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MFW | Weekend Round-Up

Posted on February 28 2012

Oh Milan, you've done it again. Delighting us with your glamorous and sexy ways; wowing us with colourful prints, opulent jewellery and rather ostentatious headwear. Here's our round-up of the weekend's shows before we head over to the Paris... Friday, MOSCHINO Moschino was as playful as ever this season. Alternate outfits were juxtaposed ranging from brass buttoned toy soldier jackets teamed with panelled jodhpurs to kitsch 60’s mini dresses in bold block colours. Following this trend the models were either sporting over-sized cowboy hats (we couldn’t help thinking were a tad or overwhelmingly large bows with large gold hoops hanging from their ears. Colours included black, fire engine red, mustard yellow and purple with the use of stripes and geometric patterns throughout. As the collection wore on metallic frou frou dresses were introduced with head-wear leaning towards more wintery tulle bonnets. Saturday, JIL SANDER Saturday saw the wonderful Raf Simons collection for Jil Sander grace the catwalk in all its pastel wonder. Mournful as we are about his reported departure from the brand (although excited to see what he might have to offer Dior or YSL) Raf certainly knows how to go out with bang…or rather elegantly. Boasting simplicity the collection featured a pretty pastel colour palette seen in over- sized cashmere coats, and wool knit dresses.  Flashes of PVC were used in panels to harden long black evening dresses, whilst rib-high pant suits showed off the figure hugging nude bustiers. Billowing dresses were livened up with flesh baring panels cut into them, whilst the metallic strap-back heels in neon pink, silver and cream accompanied every outfit. Sunday, DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce and Gabbana’s opulent parade of 19th century-esque girls exuded decadence and extravagance. Black and gold seemed to be the colour scheme of choice, with rich florals featuring later in the collection. Chandelier earrings adorned each of the models with embellished head bands accessorising each outfit, including box jackets and capes in velvet with intricate gold detailing. As seen in Burberry’s A/W collections the line focused a lot on cinched waists and accentuated hips, with peplum playsuits and bodiced dresses. This romantic and ornate collection was said to have been inspired by Sicilian Baroque, with models gliding down a catwalk that seamlessly matched their ensembles. Well, Dolce & Gabbana are never ones to ignore attention to detail. Monday, GIORGIO ARMANI Celebrating androgyny and masculinity this ‘Easy Chic’ inspired collection from Giorgio Armani showcased the best in fitted tailoring. Headwear had a ‘Bugsy Malone’ feel with wide-brimmed trilbys perched at an angle on the models as they walked with slight swagger flashing a knowing smile at the audience as they appeared. The neutral colour palette was livened up with blasts of coral, raspberry and orange, a welcome contrast from the usual dark blues and greys usually seen at Armani.

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