Five memorable looks from the Fall-Winter womenswear collections which wrapped up Monday in Milan:
– Karl’s kinky boots –
The most eye-catching element of Karl Lagerfeld’s acclaimed wave-themed collection for Fendi was a series of thigh-high boots in materials so supple they wrinkled like woolly tights. US model and TV star Kendall Jenner sported a ruched leather pair.
– Prada’s keys –
Many of the models in a collection Prada badly needed to be a big hit were sporting bundles of over-sized gold keys. The unlikely accessories were intended to signal that these were women with responsibilities but mixed reviews suggested they might not unlock a revival in the fortunes of the flagging brand.
– D&G’s fairytale finale –
Dolce and Gabbana applied the princess principle and turned the glitter factor up to 11 for the finale of their fairytale-themed collection, sending out a spangly squadron of models in mini-dresses for what was definitely the sparkliest moment of the week.
– Armani’s return to the dark side –
Black was the dominant non-colour in both the Emporio and Giorgio Armani collections, the latter being largely restricted to one material: velvet. The Milanese maestro, 81 going on 29, said he wanted to “wipe the slate clean” and address the prevailing confusion he spies elsewhere.
– Bag bugs made real –
The most unlikely occupants of the front row were Piro-chan and Bug-kun, life-size versions of Fendi’s bag bugs, as inspired by Japan’s kigurumi, or costume characters. The cuddly pink and blue mascots are here to stay.