Ciao, Milano. Fashion Week has come to the Italian fashion capital, taking us back to a time when love (and, okay, a killer gown) was all you needed. From Alberta Ferretti's ethereal slip dresses, to Etro's paisley-printed tanks, to Gucci's shaggy fur vests— the designers were clearly in a '70s state of mind. Ferretti's spring collection was romantic and free-spirited, with gauzy fabrics, tulle, hip-hugging jeans, and plenty of florals. It was reminiscent of the kind of clothing you would wear to a music festival back when flower crowns weren't totally cliché. And as can be expected from the designer, Ferretti shined with her willowy, chiffon gowns, this season done in a nude color palette to invoke a delicate sense of bohemia.
Etro brought more of an edge, though kept to the obvious decade of the season. The sound track of the show was the Doors, bringing a rock-and-roll vibe to the collection, which was meant to feel broken-in and handcrafted. Multicolor silks, denim, beading, and a lot of fringe were used to reflect an artisanal craftsmanship. It was raw and unpolished, but I have a feeling it's a collection that people will love far more than two times, baby.
Gucci channeled the '70s in a slightly different manner, diverging from the bohemian to add some glamor and sophistication. The collection felt a bit, well, neater, than the others, with A-line skirts, silk neck scarves, and tailored shirtdresses. But Frida Giannini kept a relaxed feel to the collection, working in chinoiserie prints, shaggy furs, and suede fabrics.
But Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi is not following suit — and he wants everyone to know it. "There's no reference to the 1970s. I think there's been enough," he said of the collection. The '70s are over. Lagerfeld has another era in mind — the early 20th century. Flower child, out. Avant-garde culture and fascist architecture, in. The color palette for the show was rainy days, and featured black leather, shift dresses, and layered denim.
So depending how far back you feel like time-traveling, it looks like spring will have a couple different options. Make sure you bring your passport, flower crown optional.
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