Lessons We Learnt From Milan Fashion Week Spring’21

The Milan Fashion Week spring’21 thought us lessons, and the lessons are the trends the runway brought. The trend that took us all to a world of fantasy, where we all forgot what is going on in the outside world but ‘ahh! let me enjoy this fashion world”.

There were many trends like polka dots, abstract pints, retro silhouettes so on. But this year, the focus was on Moschino and Prada with the risk of using marionettes as models and audience thanks to Moschino and Prada’s 50s-style skirts.

Raf Simmons prada’s co-creative director and a former creative director for Calvin Klein and Dior worked together with Muccia Prada the creative director of Prada to design the spring’21 collection and the result? we are still recovering from. The overall looks for the collection were simple yet sophisticated. There were printed match sets of trousers and tank tops with the brand’s iconic logo print, 50’s style skirts with ribbed turtlenecks e.t.c. The accessory that got our attention the most, is the iconic prada’s pointed kitten heels with logo flap, all in various bold colours and well matched with the looks on the runway. Muccia Prada said in an interview “A piece of clothing serves the role of making you live better. It is not an abstract job,”. Some models walked down the runway grabbing a part of their coats, which we’re not sure what it meant, is prada sending a political message to the world? or just an artistic way of presenting the collection.

Moschino on the other hand, the creative director Jeremy Scott is not as wild as always but more of conservative looks. The runway was full of tulles, brocade and satin with guests from Anna Wintour, to Vanessa Friedman. Who are the models? Marionettes with strings attached, made in his favourite models and editors, he used the collection to celebrate the virtues of haute couture, “The best thing I could do for everyone who is stressed about the election, the pandemic, social unrest, and the future was to give the gift of fantasy and take us away from all of it for a few minutes; let us enjoy this little fashion world of ours,” said Scott during an interview.

The marionettes were created by Jim Henson’s creature shop, and is said to be inspired by the Théâtre de la Mode, the troupe of miniature couture creations the designers of Paris sent on the road after World War II to save their businesses from financial ruin amid scarce supplies and clients left unable to travel.

Jeremy said; “What would be the best way for me to give the same experience that you’re used to, coming to see my shows live?” Scott wondered. “How could I give you that whimsy, that magic, that fantasy?” So he decided to give us fantasy.

MFW also featured other designers from Valentino’s romantic collection to MaxMara’s signature minimalism, Tod’s collection that featured many Work From Home looks and Fendi’s retro silhouettes, but there were also missing designers this year like Gucci, Jil Sander, Missoni and  so on. From the ones who presented this year, what are they teaching us? Here are the lessons we learnt from their collection:

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Lesson 1: The Polka Dots

Lesson 2: Abstract Prints

Lesson 3: Match Sets

Lesson 4: Modern Laces

Lesson 5: Neon

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Lesson 6: Maxi Dresses

Lesson 7 : Retro Silhouettes

Lesson 8 : Shirt Tales

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By Lola Joseph
Images: Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Alberta Ferreti, Versace, Prada and Ports 1961
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