As one of the four main fashion capitals, Milan has a fashion week calendar that is always jam-packed with shows and events. To that effect, we’ve picked out the top five shows to look out for across the busy five-day event
This season Gucci returns to Milan, after showing in Paris for spring/summer 2019. As always, we can look forward to Alessandro Michele’s colourful and quirky vintage-influenced designs which have won the hearts of fashion lovers worldwide.
Bottega Veneta’s highly anticipated autumn/winter show will see Daniel Lee present his first runway show as the brand’s new creative director. The designer already provided a taster of what’s to come with his debut men’s and women’s collection for pre-autumn 2019. Presented in December, it left fashion insiders hungry for more.
After years of showing in the same place, Salvatore Ferragamo will host its autumn/winter catwalk at a new venue, Rotonda della Besana, a stunning baroque building with gardens. This change of location coincides with a recent change of direction for the heritage Italian brand, since the arrival of the Paul Andrew and Guillaume Meilland, the creative directors of womenswear and menswear respectively. The design duo has been presenting a co-ed show since autumn/winter 2018.
Salvatore Ferragamo isn’t the only brand to have opted for a change of scenery, Etro has also severed ties with its usual venue and will show at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi instead.
Last February, Moncler unveiled its Genius concept, consisting of seven collections by different designers. Following a very successful first year for the project, it will be interesting to see what the next instalment has to offer. Besides eschewing the traditional show format, Moncler has decided to open up the presentation to the public on Sunday.
United Colors of Benetton
United Colors of Benetton recently announced that French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been appointed as the brand’s new artistic director. The United Colors of Benetton event on the opening evening of Milan Fashion Week will provide a better idea of what to expect: called Rainbow Machine, and knowing Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s love of colour, you can be guaranteed the collection will be a vibrant one.