Milan Fashion Week: your first look at the SS22 collections

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  • Hot off the heels of the first ‘normal’ London Fashion Week since the pandemic began, Milan Fashion Week started off with a bang with the Alberta Ferreti, Jil Sander and Roberto Cavalli shows, which showcased the designers’ Spring collections on the likes of Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Irina Shayk.

    Here’s everything you’ve missed so far, and keep scrolling for all our favourite looks, straight off the runway.

    VERSACE by FENDI – FENDI by VERSACE

    ‘A first in the history of fashion: two designers having a true creative dialogue that stems from respect and friendship. It led to us swapping roles to create these two collections,’ said Donatella Versace, Chief Creative Officer Versace.

    ‘Friends, idols, mentors… It’s the beauty of togetherness,’ added Kim Jones, Artistic Director Fendi Couture and Womenswear.

    Inspired by the mid-to-late nineties period of the storied house, VERSACE BY FENDI explores an idea of duality, most pointedly seen in a melding of the Fendi Monogram with the Versace Greek Key motif. Here, garments metamorphose, many revealed to be reversible with hidden codes and the exquisite craftsmanship of the Fendi atelier on display, such as in chainmail made leather. Here a multigenerational approach is embraced throughout.

    FENDI BY VERSACE takes a more punk rock stance with Donatella Versace declaring contamination and disruption to be key. Versace safety pins proliferate, puncturing Fendi signs and symbols. Chain mail is married with lace and crystal-encrusted F’s in an interpretation of the Monogram. While silk faille mimics denim and shearlings are shaved, making the world of Fendi that little bit more youthfully rebellious.

    Jil Sander

    Jil Sander’s SS22 collection is as far away from perfection as can be, in the best possible way. We are plural, nocturnal, and luminous; feminine, masculine, vulnerable and strong ; and we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously,’ state Lucie and Luke Meier with this season’s eclectic collection. Think subtle yet powerful suiting, strong silhouettes and textural fabrics, pastel hues mixed in with bolder shades.

    Max Mara

    For SS22, Max Mara imagines a writer; a smart, sulky, Beat Generation intellectuelle tapping out the story of a long hot summer on an old school typewriter. It’s a sophisticated account of romance, intrigue, moral conundrum and elegant ennui, played out against a background of smart villas, secluded beaches, fast cars, boats, chic restaurants and casinos.

    Think of what Cécile, heroine of Françoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse would wear today: ‘workwear classics; the fisherman’s smock, the labourer’s jacket, the mechanic’s overalls and carpenter pants are reimagined with prêt-à-porter finesse. In crisp gabardine, canvas, impeccable poplin and boxfresh denim, they feature precise contrast top stitching. Tank tops and boyish sandals with chunky crêpe soles complete the bad girl look; chiffon embroidered with wispy feathers is a diaphanous counterpoint.’

    ETRO

    For the Spring Summer 2022 season ETRO enters a new phase, in the spirit of an exciting optimism and a vibrant strength. Drawing a rainbow of fascinating suggestions, Creative Director Veronica Etro portrays a young generation of enthusiastic dreamers embracing lightness, positivity and celebrating life.

    A joyful mysticism and spiritual awakening typical of the 70s inspires the overall mood, however the look is anchored to reminiscences of 90s’ slickness. ETRO invites you to let the sunshine in and go with the flow, embarking on a bright journey infused with freedom, mindfulness and joyous escapism.

    Scroll down to see more of the beautiful looks to come out of the Milan Fashion Week SS21 shows.

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