Arrivederci, Milano! A look at six standout moments from Italy’s fashion city
Just two days after fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 85, Fendi held its fall 2019 show featuring his last collection for the house. Lagerfeld was celebrated everywhere, from the “Love Karl” sketched above the runway to the cards on each seat with F (for Fendi) and his signature. Most moving was a clip from Loïc Prigent’s 2013 documentary, “Karl Lagerfeld Sketches His Life,” featuring the designer tracing and commenting on an outfit he wore in 1965. No one was quicker on the draw.
No one screamed, but Gucci’s Halloween-worthy masks were pretty scary. Designer Alessandro Michele’s eerie face covers set the stage for other eerie fall looks, like Prada’s Wednesday Addams-wannabe togs and Frankenstein-and-his-bride prints. GCBS, meanwhile, accessorized its club wear with spider and skeleton jewelry and a cobweb coverup. Way to say Boo!
If Jeremy Scott ever tires of fashion, he could be an event designer. Every season, the Moschino creative director ups the ante with an increasingly theatrical – and amusing – presentation. This time around, as “The Price is Right” theme song played, the curtain raised to display a glittery game-show set. Not only was the extravaganza tons of fun, but it was chock-full of winning, whimsical looks.
Best age group
Wrinkles are ruling the runways. Of course, catwalk castings still consist mostly of teenagers and early-20-something models, but “iconic” beauties from past decades are grabbing the most attention. In Milan, Versace closed with the voluptuous Stephanie Seymour, age 50; Max Mara unleashed the angelic Eva Herzigova, 45, and Etro sent out the lovely Tatjana Patitz, 52. All-ages shows are the way to go.
“One house, different voices” is Moncler Genius’ motto, and that translates to lines from multiple designers under one brand. The latest creative to be added to the roster is London-based Richard Quinn, known for his love of dramatic prints. The multi-designer presentation featured Quinn’s sporty, floral- and tropical-print quilted coats, bags, puffy-over-the knee boots and ski suits. Turns out his voice is perfectly in tune.
Padded rooms are associated with psychiatric hospitals, but MM6 Maison Margiela turned one into a cocoon-like fashion backdrop. The brand’s Milan store was cushioned from floor to ceiling – including the computer, phone and hat rack – with white batting-filled material. The result was a monochromatic environment which highlighted the almost entirely white collection.
By Johannah Masters