MFW // The Laptop Perspective

Milan is to fashion what Cara Delevingne is to the modern obsession with eyebrows. We all, as members of the online fashion community, are aware of the superiority the Italians hold in the sartorial stakes over the rest of us mere mortals. This, for me, makes Milan Fashion Week one of the most exciting and hotly anticipated of the season: Gucci, Marni, Versace, Prada, Armani, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana. Need I say more?

Having missed a lot of live streams due to being at school, Vogue's comprehensive fashion week guide is once again my holy scripture. Not only that, but I find it very difficult to watch rebroadcasts of MFW from The Laptop Perspective. However, if there's one rebroadcast I found which I was more than happy to watch it was Moschino.

Moschino S/S 2016 MFW black tiered dress

Moschino is the undeniable extrovert in the Italian fashion family: that relative that gets invited to VIP night clubs on a whim and shows you the photos on their mobile, clad in an outrageously cartoonish phone case which is, you guessed it, Moschino. However, despite what this photo suggests, Moschino's S/S 2016 does not cater exclusively to the moneyed, opulent widows, nor was it entitled "mourning for the fabulous". Instead, the show was a high-octane whirlwind of "dangerous couture", boasting Moschino's trademark light-hearted approach to fashion edged by the danger and attitude we've come to expect from the fashion house. That does not, however, make it any less exciting to watch, and as the models sashayed down the catwalk in their day-glo, high-vis jackets. Indeed, with his eponymous label's Barbarella/party girl show at NYFW and Moschino's knock-out construction site show in Milan (both of which giving employment to the Hadid sisters), it appears that Jeremy Scott has had his work cut out for him this season.

Versace S/S 2016 MFW military khaki green mesh, skirt and jacket

If Moschino is Bella then that means that Versace must be Gigi - edgy, refined, empowering and abov all cool. Donatella built and assembled a literal army of models, donning military green, utility jackets, desert boots and structured belted dresses. The androgynous nature of the trend that still isn't going anywhere can be played up by being paired with chunky sandals, shaggy hair and barely there make up, as demonstrated by Edie Campbell on the runway, or played down with soft waves, leg-baring dresses and splashes of brightly coloured zebra print. Combatants stepping into the jungle, laced with chiffon and clutching polished, soft bags. Versace shows us how to dabble in the menswear section, how to dress for the army and, most difficult of all, how to pull-off mesh. This is kick-ass dressing with hidden femininity.

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