I don’t know what is in the water that designers are drinking but the Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collections are amazing. I can’t remember the last season I had as many highs as I have had this season. One show even brought tears to my eyes. The designers in Milan upped the already high bar for the designers in Paris to match. After feeling a little overwhelmed (and spending 10 hours) writing my 20 Must See Looks from New York Fashion Week I have decided to cut down these these lists to just 10 looks. It was really hard to pick just 10 looks from the Milan collections, and it was even harder to pick one look from each collection to nominate for this list. So many red carpet moments lie in the midst of this list and I am praying for stars to wear them in major ways. Alberta Ferretti: Watching the Alberta Ferretti Spring 2018 RTW show and seeing passerby’s peeking through the bars of the courtyard of the palazzo to watch the show made me understand them on a personal level. The show was packed with star models from Gigi & Bella to Karlie & Joan. It started with one black swimsuit after another, and I was bored, but as soon as the sequins, flowing drapery, crystal embellishments, and feathers started coming down the runway I kept getting more and more excited about what the collection as a whole. I went through several options from this collection, but it was this brown long sleeve sequined mini dress with crystal embellishments on the neckline. When I saw this dress on the runway I saw Kerry Washington wearing it with loose waves, a satin clutch, smokey eyes, and a pair of satin sandals on a red carpet and I know she has the glamour to make it work.
Antonio Marras: When it comes to designers that show in Milan I don’t usually think of Antonio Marras when it comes to red carpet looks, but in his Spring 2018 RTW collection (which had 98 looks) there are definitely some that I would love to see on a red carpet. Stars like Jenna Dewan Tatum, Cate Blanchett, and Sarah Gadon have all worn the brand in the past and I would definitely want to see it more on the red carpet. This yellow floral embroidered 20’s style dress would be amazing on someone like Amal Clooney who has some of the most amazing personal style. Bottega Veneta: I always say that the season following a collection I really love that I am usually underwhelmed (what does that say for the Fall 2018 Collections?) that was definitely the case when it came to the Bottega Veneta Spring 2018 collection. The inspiration went from the 40’s to the mod 60’s and I was just underwhelmed. While overall the collection was not one that I was overall thrilled with, there were moments from the collection that I can see on the red carpet. This lime green cap sleeve studded gown was one of those eye catching moments that I can see Naomie Harris really making it even more eye catching on a red carpet. Especially with sleek pinned back hair.
Dolce & Gabbana Secret Show: The night before the actual Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2018 show the designers staged a very intimate “secret show” that showcased nothing but formal wear and was modeled by the brands “#DGMillennials.” The collection was much more chic and typical Dolce than the brands main show while still showcasing avant garde and different looks. Over the last year with Stefano and Domenico focusing more on social media with the likes of Cameron Dallas, Lori Harvey, Delilah Belle, and more instead of lots of red carpets. With how beautiful so many of these gowns are I really do want to see them on a red carpet at some point. Suki Waterhouse would take this dark smokey silver column gown with lace up corsetry down the whole front of the gown and beautiful 3-D floral embroidery and make it that sexy and romantic red carpet moment that it totally can be.Francesco Scognamiglio: Couture was the best thing that happened to Francesco Scognamiglio. Since he debuted on the couture calendar last July he has had numerous creations worn on the red carpet and expanded his celebrity base. This silver embroidered lace strapless cocktail dress which features a peplum neckline and beaded appliques on the waist is definitely something that we will see on the red carpet, but I think that while I am fatigued to death of the sheer trend on the red carpet that supermodel Kate Upton would make this a very glam moment on the red carpet.
Marchesa Notte: One brand I never think of during Milan Fashion Week is Marchesa Notte. The collection wasn’t actually presented in Milan, but it was presenting during the same span and I fell in love with the idea of seeing this yellow floral embroidered tiered gown on Alicia Vikander that I had to put in on this list.Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini: Philosophy is a brand that was started as a diffusion brand to Alberta Ferretti. In 2015 Lorenzo Serafini took over as creative director and since then we have seen the brand become more of a luxury line as opposed to a diffusion line. In this last year Serafini has fostered more celebrity relationships than ever dressing the likes of Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele, and Emma Roberts this year along with 15 looks at the Venice Film Festival on the likes of Italian actresses and models like Karolina Kurkova, Bianca Balti, and Chiara Ferragni. I have a feeling that over the next year that we will see more stars wearing the brand on the red carpet. I think that this red and blue diagonal stripe ensemble would be a real statement making look for a press event and someone like Margot Robbie would make it work.
Roberto Cavalli: We saw a very new direction for Roberto Cavalli during Milan Fashion Week when new creative director Paul Surridge debuted his first collection for the brand as creative director. We saw a much sleeker more minimalistic take on the Cavalli woman this season and I wasn’t really thrilled with it. This navy blue sleek cutout gown was definitely one of the standout looks and I know that it will be a really beautiful red carpet moment. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova would definitely rock this look on a red carpet like the ones she walks for amfAR.Versace: I cried. That was how emotional the tribute that Donatella put together to Gianni on the 20th anniversary of her brothers murder. I was taken with how beautiful this tribute was. Donatella had said she didn’t like going into the archives for inspiration because it was painful. Sometimes pain becomes the most beautiful art, and that is what happened on the Versace runway. Everything about this collection from the reproduction of signature 90’s Gianni Versace prints to models walking in tableau down the runway I felt like it was the perfect homage to his legacy. The show finaled with Gianni’s original muses Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen in a tableau wearing silver chainmail gowns and it just was so emotional. Those gowns were show stoppers, but they aren’t going to be red carpet gowns because stars will never try to compare to that moment. I had a hard time picking my favorite look from this collection as there are so many great moments. When I was watching the show this periwinkle blue strapless bustier cocktail dress was one of the few that I immediately saw a star in, so I decided that was what would make this list. Amy Adams always looks lovely in Versace and her red haired glamour was the first thing that I thought of when I saw this dress strut down the runway.
Vivetta: The Vivetta Spring 2018 collection was definitely a stand out for me. I am used to thinking of dainty collar details on crisp menswear inspired shirting when I thought of this brand, but this collection showed a much more bold, flirty, feminine, and princess-y than I am used to seeing from the brand on the red carpet. This tiered tulle ballet princess gown would look lovely on the gorgeous emerging fashion star Dove Cameron who has shown that she can handle volume with ease.