Milan Fashion Week, make way for patterns: exotic, vintage, floral, western, army and new romantic

An explosion of colour and multiplication of contrasts in patterns on the opening Milan runways, with yesterday seeing day one of eight days of fashion shows. The first Spring/Summer 2017 collections featured a great variety of leather, lots of it glittery, with glints of metal, glossy pythons and embroidered basics, plus plenty of accessories. Yesterday was all about Gucci: a triumph of colours and eccentric mix of vintage, exotic influences, flashes of light and super-worked materials. Leather moccasins studded with coloured stones and fabulous studs together with lots of wedges, both glittery and with oriental-inspired floral embroidery with an upper in tiny crossover buckles. The Alberta Ferretti runway on the other hand was opened by model Bella Hadid (in the photo) wearing a perforated leather bustier with nappa embroidery. Tulle dresses were decorated with leather saddlebags slung across backs and brown and black leather western belts, worn in groups of two or three at a time, for a big-attitude waist. Tight-waisted belts contrasting with army jackets also for the Fay show, which featured python bags and modular gladiator cage sandals in luxury leather. Leather also starred on sandals with the highest of heels and fabulous, dazzling sneakers by Philipp Plein, high silvery mules and the Campero boots by Wunderkind and for clog-heel boots by Roberto Cavalli.

 

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