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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Milan Fashion Week, Fall 2008: Favorite Looks So Far
Milan, Milan, Milan: it's not as commercial as New York, not as theatrical as London, nor imaginative as Paris. So goes the common wisdom about Milan's Fashion Week. Milan: very much about a general bourgeois discretion and a sense of luxury, foregoing directionality and theatrics in favor of a certain attitude that recognizes fashion as not just entertainment or art or sartorial sex-substitute, but an investment. I used to bag on this attitude until I came to adopt it a bit myself, finding myself looking to spend my very hard-earned money on things that will last for more than a season. (But personally, I'll be damned if I ever find myself buying a skirt suit for the office. I'd rather throw myself on top of a burning pyre.) Sometimes Milan's muting of seasonal characteristics is a smart thing, and there is something for every customer ranging from the candy-color confections at Blumarine to the well-disciplined chic of Francesco Scognamiglio. But reducing Milan to a certain commercial attitude, of course, doesn't explain the almost severe purity and minimalism of Jil Sander (where Raf Simons just keeps getting better and better) or the sometimes divisive experimentation of Prada, whose show this season turned Miuccia Prada's usual take on bougie grandma chic into something subtly erotic and almost fetishistic. And with that, the pictures!
(l-r: Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine)
(l-r: Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum)
(l-r: Derercuny, D&G)
(l-r: Emporio Armani, Etro)
(l-r: Francesco Scognamiglio, Gianfranco Ferre)
(l-r: Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander)
(l-r: Missoni, Moschino Cheap & Chic)
(l-r: Prada, especially those SHOES!, Pringle of Scotland)
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