Relaxed or Eccentric? MFW’s Take On Italian Prêt-à-Porter

Italy is the home of Prêt-à-Porter and Milan Fashion Week is its
gatekeeper. Amongst a completely digitalized Autumn/Winter 2021/22
fashion week, 2 main protagonist trends prevail above all others: a
‘Relaxed Ready-To-Wear’ & an ‘Eccentric Prêt-à-Porter’.
The relaxed side played homage to warm fabrics, encompassing
silhouettes and classical tones while the eccentric took a more rebellious
and kaleidoscopic route.

‘Relaxed Ready-To-Wear’

Brands like Alberta Ferretti & Fendi stuck to the theme of ‘comfort meets
elegance’. For their new collection, Alberta Ferretti focused on dark colors such as black, charcoal, and dark grey, with flares of olive green, cyan, and
mustard yellow here and there for a pop of color. The brand showcased a
majority of daywear, putting their own spin on classical silhouettes by
adding ruffles and sharpening shoulders. Ferretti’s shearling coats kept to
the theme of relaxed chic and reflected the need for comfortable but
fashionable winter wear.

Fendi’s Autumn/Winter 2021/22


Fendi’s Autumn/Winter 2021/22 debuted Kim Jones’ British take on
extraordinary Italian savoir-faire. The collection revolved around relaxed
elegance to redefine Fendi’s signature style to suit a modern woman. The
collection’s key pieces were the oversized coats in fur and wool, pencil
skirts & satin looks. Kim Jones embraced brown, black, white, and khaki
colors to create complete easy-to-wear looks.


Etro A/W 2021/22

'Eccentric Prêt-à-Porter’

On the other side of the spectrum is the unconventional take on traditional Prêt-à-Porter.For their A/W 2021/22 collection Etro took inspiration from their muses Rudolf Nureyev and Jimi Hendrix; to make rebellious spirit the central
theme of the collection. They displayed everyday pieces of clothes (wide-
legged pants, t-shirts, bombers, hoodies, and leggings), adapting the
entire collection to the needs of the contemporary woman. The collection
featured a kaleidoscope of colors, upholstery prints, and animalier
patterns to design patchwork coats, quilted anoraks, and cocooning


GCDS’ collection was based on the theme of psychedelic mind travel.
The collection’s name was ‘Technicolor Symphony’ and was digitally
presented in the form of a short film. The brand kept its innate stylistic
codes but added a twist with luxury tracksuits, crystal-covered knitwear,
and evening dresses. The mix of mint green, caramel, and blueberry
(keeping in tune with GCDS Edibles) and references to Tweety bird,
Polly Pocket, and Bratz dolls could be seen throughout the collection.


GCDS’ collection


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