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Fausto puglisi Milan fashion week SS18

Milan fashion week SS18 key trends

The first day of the Milan fashion week brings what we missed at the New York fashion week - the feel of sensual and feminine touch in the women's collection. Designers at Milan fashion week re-stores the feminism that we didn't find at the London and New York. 

New York fashion week brings the authoritarian women's fashion through the wide shoulder blazers, stiff fabrics while this is not the case at Milan- we find the Lingerie inspired silhouettes with delicate colors and a touch of glamour. 

Fausto Puglisi brings the collection which divulges the women's core values through his slipdresses, lace shirtdresses, a silk robe trimmed in fringe, a tiered ruffled maxidress in a black-and-white floral print. Alberta Ferretti brings the swimwear collection and the minimal silhouettes, breaking her own set rules this season. The brand is known for its maximal and lacework.

Pink and soft color tones emerge adamant at the runway continuing from the New York and London fashion week runway- we can safely say soft pastel Pink is the queen of the color palette.

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini- The girl’s rebel attitude

Lardini transformed the blazer into bodysuit in such a way to make it look very feminine and yet women could wear for the office. The designer brings the sleeveless blazer into versatile feminine colors of Pink, black and silver plush.

Blazers were translated into bodysuits to wear with cuffed cargo pants, while a loose, relaxed suit came in a red and white gingham pattern.

A feminine touch was introduced in the collection via T-shirts and cropped corsets embellished with a cascade of tonal ruffles. A pretty strapless evening dress with a sweetheart neckline was crafted from a textured linen and cotton fabric, which added a smart appeal to the chic style.

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamourous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

Alberta Ferretti- sporty and glamorous

This season in one word you can define the collection is for all. The collection moves from glamorous to sporty and then evening dresses. The styles looked very feminine as the designer brings metal shine for women's bottom and top wear collection. 

There were fur-shine and sporty elements.

Alberta Ferretti starts with a range of chic black one-piece swimsuits and bikinis, the former, spare and simple but with some minimalist cutouts in the back, and a bikini top with its strings wrapped around the waist.

Things got somewhat more familiar as they progressed into draped black Grecian dresses and jumpsuits, one with a leather buckle at the bust and cutout belly, and a chiffon apron with utilitarian leather straps. Exploring what a minimalist Ferretti would look like was a nice exercise, but when the swimsuits are the best part of the collection, there’s a problem.

The rest of it felt like change for change’s sake and bit non-committal. Simplifying evening silhouettes into tanks, slips and straight strapless minis in embroidery that looked liked paillettes and shiny silk lamé yielded perfectly innocuous dresses and gowns. But Ferretti is a flow gal.

Aside from a few feathered styles and a pretty draped gown or two, the sporty glamour felt forced. She finishes the show with lamé shirts tied at the navel and pants, along with a few of her day-of-the-week sweaters added in for the commercial measure, made them feel a bit slap-dash.

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

No.21- Focusing on transparencies

Validating our SS18 mega Trend "The Boudoir Dream" No. 21's collection had the focus on transparencies, lingerie-inspired silhouettes delicate colors and sparkling glamour.

The designer did more than re-editing old clothes. He injected new, fresh energy in his signature sensual, feminine look, focused on lingerie-inspired silhouettes, delicate colors and a touch of sparkling glamour. The show opened with a group of 21 outfits, worked in different shades of nude and pink. They included slipdresses, draped frocks, and straight skirts all crafted from ethereal fabrics, including organza, tulle, and lace, which were embellished with tonal shiny sequins and feather accents.

Focusing on transparencies, Dell’Acqua showed a soft hand when played with layering, making everything look chic and elegant. The overall apparent fragility was balanced by the introduction of soft knitted cardigans and sweaters with a cozy feel, as well as sporty elements, such as leather parkas, elastic belts and hoodies trimmed with crystals worn as accessories.

The same mood continued in the lineup, which included shades of yellow, blue mixed with red — for example on a leather bomber with a tropical intarsia — as well as burgundy and black. A leopard pattern was splashed on a trenchcoat layered with transparent black silk and a cute top with a Peter Pan collar matched with an embroidered see-through pencil skirt.

But despite all the different styles, the nude and pink outfits represented the heart of the collection — and enabled Dell’Acqua to affirm: “I’m back.”

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

Fausto Puglisi-Lace dress

There were slipdresses, lace shirtdresses, a silk robe trimmed in fringe, a tiered ruffled maxidress in a black-and-white floral print, with black and red flowers across the rear-end.

He cut the daintiness with the well-considered edge, slicing the slits on otherwise sweet dresses a little too high for a church, and contrasting all the lace with leather flowers and touches of red and gold embroidery.

The models wore ballet flats or cowboy boot and little crowns dangling with coral and pearl charms. Materials looked luxe and the details were wonderfully executed. Fausto without the flash felt extra fresh.