Milan fashion week is only halfway over, but so far, the collections have been all about bright and bold stripes. While light-as-air fabrics have made up delicate and ethereal barely-there dresses, loud and in-your-face stripes have popped up all over the runways in unexpected places. These designers featured my favorite stripey pieces these past couple of days in Milan.
Ian Griffiths took things in a seriously nautical direction with MaxMara's Spring 2016 collection. His ability to resurrect classics and make them fresh and cool was applied to the stripey looks that walked the runway, mixing stripes and ropes and boat shoes without looking disasterously cliché.
Federico Curradi took the cleanest approach possible when it came to his stripes for the Iceberg 2016 collection. Lace-up fronts, another trend on the rise, were the sole embellishment on simple red and white striped looks, creating something subtly unique but straightforward and un-fussy.
Alessandra Facchinetti has surprised us time and time again with her ability to translate the luxe and slightly older Tods aesthetic into something ready-to-wear and trendy, without losing the brand in the meantime. This Spring Collection, she kept silhouettes classic and typical of Tods, with loafers and buckles, but let stripes add the youthful energy to the designs.
Alessandro Dell'Acqua took his Spring 2016 to a slightly deconstructed place, layering dresses over tees and straps over dresses. His stripey pieces use big and simple stripes to add cohesion to (appearingly) messily-tied dresses that look layered and knotted in the coolest way. Who would have thought stripes would be the factor that simplifies a look?
More Bold Stripes
Les Copains, Marco de Vincenzo, and Moschino also put loud stripes down the runway. Many other designers played with subtler stripes of different orientations and colors, but we'll have to keep a keen eye through the rest of Milan Fashion Week to see if other designers are following suit!