On March 1, Milan Fashion Week ended, during which designers and fashion houses presented their fall-winter 2021/2022 collections. The most important and catchy ones are presented in our selection.
In 2020, Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to stop participating in Paris Fashion Week and to show new collections in the brand's homeland, notably in Italy. For the presentation of the new collection, he chose the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. The designer's main idea was to draw the world's attention to the country's cultural sites, which have been empty for many months due to the pandemic. Piccioli also invited singer Amu Lu to perform during the show. She sang a cover of the song Nothing Compares to You, written by Prince.
Except for a couple of looks, including a beige knitted suit and a gold jacket, the new Valentino collection is made exclusively in black and white. The designer explained this choice of color by the desire to allow people to see the clothes but not the effect they produce. The collection includes capes and shirts with pointed collars, coats, classic trousers, flared miniskirts, windbreakers, translucent blouses, sweaters, jackets, cardigans with zippers, and turtlenecks-mesh.
Dolce & Gabbana
The new collection of the Italian Dolce & Gabbana fashion house includes more than 130 female and male looks inspired by digital technologies, cyberpunk, and virtual reality. The brand's representatives noted that Dolce & Gabbana has always been focused on the younger generation trying to understand it and follow its style. This season, the brand has dedicated its work to the TikTok generation, radically changing the usual direction.
In the new collection, the trends of the 1990s perfectly coexist with glamorous jacket-dresses and capes made of metallic fabrics, leopard-print fur coats and acid-colored down jackets, micro shorts, and latex overalls.
Max Mara's fall-winter 21/22 collection is dedicated to the beauty and courage of determined women who feel like queens regardless of external circumstances. This season has become especially important for the brand - in 2021 Max Mara will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Since its inception, the brand has grown from a small store to one of the most world-famous fashion houses. Today Max Mara is loved by Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Irina Shayk, and many other celebrities.
The fall-winter 2021 collection shows the trends of the next season as well as features the brand's DNA. It includes quilted jackets, teddy fur coats, classic coats, bulky bombers, shirts with patch pockets, blouses with frill collars, plaid pleated skirts, and oversized sweaters that are the embodiment of the perfect harmony of proportions and impeccable cut.
Veronica Etro noted that while working on the new collection, she tried to deviate from the boho style which is traditional for the brand. Even though the collection turned out to be feminine and elegant, it was inspired by the wardrobes of guitarist Jimi Hendrix and dancer Rudolf Nureyev. "They both broke the rules," the designer said. According to her, it was thanks to these two that she decided to make such changes.
Despite the changes, the collection still contains ethnic prints, velvet, chiffon, and other elements of bohemian chic. There are also wide-leg trousers, elongated jackets, sporty bomber jackets, sweaters, turtlenecks, quilted jackets, T-shirts, knitted bodysuits, buttonless cardigans, and fringed dresses.
One of the most anticipated at Milan Fashion Week was the fashion show of Salvatore Ferragamo. Paul Andrew took the audience a century ahead and placed the models in scenery that resembled the corridors of spaceships, then the landscapes of futuristic cities, or the deserted expanses of other planets.
According to Ferragamo's creative director, he took inspiration from the sci-fi films such as The Matrix, Gattaca, The Maze Runner, and others. However, the collection turned out to be very practical and versatile, suitable not only for conquering space but also for everyday life in the metropolis. It included trench coats, shorts, and jackets in bright-colored leather, knitted dresses with open shoulders, translucent raincoats, long coats with several rows of pockets, overalls, and chain mail capes made of silver metal that can be worn over turtlenecks or shirts.
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
When knitted vests flooded all runways, it became clear that many designers, including Lorenzo Serafini, began to pay more and more attention to the preppy style. Even if the new Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini's collection is inspired by school uniforms, the designer managed to make all outfits catchy and edgy by using bright colors and rebellious accessories.
As a result, the main shades of the fall-winter 2021 collection were not the traditional preppy colors of black, white, gray, and beige, but yellow, emerald, orange, blue, red, and others. During the fashion show, models showed on the runway bombers, sweaters, and jackets with P, S, or L patches, short and long pleated plaid skirts, knitted dresses with emphasized shoulders, white shirts, knitted vests, fleece jackets, trousers cargo, military boots, and romantic berets.