Milano Regalo

the Milan Fall/Winter 2013 Women's collections

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This week I’m reviewing 5 beautiful collections from last weeks Milan runways, and one unfortunate collection that clearly did not get the ‘beautiful clothing’ memo.

The Italian’s were extremely refreshing this season, most with new ideas – light and fire coming down the runways.  I was pleasantly surprised by what Milan had to offer, from Dolce & Gabbana to Fendi, I fell back in love with some of my old favorites.

Having lived in Italy (and traveled to the country at young age) I will always have a special place in my heart for the food, the people, and the FASHION.

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Dolce & Gabbana

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D&G2I fell in love with everything in this show, much in the same way I did when I first saw their premiere collection in 1985.  Every look that graced the runway was ‘back-to-their-roots’ phenomenal, from the Byzantine and Venetian mosaic pieces to their classic grey speckled wool.  I was in awe.

D&G3Here’s the video of the entire collection.  You’ll understand why I think Dolce & Gabbana is squarely back on the fashion map;

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Video courtesy Christianzhel via YouTube

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Philipp Plein

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PPIn this show, Plein showed a strong, confident and (somewhat) rebellious collection.  Majestic furs, embellished leathers, and gorgeous evening gowns – one right after the other – came strolling through his magical forest setting.

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“The inspiration for the show was the enchanted forest, having both the dark and light side, showing the sexy, rock and roll as well as the elegant, making the collection fit for a princess.”

-Philipp Plein

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Emilio Pucci

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EP1Peter Dundas creative director of Pucci served up the modern day “early seventies rock goddess.”   Dundas took classic Pucci prints and gave them new life by adding feathered and sequined tops to a very mini mini skirt and over-the-thigh high boots.   He also showed what I think is this season’s ultimate “little black dress.”

EP2EP3This look is a refreshing take on the silk print Pucci dress that use to hang in my mothers closet.  It’s young, fresh, sexy and fantastic.  Follow this link to view the entire collecion.

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Bottega Veneta

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BV1Viewing this collection was like peering into film noir realness.   A collection fit for a young Lauren Bacall transported to 2013.  The wool pieces that were creatively seamed and folded were exquisite, and the print dresses with a new twist to the french sleeve were my favorite looks.  Who knew wool could be the new sexy fabric?  Creative Director Tomas Maier did.

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Fendi

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Fendi1 In reviewing this collection, Fun is the first things that came to my mind – and here’s an interesting fact – the FF logo from the 60’s stood for Fun Furs, not Fendi.

If it’s possible for me to describe this collection without sounding crazy, I’d say it has a post apocalyptic punk vibe that was new, sexy, but at the same time classic.   Most of all I saw it as a very wearable collection.

Fendi2Fendi3I’ve added the full runway show video here so that you can see what i am talking about.  This is Lagerfeld as his best. A TRUE GENIUS.

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Video courtesy Fashion TV via YouTube

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Versace

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VersnatchyDonatella – St Marks Place is on the phone – they want their 1980’s clothes back.  I have no idea what is going on with this house.  How could the same woman that designed 2 of the most gorgeous gowns at last weekends Oscars (Jane Fonda and Halle Berry) have had any involvement in designing this collection?  It’s baffling.

Vinyl, Plaid and Safety Pins OH MY!

Versnatchy2Versnatchy3You can see the rest of this collection at TrashAndVaudeville.com, or if you’re interested in the actual collection, follow this link.

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I would like to thank my good friend Todd Hanshaw, and Philipp Plein for taking time out of their busy schedule to share insight on the Philipp Plein collection.  All photo’s courtesy Style.com

Next Saturday, a roundup of the best from the Paris Fall/Winter 2013 shows.  Stayed tuned!

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Written by Anthony Costa

4 thoughts on “Milano Regalo”

  1. I loved Plein the best. He’s sexy too. Heheh. Versace did well this time. Thanks Anthony. Sorry for the late posting honey

  2. Love your top picks Anthony. especaily D&G. Fendi looked a bit out of step to me but loved the colors and styling all the same. Now what’s up with DV????? Is she really all there? Oh, bring back Gianni!!!

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