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Milan Sizzles in Gucci’s Absence

By Sofia Celeste 24 September 2018

MILAN, ITALY - A bit of a hard blow, Milan did not start its spring summer fashion calendar with Gucci, one of its biggest brands. But with Nicki Minaj for Diesel, Giorgio Armani’s Robbie Williams concert at the aiport and Moncler’s second Moncler Genius project… it was actually the best we’ve seen in a long time.

On Thursday, the second day of Milan fashion week, Armani provided the high point of the fashion season, with a co-ed spring summer Emporio Armani show staged at Milan’s Linate airport that culminated in a full concert by the British pop star famous for songs like "Angel" and "Let Me Entertain You."

In a hanger that has hung a massive Emporio Armani sign on its facade for over 20 years, Williams flashed the crowd of over 2,300 with his charisma, humor and his backside… a few times…

“I can’t believe I am here,” Williams said, reflecting on the moment when he was contacted by Giorgio Armani to perform in Milan. “He’s a legend,” Williams added, before taking a knee before the 84 year old designer and giving him a big hug. He later sang a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” , as well as "Freedom" in an emotional tribute to George Michael and another one to his three children.

Upon entering the venue, members of the press, were confused as to why they were asked to bring their passports and a scannable bracelet that was requested upon an actual check in process. After receiving their “boarding pass” each guest passed through security and entered a jet bridge. “Maybe we are going to Ibiza,” some said. “Maybe he’s staging the show on a plane… Maybe we are going to take off,” other commented.

"It was the BEST ever," one magazine editor mused after the show. "This is how Milan should be every time."

The good vibes seeped into the creative minds of many designers. Instead of Gucci, the week kicked off with acts like Arthur Arbesser and Jil Sander hubby and wife team Lucie and Luke Meier. The first, did not disappoint. Arbesser provided the crowd with a sense of newness with asymmetrical designs, naive patterns, and yellow and black striped designs inspired by the work of Italian sculptor Fausto Melotti.

Elsewhere, spring summer 2019 collections were on the sexy side, as many designers decided to celebrate femininity and the female figure. Diesel kicked off festivities with a special launch of Haute Couture, who staged a mini-catwalk show with her bodacious body. Designers like Miuccia Prada made a big comeback this season with ultra-feminine pieces, fitted skirts, paired with revealing, bandaged bathing suit tops. Jeremy Scott at Moschino unfurled a collection marked by ballroom gowns and horserace suits and hats adorned with a scribble scrabble motif. See-through lace jumpsuits and robes punctuated the collection with a sense of a little late night friskiness. Fausto Puglisi celebrated the feminine form with bodysuit pieces and slinky dresses crafted with intarsias, weaving and hoodies, as a way to honour one of Puglisi’s favorite muses, Grace Jones.

Pucci currently a ship sailing without a captain seemed to have reverted back to its roots more than ever - bringing the flowing silhouettes and whimsical sherbert tinted prints back. A swanky samba dance off was staged in Pucci’s Milan headquarters, where bare chests and bikini tops took us to the beaches of Rio.

Other houses like N 21 opted for a more cerebral approach. PVC and patent leather contrasted silk satin and backless tye die numbers made with cotton were a fresh take on urban summer dress.

“N 21 spring summer was all about something classic to look at the future essential mood and erotic situation," designer Alessandro dell'Acqua said.

 

 

 

Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

MILAN, ITALY - A bit of a hard blow, Milan did not start its spring summer fashion calendar with Gucci, one of its biggest brands. But with Nicki Minaj for Diesel, Giorgio Armani’s Robbie Williams concert at the aiport and Moncler’s second Moncler Genius project… it was actually the best we’ve seen in a long time.

On Thursday, the second day of Milan fashion week, Armani provided the high point of the fashion season, with a co-ed spring summer Emporio Armani show staged at Milan’s Linate airport that culminated in a full concert by the British pop star famous for songs like "Angel" and "Let Me Entertain You."

In a hanger that has hung a massive Emporio Armani sign on its facade for over 20 years, Williams flashed the crowd of over 2,300 with his charisma, humor and his backside… a few times…

“I can’t believe I am here,” Williams said, reflecting on the moment when he was contacted by Giorgio Armani to perform in Milan. “He’s a legend,” Williams added, before taking a knee before the 84 year old designer and giving him a big hug. He later sang a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” , as well as "Freedom" in an emotional tribute to George Michael and another one to his three children.

Upon entering the venue, members of the press, were confused as to why they were asked to bring their passports and a scannable bracelet that was requested upon an actual check in process. After receiving their “boarding pass” each guest passed through security and entered a jet bridge. “Maybe we are going to Ibiza,” some said. “Maybe he’s staging the show on a plane… Maybe we are going to take off,” other commented.

"It was the BEST ever," one magazine editor mused after the show. "This is how Milan should be every time."

The good vibes seeped into the creative minds of many designers. Instead of Gucci, the week kicked off with acts like Arthur Arbesser and Jil Sander hubby and wife team Lucie and Luke Meier. The first, did not disappoint. Arbesser provided the crowd with a sense of newness with asymmetrical designs, naive patterns, and yellow and black striped designs inspired by the work of Italian sculptor Fausto Melotti.

Elsewhere, spring summer 2019 collections were on the sexy side, as many designers decided to celebrate femininity and the female figure. Diesel kicked off festivities with a special launch of Haute Couture, who staged a mini-catwalk show with her bodacious body. Designers like Miuccia Prada made a big comeback this season with ultra-feminine pieces, fitted skirts, paired with revealing, bandaged bathing suit tops. Jeremy Scott at Moschino unfurled a collection marked by ballroom gowns and horserace suits and hats adorned with a scribble scrabble motif. See-through lace jumpsuits and robes punctuated the collection with a sense of a little late night friskiness. Fausto Puglisi celebrated the feminine form with bodysuit pieces and slinky dresses crafted with intarsias, weaving and hoodies, as a way to honour one of Puglisi’s favorite muses, Grace Jones.

Pucci currently a ship sailing without a captain seemed to have reverted back to its roots more than ever - bringing the flowing silhouettes and whimsical sherbert tinted prints back. A swanky samba dance off was staged in Pucci’s Milan headquarters, where bare chests and bikini tops took us to the beaches of Rio.

Other houses like N 21 opted for a more cerebral approach. PVC and patent leather contrasted silk satin and backless tye die numbers made with cotton were a fresh take on urban summer dress.

“N 21 spring summer was all about something classic to look at the future essential mood and erotic situation," designer Alessandro dell'Acqua said.

 

 

 

Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

 

Photo: Vogue 

 

Photo: Vogue 

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