The week began with Gucci and their new creative director Allessandro Michele, who delivered a very different collection from past Gucci seasons. It was more androgynous, more sheer and more 70's with silk blouses and maxi dresses. Etro and Roberto Cavalli were also feeling the 70's with prints galore all over the catwalk. Etro was particularly interesting with beautiful Arabian prints in tan, burnt orange and yellow really making an impact. Pucci was another show which was heavy on the boho chic, from the frilly dresses and the monochrome geometric jumpsuits which opened the show, Pucci made it quite clear why the great man Emilio Pucci himself was known as the 'Prince of Prints.'
Miuccia Prada as always shocked and surprised the fashion press with a show which was sugary sweet and delicately beautiful. Brooches of flowers and dragonflies were sewn onto a-line dresses, trousers were flared at the ankle giving way to big leather boots while the classic Prada buttoned jackets were updated with a more curvier shape. Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta and Missoni – three Italian giants, also didn't disappoint with collections which were smart and true to their fashion identities. Whereas, Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe was the main inspiration behind MaxMara's fall 2016 show, earlier on in the week. Camel coats were loose and shapeless with a 1950's fit, while boxy handbags and cat eye sunglasses completed the look giving off a very sophisticated aura. Models paraded down the runway with their hair bobbed into a 50's housewife shape while the shoes looked comfy and easy to walk in.
One of the real highlights of Milan had to be Moschino. Jeremy Scott continued from the Barbie theme he played with last season, but this time used the iconic Looney Tunes characters as his inspiration. With a catwalk shaped into a 90's boom box, this show was all about the music scene with gold chains and puffa jackets resembling the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. And as for those tunic jumpers – who could possibly say no to a print of Bugs Bunny or Tweety Pie?
Dolce and Gabbana were also a stand out show in what was probably the most touching and emotional collection of MFW. Titled 'Viva la Mamma', this show honoured mothers, and children with real babies taking a turn on the runway along with supermodels who included Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid. Silk dresses had prints of children's drawings spattered all over them, cage heels had flowers delicately sewn around them while a strong red rose theme ran through onto skirts, blouses and jackets. And as always, Dolce delivered a goose-bumpy finale, as every model walked on mass down the catwalk dressed head to toe in black. Overall, a fantastic week for Italian fashion.