What (Really) Happened in the Front Rows at Milan Fashion Week

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On February 20th, fashion luminaries vacated London Fashion Week, heading southeast with cases of luggage in tow. Destination: Milan. They arrived at a city divided, with political protests raging in the streets and protest banners draped from buildings adjacent to many of the show venues. While Italy grapples with a tumultuous election – with the return of Silvio Berlusconi and the far-right rhetoric of Matteo Silvini both igniting explosive reactions – Milan Fashion Week designers turned their attentions to how best to protect women in these frightening times.

That meant rowdy neon colors for the after-hours crowd at Prada and thick, protective outerwear at Marni and Sportmax. Echoing the desire for a sartorial shield, the celebrities, influencers, and models who populated MFW’s front row suited up in generous layers and menswear-inspired looks. From quirky moments at Gucci to Tommy Hilfiger’s star-studded, racing-inspired presentation, see all of the most stylish FROW moments of the Fall/Winter 2018 showcases below.

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