FASHION SHOW: Milan Fashion Week with Prada, Jil Sander, Fendi & Dolce & Gabbana

The next stop on the fashion show circut is in Milan where some of the most iconic fashion houses have been showing their Fall/Winter 2011 collections to the world. Here is a look at some of the fashion shows so far:

Next fall, designer Miuccia Prada wants women to look more innocent with their Fall/Winter schoolgirl inspired collection. To do so, Prada included classic looks that will remind you of lost days of innocence using drop waist dresses, pea coats with large buttons, mod style sheaths, knee high socks and mary jeans. More luxe fabric like fur and python were brought in to give the girly looks a more mature feel like python socks and trenches and fur stoles and coats. Evening wear came in similar cuts in scaly looking fabrics that shimmered in the light giving the dresses an underwater feel. See the Prada line here:
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Jil Sander
At Jil Sander, designer Raf Simons offered a Sixties inspired line comprised completely of daywear. His collection combined skiwear with couture designs. Pleated pants, graphic and colourful knitwear, and tight hoods gave the line its winter appeal. Oversized dresses and cocoon coats in thick fabrics giving the looks shape and volume were haute couture ready. The idea of the garments was simple, but the structure in each piece made them more than just your average daywear piece. See the Jil Sander collection here:
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In what is being called on of Karl Lagerfeld’s strongest Fendi shows to date, he brought a line that was meant to show that fabulous fashion can be simple. The daywear separates did look elegant, but simple with pleated pants, ruffled blouses, wool skirts, cropped jackets, colourful tights and mary janes walking the runways. Even elastic waist pants made an appearance. Then the looks were finished with large lush fur coats and vests to give them their truly glamourous nature. Watch the Fendi runway show here:
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Dolce & Gabbana
The designers focused on two themes: menswear inspired looks and celestial feminine style. Men’s inspired suits and tuxedos came in all shapes and sizes from velvet jackets, oversized coats, cropped pants, waist coats, trenches and even a full jumpsuit. They came in expected grey shades, but also bright colours, sequins and animal prints to lighten up the mood. The feminine looks were classic Dolce & Gabbana dresses with star prints in a variety of colours. See the Dolce & Gabbana show here:
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