Updated: Aug 23
A rumbling, revolutionary undertone and fairytale feels collide this fashion week in Milan SS17.
In order to create, you first have to dream.
Fashion and food can give insight into the general state of things, with trends that reflect what is happening in the world, channeling revolutions, and reminding us of events of the past. The year 2016 has been a time where the impossible has become possible. It has been a fantasy, a fairytale, and if anything has made us all feel like we’re upside down in Wonderland and this Fashion Week reflected that.
Chefs and designers have a story to tell.
When I come up with a look to wear that is supposed to interpret the character of the chef I'm interviewing, I'm looking to channel their experience that brought them to tell the story we taste on the plate. They are the only artists that wear a uniform so I take the opportunity to be their reflection. It's the same thing in fashion, wearing the clothes is to embody the experience and character of the designer. There’s a history to follow, a fantasy world to be a part of, and you become a part of it with every piece that you wear. Matching these two stories together takes not just observation, but visceral experience: being there.
Playing into our ever-more flexible realities, imagination was in abundance this fashion week, with a deviant sub-current brewing below.
I was eager to see some new looks, meet some new friends, and cover some shows for The Fashion Plate Magazine.
A famous fortune teller is the mystical muse for Mario Dice's SS17 collection.
City Girl Cooks Fashion Week looks and friends SS17.
Taking inspiration from a surrealist mood, I mixed fabrics and eras and teased the excessive fantasy of Gucci, choosing vintage pieces and pieces from the vibrant SS17 collection of Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
Fitting in between shows at the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada showroom in Milan.
Lighting up the streets in coat and skirt by Spanish designer sensation, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
This week there was a strong emphasis on introspection, of feminine power, fantasy, freedom, excess, and irreverence. There was a crossing of ‘90’s youth subculture, a flowing bohemian attitude from the ‘60’s, and a new command of the colors from power suits of the ‘80’s.
Notebook in hand, I set out with American photographer Renato Rimach and my fashion week accomplice, Svetlana Shashkova, model and fashion blogger of Hungry Faces, to get carried away by the wizardry of fashion week, SS17 in Milan.
Photo credits: Elle Canada, Renato Rimach
Clothing by: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada