Fashion Week Dairy: Milan
Fashion Weeks are the busiest time of the year for a model. It’s exciting and stressful at the same time. It can be fun, yet disappointing when you don’t book the shows you were hoping for. But this fashion week was completely different for me.
It was the first time I attended the shows of my favorite designers not as a model but as a special guest. Sitting in the front row felt amazing but strange at the same time. I couldn’t help myself but, apart from watching current fashion trends, I kept noticing the lack of grace and confidence in the way some of the girls stomped the runways in their high heels. It was so different from the early 90s time and my era. What can one say? You don’t easily brush off 22 years of catwalk experience.
Milan Fashion Week for me started with “The Next Talents”, the showroom organized by Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and Yoox Group Federico Marchetti. Many famous editors like Anna Wintour and my dear friend, Evelina Khromtchenko visited the showroom that showcased collections of emerging designers. Attending projects like “The Next Talents” means a lot for me, I appreciate all the hard work these young designers do and it’s a joy to support them.
My personal favorite this year was ANOUKI, a brand from Georgia founded by Anouki Areshidze. Her presentation was so good that I seriously consider visiting Tbilisi Fashion Week next season.
The great talent Francesco Scognamiglio stayed true to his roots. Sensual sheer and silk dresses were breathtaking and this time, he successfully added furs to his collection. According to designer the show was inspired by the musical events of Der Rosenkavalier, one of Richard Strauss’ best-known operas. It was romantic and sophisticated. The shapes were feminine, the colours like electric lilac, cloud white, dusty blue, delicate shade of turquoise – subtle and beautiful. Sitting in the front row I enjoyed every bit of the show.
And felt even better being accompanied by my successful fellow model friends, who like Valery Kaufman, were rocking the runway on that day and other ones attending the show as guests like Magdalena Frackowiak, who recently launched her own jewelry brand. www.magdalenafrackowiak.com
Ennio Capasa, the founder of Costume National, is the designer I’ve been admiring for years. While attending his show for Costume National I didn’t realize it was his swan song. And now looking back I feel pity and joy at the same time.
The collection itself was great to bits: contemporary, sophisticated and cool. I particularly loved oversized coats and velvet embroidery dress. And since it was his last time for Costume National, you’d better put your hands on these, now collectible, pieces. Now I can’t wait to see what will be Ennio’s next step.
Next, on the roster of shows was Diesel Black Gold by Andreas Melbostad. Highly wearable, cool, with a bit of military and urban cool vibes, this collection was definitely a standout for me.
I seriously want to wear every single outfit from this show! Black and navy colors suit Diesel aesthetic so well. From leather jackets to sweaters with skirts and knee-high boots – it was EVERYTHING I wanted for the next fall.
Andrea Incontri presented his fall collection at an iconic 10 Corso Como boutique. It fitted the place perfectly. Andrea presented a range of his Luck bag – the new it-bag every fashionista is going to be obsessed with the next fall and a collection of gorgeous evening dresses made from 100% silk.
The dresses were one of a kind pieces and guests of the presentation had a chance to buy it directly at the event. I enjoyed the evening and were happy to see not just mister Incontri himself, but also my model friends Eva Riccobono and Olga Sherer.
Maestro Giorgio Armani’s show was all about timeless elegance. Red carpet worthy looks were thoughtfully mixed with the contemporary daywear ones. Armani showed the masterclass of how to wear velvet during the day and enjoy it. Other highlights of the collection were cropped pants with classic jackets and sports touch on some of the looks.
Overall, this Fashion Week was a great experience which I enjoyed so much! It gave me a lot of inspiration and heaps of ideas for my future projects and for once, it was cool to see the shows from a different angle.