Milan Fashion Week: All things bright and beautiful...
Designers mark next season's change with clean lines and dazzling colour
Sunday 26 September 2010
Clean lines and block colour. That's how the spring/summer collections from Jil Sander and MaxMara propose that we move on from the neutral hues and minimal tailoring that have struck such a chord this season. It's a convincing progression; after all, camel trousers won't seem so right when the sun comes out, and no matter how timeless "real clothes" are, beautiful alternatives will always make us crave something new.
The Jil Sander collection, designed by Raf Simons, was especially beautiful, featuring simple shapes and lines that offered the perfect canvas for shocking pink, purple, magenta, coral red, electric blue, grass green, yellow and orange. Dresses came as loose shifts and in a flared triangular shape which seems to be a burgeoning trend.
Earlier in the day MaxMara offered a collection billed as "minimal tailoring, new purism, athletic chic". First, the focus was on pale beige shades and white. Outfits included a funnel-neck trench and split-leg palazzo pants. Then the colour kicked in with cropped fitted flares, silk duster coats and suits in red, tangerine, buttercup, lemon and violet. A black-and-white striped shift confirmed the stripey trend that emerged at Versace and Prada.
Given that Giorgio Armani billed his spring/summer Emporio Armani collection as "Fancy Girl", it was never going to be minimal. Instead, the designer showed off layering and contrasting lengths. Leggings and fitted skirts in stretch tulle were worn under silk dresses, and the palette included icy blues and greys as well as sandy beige with flashes of red.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£36500 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Electrical Maintenan...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Multi Skill...