by Drew Taylor
Sportmax gave editors something to smile about on a cold, snowy Friday morning in Milan: The label’s fall/winter collection was filled with easy, ultra-wearable pieces ready to be plucked and worn straight from the runway.
A mix of different textures (ranging from cozy beaver fur and shearling to breezy tulle) and bright pops of cobalt blue and royal purple liven up the cold weather wardrobe.
The show notes at Etro promised a futuristic, almost sci-fi show, starring a digitized update on the house’s iconic paisley. Creative director Veronica Etro put the bold print to good use in body-skimming gowns and sheaths (some with sexy cut outs), skinny trousers, and oversized top coats, while the ample outerwear offerings included knee-length vests (worn alone or layered over knitwear) and boxy bomber-style jackets. Sleek accessories like oversized day clutches and strappy, sharp-toed stilettos complemented the modern mix.
Blumarine delivered a flirty fall collection rife with floral prints and soft Easter egg pastels like blush pink and powder blue, two trends that are typically banished to the back of the closet when colder temperatures hit. Embellished miniskirts with origami folds and airy pleats for both day and evening looks were among the key elements in an unapologetically feminine show.
Donatella Versace does it her way. In the face of the longer hemlines, ladylike styling and fur-intensive outerwear that have been the theme of many a fall/winter 2014 show, Versace’s latest collection was an energetic reinterpretation of punk rock style. Her couture club wear—think megawatt, curve-hugging PVC, spiked-out accessories, tons of tartan and animal printed fun fur—prowled the catwalk as stars like Janet Jackson and Lana Del Rey looked on. The overall effect was classic 90s-era Versace: Outrageously, outlandish and overtly sexual, yes—but also a lot of fun. And that’s just the way she (and her droves of fans, celebrity and otherwise) like it.