Milan Fashion Week fall 2018 is all the rage now or, to put it in a more fashionable way, is on the upswing. From Versace to Dolce & Gabbana, from Marni to Gucci, MFW’s creative directors and fashion houses are really setting the bar higher for any other designer, almost dethroning the other Fashion Weeks, as it happened during the late Eighties and early Nineties. Comprehensibly, both the Eighties and the Nineties are this MFW’s biggest themes.
You’ll see how they were translated into fashion today too, as Dolce & Gabbana, MSGM, and Tommy Hilfiger’s takes on the fall and spring 2018 seasons were all uniquely intriguing and quite surprising. Get ready for some religious, Milanese, and (sort of) Fast and Furious-related collections. You’ll love them!
Dolce & Gabbana Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Do you remember when Jean Paul Gaultier portrayed Virgin Mary as a fashion icon back in SS 2007, creating a bit of a stir? Well, times have definitely changed now that Dolce & Gabbana brought a literal catholic mass on stage with their Dolce & Gabbana fall 2018 collection that, needless to say, is on everyone’s lips already (along with Gucci’s, of course).
Notable millennials and Generation Z style icons attended the Dolce & Gabbana runway show, which included standard laced dresses as well as fashion warnings such as “Fashion Sinner,” “Fashion Devotion,” “Santa Moda,” (Saint Fashion), and “Si vis amari, ama,” (which is the Latin for “if you want to be loved, love).
All the 600 audience members, among who was living legend Anna Wintour, had to turn off their wi-fi while being left speechless with the collection’s plethora of inspirational inputs, which however were quickly uploaded online as soon as the show was over.
Dolce & Gabbana’s devotional and restrictive rules aside, this latest fall 2018 collection provided 110 looks that could suit almost anyone as, besides the sinuous and the pompous dresses, each outfit was composed of separates meant to be worn all day long. The skirts and the coats proved to be the collection’s strongest staples, as their exaggerated features and quirky prints are nowhere else to be found (except for the cherub emblazonments, which many have already compared to Fiorucci’s).
Of course, the entire line-up confirms MFW’s fashion devotion to the Eighties, which was palpable throughout the entire Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2018 collection thanks to various leopard prints, frilled layers, and structured lines utilized.
As if things weren’t entertaining enough, the show featured “flying angels” as well, namely a procession of 8 drones each carrying a Dolce & Gabbana it-bag. And when drones are used as models, you know things are getting wilder and wilder. What a time to be alive!
MSGM Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Massimo Giorgetti truly found his dimension again when deciding to focus solely on his MSGM line, and this latest MSGM fall 2018 collection of his lucidly proves it.
Intended to be a tribute to “the city’s minimalist ’90s days,” Massimo Giorgetti’s fall 2018 efforts were nothing but a pure pleasure to watch, as each and every outfit was the epitome of hotness and coolness.
The collection’s overall aesthetics were not only minimalist but slightly suburban as well, with tons of monochrome outfits, vinyl fabrics, logos and coordinates dominating the scene (especially the latter). And they didn’t stop at fashion. Milan’s tribute went as far as emblazoning some of the city’s most popular hangouts and joints, such as pastry shop Cucchi, Bar Basso, and Jamaica on the collection’s scarves and accessories.
Giorgetti even celebrated one of Milan’s most internationally renowned writers, Alessandro Manzoni (who was born and died in Milan), giving him a millennial-approved makeover.
Giorgetti’s MSGM fall 2018 collection was undoubtedly a “hard to capture at first glance” one, but once you manage to go with Giorgetti’s visionary flow, you start to love it!
Tommy Hilfiger Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Here’s the sad news: Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid’s hugely acclaimed (and successful!) see-now-buy-now Tommy x Gigi project is over. After their first show in New York, second one in Los Angeles, and the third one in London, the iconic fashion duo just marked their last effort together (at least with this formula, we don’t know what the future holds), surprising MFW with a Formula 1 leitmotif that inflamed the runway, for sure.
One of Italy’s most renowned race tracks is Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which is located near the city of Monza, north of Milan, so although being unexpected, Tommy Hilfiger and Hadid’s spring 2018 collection was at least coherent with the city’s legacy and culture.
Hilfiger also hinted us something about his spring 2018 collection during an interview with WWD back in December, explaining the core values behind his fashion philosophy.
“My vision for TommyNow was to create a global platform that we could take on tour to bring our show experience to new audiences around the world,” he declared. “It’s about the fusion of fashion, entertainment and pop culture and experiences, performances and inspiring interactions that are designed around our consumers. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is the perfect place to celebrate our next TommyNow show.”
That being said, his Formula Uno leitmotif instantly makes sense, giving us a glimpse of how fast-forwardly he visualizes fashion’s next trends and themes.
So, how will we dress up for this spring season? Of course with crop-tops, skinny pants, sweaters, and sweatshirts aplenty, especially as they are filtered through an all-American lens. Halter necks, blue, red, and white colors, as well as Lizzie McGuire-approved wedge sandals were, in fact, dominating the scene, resulting in an overall casual collection that tapped only the checked flag from the Formula Uno from the Milanese theme.
Nevertheless, the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2018 collection was undeniably successful, and I honestly believe Gigi Hadid is secretly preparing her eponymous fashion line at this point (which will very likely be as successful as those made in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger).
Photos via Vogue