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From the Runway: Milan Fashion Week SS15 ReviewArticle by: Veronica Baesso

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A parade of style, unbridled exuberance, and luxury gave life to Milan Fashion Week. Italy might be struggling to create a better financial tomorrow but the runway should offer some respite. So did the greatest Italian fashion names manage to reinvent themselves and showcase our country’s innovation? Not an easy answer, but check out our favourite SS15 collections from Milan and you can be the judge.

The 70s was a huge theme on the Milan Fashion Week runway this season. Emilio Pucci was among the best interpretations of the time. Fringed ponchos, brown suede trousers and boots, plunging neck crochet dresses with floral embroideries and psychedelic printed maxi-dresses. The SS15 Pucci collection best exemplified the free, bohemian and gypsy mood in a modern way.

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Dolce & Gabbana SS15 collection was an artistic tribute to their beloved Sicily with an added layer of Spanish influence and a period twist. The Spanish influence is visible in the matador suits, floral-ponchos and polka dot flamenco skirts and dresses. We haven’t seen this look since the days of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. There was no shortage of lace dresses and sexy bustiers, long a hallmark of the duo. In addition, they enriched these standards with remarkable jewels, embroideries and carnations.

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Giamba, the younger line of Giambattista Valli, debuted this season on the Milan runway. The Giamba SS15 collection is trying to establish itself as being for younger women. It is very fresh, glamorous and darling. The focal piece is the short dress, which comes in a variety of styles: floral print, sheer fabric, or faux fur, to name a few. These cute silhouettes are then styled with spotty pale pink sheer tights.

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I am a Barbie girl in Moschino world. Jeremy Scott envisioned a Moschino SS15 collection complete with life size Barbie models strutting down the runway. It was over the top, kitsch and very pink, but this is what we love about the latest Moschino shows, so we would not have expected anything less. Roller Skating Barbie, Cowgirl Barbie, Work Out Barbie, Prom Barbie and many more were present on the runway. There was a Barbie for everyone. After all, life in plastic, it’s fantastic!

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Alberta Ferretti showcased a romantic, ethereal and bohemian SS15 collection. Sheer nude maxi gown, fringed suede poncho dresses and a splash of lilac and antique pink pieces, were all adorned with petal appliqué. The collection has definitely a free sprit character and versatile attitude. There are plenty of occasions to wear one of these pieces, especially if you are a boho-chic bride to be.

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For the SS15 Fendi collection Karl Lagerfeld played with the orchid as motif, whether printed on dresses, appliquéd on leather jackets or furs. The collection was then followed by standout pieces like long organza skirts, short dresses in pastel colours and brown suede leather trousers. To complete the exotic paradise that Karl created, beautifully executed feathered dresses with sexy cut-outs. Fendi as usual is synonymous of precious fabrics and superlative high-craft.

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