Milan Fashion Week: 5 Things We've Learned So Far

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by Bethan Holt and Digital fashion editor, The Daily Telegraph, September 23, 2016

Milan fashion week has got off to an uber-maximalist start with detailing galore at Gucci, jewelled boom boxes at Phillip Plein and much more...

1. According to Prada, we'll be wearing our bras over shirts next summer.

Bras and bralets have been having a moment on the SS17 runways at Victoria Beckham, Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra, and this was cemented at Prada where bustier bra tops were layered over striped and Seventies cutrain-printed shirts. Click here to see the full Prada collection.

2. Jeremy Scott dressed models as paper dolls.

Jeremy Scott always creates entertaining shows at Moschino, and this year he was inspired by dress-up paper dolls. The Telegraph's Victoria Moss writes: "Gigi Hadid opened in a trompe l’oeil slip dress, embossed with a naked figure clad in a black bra and pants. The inspiration for the show was soon apparent, with models exiting featuring square white tabs on their arms and legs – real life paper dolls. The clever analogy – and working with trompe l’oeil – shows just how sharp Scott is." Click here for more about the collection. 

3. Anna Dello Russo is still the star of the Milan street style circus.

Anna Dello Russo really commits to her fashion week looks during Milan Fashion Week, and as ever is causing a frenzy with her ensembles which look like they are designed to send street style photographers wild. She has worn a ruffled Gucci ball gown, a black sheer lace Alberta Ferretti gown and a Prada corset belt.

4. You will want a Gucci cardigan next season.

"This juggernaut shows no signs of slowing" wrote The Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong of another Gucci offering filled with ruffles, jewels, rococo patterns, serpent and lion emblems and brocade. Of course, there will be loads to add to your shopping list (that's kind of the point) but The Telegraph fashion desk is particularly enamoured with the oversized, Gucci-stripe trim cardigans. 

5. Haute-hippies head to Roberto Cavalli.

Peter Dundas is a few seasons into his tenure at Roberto Cavalli and is still having fun with more-is-more Cavalli-isms. For SS17, Navajo and Scandinavian influences were the starting point for intricately-detailed tiered skirt and dresses in frothy chiffon, patchwork flares and beaded tops and waistcoats. Think hippie-trail in technicolour- as long as you have a five-star hotel to retire to by night. 

6. You can (well, maybe) get away with calling your fashion show 'Alice in Ghettoland'.

Believe it or not, sometimes the clothes are the last thing on everyone's mind at a fashion show. At Phillip Plein, there was a whizzing fairground ride, an open top car, giant spotty mushrooms with Fergie and Paris Hilton thrown in for good measure. It was little wonder then that garish yellow prints, jewelled boom boxes and blingtastic suits were required to give the models even the slightest chance of being seen. 

7. Cadbury purple is a thing at Alberta Ferretti

We're into the third of four fashion weeks (New York and London are done, with Paris still to come) and so sugar is high on the list of priorities. Which might be why the appearance of a vivid shade of rich purple on breezy dresses, dramatic maxi skirts and beautifully decorative kimonos at Alberta Ferretti immediately evoked thoughts of Cadbury's Dairy Milk. 

8. Gigi Hadid has been learning handbag-carrying techniques from Victoria Beckham.

The handbag-as-clutch technique has been perfected by Victoria Beckham, who is often seen out and about with her arm tucked around her latest bag like it's a giant clutch (unfortunately this isn't a phenomenon we can explain, sorry.) Well now Gigi Hadid has got in on the act, attending the launch of Max Mara's new Bo bag at their Milan store and showing off the satchel style using VB's tried-and-tested methods. 

As a side note, with her sequinned coat, cashmere (we presume) body suit and furry heels,who knew beige could look so jazzy?


This article was written by Bethan Holt and Digital fashion editor from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.