Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week AW15: Everything You Need to Know & Own

Somehow, in her impeccably Italian way, Stella Jean manages to make mixed whimsical prints the chicest thing ever. It makes monochrome devotees weak in the knees- aka, me. Yes, at first look it’s wild, but upon closer inspection you realize how wearable this stuff is! My particular favorites are the immaculately embroidered dirndl skirts paired with the slouchy knits on top.
Alberta Ferretti drew on some Renaissance inspiration with her collection, judging by the liberal incorporation of high collars and languid, flowing silhouettes with copious lace. With nature as the theme, she sent out fluid and feminine silhouettes in a patchwork of luxurious fabrics. Floral embroideries on a gilded jacquard accompanied flowy silk and chiffon. I especially loved the rich looking velvet!
Gender ambiguity buffs, rejoice! Gucci decided to walk the fine line and join the ranks of modern youth: dressing with ease in mind. Fortunately, this is totally up my alley. I love Gucci and its historical aesthetic of drama, but I am increasingly more aware of the frequency I wear extremely styled looks. The idea of ease is very appealing, seeing as 90% of the time I’m dressing to be comfortable. I’m going to skip out on the hairy shoes though since I’m not keen on looking like Frodo.
Strong tailoring couples well with the grounded palette and the impeccable fabric at No.21 . The focus on textural play and the layering of different hemline lengths was an extremely satisfying visual element. A fuzzy top and skirt and an all white sculpturally embroidered jacket were standouts.
Luisa Beccaria captured the Forties so well with her collection! That opening dress, fitted with a literal twist! And the floral motif, liberally sprinkled, evoked daintiness and a quintessential femininity.
This Fay collection is extremely easy to digest. With its straightforward silhouettes and universally flattering color palette, it manages to appeal to a broad range of tastes, especially with its focusing on easy to wear separates. Nothing groundbreaking here, but also nothing offensive.
Leave it to Brunello Cucinelli to layer up fantastically luxurious fabrics in the softest tones and even softer textures. Without hesitation, almost all outfit combinations work for me.
Dudes, Philipp Plein knows how to throw a good party. His show was WILD- indoor roller-coaster and all. If someone asked me who the best party planner around is, hands down I would say Mr. Plein. Now, let’s get to the clothes. Total rock chic thing going on that kind of started off anticlimactic due to the Tom Ford x Hyein Seo fur x Saint Lauren. This stuff is hands-down sellable, and I would totally wear it too, but it’s been done before. I found the hashtagged “#Plein” a bit obnoxious to boot. Still a cool show with some bad-girl spirit pieces that I would happily sport.
The embellishments and accessories at Fausto Puglisi are wild! I’d be incorporating the oversize charm chain belts into my regular wardrobe. The distressed denim duo with a swirl print duster coat was the highlight look for me.
While the simple black pieces at the beginning of Franceso Scognamiglio‘s show appealed to me, my heart was stolen by the sheer pieces with embossed black roses decorating the edges. I further marveled at the soft blush coat with a quilted rose design etched into it, causing ripples from the center. The negligee silhouettes and rose motif unfolded into a burst of 3D petals that demolishes all notions that roses are stuffy.
Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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