The burning questions on our minds ahead of Milan Fashion Week....
– Earlier this Summer it was reported that newly reinstated Jil Sander
would be skipping this Milan Fashion Week, explaining that there just wasn’t enough time for her to pull the collection together. Instead she would stage two independent collections another time and we were left wondering who would provide the chic minimalism amongst the Latin glamour and cerebral quirkiness. Now it appears that Sander is very much on the schedule, nestled right slap bang in the middle of the madness. Did her confidence levels suddenly rocket or is she feeling pressured to show she’s still the Queen of clean?
Chicca Lualdi, Mauro Gasperi and Francesca Liberatore, some of the new Milan designers
The New Class
– Milan, unlike London or New York, doesn’t have a reputation for nurturing up and comers and breeding rising fashion stars, preferring to concentrate on established legendary labels. On the last day of MFW a show of upcoming designers including Archivio Privato, Francesca Liberatore and Moi Multiple is scheduled, will the Italian be able to prove they can promote new talent?
The Karl Conundrum
– Karl Lagerfeld must be the hardest working man in fashion. Between his work for Chanel (couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, films and god knows what else) he has a pretty successful photography career and a second eponymous line at Net-a-Porter. Sure something has got to give pretty soon? Designing for Fendi
is something that rarely comes up in his interviews, could this show be the first to show some cracks or can Karl literally go on forever?
Golden Touch – In February Anna Dello Russo told us that she thought Marni was the most important designer of 2012, and this year has proved critics and fashion fans agree. Can Consuelo Costigliani continue her winning streak?
Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli
Armani vs. Cavalli
– Giorgio Armani
and Roberto Cavalli
are both grand elder statesmen of fashion. They’re both big glamorous names and they both like to throw the most talked about post-show event in town. But who will take the party crown?
Cutting things short
– There’s been some controversy about this Milan Fashion Week, with most designers planning to show by the 23rd, two full days before the event is scheduled to end, amid fears that editors will be decamping to Paris already by then. Will these precautions prove smart moves or are the worries unfounded?
The Dolce & Gabbana Menswear S/S 13 show
– For their menswear show in June Dolce & Gabbana
featured a cast of mostly non-models, boys and men from small Sicilian towns like the one Domenico Dolce grew up in, received with rapturous by the audience and critics. After this triumph, will they simply go back to using professionals for the womenswear show or go for a similarly daring stunt?