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THE ITALIAN ART OF SEXY

To epitomise Milanese style is to pull off seductive, show-stopping looks with dazzling star quality.

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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.
 

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Gucci
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Fendi
 

From the sexy camp: Master of mischief Moschino puts a red carpet spin on biker chic, pairing leather jackets and bustiers with ballgown skirts. Meanwhile, the mistress of come-hither seduction Donatella Versace injects sizzle into skiwear and suits with pencil-slender silhouettes.
 

Moschino Womenswear - Front Row
Moschino
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Versace

 
Versace Womenswear - Front Row
Versace
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Versace

 
And trust the one and only Miuccia Prada to dream up a wardrobe for the modern seafaring gypsy; one filled with curvy ’50s-style brocade dresses and sinuous ’40s-flavoured frocks, paired with tights, corsets and Hawaiian shirts. In comparison, Karl Lagerfeld’s approach at Fendi is more down to earth, yet no less high impact: a flutter of ruffle-trimmed silk pieces inspired by waves, with matching thigh-high leather socks bearing the same eye-catching flounces.
 
Prada Womenswear - Front Row
Prada
Fendi Womenswear - Front Row
Fendi

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

Photo credits: Courtesy of Showbit.com


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