The penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week began in the shadow of the previous evening’s theatrical extravaganza courtesy of Moschino. The show concluded day four by presenting pairs of models walking the catwalk in various guises of gingham, rose prints and lace, interrupted by the occasional French maid (complete with lace apron and croissant necklace), all set to a live soundtrack from disco queen Gloria Gaynor. Surprise catwalk appearances from Erin O’Connor, Jodie Kidd and Princess Caroline of Monaco illustrated the label’s ongoing strength – eccentric fashion for all.
This morning’s first show wasn’t lacking in drama, either. Due to a generator issue, Marni’s spring/summer 2014 collection made its debut in silence. However, once the first look appeared, the crowd’s cheers of support drowned out the nervous silence which preceded the show. Largely monochromatic, billowing silhouettes cinched at the waist and all-over petal appliqué made the biggest statement, with large floral prints, visors and flip-flops completing the Marni spring/summer aesthetic.
Elegant golden gladiators took centre stage at the Dolce & Gabbana show. Large prints of the Colosseum, an abundance of lace and golden coins were the main themes of the Rome-inspired collection. Polka-dot prints and cherry-blossom patterns with delicate silk petals were offset by bold, oversized gold medallion belts and necklaces, while fur vests, skirts and cropped jackets added an unexpected fun edge to the duo’s collection.
As Missoni presented its spring/summer offering, the label continued to put its troubles of the past year behind it. Large-scale ocean-scene prints in bold aquamarine and dark cyan with flocking seagull silhouettes were emblazoned across Grecian-inspired single-sleeved dresses, wrap skirts and cropped, balloon-sleeved jackets. The collection segued into an altogether more colourful palette, with Missoni’s signature zigzag patterns seen in hues of purple and mint green, as graphic rocky landscape prints elevated elegant shift dresses to exciting new levels, while fringed draping in orange and pastel aqua made a lasting impression.