MFW S/S 2012 Highlights

Leandra Medine | September 27, 2011

It’s nutty bananas that the further fashion week takes us, the more lust-worthy the garments become. I thought I’d seen it all between Prabal Gurung and Thakoon (cue my banner) during New York Fashion Week but then, London opened it’s royal doors and Sass & Bide, Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders and some very darling flower prints at Christopher Kane, gave the apples of my eyeballs a run for their intricate applique. Now with both London and New York behind us, rounding up my favorite looks from Milan Fashion Week–as I’d seemingly done with the two previous international weeks–rendered wildly difficult. So I said: instead of target favorites, why not just offer objective opinions on the shows that particularly stood out. Yes, that’s what I’m going to do. Before I do that though, I say this: fashion is great. Just when you think you’d seen it all, it only gets better.

We’ll start at Dolce & Gabbana because there is always something to cheerful about this runway and where better to start than on a happy note. While collection (71 looks!) was floral, fruit, bright print a galore–the earrings were fun too–this particular prune print was particularly…pruney. Are they even prunes? Plums? Figs? If not because green x purple is a color combo favorite that most certainly because I can get behind a silhouette that offers a first tea length down below and a woman of the street bandeau up above.

It wasn’t all about the prints though, there were some perfectly saggy-chic knit diapers too. 

With the usual kooky prints, luxurious textures and one of the bigger fashion week jewelry pushes–cue the kitschy bangles and earrings–Marni did it’s duty and won the man repeller award of Milan. Pastel collar, fashion tourettes, and even to the right, to the right, in a leg baring unitard, the question must be posed: would you date Antonia?

I thought Pucci looked like a Spanish romance novel, lace details, black neck crosses and all, but…
Moschino took the Spain award with it’s opening matadors.

When I first saw Prada, I tweeted that Prada runway will be mandatory dresscode at my birthday party. Actually, I said wedding but I think birthday party works better. The pleated midi skirts, another use of bandeau and lush printed overcoats gave last season’s bananas a run for their prints. As it happens, Miuccia can do no wrong. And I don’t know if you remember this but yesterday when I posted about turtlenecks (and Pat Kiernan did a dramatic reading from said post), I styled a look that featured a pleated midi-skirt and an overcoat not unlike the three previewed here. You can just call me your virtual stylist going forward. Kidding. Well, I’m not, but I will say if you want to jump on the white pleated midi skirt train, you should do as I did and buy this one.

Missoni jumped on the yellow train in what I suggest may be one of the most intricate, detailed and so perfectly layered collections yet. There’s something so unusual about the use of fringe, different layering tactics, messy pony tails and floral petal shoes–which sort of just add to the “I’m wearing everything I own in my closet” vibe–that ultimately, make it work so well. Finally now, not to toot my own horn, lady right is in fact, wearing a dress over pants. Pull your skirts out, girls, I think I’m right about this one.

  • Anonymous

    I literally love everything about you.

  • Rachel

    LOVE the prune/plum/fig print. That middle look is beyond gorgeous.

  • Anna

    I thought it was supposed to be eggplants 😀

  • Audrey Leighton

    love those bug eye glasses


  • Aryn

    So many amazing prints are coming in this Spring! I can' wait!

    Driftwood and Daydreams

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  • Molliee

    I agree with Aryn – loving all the prints to come!

  • Sophia

    Fanfreakingtastic reviews, I especially love the Marni one. I love the Pucci picture with the see through and pattern mix trousers. I want them NOW!!! <3

  • Rebecca
  • Anonymous

    Prada is A-maz-ing! And Sass and Bide blew my socks off…once again. Love the post. Keep 'em coming!!

  • Kayla Michelle Shipman

    Prada is A-maz-ing! And Sass and Bide blew my socks off…once again. Love the post. Keep 'em coming!!

  • jennifermerchantdesign

    I've always wanted a matador costume, they are so beautiful! Glad to see it happening on the runway. Also, as a jewelry designer myself, I love that Marni includes great accessories with their looks, those bangles rock! (I was actually fortunate enough to have some of my jewelry featured alongside Marni's on Refinery 29 in an article about last spring's fashion trends to try now; Acrylic Jewelry.)

  • Daly

    I think the models' abs should really be the topic of discussion here. So long emaciated stick figures. Now instead of collar bone envy I have to have ab envy?! Not fair. There's no time to shop AND exercise.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

    They're baby eggplants! I hate eggplants, btw, in case you were wondering (of course you were!)…despite my disdain for them, I do love that romper situation on the right.

  • Anonymous
  • Lydia

    Usually I have a favorite with these types of posts, but I love them all!!! Milan never disappoints. And I love the new banner!

  • Leslie

    I loved the Dolce and Gabanna looks! So cheerful and light! Hard to think about though when I'm just SO ready for fall…

  • I love my old Levi’s

    I love the dolce&gabanna; & Moschino collection !
    I'm very happy that the Moschino collection has been inspired in my counrty, Spain :)

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  • Paula

    Maybe I'm getting old… not a fan of the saggy shorts… There is some bright and fun stuff here!

  • Miss Lou

    YELLOW is coming strongly!!! I love it!!!


  • thefashionguitar

    Amazing looks, aren't it!

    Love your new header 😉

    XO Charlotte

  • Contact

    perfect man repeller picks. i wasnt a fan of all the prints at Dolce & gabbana and Missoni

  • Leslie

    I love that you picked out MY three favorite Dolce & Gabbana looks!! I also really liked their ending, with the crazy (kind of showgirl-y though) bejeweled bodysuits, and those appliqués on everything…lovely. And I saw someone else comment that they thought those were eggplants on the DG stuff, and I think they are, that's what I had thought, anyway!

  • Sleepy Darlings

    Muccia really makes me smile every time. And um… i cant help but draw a parallel from the Missoni fringe necklaces to these:


    you know, just a suggestion.

  • Nuit

    amazing fashion!!!!!!!!!!!! i love u girl, you always bring the LOLs to my day.

  • David Diaz

    Amazing post! 😀

    Have a Good Day!


  • jas

    i loved pucci's show

  • Anonymous

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  • †Elmo La Cruz†

    I (amo) Moschino


  • Carolina Sundell

    I loved the dresses and jackets of the Pucci runway and Moschino had a couple of amazing jackets.Dolce & Gabbana had a lot of interesting looks, you should take a closer look at the jewelery from the show on my blog. Is it wearable or just weird..

  • thestyleflux

    I know right? It gets better and better! and with that come the anticipation of moving on to the next season

    xx Kaye
    Fashion Blogger

  • Babe in Toyland

    The Pucci collection warms my cold, freezing heart. I just love the layers of colorful chiffon.

  • akan

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