Milan Fashion Week 2016: Return of the Eighties

By Bronte Hoy

Fashion Week is always full of chic surprises no matter what city it’s in. Whether it’s the gloriously giant capes, dresses, and skirts created by designers like Antonio Marras or the revolutionary hairstyles donned by models in the Prada show, there’s always something to talk about when it comes to Fashion Week.

With one more day left in Milan Fashion Week, we thought we’d round up some of the most notable trends created by the best designers in Italy. Much like New York and London Fashion Week, some serious patterns have revealed themselves amongst the designers and we’re getting some real seventies and eighties era vibes from the new lines.

Gucci kicked off the drama on day one of MFW with what designer Alessandro Michele described as “Eighties Renaissance”. Many of the models wore colourful stockings in shocking shades of red, blue, and green that were reminiscent of the late David Bowie, but it was geometric fabrics and the floral, punky leather jackets that stole the show by reflecting the fearlessness of fashion in the eighties.


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Prada opened their new collection on day two of MFW and, as usual, didn’t fail to amaze us. They displayed their ongoing couture strength via vintage styles that were defined by luxe sailor hats, a monochrome colour scheme (continuing the nautical vibe!), crimson lipstick colour shocks, and gorgeously worn belts with attachable metal purses. Prada may have been taking inspiration from an era long before the eighties!

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Moschino, on the other hand, went full Madonna by wrapping their models in gigantic yet luxe satin bows and off-the-shoulder velvet mini dresses. The whole show was an eighties daydream starring one of Europe’s most popular designers.

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On the third day of MFW, Versace unveiled their Autumn/Winter 2016-17 line and showed us exactly what girl power is. The show had a black and sky blue colour scheme that brought out the inner strength of the models and just screamed eighties chic. There was some serious power in the presentation and smokey eyes of the Versace models!

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Dolce & Gabbana’s show on day five was something else altogether as the designers put a dark twist on the tale of Cinderella. Models donned blue, princess-like dresses (complete with glass slippers!) and oversized shirt dresses with mice, tea pots, and cups on the front.

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With day six of Milan Fashion Week under way and day seven mere hours away, we can only assume that more luxe seventies and eighties styles are going to walk the runway. What do you think of the new designer lines so far? Do they have that punchy chicness of eighties fashion, or is it too much like playing dress-ups with your mum’s old clothes?

Let us know in the comments below! xx

Bronte Hoy

Bronte Hoy

Graduate from University of Newcastle. Succulent lover from Sydney.

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