Minimalism rules don’t really apply to Milan Fashion Week. In fact, Italy is the most challenging place to look for minimalism and understated chic. However there has been some very special flair in Italian fashion air.
First up, Prada. Miuccia didn’t really mean minimalism creating this totally Japanese-inspired collection but when you love something you’re going to find whatever you are looking for don’t you?:) Darker-than-usual colours, laconic panel-prints, super-thick satin silk that holds the lines straight — why not take it as some sort of Italian fashion minimalism? You can even see two sporty looks – one covered with a fur shrug, and another styled up with a croc handbag. As for the shoes – they are just mind-blowing, who cares the rules here.
Another newsmaker of the week, and one of the most anticipated SS13 collections – the return of Jil Sander to her own brand. It was a very touching moment last [fashion] week when Raf Simons left the house for Dior, and it is very touching now seeing Jil’s first collection after almost 10 year gap. Simple colours, sharp lines, crispy looks – Jil is true to her classic yet edgy style. Welcome back!
Fiona Cibani from PORTS 1961 was definitely on the same wave with other designers who practically introduced the new white to SS13. It’s, like, white everywhere now, even in Milan. Fiona, however, wouldn’t be Italian if she didn’t add that extra layer of femininity – laces, pleats, and weightless silk were seen under scalpel-sharp cuts and sporty looks. All together it came out as a nice twist and fresh take on classic overly-beautiful Italian fashion.