Milan Fashion Week: Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Highlights

Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Bottega Veneta

The menswear shows at Milan Fashion Week stuck to the tradition and familiar this season. Perhaps influenced by the Eurozone crisis, the colour palettes on the runways were filled with somber blacks and grays. Still, some designers reached out for bright colours like teal and rich purples, whilst Dolce and Gabbana chose to spring golden details in their collection.

This is part one of our Milan Fashion Week highlights coverage. You can view part 2 here.

Some noteworthy menswear shows at Milan Fashion Week this season include:

Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2012-2013

Dolce & Gabbana was a standout collection at Milan Fashion Week with their dramatic display of luxurious gold that draped everything and anything on the runway – including underwear. A bit OTT, but that’s expected from the Italian duo. Whilst gold was present on almost every model, the fabrics were mostly black and gray, with the occasional peppering of burgundy. The golden embroidery may be Dolce and Gabbana’s antidote to the economic gloom, but their tailoring was definitely a nod to the elegant and dramatic overcoats of yesteryears. You can expect to see copycats of the (below) gray sweater with gold embroidery details in retails stores when the time comes.

Vivienne Westwood A/W 2012-2013

To sum up Vivienne Westwood‘s latest collection: Global warming. Whilst many designers at Milan Fashion Week were preoccupied with the continent’s financial crisis, it was clear Westwood had her thoughts on the weather. The collection was described by many as David-Attenborough-meets-arctic-explorer¬† with the modesl wearing (fake) beards covered in icicles and snowflakes.

There were traditional tuxdeos (in velvet) and double-breasted jackets on the runway, but Westwood’s collection stood out from the crowd with its use of bright natural colours and animal-motif prints in her knitwear (we spotted an eagle or two). The outwear had a kaleidoscope of patterns with their contrasting panels, and the pants were not spared the special treatment.

Bottega Veneta A/W 2012-2013

Bottega Veneta explored geometry in the collection this season and played around with innovative fabrics. The models donned skinny trousers that were paired silver shirts, all tightly wrapped under tailored blazers that shimmered. The shirt collars were accented to add a touch or personality. And to contrast the shirts, the outerwear pieces were more tradition and masculine. We saw a handful of leather coats and sports jackets in this collection that will definitely be must-have piece for the winter season.

This is part one of our Milan Fashion Week highlights coverage. You can view part 2 here.