The Milan catwalks have a bit more spirit this year in the face of last year’s fashion show that was overshadowed by the major credit crisis and the economy’s recession.
Spirited is also a great way to describe a few of the prominent designs in Milan including the spring collection for Bottega Veneta which was a set of ten vibrant red pieces designed by Tomas Maier.
Gucci also kept the runways bright with a collection of printed shirts and Aztec knits all featuring prominent bold primary colors. The set was worn alongside sharp white, which Versace also used as the color of choice for its statement this summer.
Atzec was not the only cultural theme to hit the stage in Milan as designer Neil Barret featured trench coats with Indian dhurrie pants and large layers of tunic tees that obviously took their cue from Raj styles of the country.
Utilitarian style clothing also made an appearance by Donatella Versace with white collarless sleeves with deep brown and navy tunics over top.
Dolce & Gabbana chose a more subdued gray tone for their collection of suits which were sharply fitted for added appeal, but kept the fittings sharp and bold with figure hugging tailoring and small shorts.
Gray continued on threw the 1950’s collection of Vivienne Westwood with pleated trousers and polo shirts dominating her portion of the show. The color was also a prominent part of the Burberry Prorsum collection with designing Christopher Bailey sticking to suits teamed with crew necks and outerwear.