The Eastern inspirations were positively divine! With so much red to the Laura Biagiotti fall/winter 2016-2017 collection on the Milan Fashion Week, the warmth we felt was palpable, and more than just necessary due to the rainy weather outside during the show. With modern intricacies using Chinese detailing, we have some of the loveliest looks on this particular ready-to-wear line-up and are looking forward to seeing how they translate onto the red carpet later on.
The Ming warriors were especially interesting to notice with the golden studs peppering the coats, while one decoration presented the heart of Buddha for double happiness, spreading the cheer all around. With the spring fast approaching, it appears that Biagiotti really wants to lighten things up and give out prayers for wealth, health and happy prosperity. As for that Mikado suit, the floral pattern painted on was the perfect touch to bring out the Asian delicacies.
Throughout the presentation, we noticed that the collection included lots of knitwear, including capes and skirts in the material, some mini hems and the touch of the 1960s also making an appearance. There is nothing like the long and cozy red and black double mohair coat that feels like a body blanket, while white ribbed knit dresses also came into play with the gaping holes stitched together by nylon threads.
There is a certain authenticity to the looks that we are faced with, from the long red dress with the Chinese collar, pretty prints painted on across one shoulder and strips making up the skirts, to the Silken dress in black with embroidered floral additions, some ruffles on the sleeves and intriguing designs added on. We loved the shoes as well of course, especially the combination of fur lined boots with strappy sandals and ballerina style flats, all in black, white or red.
Other trends that came into play included the shoulder cutouts, the ruffled edges, the semi-transparent materials, the turtlenecks, the futuristic gowns, the sheaths and the belted coats. We love the additional of different lengths in gloves, the inclusion of body skimming dresses and so much of the prints that are utterly ethnic.
“It’s a retour de Chine [return to China],” stated Laura Biagiotti before the start of her show as she pointed towards some coats and silk skirts made with patchworks of typical Chinese decorations. “These are not only decors, they are all auspicious prints for a long life and well-being.” We believe her and might just pick up a few pieces for that reason alone.
We will have to wait for the looks to come out though as the designer seems rather hesitant in embracing the see now and buy now trend that has begun to sweep the world of fashion. The respect she receives to this day, no matter how many years have passed since the last Chinese Emperor’s brother dubbed her “Mr. Laura” after she was the first Italian designer to hold a fashion show in China 30 years back, is more than just well deserved.
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