Milan Fashion Week – or MFW as it’s more popularly known – is one of the most prominent fashion weeks during Fashion Month. With legendary ateliers, the Made in Italy reputation, and home to some of the most important designers of the 21st century, collections from Milan are sophisticated, sensational, and vibrant. For day one, Daniel Del Core presented a dramatic second collection filled with ruffles and couture-like gowns in vibrant colors. Meanwhile, Alberta Ferretti sent down her signature evening dresses, except this time in pleated chiffon and jewel tones. At Jil Sander, Lucie and Luke Meier made a strong case for oversized jackets without lapels and striking yet minimalist blouses.
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Alberta Ferretti presented a collection that clients would buy into from the get-go. Silhouettes were feminine and soft, rating high on wearability. Crochet made from organza ribbon was key to this collection, and options ranged from crocheted tops to dresses with lots of fringing. Elsewhere, there were slouchy trousers worn under dresses and skirts. Casual looks came in the form of knitted tops with matching shorts, voluminous trench coats, and simple summer dresses – all of which would sell very well.
The only print in this collection was butterflies. Symbolizing a post-pandemic renaissance, it was seen on several silhouettes throughout the show. At the finish, we were treated to a series of ethereal chiffon dresses. In jewel tones and with varying hemlines, these were Ferretti’s standout creations. Highlights included a halter-neck dress in shades of purple, blue, and teal reminiscent of a Greek goddess and an emerald green mini-dress with a scoop neckline.
In just two seasons, Daniel Del Core has figured out how to strike a balance between eccentric fashion and commercially viable clothing. The Gucci alum, who worked under Alessandro Michele, sent out a collection inspired by nature and all the oddities that come with it. Theatrical looks came upholstered with couture-level details: a sheer gown that sprouted feathers and a dramatic pleated ruffle, a black and white gown with circular embellishments and floor-length sleeves, and a pale pink kimono dress with hand-embroidered flowers. Over-the-top hats finished many of the looks.
Less avant-garde but no less fantastic were Del Core’s line-up of wearable wardrobe staples – floral chiffon dresses worn under trench coats, minimalist slip dresses, and bandeau tops featuring frogging details. Del Core was serious about paring things back this season, with a line-up that also included simple power suits and tailored trousers. If there’s one emerging label we’re rooting for this season, it’s Del Core.
At Jil Sander, designers Lucie and Luke Meier were having fun with their Spring/Summer 2022 designs. The duo presented an eclectic collection with masculine cuts, minimalist silhouettes, and lots of pastel colors. Boxy jackets sans lapels were paired with loose trousers, and some even came with a stiff scarf-like overlay on the neck. The designers played around with different fabrics to create interesting textures. Case in point: the bouclé suit in pistachio green and a cotton and chenille dress that gave way to a unique texture.
Additionally, there were luxurious high neck blouses, slouchy denim in a different wash, and collectible overcoats. The showstopper was a velvet coat with hand-painted tiger stripes and tassels on the front – it was the only look with this print, and it was divine. The shift dresses with sequined paisley motifs that closed the show proved that the designers didn’t want to take themselves too seriously. After all, isn’t that what fashion is all about?