Milan Fashion Week is always the penultimate phase of a jam-packed Fashion Month, preceded by London and followed by Paris. But don’t let its middle-of-the-road slot lead you to underestimate the significance of this bi-annual affair. In fact, MFW is often one of the most glamorous fashion weeks of them all, thanks to the roster of A-list attendees, Nicki Minaj, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Freida Pinto all sat front row last season, and top model castings, with Gigi and Bella Hadid usually making several runway appearances between them. Then, of course, there are the shows themselves, with Gucci, Prada and Versace all perennial highlights. This season, however, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Fendi, which is set for a seismic change following the death of its long-standing creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away in Paris at tghis year. Milan Fashion Week is a trade event organised by the Camera Nazioale della Moda Italiana, which is a non-profit organisation. Like its counterparts in New York, London and Paris, it happens twice a year: once in February, when autumn/winter collections are shown, and once in September, for the spring/summer collections.
Traditionally, the aim has been to give designers the opportunity to showcase their new collections ahead of when they will be available for purchase. There are more than 50 shows on the MFW schedule, but there are a few that remain highlights season to season thanks to their opulent sets and flamboyant designs. These include: Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Giorgio Armani and Marni.This season, however, there are some standout shows to keep a close eye on. The fashion set was thrilled to hear of Lee’s appointment, hoping he might bring some of Philo’s aesthetic into Bottega Veneta. Fendi will be another high-anticipated show, given the death of its former creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, who had been at the helm of the Italian fashion house since 1965.
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