Day two of Milan began in style with Bottega Veneta, one of my favorite collections of Milan, and possibly one of my favorite Bottega collections to date. It was understated, familiar and classic but it had a knowing coolness about it; mesh tan leather holdalls, subtle green and red flock print suiting and macabre blood red dip dyed fine knitwear. The reds and greens came in addition to the familiar khaki and cream Bottega palette, which blended perfectly into their lavish yet tasteful interior.
Next up was Frankie Morello; another highlight of Milan, and a theatrical one as always. This time we were at Frankie Morello's gentleman's club, where no girls are allowed, a place where men can play golf, chess and polo, smoke cigars, go horse riding and errr.... lean on things and look pensive, moving around in slow motion. This collection was all about sports and leisure, forming different male tribes from sophisticated chess players to a gang of thuggish baseball players led by Luke Worrall, whose girl friend Kelly was in attendance. Other gang members included Ash Stymest and Cole Mohr. It was a refreshingly comical show that always goes one step further than the usual catwalk set up.
Then we had Gucci. For S/S 10 Frida Gianni presented a purely white collection that was then broken up by a darker cocktail evening section with indigo blue and finishing in fiery red.
Gucci was followed by John Richmond and then Vivienne Westwood, who instigated a very jolly half jig half conga down the catwalk in the finale.
Next up, Neil Barrett delivered a collection of pale grey soft leather in a beautiful derelict church building, with open beams and murals. G F Ferre continued on its futuristic wave, with winged shoulder suiting, and shiny experimental fabrics. Then it was off for a quick visit to the Aquascutum presentation and a brief chat with their designer...
The Versace show featured super model Noah, Paul Sculfor, Cameron Diaz's ex and Andres Velensco, Kylie Minogue's new boyfriend. When Donatella was complimented on the boys she used for the show she retorted "Not boys darling, MEN!"
Giuliana Fujiwara presented a collection full of bondage style straps in the style of nylon backpacks in muted colors and then finally it was the Alexander McQueen presentation, which featured a rather harrowing film of a troubled painter's psyche, that McQueen made with David Sims. It was displayed on huge TV screens in one room while the collection based on the painters wardrobe was on show in another room and an indulgent spread was served in the courtyard and enjoyed by all!