RTW SS18 Milan Fashion WeekAs fashion in 2017 becomes more frivolous than ever before, so does fashion week, with a one day shortened fashion week for MFW, brands such as Diesel, Dsquared2, Phillip Plein, Iceberg, Ports1961, and Uma Wang etc. have decided not to showcase their RTW womens collection in Milan; some for their first time due to the changing commercial trends such as merging men and women’s RTW collections on the runway , transferring the shows to London/Paris, or simply just cancelling. Nevertheless, MFW was filled with more localized designers who have set themselves on an international pedestal and continue to grow stronger every year.THE SHOWOne of the most emotionally charged shows I saw during this season was Antonio Marras, ex creative director for Kenzo (2003-2011), as well as creating his secondary line I’m Isola Marras (2007), the designer set forth on an extravagant al’Italiana theatrical circus production for this season. It wasn’t only about the apparel but the holistic theatrical context; they’re were models, dancers, singers, actors playing the scenes going all into specific characters. The Victorian era like makeup and hair, the aerialist swinging above us with flower petals falling over the crowd while a marching band concluded the show seemed surreal, as if we were momentarily caught in a dream.
Antonio Marras Backstage
LOVE IS IN THE AIRThe show was showcased in the center of a former opera house that was still under heavy renovations with ladders, steel and unfinished pavements, there was a massive media crowds climbing down from steep dark metal stairs, in 5 inch heels, to find their seats. You could already feel that it was going to be something very emotional.From see through “lingerie as outerwear” to black flower petaled embroidery, golden hues, slip dresses, checks, dots, silks of the 50’s, Marras created ‘in character’ styling showcasing diversity in the models where “non traditional” models were celebrated; the old, the young, the strange and everything in between, as for what counts above all, is the power of love.As the crescendo started to wrap up the show, the cast came into pairs and started kissing regardless of gender ( men to men, women to women, women to men) reminding me of the ground breaking Vogue Italia #KissUp editorial cover showcased this September promoting the acceptance of LGBTQ, Accepting and embracing diversity where at the end love is always and above all the ruler of this world.BACKSTAGE
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