THE ITALIAN ART OF SEXY
To epitomise Milanese style is to pull off seductive, show-stopping looks with dazzling star quality.
To understand the true spirit of Milanese fashion, one need only turn to its eclectic range of style icons. There’s the elegant design doyenne Rossana Orlandi, the late eccentric writer Anna Piaggi, and the original editrix-turned-street-style-star Anna Dello Russo (she was born in Bari, but calls Milan home). Or look to Milan’s own street stylistas, spotted in fashion enclaves like Via Sant’Andrea, Via Montenapoleone, or the Brera Design District. The common denominator among these fashion role models is their exuberant brand of glamour. At Fashion Week, Milan’s most revered labels walk the same talk.
The toast of the moment is hands down Gucci, which has become the brand to be seen in, thanks to creative director Alessandro Michele’s romantic eye and vintage obsession. This season, he blends prep school, graffiti, Renaissance and ’80s influences to create fantasy knits, suits and gowns for the millennial magpie. Also dialling up the glitz is Dolce&Gabbana, whose famously sensuous dresses draw from fairy tales this Fall, and are covered in tinsel, lustrous fringing and mirrored shards.
Whatever the aesthetic, the effect is one that’s dramatic yet sophisticated; fun, seductive and big on star quality. And that is the true spirit of Milanese fashion.
Noelle Loh, editor of Female
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