Prada sees virtues to preserve in digital runways
MILAN – Miuccia Prada has adapted to the digital runway and isn’t ready to give up its lessons when the pandemic is over. While a runway show fades with the lights on the last look, the digital presentation requires another step: Picking the details that “create an atmosphere,” Prada said in a streamed conversation after the digital show. The women’s collection continued the body-hugging comfort layer of long johns from menswear, as well as leather gloves fitted with zipped pouches. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott maintained his usual playfulness, casting top models, actresses and a burlesque star that might have been front-row guests in another period to populate his Moschino digital show. Amber Valletta was caught on a shopping safari in a faux golden crocodile suit, replete with lizard tail.
BLM in Italian Fashion campaign shows early tangible results
A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2020, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Italian fashion chamber. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)MILAN – A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Milan fashion chamber. “When you want to do something, you can do them immediately,’’ said Jean, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion campaign. The collaboration with the Italian fashion council will continue in September, when five new designers from Italy’s minority communities will be featured during fashion week. AdSteele said Black designers are also under-represented in the United States, despite the role that Black culture has had on inspiring fashion there.
US star soprano misses La Scala gala season-open debut
United States' soprano Lisette Oropesa poses in front of La Scala opera theater in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to single a title role in the gala season opener of La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Oropesa is one of 24 singers recording for a broadcast event marking the traditional Dec. 7 opening. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN – Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to sing a title role in the gala season opener at La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Management opted for a gala evening of star singers and ballet dancers, mostly recorded in segments in advance.
Beppe Modenese, creator of Milan fashion system, dies at 90
MILAN – Beppe Modenese, the force behind the coalescence of Italian ready-to-wear fashion in the northern city of Milan, has died. Modenese died Saturday in the fashion capital. Dubbed “Italy’s Prime Minister of Fashion” in 1983 by Women’s Wear Daily, Modenese remained a front-row mainstay into recent seasons, maintaining the official title of honorary president of the Italian fashion council, the Italian National Fashion Chamber. “Beppe Modenese contributed like no one else to the birth of the Italian fashion system,’’ fashion council president Carlo Capasa said in a statement. As the head of the fashion council, Modenese discovered many talents, notably Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who made their Milan runway debut in 1985.
Armani, Ferragamo premiere short films at Milan Fashion Week
Model Maria Carla Boscono wears a creation as part of the Salvatore Ferragamo 2021 women's spring-summer ready-to-wear collection during the fashion week in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN – To show or not to show: Each Milan fashion house had to make a difficult decision how to reach the fashion public this season under the safety constraints imposed by the coronavirus. ____ARMANI EXPLORES PAST AND PRESENTGiorgio Armani was the first Milan designer to show his collection behind closed doors, taking the command decision last February after Italy’s first local transmitted case of coronavirus was detected while Milan Fashion Week was under way. “I don’t know when we will recover the formula’’ of live runway shows, Armani told journalists during a presentation. Men wore perforated leather jackets with loose trousers, suits with 1940s boxy jackets and bright trenches.
Milan Fashion Week to include Black Lives Matter event
The Italian fashion councils only Black designer has hailed as a breakthrough the inclusion of a Black Lives Matters event to the official September show calendar and the formation of a working group aimed at ending racial discrimination in Italian fashion. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)MILAN The Italian fashion councils only Black designer has hailed as a breakthrough the inclusion of a Black Lives Matter event to the official September show calendar and the formation of a working group aimed at ending racial discrimination in Italian fashion. She and other Black creatives in Italian fashion pushed for greater substance. Five Black-led Italian brands, discovered by the founder of the independent AFRO Fashion Week Milano, will make a digital presentation during the hybrid physical-digital Milan Fashion Week from Sept. 23-28, the national fashion chamber announced Thursday. Italian Fashion shall no longer hide behind excuses and justifications that point the conversation to other countries, Jean said.
Milan fashion returning to runway in September - in part
Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make on-line only presentations during the last fashion week in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses will hold physical shows to present previews for Spring-Summer 2021 in September. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)MILAN Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Prada and Versace are all returning to the runway in September, according to the Milan Fashion Week calendar published Wednesday. After the coronavirus pushed many fashion houses to make online-only presentations in July, more than half of participating Milan fashion houses are making plans to present in-person previews for Spring-Summer 2021. In all, 28 fashion houses plan to stage live shows and another 24 will participate in the Sept. 23-28 Milan Fashion Week through digital shows.
Prada headlines Milan's first Digital Fashion Week
Pedestrians pass by a screen showing a Vivetta model during the Milan Digital Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN Prada headlined Day 1 of Milans first Digital Fashion Week on Tuesday with a series of out-sourced videos and the apt subtitle the show that never happened.Luxury fashion is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic by moving runway shows onto digital platforms. We are used to doing fashion shows, Miuccia Prada said in notes emailed to journalists. Only two fashion houses are hosting live shows this week in Milan: Dolce&Gabbana and Etro. We have to look for a new normality, a different normality, Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala said in opening remarks for Digital Fashion Week.
As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, models wear creations for the Kenzo fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. No one from the public will be allowed to see the clothes in person at all, in fact, during this on-screen-only version of fashion week that starts Monday. The new digital Paris Fashion Week calendar isn't bad for everyone.
Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars
FILE - In this Feb.25, 2020 file photo, model Kaia Gerber leads other models as they wear creations for the Saint Laurent fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus lockdown -- which has hit luxury fashion houses on their bottom lines -- has also given pause to rethink the pace of fashion. The coronavirus lockdown, which has hit luxury fashion houses on their bottom lines, has also given pause to rethink the pace of fashion, offering the possibility to return to less hectic, more considered periods of creativity and production and perhaps consumption. Armani also has called for a major rethink of changes in luxury fashion during his 45 years as a stalwart of Milan fashion. The Italian Fashion Chamber is promoting three days of online presentation of mens and womens collections in July to substitute the regular June calendar.