Designers Team Up At Milan Fashion Week Spring 2022

milan fashion week spring 2022

Courtesy of the designers; Prada: Emmanuel Wong

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Once, a collaboration was the ultimate in cred—high married to low, luxe mingled with quotidian. But after this just-concluded Milan Fashion Week, that kind of move looks so, well, 2020. Now, designers who once existed in their own never-intersecting, competing lanes are merging, with unexpected results. Perhaps the blueprint for this was the Gucci/Balenciaga linkup we saw at the former’s Aria collection in April, whose “hacked” pieces melded Alessandro Michele’s embellished maximalism with Demna Gvasalia’s Matrix-ready edge.

milan fashion week spring 2022
Fendi by Versace

Courtesy of the designer.

“Fendace,” AKA Fendi + Versace, was the portmanteau that became the talk of this Milan Fashion Week. But as the show notes for the collection were quick to declare upfront, “This is not a collaboration.” Instead, it was a meeting of the minds, as

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Latinx Designers Are Revolutionizing American Fashion

Photo credit: Emmanuel Sanchez-Monsalve

Photo credit: Emmanuel Sanchez-Monsalve

How do you speak about a pan-Latin community of fashion designers that spans continents and cultures, from Latin America to the United States? With an awareness of nuance—and an overwhelming sense of joy, pride, and celebration of journeys hard won.

Pioneers such as Adolfo, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera— from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, respectively—distinguished themselves at a time when a Eurocentric vision of beauty was still the norm in this country. They helped reimagine the idea of what American fashion could look like, putting the female form front and center in their work. Today, the current crop of Latin designers brings fresh perspectives, tells personal stories, and champions social issues. Despite varying aesthetics and cultural standpoints, what they share is authenticity—and a commitment to diversity, sustainability, and community empowerment.

Photo credit: Emmanuel Sanchez-Monsalve

Photo credit: Emmanuel Sanchez-Monsalve

GABRIELA HEARST

“I always like the saying that

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Retailers Praise Creativity of Italian Designers at Milan Fashion Week for Fall 2021

MILAN — While Milan Fashion Week was a mostly digital event, designers went out of their way to find new ways to present their collections, making do with the digital medium and coming to terms with social distancing. This didn’t stop their creative juices, however, and retailers showed appreciation for the strong outerwear offer and highly crafted designs.

“There was an overall sentiment of hope and optimism seen throughout the collections,” said Joseph Tang, fashion director at Holt Renfrew. “While we are all impacted by the pandemic, designers are showcasing new versions of the traditional runway collections. As we anticipate what the world will look like when fall hits, there will be no shortage of fashionable pieces that we’ll want to wear.”

“This has been one of the most energetic fashion weeks so far. And there is also still buzz around the fashion week despite it being digital, which is

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