As we move into the final week of a much-anticipated SS20 Fashion Month, Milan Fashion Week provided us with some of the standout runway moments of the season so far.
Moschino takes inspiration from Picasso
Complete with painted hair and gilt framed entrances, there was no mistaking where designer Jeremy Scott had taken his inspiration from for his SS20 showing. Turning his models into literal works of art, Scott's designs lived up to his ever-kitschy and OTT aesthetic, but this time, with a Picasso-inspired edge. From the subtle to the extremely literal (a Pierrot clown and a cubist guitar dress all made an appearance), while not the most wearable collection, Moschino's was certainly one of the most exciting.
J.Lo in Versace
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For the Spring-Summer 2020 Collection, Versace honors an iconic moment when fashion and culture became a catalyst for technological progress. Passionate for constant innovation, Chief Creative Officer, @donatella_versace uses the latest technology – the Google Assistant – to call for @jlo wearing the Jungle dress on the runway, creating yet another unforgettable, Google-worthy Versace moment. #MFW #VersaceSS20
20 years after she first wore the iconic green jungle dress (and spurred the creation of Google Images in the process), Jennifer Lopez stormed the runway in the exact dress, in what will perhaps be the social media moment of the year. Closing the show, Donatella Versace's voice came over the room, using the latest Google Assistant technology to say "OK Google, show me the real dress" before J.Lo confidently strutted past the floundering phone flashes of the front row. A masterclass in making Instagram do the work for you.
A mental health protest at Gucci
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Hello ✨ I just want to say Thank You for all the support so many of you have given me since I lifted my hands in peaceful protest on the Gucci Runway show yesterday 💖 I feel very blessed to be surrounded by supportive comrades, and to know that there are so many people sharing support online for this action ✊🏽 I want to use this opportunity to remind people that this sort of bravery, is only a simple gesture compared to the bravery that people with mental health issues show everyday. To have the bravery to get out of bed, to greet the day, and to live their lives is an act of strength, and I want to thank you for being here and being YOU ! ☀️ The support people have shown to my act is more than I could imagine, so I only trust that we will share this same support to our friends, siblings, loved ones, acquaintances, internet friends or even strangers, who might be going through tough times with their Mental Health. Showing up for them may come in many forms, check in via text or DM, listen to them with patience and without judgement, offer a helping hand with household tasks like food shop, cooking or cleaning, regularly remind them how amazing and strong they are, but also that is okay feel the feels too, Lets show up for people with mental health and help end the stigma together !🌻 Many of the other Gucci models who were in the show felt just as strongly as I did about this depiction of straightjackets, and without their support I would not have had the courage to walk out and peacefully protest. Some have chosen to donate a portion their fee, and I 100% of mine, to mental health charities, who are doing amazing work for people today! Below are tags to some amazing charities that I encourage, if you have the resources and capacity to, please donate in any way you can, and in my linktree ( in bio ) is a google doc to websites for more charities ! <3 Also, please comment any other Mental Health organisations globally you would like to support and share, as my resources are UK/US based currently 💫 blessings, love & rage - Ayesha / YaYa 🌈 ✨ ✨ ✨ @projectlets @mindcharity @mermaidsgender @qtpocmentalhealth @stonewalluk @switchboardlgbt @lgbtswitchboard @papyrus_uk
In an otherwise very chic but uneventful Gucci show, the headlines rose from model Ayesha Tan Jones' move to stage a protest while on the runway. Gucci's SS20 show featured models wearing white straitjackets, in what Creative Director Alessandro Michele said were "the most extreme version of a uniform dictated by society and those who control it."
This pushed model Tan Jones, who has previously suffered from mental health issues, to show their dislike of the designs, with the words "mental health is not fashion" written on their palms. Gucci later stated that the garment was taken out of context and was part of a broader concept about breaking free, and the straitjackets would not be available for purchase.
Timeless style at Prada
Sustainable and ethical fashion were again the buzzwords of the week at Milan, with many designers following in their NY and LDN counterparts' footsteps in making moves to a more sustainable output of fashion. Prada, one of 32 brands to sign up to the Fashion Pact last month, moved their focus to timeless, classic pieces that can be reworn again and again, rather than a trend-led runway of disposable fashion. After the show, Creative Director Miuccia Prada said of the decision "In this moment where there is excess and too much, and everybody is complaining that there’s too much fashion, too much clothes — I tried to work so that the person is more important than the clothes and the fashion.”
Featured image: Jason Lloyd Evans
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