Ferragamo’s Spring Essential – Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti focused on the essentials for the Italian label’s spring 2014 collection. Specifically jackets are the main focus of the new season as shown by the selection of cropped bombers, trenches and pin-striped double-breasted suit jackets. The looks may be no-nonsense but they are certainly luxurious in materials like calfskin, snakeskin and silks for skirts and dresses. Rounding out the showcase, the Ferragamo woman accessorizes with open-toe boots and sandals as well as boxy bags.
Missoni Travels for Spring – Missoni’s signature prints were out in full force for the label’s spring 2014 show presented during Milan Fashion Week. Creative director Angela Missoni drew inspiration from global travel with an opening section of birds and ocean waves which transformed into tribal stripes and Eastern color-blocking. Bold colors like orange, mauve, blue or coral are contrasted by black and white for a graphic effect. The Missoni woman wears sarongs, knit sweaters and off the shoulder dresses for the upcoming spring. Her accessories include chunky jewelry with the aforementioned prints, sandals and colorful bags that are ahead of the curb no matter the destination.
Marni’s Take on Sport – Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni took a deliberate step back from minimalism for the brand’s spring 2014 collection shown during the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week. The result is an outing of feminine silhouettes with a focus on the waist in shapes that play on volume and proportion. The designs are given sporty touches like visors, platform sandals and bomber jackets. Embellishments, far more than you typically see in a Marni collection, played an important role for spring in the form of tridimensional floral patterns, crystal embroideries and ribbons. Striking a balance between lightness and density, Castiglioni makes her very own brand of femininity for the new season.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Flowers and Gold – For several years now, Dolce & Gabbana designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have found inspiration in Sicily for their ready-to-wear collections and the spring 2014 season is no exception. This time delicate blossoms and gold coins serve as the main focal points of the collection. The gold coins are interesting considering the pair’s recent trouble concerning taxes; perhaps a commentary on the situation? Nevertheless, the Italian designers’ unique take on femininity was on full display for the spring preview with lace embellished tops, fabrics dipped in gold and airy sheers. For accessories, the Dolce & Gabbana woman wears sandals, drop earrings and belts all adorned with the coin motifs.
Bottega Veneta’s Ladylike Luxury – Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier reinterpreted femininity for the brand’s spring 2014 collection of ladylike looks. The new season puts a focus on fabrics with plenty of draping, pleats and ruffles for the Bottega Veneta woman to wear. As with many shows this Milan Fashion Week, the color palette is subtle, embracing simple black, neutral and midnight blue hues that evoke a certain luxury. Texture takes shape in Maier’s feather decorated and beaded gowns for a more classic take on evening wear.
Pucci’s Sexy Sport – Emilio Pucci revealed a sporty, sexy and cool spring 2014 collection shown during the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week. Creative director Peter Dundas embraced the brand’s colorful signature prints with designs that had an undeniable activewear influence. The sports influence was for from mannish though, the Pucci woman kept her signature sex appeal with an outing of surfer inspired color-blocking, glitzy hooded jackets and mesh dresses. The Pucci woman also embraced rock ‘n’ roll chic in floor-length gowns decorated with peekaboo cutout details.
Sander’s New Minimalism – After taking back the helm of her label over a year ago, designer Jil Sander’s eponymous label showed a strong outing of minimalist fashion for spring 2014. The silhouettes while not overly clingy embraced feminine shapes with a focus on the waistline as shown by the inclusion of crop tops and high-waisted skirts. A minimalist color palette calls for white and black as well as your rare pastel hue. Print was embraced with a series of multi-colored abstract shapes. Sander’s signature coats are worn over cropped trousers as well as chunky platforms and sandals.
Cavalli’s Shining Spring – For Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2014 show, the theme was glamour. To be more specific–movie glamour particularly of Hollywood’s golden age served as inspiration for the Italian designer’s runway preview shown during the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week. A color palette of dreamy silver took center stage for the spring season in lightweight chiffon and lace-adorned gowns that are sometimes diaphanous and other times sensual with plunging necklines. When the Cavalli woman is looking for something more rock ‘n’ roll infused, she wears a leather jacket or rolled up trousers decorated with sequins.
Versace’s Rocking Spring – Donatella Versace was in a rock ‘n’ roll mood for Versace’s spring 2014 show held during the third day of Milan Fashion Week. The catwalk opened with a selection of denim looks ranging from clingy skirts to sculpted jackets. Then the Versace woman embraced the sweet side of spring with pleated dresses in pastel hues of lavender, yellow and sky blue. The looks still had a rock edge though; paired with cropped moto jackets and zipper details. Sexy gowns featuring high slits and skin-baring cutouts closed the show in feminine sheer and lace.
Blumarine’s Take on Glamour – For spring 2014, Blumarine gets dreamy with an outing of ultra-feminine looks embellished with flowers and butterflies. The first half of the collection is almost exclusively in white and nude illuminated by gilded jacquard patterns. Then the catwalk transforms into less romance and more sensuality with form-fitting dresses adorned with sequins and feathers. More androgynous looks take shape in the form of boxy blazers and tapered trousers worn with ankle boots. Never one to shy away from glamour, the show closes with rhinestones and feathers in a nod to fifties glamour and Las Vegas showgirls.