Milan Fashion Week opens with an explosion of colour as Gucci and Alberta Ferretti debut hot new collections
Kate Moss was in town as the event kicked off
11:41 GMT, 20 September 2012
After New York and London, it's Milan's turn to have a say as to how women will dress for the spring-summer 2013.
If the first day of previews was any indication, next summer will feature a lot of bold colour and patterns.
While the more structured, usually daytime, looks were in heavier fabrics, evening or playtime came in airier, diaphanous materials like chiffon and tulle.
'Sophisticated and essential': Gucci's Spring and Summer 2013 collection featured bold shades
Romantic looks: Some of the delicate prints were reminiscent of Japanese
floral wallpaper and the bell sleeves of a simple cocktail sheath
(left) underlined the couture feel of the collection
Milan designers are offering more romantic looks rather than their trademark slinky and sexy. Long and loose pants were paired with ample tunic tops while voluminous long skirts offered a nice sweep.
The accessories – high-heels and bags alike – often replicated patterns in the outfits. Hair styles were long and simple, either tucked up in a chignon or behind the ears.
Over the next six days, more than 60 of Italy's top designers, including Gucci, Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Ferragamo will present their take on next summer's well-dressed woman.
‘Sophisticated and essential’ is how Gucci designer Frida Giannini described the elegant collection that kicked off Milan Fashion Week.
Dreamy: Models walk the runway during the Mila Schoen catwalk show
Based on a simple elongated silhouette with artful cutouts and decorative flounces, accessorised by skinny high-heeled cage sandals and oversized 1970s costume jewellery, the collection came in bold shades of fuchsia, coral, kiwi green, mustard yellow and electric blue.
Total black or total white underlined the couture feel of the collection, as did the delicate prints reminiscent of Japanese floral wallpaper, penthouse pyjama pants or the bell sleeves of a simple cocktail sheath.
But Giannini is very much a contemporary designer, and her couture came with an edge. This is seen in the sophisticated ankle straps of the sandals decorated with the logo horse bit, the plexiglass clutch bag and the snakeskin patterns for evening wear.
Next up was Alberta Ferretti, and the diaphanous, dainty and above all delicious collection for the spring-summer 2013 is sure to be a hit wherever sophisticated maidens gather, from beach clubs to garden parties to summer weddings.
While a mega-screen projected silently moving water, model after model came down the runway wearing gowns so light they looked like a second skin.
Diaphanous and dainty: The Alberta Ferretti catwalk show featured beautiful gowns of various colours, from pearly white to sea green and Mediterranean blue
With their hair gelled back as if they had just come out of the water and many gowns ending in a delicate train, the models looked like a parade of beautiful mermaids.
The colours of the gowns ranged from pearly white to sea green and Mediterranean blue.
Sometimes the light fabric was adorned with shimmering sequins, at others it came in dainty lace.
Sheer nude tulle, which allowed the skin to shine through, held the gowns together, creating the mermaid effect.
The overall look was young, demure and very special with every outfit unique.
When asked what inspired the dreamy light look, the Italian designer said she felt the need to 'make up for the heavy moment we are all going through.'
Meanwhile Mila Schoen dug into the archives for 1970s graphic prints for next year's warm weather looks.
Bold: Mila Schoen's collection included vibrant pink colours
Jetting in: Supermodel Kate Moss attended an event at the Liu-Jo Boutique, in Milan on Wednesday
The collection at Milan Fashion Week featured zigzag, confetti or gum-wrapper prints in dreamy pastels or more vibrant pinks, sea-foam green or gold.
Many of the daytime looks were two pieces, allowing for endless combinations and coverage.
Cropped tops were shown over belted short skirts that flair, long-sleeved tunic tops were over super-wide trousers for an elegant, all-covered feel.
Designer Bianca Gervasio played with volume, accenting short skirts with a pair of inverted pleats on each hip for a bubble effect that contrasted with tighter fitting bodices, sometimes off the shoulder or with cap sleeves.
And Gervasio turned the volume way up for evening wear, offering romantic flowing pleated or tiered skirts that swept along the floor.
The evening colour palate was mostly pastels, a soft pink skirt with an ivory off-the-shoulder top, pulled together by a belt accented with crystals.
Front row seats: Gucci model Charlotte Casiraghi and Editor in Chief of French Vogue Emmanuelle Alt (far right)attend the Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk show