The collection was a call to heritage rather than modern Italia. As always, pieces were injected with mischievous humor: our knights in shining armor emblazoned dresses with cartoonish facial expressions and a nod to street-theater puppets.
Aesthetically pleasing renditions of Caltagirone vases and dishes decorated crinkled-silk garments, embellished with pearly buttons.
Beyond this: umbrella-stripes in classical hues and structured raffia separates with open-weave or embellishments. With the addition of souvenir scarves and earrings, the collection brushed past kitsch. But what repelled the touristy air was the plentitude of extravagant fabrics and painterly prints that were softer than those of past shows.
Whilst some pairs of shoes toed the line between jaded traveler and naive tourist, I adored the handbags, totes and jewelry.
The details here were the standouts: for those of us who have yet to see such designs up-close, style websites are ready to rescue us. Close-up shots tell a vivid story not accurately portrayed in the classic runway photographs sprawling across fashion homepages. And while it is not the same as real life, it is enough to indulge our Sicilian fantasies.
The stunning clothing designs are bound to be a commercial success. How I would love to exude such Italian charm! And I have no doubt that there are many who shall succumb to the enticement.
I suppose I found excitement in Milan Fashion Week after all! I shall see what Paris has in store for me.
Click here to view the entirety of the collection (a whopping 80+ looks!).
All images from Style.com