Forn once, Milan trends for autumn accord well with London’s, plus one surprise addition. The fabulous riot of colour and print, emphasised by oversized creative knitwear, and the return of the duvet (or quilt) as high fashion were all there. But the politics, no-one saw that coming. Milan’s women rose as one to promote fashion as an agent of female empowerment and unity.
Angela Missoni, whose wonderfully crazy knits were a highlight, spoke passionately form the catwalk surrounded by her family, all wearing the Missoni “pussy protest” beanies that she gifted to every guest. Donatella Versace’s “Equality” soundtrack was assertive as the slogans emblazoned on her fierce, sporty, sophisticated designs. Part-Haitian Stella Jean referenced Soviet Russia, its landscapes as well as its oppression, her hammer and sickle as scissors, needle and thread poignant.