Milan Fashion Week focuses on new int'l woman
Updated: 2012-03-05 10:14
Models present creations from Fendi's 2012 Autumn/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Feb. 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Qingqin)
A metropolitan girl who does not show off but loves fine and well-finished clothing was the ideal woman of the Milan fashion week which ended on Tuesday.
Worldwide top stylists presented their new autumn/winter collections in the heart of fashion capital Milan, enhancing a modern elegance that matches the international lifestyle of today's young people.
"I like this collection. It is a strong collection which represents my young life, my approach to young generations," Ennio Capasa, the designer of CNC Costume National, told Xinhua backstage.
"The inspiration came from a very modern young woman who loves the city, enjoys fashion, has energy and likes music," he pointed out.
CNC's new collections featured bold fabrics and cuts that enhanced femininity. The brand focused on digital reworking aesthetics popular among youngsters, women looking like virtual dark heroines dressed in short jackets, jeans, miniskirts, maxi motorcycle jackets and caps.
Leather, vinyl and gloss finishes in black with accents in red and blue, strictly dark, distinguished the first section of the fashion show with clothes clinging to the body like a second skin.
In the second part of the show, the vinyl gave way to more conventional fabrics, able to draw skirts above the knee, turtleneck sweaters and rigorous outerwear.
The color palette was essentially dark -- black, grey, bordeaux, blue -- with silver accents in leggings and inserts lightening accessories in plastic and leather.
Roberto Cavalli, the founder and stylist of the homonymous Italian fashion brand, told Xinhua he loves to dress modern women in sensual ways.
"I love the 60s and 70s because that was my time. This I capture with this collection of Just Cavalli for the young beautiful girl I have in my heart and in my mind," he said.
His youth line Just Cavalli reconsidered the 60s and 70s period of London's fashion at Carnaby Street with short dresses in dubbed wool and shiny materials, to which the stylist added his iconic animal prints.
Marmot, fox and rabbit coats alternated with jackets made of suede combined with metallized nappa leather. Mini dresses were made in transparent silk, with applications in macro and micro sequins, while trousers were in vinyl laminated with jersey.
Particular attention was paid during the Milan fashion week to young brands and designers. An international label inspired by cross-cultural suggestions was the objective of Misael, a new made-in-China brand founded by a group of young designers from China, Italy, Belgium, Spain and France.
"We are creating a kind of style which merges Chinese and European culture," Angelo Cruciani, the Italian designer of the group, told Xinhua.
He said Misael aims at becoming the first made-in-China brand in Italy "which affirms to be Chinese and does not want to copy or imitate, but to be accepted in the world".
Since 1997, Cruciani has been travelling to China where he was dealing with "the production of clothing for many top brands which sometimes claim to be made in Italy, but in fact are made in China".
"So I decided to issue a challenge: if China can give quality to big fashion brands, then it is perfectly possible for Chinese designs to appeal to the Italian sense of style," he said.