The Milan Fashion Week spring 2019 runway shows have been an exploration of art, bringing the personal to the forefront and pushing the designers to do their best. In this final MFW diary, we outline the highs and lows of that exploration, the iconic looks and fashion’s most prominent trends for spring 2019.
From the street looks to the runway collections, Milan has been full of the extravagant and the focus on “more is more.” From the romance to the sexy cat eyes, the ‘60s fringes to the feminine couture, it has been a hoot to watch the shows this season.
Marni Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Marni’s spring 2019 collection is lovely and romantic, with a very human touch that comes from the designer preferring to use trial and error in physically creating the outfits instead of perfecting them digitally on a computer screen. Francesco Risso did exactly that, capturing the vitality of a work in progress, the excitement of the handmade. According to the artist, “It felt like Dr. Frankenstein bringing the Venus de Milo back to life – a remote future of disheveled nymphs, 3-D Amazons!”
The Marni spring 2019 collection is for the artistic and intellectual woman who craves beauty with a modern and even futuristic touch. It’s for the woman who enjoys the classics while also very much in tune with modern portrayals of said pieces.
She is a woman who enjoys painted prints, with canvas coats coming into play in splashes of color. She is a woman unafraid to outline her bust or to wear a good amount of gold as she shows off her Midas touch. From the extreme cat eyes to the iconic red lips, Marni went for retro-futuristic, and it was pure win.
What really made this show stand out, though, was the fact that the audience lounged on freshly made beds during the 9:30 am show. That was pure genius, since the fatigued fashion week crowd was barely resting on all these days.
Giorgio Armani Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
While the Emporio Armani collection was staged at an airport, the Giorgio Armani spring 2019 line decided to move laterally and focus more on the clothing itself. In particular, it brought attention to defining the shape of color, utilizing silver and pastels to create a fluidity that is hard not to fall for. The designs were clean and light, the silhouettes elongated, and the looks almost ethereal in their delicate appearance.
“Liquid and lightness are given by a rarefied range of colours. It’s all very subtle, just like the colour palette, which gives a shape to the clothes,” designer Giorgio Armani told reporters at the end of his show. It brings to mind the rare human ability to hear the sound of color.
Overall, the looks were fantastically simple, gentle and stunning. Delicate sheer flowing skirts were matched with satin jackets and stiletto heels, while models floated onto stage in sophisticated suits, satin trousers and tiny bags tied to the wrists. It is the height of artistic mastery here, and the audience left stunned at the beauty portrayed.
Dolce & Gabbana Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The designers at Dolce & Gabbana know what their goals are geared towards: making people feel good about themselves. Named one of the top MFW shows of this season, The Dolce & Gabbana spring 2019 collection makes a woman feel like a queen with a unique cluster of a genes that should be celebrated.
With DNA as the theme of the show and even Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s fingerprints projected in the background, it was a spectacular presentation of equally incredible clothing showing off the notions of femininity and strong sensuality in one fell swoop.
There were some very notable models on the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2019 runway, including Carla Bruni, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Maye Musk, and Princess Diana’s own niece Lady Kitty Spencer. It has been two decades for the house and with over 140 looks in total, we got to see an impressive lineup of clothing and accessories that best defined well over 100 shows to date.
There’s a little Dolce for everyone out there, and the models on stage appearing both young and old, parents and adolescents, women of all races and body types, were followed by a cheering crowd as they confidently strutted off the stage. Between brilliant colors, rhinestones and fringe, it was an enjoyable collection as well. At the end of the day, it was indeed a fun family affair that will add new style to all our wardrobes.
Photos via Vogue