Milan Fashion Week

Bringing jaw-dropping ready-to-wear looks that are sure to define wardrobes in 2022, here are some of the best moments from this year's Autumn/Winter Milan Fashion Week | Illustration by Holly Wiggins for The Market Herald

The Best of Milan Fashion Week 2022

From Matthieu Blazy’s debut to Gucci’s runway return, Milan Fashion Week returned with plenty of big names to compensate for the past two years of pandemic-related disruptions. Bringing fashion week back to life -and back in person- Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2022 featured a roster of fashion’s biggest brands, including Fendi, Moschino, Versace, Prada, Missoni and plenty more. And, after wrapping up on Tuesday, the general consensus is that the past week of long-awaited runway shows did not disappoint.

Bringing jaw-dropping ready-to-wear looks that are sure to define wardrobes in 2022, here are some of the best moments from this year’s Autumn/Winter Milan Fashion Week.

Gucci

Titled ‘Exquisite Gucci’, the highly anticipated collaboration between the Italian fashion house and sportswear brand Adidas captivated Milan on Friday, attracting names like Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Serena Williams and Jared Leto to the front row.

The collection of bright 80s-inspired suits, sumptuous fur coats, lace stockings, bold coloured berets and trefoil-laden tracksuits and corsets were refracted by mirrors, which, according to the show notes, were used as a metaphor of the “phantasmagorical power of fashion”.

Clothes are capable of reflecting our image in an expanded and transfigured dimension… wearing them means to cross a transformative threshold where we become something else

Alessandro Michele, Gucci press notes
Gucci Autumn/Winter 2022
Gucci Autumn/Winter 2022
Gucci Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

Versace

This collection is built on contrast and tension—like an elastic band pulled tight and about to snap-back with a build-up of energy. That feeling is just irresistible to me. It opens new possibilities and makes things happen.

Donatella Versace

Precise tailoring took centre stage at the Autumn/Winter Versace show in the form of sumptuous corsetry, bold toned satin and plenty of latex.

Attuned to Gen Z’s obsession with the mini skirt, the collection featured bright and frayed mini skirts interspersed throughout the collection’s number of form-fitting midi dresses, low-waisted trousers and cargo pants. In terms of silhouettes, the collection made its fair share of subtle nods to Y2K fashion.

Modelled by Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, the show reinforced the power and seductive allure of the ‘Versace Woman’.

Versace Autumn/Winter 2022
Versace Autumn/Winter 2022
Versace Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

Diesel

Surrounded by colossal inflatables, Diesel’s first runway show brought the playfulness of 90s-Y2K fashion to the forefront of its denim-driven Autumn/Winter collection.

Taking the mini skirt to new heights, the collection featured a structured ‘belt skirt’ bearing the Diesel ‘D’ on the front while paying homage to denim and exploring utilitarian design elements in the form of zipper-laden looks.

We’re never going to be luxury, and we’re not claiming to be luxury. We’re the alternative to it.

Glenn Martins told Vogue
Diesel Autumn/Winter 2022
Diesel Autumn/Winter 2022
Diesel Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

Moschino

In true Moschino style, the latest Autumn/Winter 2022 collection brought jaw-dropping looks to the runway and plenty to talk about. Drawing inspiration from the opulence and excess of a grand manor, the show saw a grandfather clock, harp, lamp and velvet chair -in incredible ‘ready-to-wear’ form- take to the runway. Think Beauty and the Beast but fashionable.

I was thinking about the furniture you’d find in a mansion: the Chesterfield dresser, grandfather clocks, picture frames, Persian rugs, birdcages…

Jeremy Scott told Vogue

Along with Scott’s more eccentric and inventive designs, the collection featured a Baroque-inspired keyhole dress modelled by Bella Hadid, as well as a revamped version of Franco Moschino’s 1989 iconic dinner jacket.

Moschino Autumn/Winter 2022
Moschino Autumn/Winter 2022
Moschino Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Moschino Facebook

Missoni

Alberto Caliri’s final collection with Missoni saw plenty of classic Missoni staples: glittery chevron, timeless knitwear and strapless tops. Contrasted against edgier pieces like a leather jacket, oversized blazer and leather-look pants, the collection captured what Caliri described to Vogue as “the harmonious clashes between a bourgeois spirit, elegant and Milanese, and a hip younger rock attitude”.

Missoni Autumn/Winter 2022
Missoni Autumn/Winter 2022
Missoni Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

Bottega Veneta

Hailing a “terrific debut” from Vogue, Matthieu Blazy’s first collection as creative director perfectly illustrated what the fashion house is known for expert craftsmanship. And what better way to showcase it than through a seemingly basic white tank and denim jeans look that is actually made from leather- yes, all leather.

The juxtaposition between full leather skirts and feathery fringes made for plenty of movement down the runway while precise tailoring and leatherwork shone throughout each look.

Bottega Veneta Autumn/Winter 2022
Bottega Veneta Autumn/Winter 2022
Bottega Veneta Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

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