Gucci: For the Eccentric '70s Rock Star in You

Milan Fashion Week opened with a rather retro collection by Frida Giannini of Gucci: she channeled the early '70s with a sea of knits, suedes, cropped sailor trousers and marching band jackets. There was also a lot of denim — probably more than we're used to seeing on the runway, but, whatever, let denim have its day… » 9/18/14 12:50pm Thursday 12:50pm

Dolce & Gabbana: For the Golden Goddess in You

Milan fashion week marches on; this weekend, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented a fever dream of ancient Sicily as their Dolce & Gabbana spring 2014 collection. The duo's infatuation with Sicily is documented by the designers' own hands — Sicily's mosaics provided the inspiration for their dazzling fall 2013… » 9/23/13 4:30pm 9/23/13 4:30pm

Prada: For the Kickass Feminist (Who Wears Bras as Outerwear) in You

Miuccia Prada's spring 2014 line, shown in Milan as part of Milan Fashion week, has a fairly overt feminist message. Several of the looks featured bras worn as outerwear, a subversive and confident take on traditional femininity. The collection also featured knitted prints of women's faces, athletic socks, and a fair… » 9/20/13 4:40pm 9/20/13 4:40pm

Just Cavalli: For the Sexy, 90s-Loving Pile of Fabric Scraps in You

Roberto Cavalli presented his Just Cavalli spring 2014 collection as a part of Milan Fashion week, and it looks like what you would happen if a Lisa Frank unicorn granted a half-demented form of sentience to the virtual closet from Clueless. ("MISMATCH; MISMATCH," the closet would croak with gleeful, daft abandon as… » 9/19/13 3:30pm 9/19/13 3:30pm

This Spring, Gucci Is Italian For Drapey and Hideous

London Fashion Week is over. Now it's Milan Fashion Week. IT NEVER ENDS. Today, the spring/summer 2014 collection went down the runway and, um, I hated it? It's slouchy and dark and sheer in weird places. There's one hot orange number that's fun, but the rest seems so misshapen negligee from the Salvation Army bargain… » 9/18/13 3:00pm 9/18/13 3:00pm

Giorgio Armani, for the Sullen 1930s Tomboy in You

Yes, Milan Fashion Week is still happening. Can you believe it? So much fashion. Yesterday, Armani presented the fall/winter 2013 collection, which, according to Vogue, was inspired by la garçonne, "that independent female archetype of the thirties whose sense of liberation was reflected in her borrowed-from-the-boys… » 2/26/13 12:30pm 2/26/13 12:30pm

Versace, for the Punk Rock, Tiger-Owning Dominatrix Businesswoman in You

Ooh, one of the highlights of Milan Fashion Week: Versace. The fall/winter 2013 collection shown today has a decidedly fetish/bondage feel: Snug-fitting vinyl pants is accented with studs; throats are encircled with chokers and collars; spikes literally pierce dresses. Sweaters are shredded, as if by claws or… » 2/22/13 4:00pm 2/22/13 4:00pm

Blumarine, for the Rich Lady Obsessed With Softness and Light

The fall/winter 2013 collection from Blumarine — shown in Milan today — features quite a few colors one might otherwise associate with spring: Robin's egg blue, peach, pink, beige. Still, the textures — shaggy knit coats, leather pants, furry jackets, woolen capes — were just right for cool temperatures. There's even… » 2/22/13 2:20pm 2/22/13 2:20pm

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, for the Trippy, Child-Like Absurdist in You

Fifty-two year old Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada is the "12th Marquise of Castelldosrius." She showed her first collection in Madrid in 1981 and has since gone international. For her fall/winter 2013 collection — shown today during Milan Fashion Week — she showed clothing inspired by hearts and… » 2/20/13 5:20pm 2/20/13 5:20pm

Gucci, for the Sexually-Charged Nocturnal Valkyrie in You

London Fashion Week is so yesterday. Now we're on to Milan Fashion Week. Today, Gucci presented the fall/winter 2013 collection, and it was dark, dangerous, sexy, kind of witchy, and very glam. Fluid silk skirts, tough leather dresses, and necklines so low you'd better polish your sternum. Click through to see… » 2/20/13 3:40pm 2/20/13 3:40pm

Dolce & Gabbana, for the Kooky, Carnival-Loving Italian Grandma in You

Grazia called Dolce & Gabbana's vision for Spring 2013 (shown yesterday in Milan) "Sicilian kitsch." What does that mean? Florals, stripes, folkloric prints, stripes, burlap sacks*, stripes, beading, stripes, raffia, stripes, polka dots, stripes, sheers and stripes. And did we mention stripes? Some of the ensembles… » 9/24/12 6:30pm 9/24/12 6:30pm

Prada, for the Origami-Loving Sixties Mod in You

Milan Fashion Week marches on, and yesterday, Prada presented a Spring 2013 collection that seemed inspired by both traditional Japanese clothing and the '60s. What does that mean? Kimono sleeves, Mary Quant-ish pop-art blooms, skirts folded like origami, collarless coats reminiscent of Courreges, and shoes made kind… » 9/21/12 2:50pm 9/21/12 2:50pm