Faux leather, bright prints and bold fashion have been ruling the fashion runways since the start of Fashion Week in New York. This, of course, is mixed with a heavy amount of black and a good amount of white, with lots of slits and lots of tights, dresses that reach for the feminine, with a good kick of power alongside the street sport fashion.
Milan, especially, has been capitalizing on the beautifully feminine, with a good number of short hemlines to boot. Between the spring 2019 collections of Etro, Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo, we are not sure who had the better collection this season! Then again, why choose?
Etro Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
If you want a pop of color, think Etro. It’s like stepping into a fashion-friendly fairytale world here, with the scene presented at the show giving us the ideal of an endless summer full of long print dresses. Etro also brought in two pro surfers to add to the summer appeal, with beach hair and gorgeous smiles, wearing must-have neoprene swimwear.
Etro is known for its folklore style in boho chic, but the spring season’s inspiration comes from both America and Asia, the men’s line taking its cue from Indonesia, while the women’s line is heavy on the California surf, Hawaiian backdrops, the Pacific and a good amount of Japan.
The rich cultural heritage of Asia seeps into the spring designs with ease, sweeping us off our feet with bright patterns and a full beach effect. There is even quite a bit of paisley throughout, ensuring the print stays relevant to all seasons.
The whole Etro spring 2019 collection seems to be designed with a specific type of woman in mind: athletic, smoking hot and clad in a pretty dress of bright stylized print. So for this spring collection, get ready to add everything from glamorous tiered dresses to pajama suits, as well as hats, jewelry, towels and even a multi-pattern patchwork blanket to your Etro collection at home.
Versace Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Between clashing prints and sexy club wear, Versace delivered a spectacular show. The final bang of the night was seeing Shalom Harlow’s finale walk, surprising us as pleasantly as an angel from heaven might.
It was like having the ‘90s back, except even better. She may have disappeared a long while back, but it sure is good to see her. It’s almost as if she never left. Add the Hadid sisters to the Versace spring 2019 show, and it was a supermodel bonanza.
When it comes to trends we are bound to follow, Versace has effectively inspired us to both layer dresses and wear neon this spring. Micro flower print dresses are a definite on the list, alongside an Amazonian glamour that we have been hoping for since the release of Wonder Woman.
As for those nightclub dresses that are incredibly designed? It seems they look so good, we can grab a pair of trainers to go with them instead of heels. This will surely add to the joy of dancing the night away, while still staying in impeccable style.
The Versace spring 2019 show in and of itself felt like it was centered on empowering women. Between the slits and the straps, the plunges and asymmetric hems, it brought sex appeal to a whole different level.
Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The Tuscan countryside is brought to the Milan runway with the Salvatore Ferragamo spring 2019 collection. But beyond the actual clothing presented, it was the shoes that caught our attention. There were thong-topped and cork-heeled wedges beside woven knee boots in leather, wooden platforms in shapes inspired by the Brancusi sculptures, and chic fabric sandals we have not yet seen from the label’s expansive collection.
The Ferragamo museum in Florence includes over 15000 shoes, with so much beauty and incredible designs, it is impossible to fathom. One must see it to believe it.
Beyond the shoes, however, we loved seeing the asymmetric hems on long leather skirts, the luxurious utilitarian designs meant for a businessman on the go, the fabrics including snakeskin, leather and canvas. Paul Andrew and Guillaume Meilland wove their men’s and women’s collections together superbly and made sure that leather was at the forefront of it all.
However, critics have pointed out that the material suited the men’s collection better than the women’s, pointing out that it made the oversized pieces especially look leaden. We rather loved the palette though, generating a good number of looks in dusty neutrals and some gorgeous jewel tones.
At the end of the day, though, it was the shoes that really made the women’s collection pop, while the use of aging models alongside the youth was a great move for the brand’s new artists.
Photos via Vogue