Milan fashion week opens with eclectic, embellished looks

Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:44am EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Six days of catwalk shows began in Milan on Wednesday with Italian luxury brands Gucci, Fay and Roberto Cavalli among the first to show the creations their designers hope will fill women's wardrobes next winter.

In a first, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kicked off Milan Fashion Week with an industry lunch as international journalists and buyers descended on the city, home to fashion giants like Giorgio Armani and Prada.

Gucci, which last week reported a forecast-beating sales rebound in the fourth quarter, presented a vibrant and colorful autumn/winter 2016/2017 collection, which designer Alessandro Michele called "Rhizomatic Scores".

From one-colored outfits -- including a pink furry coat teamed with pink tights, shoes, scarf and bag -- to clashing print combinations and designs emblazoned with snake patterns, Michele showed a selection of eclectic looks.

Models wore sequined skirts, tailored trouser suits, Chinese-style silk dresses, shiny brocade coats, capes, brightly colored tights and a range of hats. The looks were accessorized with an array of bags, platform heels and large glasses.

At Fay, which is part of the Tod's luxury goods group, creative directors Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi looked to the U.S. Western coast for their daywear.

"The inspiration is the new Californian generation ... mixed with the new Italian generation," Aquilano told Reuters.

He said the line included "beautiful Italian coats but with a more folk take and with embroidery that is reminiscent of the great American plains".   Continued...

A model presents a creation from the Gucci Autumn/Winter 2016 woman collection during Milan Fashion Week, Italy, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini