MILAN — Hilary Swank, Eva Herzigova and Monica Bellucci gave Milan Fashion Week a burst of star power on Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week that featured womenswear previews for next fall and winter by Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni, Marni and Ferragamo. And one young designer found his pot of gold.
Romance flourishes in Dolce&Gabbana's Sicilian fairy tale, inhabited, according to the designers' fanciful notes, by elves, fireflies, fairies and knights.
Never has little Red Riding Hood been so fashionable, in a luxurious red fur with matching hood, and then a romantically flowing sheer red organza dress in a floral print, worn with a pointed red hood with black undertones.
And who better than Domenco Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to design the perfect wench dress, a sheer number that wraps fetchingly around the curves with snug lace-up bodice, in burgundy, green and crimson.
The duo also sent some relatively unadorned outfits down the runway, emphasizing the tailoring of the underlying collection without the distraction of appliques and accents.
Their final flourish: a battalion of models dressed in bejeweled and sequined mini-dresses, at times with crocheted and sequined helms — perfect for a "k-night" out.
Eva Herzigova and Monica Bellucci were on hand for the fairy tale collection, set in a magical forest of knotty olive trees.
The Missoni woman is free and relaxed, comfortable enough to wear oversized men's jackets over soft, form-fitting dresses, easy sportswear or swinging skirt.
The collection is for "a free-spirited woman," designer Angela Missoni said. She wants to be comfortable with masculine outerwear like parkas, a hunting jacket or gilet, but the "the silhouette underneath is close to the body," Missoni said.
The knit-work was bold and graphic, rather than the traditional tight Missoni zigzag, and the colors were soothing pastels contrasted by flashes of turquoise, mustard and orange. Colored booties, and sometimes berets with a crochet lining, finished the looks.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
Rosita Missoni watched her daughter Angela's creations from a bench near the runway entrance accompanied by her grandchildren. She said she felt "the pride of having created a business, a job, which my children enjoy to continue. I think this is a privilege."
The presence of three Missoni generations was a touching show of familial strength, following the death of CEO Vittorio Missoni, Angela's brother, in a plane crash in January 2013 followed four months later by the death of family patriarch and company co-founder Ottavio Missoni at age of 92.(backslash)