What is Milan Fashion Week without Gucci? This is the question that’s on the lips of the fashion set as they descend on Italy to take in the spring summer 2019 shows. As what some might say is the highlight of the city’s seasonal showcase has hot-footed over to Paris this September, a window in the calendar has opened up. Though the schedule is packed with the established houses of Moncler, Prada, Etro, Pucci and Max Mara we’re hoping the breathing space that’s been left in the wake of Alessandro Michele taking his Gucci circus on the road will make space for smaller brands to break through the noise. Here's everything you need to know from the Milan Fashion Week shows...
See: Milan Fashion Week SS19 Show Notes
Dolce & Gabbana
Monica Bellucci led the spectacular all-woman cast at Dolce & Gabbana where designers, Domenico and Stefano, let rip on their house codes. Proving, as ever, that every woman can wear Dolce. And smile!
Marni brought DIY realness to Milan with raw seams, hand-painted sploshes, scattered gem stones and recycled charms - a crazily chic twist on 1950s Italian Riviera shapes.
The floral trend exploded on the Versace runway - probably the last place you'd expect to find delicate blooms. But Donatella's slinky layers of colour-clashing, pattern-mashing prints could not have looked more empowering - especially on original 1990s Super, Shalom Harlow.
Imagine your worst nightmare as a designer - you turn up to the show with only sketches - no clothes! Cue Jeremy Scott's frantic pen scribble prints on 1980s silhouettes.
The City short is looking strong in Milan this season. Especially at Tod's where butter soft leathers met the brown trend head on. Let's call this tone chestnut?
Held in an airport hangar at Linate airport, the Emporio Armani show was on an epic scale. Think fifty shades of beige highlighted with zaps of neon.
'I wanted to break the rules of classic,' said Miuccia Prada backstage. This dress was her favourite look from a youthquake collection that put the 1960s back in the conversation and will keep the Prada faithfuls very happy.
Who owns the big brown trend this season? Maxmara that's who. Also new trends to watch -rubber raincoats and skinny trousers under everything.
The power of simple rules at Jil Sander with big knits and slouchy pants. Proof that the understated and oversized trend isn't going away.
Alberta Ferretti nailing the new season trends with crochet and cargo pants, lemon and lacy camisoles. Plus the XXXL bag lives on!
Cycling shorts and tool belts? They shouldn't work but they do. Your next season styling tip at Fendi 's knockout show.
All the Armani-isms: Fifty shades of grey, blue and a pop of pink with liquid shine fabrics that gave a fluid underwater feel to even the most classic of suits.