Ahlan! Daily Fashion Week Report: Oriental-inspired Prints and Mermaids Hit the Catwalk at Milan Fashion Week

Inside the stylish explosion that was the weekend at Milan's Spring/Summer 13 catwalk shows
Sunday , 23 September 2012
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Just Cavalli Spring-Summer 2013
Just Cavalli Spring-Summer 2013
Moschino Spring/Summer 2013
Moschino Spring/Summer 2013
Kate Moss at Liu Jo's event
Kate Moss at Liu Jo's event
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Prada Spring/Summer 2013
Just Cavalli Spring-Summer 2013
Moschino Spring/Summer 2013
Kate Moss at Liu Jo's event

Across the weekend there were new trends appearing that we haven’t seen yet this season. Biggest of all was the Oriental inspiration that was seen at a number of shows. Prada took inspiration from Japan, with Miuccia Prada declaring that she had “taken all the elements women can’t normally wear without being laughed at and tried to make them more acceptable”. In doing this she included metallic socks that were worn as shoes, plenty of pastel pink and oversized flowers, Japanese-inspired satin kimono wraps, origami folded shirts and skirts that paid homage to the Far East. This collection was not for everyone but definitely had interesting elements to take inspiration from.

The Oriental theme continued across the day. Etro, as always, featured incredible prints. A blue and red-based palette saw blouses and kimono style dresses printed with florals paired with oversized cropped trousers. Fabrics were floaty and easy to wear. Towards the end of the show, colours became brighter and more adventurous; patterns became bolder and full-on rather than the small sections of pattern we had already seen. The finale was a collection of bold one-colour evening dresses.

There was a repeat of the monochrome trend we saw in London at the Moschino show. Taking inspiration from the Sixties there were mini dresses in black and white, stripes and white daisy-covered dresses, and geometric prints too. Very Mary Quant! Everything was paired with white gloves and metallic accessories.  Plus, model-of-the-moment Cara Delevigne was strutting her stuff on the runway. There were a few hints of primary colours towards the end of the show but it was predominantly black and white showing how big this trend will be next season.

Elsewhere Roberto sent a sea of mermaids down the catwalk for his Just Cavalli show. Described by the man himself as “forty mermaids wandering down the catwalk”, this was a bright summery and glamorous show, no coats or jackets here! There were trademark looks that we would expect from Cavalli. Think tightly-ripped denim jeans paired with floral blooming printed tops in chiffons and silks. The second half of the show brought evening dresses in a colour palette of blues and greens.

Celebs were few and far between across the weekend but Kate Moss was spotted carrying a Mulberry bag whilst doing some vintage shopping, and then again at the Liu-Jo boutique event later on, wearing a black dress and stunning red lipstick.

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