Milan Fashion Week Coverage
Written by Leah Fotis
Photographed By Simone
here for more Milan Fashion
design and culture reunite and burst onto the
catwalks of Milan, as the Women's Fashion Week
2004 invades the city with the international
fashion industry in full force - armed with designers,
models, buyers and press.
September 25 kicked off this
year's Women's Fashion Week, to which designers
flocked from corners of the world to reveal their
spring and summer 2005 collections, launching the
trends that resonate throughout the fashion industry.
A vibrant explosion of colors,
prints, and fabrics reflects the world's desire
to overcome recent depression and economic hardship,
as dazzling shades of gold and silver dominate
the runways - both in decor and clothes.
Exemplifying the overall drive
towards economic recovery were Gai Mattiolo's sparkling
gold runway, Guerriero's silver catwalk and decorations,
and above all Armani, whose entire show sparkled
with golds and silvers throughout.
Moreover, this year's collections
reflect the worldwide desire for intercultural
understanding and international peace, as the runways
display a variety of people, fabric, and style.
Cultural influences of ethnic patterns and colors
serve as the inspiration for entire collections
as designers journey to the heart of different
cultures to draw from and reinterpret tradition.
Etro's new line stems from Indian
influences with a strong call back to nature, rich
with patterns involving animals and flowers.
Striking cuts of clothing and traditional
Chinese style peasant hats characterize the strong
Asian focus in Armani's new collection, significantly
straying from his traditional style and leaving a
Dolce & Gabbana draw from an
African palette, as their spring 2005 collection
is based on earthy browns and animal skins and patterns.
At the heart of this year's Women's
Fashion Week in Milan runs a strong current of international
energy, projecting the new image of the cosmopolitan
woman of the future - mysterious, strong, sexy and
adorned with traces of her destinations.