Two looks from Dolce & Gabbana.
I hate to admit that I've been largely disappointed by Milan Fashion Week. Even with some of the big dogs on the runway, such as Fendi, Prada, and Versace, most collections simply failed to wow me. The two most noteworthy collections were show-stopping in drastically different ways.
Two more looks from Dolce & Gabbana.
Dolce and Gabbana's Fall 2011 collection came as quite a shock. To be sure, we always want to think that fashion is fun -- but this collection took “fun” to a whole new level. Their neon alphabet prints paired with high-heel wedge sneakers make it clear that their goal is not sophistication. As I began browsing the collection my first thought was “How am I even supposed to take this seriously? These models look like they are ready to run around chasing each other on the playground.” And as I continued to browse, I began to feel like maybe I wanted to join in on the chase!
More than anything else, this collection is a throwback to childhood. Although it certainly wasn't what I expected from Dolce & Gabbana, the collection actually grew on me. The Fall 2011 line is certainly not one to look to for elegance and sophistication, but if you're looking for fun…which quite frankly, we could all use a bit more of, then look no further.
Two looks from Gucci.
Gucci's Fall 2011 collection marked the house's 90th anniversary, and like Dolce & Gabbana, the range of the label's color palette was brilliant. Unlike Dolce & Gabbana however, I was relieved to find some modern – albeit wild – sophistication. Among some of the collection's favorites were stunning, see-through, black maxi gowns with gorgeous red tops blooming with textured flower-like construction.
Three more looks from Gucci. All images courtesy of Style.com.