From maximalism to minimalism, Milan Fashion Week spring 2018 is already blowing us away with the Gucci spring 2018, Alberta Ferretti, and No. 21 ready-to-wear collections, the signature aesthetics and core philosophies of which just found their perfect representations at their respective runway shows. Our MFW spring 2018 diary thus begins its journey through contrasting patterns, gloomy environments, and extra-luxurious fabrics, on the lookout for past reminiscences, present evolutions, and future dreams.
Gucci Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Let’s face it, it is now well established that Gucci’s runway shows are the seasonal most anticipated events, and there’s nothing other fashion designers can do (so far) to stop Alessandro Michele from hitting it big year after year.
This time around, Gucci’s fashion monopolism was darker and gloomier than ever before, with a lot of references to the Eighties, Disney, and Sega. Showcased at the Gucci Hub on Via Mecenate, one of Milan’s newest high-end fashion locations, Gucci’s spring 2018 runway show left those who were present in awe, as they probably didn’t expect Alessandro Michele to take such a deeply glamorous aesthetic evolution.
Among the vast amounts of tweed, coordinates, skirt suits, and sweatshirts, Alessandro Michele managed to keep Gucci’s legacy alive in each one of his spring 2018 fashions, proving evolution can also go hand in hand with not only immutability, but also fluidity. The Gucci spring/ summer 2018 collection brought a statistic-in-nature kind of dynamicity on stage, confirming that Alessandro Michele is the only one who can base a runway show on an oxymoron.
“[Fashion is] the only language that wanted to keep the old codes… that doesn’t work anymore for me.” Michele revealed backstage. “Now it’s more than beauty, it’s more about a state of mind… an idea of community.”
Alberta Ferretti Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
“I don’t want too many things,” fashion designer Alberta Ferretti told Vogue backstage. “I felt this was an important moment to look back at the past and to think about what I want for the present.”
Just by looking at the very first proposals of the Alberta Ferretti spring 2018 runway collection, Ferretti’s forethought on her brand’s core aesthetics becomes clear, especially when it comes to the clean lines and soigné materials utilized. Most of the Alberta Ferretti spring 2018 outfits were, in fact, realized in chiffon, a.k.a. Alberta Ferretti’s self-proclaimed fabric.
The collection’s lines, cuts, and figures also undeniably remind us of a revisited version of Alberta Ferretti’s glorious past aesthetics, which gave her dream array of 52 spring 2018 proposals something for us to look forward to.
To spice things up, among the many minimalist chic ensembles, Alberta Ferretti gave silvery and overall metallic shades a chance, already confirming one of the biggest spring 2018 fashion trends (as seen at LFW and NYFW as well). Sensual yet practical in most of its proposals, the Alberta Ferretti spring/ summer 2018 collection is destined to sell out soon!
No. 21 Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Things have always been different ever since Alessandro Dell’Acqua lost his eponymous line and subsequently founded No. 21 in 2010. Firstly, he had to completely rethink his aesthetics, opting for something more ready-to-wear, indeed. Secondly, he had to actually create something that his younger audience could wear on a daily basis.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he has completely forgotten his past.
For his No. 21 spring 2018 collection, Alessandro Dell’Acqua thought it was about time to celebrate his past glories with a more delicate, sensual, and elegant line-up, the main source of inspiration for which is Dell’Acqua’s SS 1997 runway show.
He took such a long trip down memory lane one of the dresses from the No. 21 spring 2018 collection was completely inspired (or should we say copied?) by one from his spring/ summer 1997 collection. Why copy yourself, though? What’s the purpose behind this choice?
“For me, in this moment, fashion is very confused,” frankly explained Dell’Acqua.
Photos via Vogue