MILAN (AP) — Milan designers wrapped up five days of previews for next summer’s womenswear looks on Sunday.
While trends like geometric wedge sandals, billowing diaphanous dresses and embellished boyfriend denim trousers won’t be in stores for months, the fashion hungry already have a good idea what to expect thanks to the hashtag-driven world.
That’s a good thing, helping to demystify fashion, according to Heidi Klum, has played a big role in the popular evolution of fashion as one of the creators, along with Harvey Weinstein, of Project Runway.
“People can understand it better now,” said Klum, who was in Milan for an AmFAR gala Saturday evening, and took in the Versace and Roberto Cavalli collections. “Because of Project Runway, because of social media. You see editors in the front row uploading all the photos right from the runway, so you see it immediately. Now everyone is competing and showing things.”
Klum said she herself is “fearless with fashion” and bravely wears things many department store buyers would rather leave on the runway. “I love wearing all those beautiful clothes. I have a lot of opportunities to wear the beautiful gowns. I understand not everybody does.”
Klum’s fashion choice for the AmFAR event was a red carpet-worthy strapless black Versace gown accented by a cage-like gold corset.
Klum, who has been working with AmFAR for over a decade, oversaw an auction that raised $1.4 million for the AmFAR foundation, which has set a goal of curing AIDS by 2020.
A Damien Hirst piece fetched the highest price of the evening, 250,000 euros ($320,000), while Israeli model Bar Refaeli helped drive up bidding on a Robert Rauschenberg print titled “Soviet/American Array III” to 110,000 euros ($140,000).
“I think it is so important what they do,” Klum said. “They are raising millions and millions of dollars for the research.”
OVER THE RAINBOW
Massimiliano Giornetti has updated brand founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s original 1938 Rainbow wedge sandal, created for Judy Garland. The shoe has been made modern with monochromes, and paired with exotic skins, while the platforms undulate both along the horizontal and the vertical.
That movement echoes the clothes in the collection, and epitomizes how Giornetti is perfecting the marriage of apparel and leather goods at the center of the brand’s identity.
Nowhere was that better exemplified during the Salvatore Ferragamo womenswear preview on Sunday than in halter dresses with a reptile bodice that flowed right into a knit skirt with the lightest tulle underlay for an ethereal effect. It was complemented by a clutch with fringe cascading out of the side.
Cross-directional ribbing gave movement to dresses that wrapped assuredly around the bodice, while leather belts defined the flattering silhouette. Voluminous trousers moved like skirts.
There was an emphasis on white — a runway favorite in Milan collections for next summer — earth tones and paler shades — but the designer punched up the last pieces with turquoise blue and emerald green accents.