Milan Fashion Week gets underway with Gucci and Fay A/W2015-16 shows

Italy’s tailoring traditions celebrated at Fay while Alessandro Michele makes his Gucci debut with a playful, androgynous look for Autumn/Winter 2015-16 as Milan women’s fashion week gets underway.

MILAN, ITALY (FEBRUARY 25, 2015) (REUTERS) – After New York and London, the spotlight turned on Italy on Wednesday (February 25) with the opening of the Milan Fashion Week.

Getting things started on Wednesday were quintessential Italian brands Gucci and Fay.

At Fay, a brand of the Tod’s group, Italian tailoring traditions and clean silhouettes served as the starting point for the Autumn/Winter 2015/16 look.

Designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi said they believed the world was headed towards a trend of clean elegance and a normalcy in the way people dress.

Aquilano said the pair had based their collection on the choice of fabrics and clean silhouettes.

“The entire collection centres on masculine fabrics, from tartan to cashmere and wool, with the embroidery detailed as only us Italians know how to do. This is demonstrated in the reconstructed camouflage made up of patchwork, put together piece by piece, be it in leather or in fabric. To round up the look, our accessory, in addition to the shoes, is an iconic bag. We decided to present only one model to be more precise and more focused. It is a tote with fringes which presents a touch of the Indian spirit to the collection and adds a youthful note to the look. Therefore, today’s collection is very crisp and clean but very young,” Aquilano said.

Aquilano and Rimondi dressed their models in below the knee tartan skirts and miniskirts worn under light coats. As an alternative Fay offered lose velvet trousers

Models walked the runway in men’s brogues – actual men’s shoes as pointed out by Aquilano – or in thigh-high boots in nappa leather or suede.

At Gucci, meanwhile, a playful seventies-inspired look was the order of the day as Alessandro Michele made his debut as the Italian power house’s creative director.

Michele took over from Friday Giannini just a month ago.

He sent models down the catwalk in androgynous suits and coats, accessorized with pussy bows and oversized glasses.