Rounding Up Milan Fashion Week

The biggest and most influential names in fashion came together at the recently-concluded Milan Fashion Week to showcase their Spring-Summer 2009 Collections. Here are some of Italy’s most distinguished designers and their works of art:

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre’s collection featured geometric symmetry and stiff construction. The collection focused on circular sculpted fabrics and triangular proportions. The brands’ design team looked over their archives and revived some of their signature looks as a tribute to the designer.

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta showcased single-tone drapes (in practically every possible way) in yellow and orange tones. Several dresses from the collection are asymmetrical and disproportioned. Some of the pieces appear very simple, yet the thought process belies that simplicity, as each pieces exhibits very fine and intricate detailing. The collection was inspired by the 40s and executed in shorts, t-shirts and loose blouses.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum channelled some English garden charm into its collection. Burberry showcased classic Brit components such as trenches and knee-length dresses. Designer Christopher Bailey got his inspiration from his own backyard; thus the English garden theme of which was executed in cardigans and androgynous shorts.

Max Mara

Max Mara’s collection featured Grecian tunics in acid hues – important updates of the popular style. Jackets are made from a mixture of wool and sheer for a bit of mix in texture. There were also a few silk jumpsuits, floral dresses and some knits in the collection.


Fendi made use of several transparent fabrics and created layers with them, along with a variety of other materials to emphasize silhouette. Karl Lagerfeld infused some rose blooms into his designs, along with some very feminine colors. The dresses emphasized the waist using very thick belts.

Dolce & Gabbana

The awesome duo looked to the sea for inspiration. D&G’s collection featured capatian jackets, blue and white combos and anchor designs. Caftan-like silk wraps conjure memories of high-end weekend getaway. Evening dresses were inspired by the 17th century, with peplums and thckly-layered skirts.

Veronica Etro

Veronica Etro went eastern on the runway with pumped-up Indian Influences. Intricate patterns, kimono variations and several oriental things were put together to create this look for the Asian jetsetting set. Naturally, the designer’s trademark paisley are all over jumpsuits and other designs.


Gucci went for romance-jazzed evening wear and trapeze dresses. Single tone were used mostly to create a floaty feeling. Slim silhouettes were topped by floor-length sheer cover-ups. For day wear, Gucci went a bit masculine with scruffy-looking suits and a bit of disproportion. Slightly peculiar trousers were paired with an extremely tight suit jacket.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli made headlines with his barely-there minis. Ruffles were brought back to life and incorporated into mini dresses. Gold tones and nude-over-sheer and exotic forest prints were the chosen colors for the collection. One particular dress stood out among the many fabulous pieces – a hooded peasant dress which is something to look forward to next season.


Always the go-to designer for fabulous prints, Missoni went for embroidery, a lot of detail and of course, prints, to create an oriental outlook. Some of the key looks for the collection are obi belts and kimonos. Colors are splashes of paint-like electric yellows and grays.

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