Faux saxophone players, ghostly animal projections and fur mohawks are the latest happenings at Milan Fashion Week and Lou Stoppard was there to witness it all. Her evocative show reports for Dsquared2, Prada and Fendi are now in.
In Dean and Dan Caten’s collection Stoppard saw a show that 'smacked of amateur dramatics' with 'retro vixens in sweeping embellished gowns' and 'Bugsy Malone in suits and fedoras'. Stoppard feels the dramatics could be viewed as 'irrelevant to real life outside of the catwalk theatre'.
Stoppard points out the invoking of a ‘dystopian spirit’ at Prada, with 'hits [from] seasons gone [which] all came back in new guises, from the clompy platform shoes to the perfect overcoats’.
Fendi’s spirit on the other hand was decidedly punk, says Stoppard. But a far cry from safety pins and ripped trousers, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi created a collection filled with ‘intricate 3D fur embroidery’ and ‘natty tromp l'oeil detailing'.