Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 left us in awe as many Italian fashion houses exhibit only their best and most prestigious pieces.
Daniel Lee debuts his colelction for Bottega Veneta this season. The collection features amazing work on the quilted leather, knitwear, and some sparkle. Not only on the clothes; Daniel Lee also applies quilted leather to women’s pumps and men’s lace-ups, while the trademarked intreccio pattern is turned and recreated into a hard-wool coat. This new version of Bottega definitely has an edgier approach with Lee’s choice of fabrics and silhouettes.
Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection before his passing was exhibited at Milan Fashion Week, where the brand paid tribute for the ex-creative director. Guests were in tears during the final walk by none other than Gigi Hadid, who walked into a standing ovation. Models walked down the runway in a collection that carries Karl’s identity—symbolic bow, high collars, and the double F logo that Karl designed. There was also pagoda shoulder that makes the jackets more masculine. This marks a new chapter of change for Fendi in the future, one without the great late designer.
Inspired by the 90s, Versace takes a grunge turn for its Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. With Nirvana playing in the background, the models walked down the runway in sexy bustier gowns to the signature house prints splashed on a quilted jacket. There were also more luxurious pieces such as the coats, red silk dresses and gowns complemented by gold chains draping down the backs. One of the highlights from the show was the T-shirt with Donatella herself printed on it.
With the spooky set that the guests walked into, it was clear that the collection would send in the same spookiness. There were a lot of leather, large puffer coats, chunky boots, and party dresses on the runway. Feminine and romantic pieces also grace the runway in massive amount of lace, appliquéd flowers, caps, and glitters. The spooky theme can be seen in the loose-knit sweater with Frankenstein and his bride on it. Many references were used in the show, from the Frankenstein outfit to Wednesday Addams-inspired hair.
This season, Max Mara collection feels like a powerful woman’s closet, with Max Mara director referencing Linda Evangelista as their autumn icon. The silhouettes throughout the show were strong, wide, and boxier, with shades of black, caramel, and beige with a touch of animal prints. The show was strongly opened with three models walking down the runway together in wool blazers, cardigans, and knee high boots. Some of the highlights are beige oversized jackets and the wide tweed trousers.