Milan Fashion Week SS18: Highlights of Day 3

Versace in the spotlight


By Su Fen Tan

Milan Fashion Week SS18: Highlights of Day 3

At Tod’s, Kendall Jenner opened the show wearing a printed handkerchief top paired with white Capri pants, accompanied by two new stars on the accessories front: Yorky Gommino, a pair of fringed moccasins, and a matching white Sella Bag. That was the introduction to ‘The Italian Dream’—the title of the brand’s SS18 collection—an ode to la bella vita, filled with pieces that will make the perfect modern summer wardrobe. Leather took centre stage, naturally. Besides the accessories, it came in button-downs, wrap skirts, lightweight parkas, perforated slip dresses and pyjama suits. 

It seems that tailored suiting is taking a backseat at Giorgio Armani, as the silhouette appeared sparingly in his show. Still, the design veteran had much up his sleeves. The collection was as diverse as it was vibrant, featuring plenty of prints, textures, shapes and details. Even the colour palette spanned a wide spectrum, ranging from jewel tones and pastel hues to monochromatic combinations, sometimes with a metallic touch. The Armani girl will be spoilt for choice deciding between the many vivid mini dresses for daytime, the power silhouettes for business, and the glimmering pastel concoctions for evening. 

Last but not least, Versace. So our article’s cover image as seen above for today is rather predictable, but rightfully so—it was the finale that was the talk of the town; a strong, powerful close to a moving tribute by Donatella Versace to her brother Gianni, as 2017 marks 20 years since his tragic passing. In honouring Gianni, Donatella presented a proud parade of looks inspired by some of his signature prints and motifs from the archives, including Trésor de la Mer, Vogue, Warhol, Baroque and Butterflies. She brilliantly reworked them for today, and the themes shone beautifully in power suitings, catsuits, mini sheaths and bold separates. 

Supers from then and now took to the runway for this momentous show, at times in groups of three or four. The most impactful of them all was the aforementioned finale, when Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen a.k.a. the OG Versace glamazons appeared wearing stunning renditions of Metal Mesh, with George Michael’s ‘Freedom! ’90’ played in the background—Gianni played the same song for the finale of his Fall 1991 show. Oh, what a tribute! Now pass us the tissue box, please.

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