While we nursed seasonal allergies and dusted off our sweater collection last weekend, fashion’s top globetrotters took to the streets of sunny Milan to catch the latest and greatest SS12 collections. Within 48 hours, an army of iconic fashion houses hit the runway to debut a range of ready-to-wear looks that transported spectators to exotic – and sometimes otherworldly – locales, like Emilio Pucci (shown here). Although this racy lace number has already been christened by Gwyneth Paltrow, we still love its intricate crochet work and subtle nod to the ’90s. Read on for a few more favorites.
Emilio Pucci’s Gypsy Goth This season, Peter Dundas transformed the classically color-happy Pucci girl into a retro bohemian with a dark side. Think off-the-shoulder printed peasant tops accessorized with crucifix chokers and peek-a-boo crocheted dresses in black and white. Come to think of it, the entire collection felt very Abbey Lee Kershaw, which is a no-fail way to make your work instantly covetable. Missoni’s Flamenco Swimwear Angela Missoni pulled out all the stops to cloth her dream jetsetter this time around, experimenting with fringe, frills, and other embellishments to make her girl pop. We especially loved the Flamenco-like swimsuits comprised of classic Missoni prints punctuated by knit rosettes and décor.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s Tropical Luxe Safari motifs, bold colors, and luxurious fabrics – Massimiliano Giornetti subconsciously gifted Anna Dello Russo with this collection, because we can see her wearing just about every leggy look.
Jil Sander’s Pleasantville Paisley Fashion blogs practically spontaneously combusted over this NYT post in which Suzy Menkes indirectly confirms that Raf Simons is taking over Yves Saint Laurent. While all signs seemingly point to yes, he was all-in for Jil Sander this season, rolling out painstakingly crafted looks with couture-like construction. We particularly enjoyed the ’50s-inspired paisley numbers in vivid colors.