Following stellar shows in New York and London, the second half of FW17 fashion month also displayed similar trends. Primary red and yellow hues were prominent at a number of shows as well as political inspiration, which included everything from subtle word play to more overt signs of solidarity.
Creativity is always rampant in Milan and Paris, and narrowing down my favorite collections was no easy feat. However, as you’ll see below, a few top contenders stood out from the crowd.
Romantic ruffles, rich floral arrangements and brocades, and picturesque prints were focal points of Alberta Ferretti FW17. Models pulled off each look with a smokey eye and slightly disheveled hair. The best part though? Model Halima Aden, who is Muslim, made her runway debut, sporting a super cool graphic trench.
Versace always has a knack for vibrant and daring clothing. However, this season the brand took its bravery one step forward by literally wearing its heart on its sleeve. Words such as “Love,” “Loyalty,” and “Unity” — super relevant given the social movements that have been gaining traction — could be found splashed across garments in Versace’s FW17 collection.
Now this is FASHUN. Sparkles, metallics, mixed prints, crystal bodysuits, bead work, eccentric accessories, and more graced the runway of the FW17 Gucci show. Eclectic styling and a runway set made for a futuristic space trip sealed the deal though and made the show a presentation to remember.
Another brand that couldn’t get enough of red, ruffles, and fringe, the Prada FW 17 collection was fashion forward and right on trend. The best part of Prada’s display was its approach to cold-weather styling. Separates, including printed pencil skirts, boxy jackets, and colorful sweaters, dominated the collection and gave plenty of options for interesting pairings.
When it comes to knits, rich colors, and cozy layering, Missoni is always on point. However, this season, the Italian knit wear brand stood out for a different reason. Missoni ended its runway show with a display of the pink pussy hats that made their debut at the Women’s March in Washington D.C. Guests in the show also received pussy hats, some of which were hand knit. Talk about making a statement.
Miu Miu FW17 was a pastel, fur-filled wonderland. While maybe not practical for everyday wear (especially us Midwest girls, or, well, anybody who faces a ridiculously brutal winter), the collection was aspirational, energetic, and full of life. Are bejeweled sandals, furry hats, silk jumpsuits, and see-through jackets must-haves for fall/winter fashion? I wouldn’t say so. But they sure as hell look great.
In an attempt to bid adieu to his time at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci went out with a creative, all-red take on some of the brand’s biggest hits. Personal favorites? A long gown with sequin details and a matching ear cuff, a fringe-filled turtleneck dress with tights, and, of course, the Bambi sweatshirt (pictured above) paired with a pencil skirt embellished with rivets and a large “FW 13” painted on the model’s throat.
As somebody who prefers minimal color in my personal wardrobe, I was happy to see how Alexander McQueen subtly integrated pops of red, pink, and blue into its otherwise all-black/gray FW17 collection. Vibrant hues were found in intricate lacing, fur trim, and ruffles, making the brand’s pieces attractive to those with even the biggest aversion to color (aka me).
Whether it’s the theme or clothing construction, beauty or model selection, Chanel always seems to kill it when it comes to runway shows. The brand’s take on FW17 fashion was no different. This season, models walked around a giant Chanel spaceship while sporting futuristic styles of the brand’s classics (think sequin boots and metallic tweed jackets). The show ended with the spaceship “lifting off” to the tune of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”
Dries Van Noten
Fresh takes on fall fashion design was evident in the Dries Van Noten FW17 runway show, which featured metallic separates, bright fur shrugs, geometric prints, and more. To top it off, mismatched styling and minimal makeup added to the cool girl aesthetic exuded by the show’s cast of models, which included a number of faces who dominated the runway in the ’90s.
What were your favorite collections from the FW17 fashion shows in Milan and Paris? Share your thoughts below!