8:01am: It’s day two of Milan Fashion Week and an early start: the Max Mara show begins first thing. The schedule is full of great names today, including one of the most anticipated shows of the year: Prada.
9:00am: Max Mara eased us into the day with a brilliantly beige collection. Sporty elements were mixed with oversized coats and loose trousers, giving an air of nonchalance. Trend alert: leather polo necks were seen at Max Mara and also at Gucci’s show yesterday – is this a trend we spy?
Vogue tweeted: Camel, caramel, honey, biscuit, beige and brown - the MaxMara #mfw colour palette
Harrods tweeted: As always #MaxMara stayed true to their DNA – practical elegance and functional simplicity. #MFW
9:57am: Blugirl took its mid-morning show to the Nordic hills, mixing calf-length tartan skirts with leopard-print waistcoats and casual tan boots for a cosy but fashionable autumn look. The Year of the Snake was also a key theme, with models wearing oversized gold snake necklaces in reference to the recent Chinese New Year festival.
Elle UK editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy tweeted: If I was Miranda Priestly right now I'd get one of my 10 assistants to call in some designer thermals. #mfw is officially freezing! @ELLEUK
12.14pm: It’s super-cold in Milan at the moment so the warmth of the Fendi showspace was no doubt a comfort to many. The Fendi show notes were decorated in a monochrome print and featured an exclusive sketch by Karl Lagerfeld next to the phrase ‘Fur is Fendi and Fendi is Fur’, promising an extremely season-appropriate collection – and seasonally appropriate it was. Everything was made of fur, from the shoes to the coats to the fake mohawks in the models’ hair. Accessorised with knee-high socks and furry ankle boots, fur most definitely was Fendi this season, and, with the weather as it is, we can’t wait to wear it!
2:10pm: Just Cavalli had the fashion crowd on red alert with models walking down a runway that resembled red-hot lava, showcasing animal prints, opulent gold, and oversized fur coats that reflected ethnic influences from around the world. Staying true to his signature celebrity finale, Roberto Cavalli chose none other than Georgia May Jagger to model the final look: a sparkling, heavily embellished flame red dress. An electric finale, we say!
Marie Claire Runway tweeted: Just Cavalli on fire and Georgia Jagger closes the show @marieclaireuk
5:27pm: The hotly anticipated Prada show began with a little controversy – prone anti-fur protesters picketed the venue – but ended with nothing but rapturous applause. Miuccia Prada once again managed to create a collection unlike anything we have seen this season. Fur coats, off-the-shoulder dresses and skirts with sexy splits and asymmetric hems were seen in a range of colour palettes, patterns and finishes that included pastels, gingham and metallics, yet somehow everything came together to look modern and mature. Top marks to Miuccia.
WGSN tweeted: Full skirts, asymmetric hems, luxe fur coats & retro skirt suits at #Prada with a glam ‘undone’ look #mfw
6.22pm: Ports 1961 took us back in time with tweed dresses, exaggerated waistlines and oversized A-line skirts, reminiscent of the 50s. Long red leather gloves featured in this ladylike collection for a more modern, vampish look, together with slouchy knee-high socks with a young, fresh, back-to-school vibe.
8:35pm: We always look look forward to the DSquared2 show for its fun, party atmosphere. This season the show was held in a nightclub so right from the word go we knew it would have us in the mood to dance! The the new DSquared2 collection was an homage to the 40s. With half the models wearing classic, masculine tailoring – tweed, pinstripe suits and hats – and the other half wearing sultry silk evening gowns, there’s sure to be something in this collection to suit everyone.
Keiza Azzahra tweeted: Gorgeous, breath-taking, legendary. I wish I could give you more adjectives #MFW #dsquared2