan teamed with pleated pants and a ribbed turtleneck. An edgy bob and barely-there makeup, gave this look oodles of attitude and confidence. A swashbuckling stance coupled with a spontaneous yet well-put-together ensemble makes this look a runway success.
For Dolce and Gabbana, this show was all about paying a tribute to the multicultural history of their favourite island – Sicily. Aptly titled ‘Patchwork of Sicily’, this patchwork-heavy theme was a sensory collage of beautiful garments. An eclectic combination of pieces, each created by hand, these outfits tell a story of a union – of form and fabric, of textures and threads. While each ensemble was whimsical and fun, the one that stood out was this hourglass dress pieced together from squares of different fabrics, topped with a turban. A pop of red lipstick, gold jewellery, and patchwork shoes completed this look. All in all, an optimistic, energetic collection dedicated to resourcefulness, sustainability, and patchwork galore.
Giorgio Armani’s collection this year was inspired by the different shades of the sky. Titled ‘Nocturnal’, this collection encapsulated every colour of the night sky – from watery dabs of blue to the inkiest iteration of a midnight sky, to warm hues that signify the dawn of a new day. Every outfit brought alive a sense of femininity. But the one that stood out for us was this ensemble that comprised of a jacket that flared open at the navel, demurely revealing peeks of skin. The clean, crisp tailoring of trousers designed with rich velvet and rippling silk, teamed with 3D floral cuts, flows in linearity with the ensemble. A side-parted pleated bob gives this look the much-deserved edge. Giorgio Armani’s collection is a sign that we are collectively emerging from what feels like a long night. Subtle and surefooted, this is an optimistic forecast for the future.
This year, Etro presents a manifesto of freedom and rebellion. The theme was inspired by two legends from the music and dance world – Jimi Hendrix and Rudolf Nureyev. And much like these icons, the collection doesn’t play by the rules. Etro’s line was a mix of textures, fabrics, prints, volumes, and accessories in the most unexpected way. Each outfit signified a sense of freedom. What stole the show was this outfit that was a perfect balance between the Indie influence of Jimi Hendrix and geometrics of the theatrical costumes of the Russian ballet. With a 70s boho vibe, unmistakable swag, and a look that spells confidence, this one is a look worthy of the spotlight.
With her all-new collection, Donatella Versace gives us a sneak-peek at the new direction the brand is heading towards – a new monogram called La Greca, a rework of the brand’s iconic Greek Key symbol. We loved how Versace’s approach of reintroducing the Grace motif in minimal, infinity design was dominant throughout the show in every ensemble. Speaking of new, it also marked new mom, Gigi Hadid’s return to the runway. She owned the runway in a sheer chiffon dress with a floor-length skirt that billowed with ease. This came complete with a bejewelled bust, a sexy thigh-high slit, and a dramatic trail. This black number also had the Greca motif trademark. She teamed this racy ensemble with electric blue eye-shadow, a silk headscarf, and a stunning ginger wig. All in all, the collection featured strong, powerful looks with a rebellious spirit that will forge new paths for the brand.
Every collection was designed with an underlying message of hope for optimistic times ahead. While the pandemic has changed the landscape of the world, major fashion players are forging ahead with perseverance and determination and bringing to life the most stunning looks ever! This year, the show was all about designing dreams – a dream for a better tomorrow. And on that high note we conclude, life is a fashion show and the world is your runway. Sashay with confidence and be the showstopper you’re meant to be.