Aigner celebrated its 50th anniversary this season with a collection that sought to modernize the brand and elevate it in the echelons of the fashion industry, all the while honoring its heritage. Aigner was a name once celebrated by the social elite of Munich and Paris, but had faded into obscurity. In recent years, however, the brand has been focusing its efforts on returning to its former glory but, while its Fall/Winter 2015 collection did show some promise, it was also a clear indication of just how far the house still had to go to achieve that.
Glamorous, dark, romantic, and youthful looks broadcasted a message of confidence on the runway. A skintight, oxblood, leather dress opened the show, supported by an array of matching fur and fringe accessories. A series of seriously shedding, shaggy-fur looks would have been better left unexplored, but, while the presentation on the whole was pretty underwhelming, there were some stronger looks in the mix. These included a body-conscious nude dress with shrug sleeves and a bodice crisscrossed by corset-like ribbon, a pair of suede pants with long fringe attachments, and a wintery, textured floral fabric that looked especially great as a trench coat. The accessories were the clear winners that night, with the brand’s large totes, adorable pompons, fur-adorned bags, and floral-printed boots joining the ranks of Milan Fashion Week’s instantly covetable pieces.
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