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Forte Village @ Milan Fashion Week 2015

Milano Fashion Week closed down on Monday and, as with all things that come to an end, it’s time to take stock. For this edition Forte Village took part in the fashion week through the eyes of the Pinktrotters fashion insiders, Eleonora Branca and Tatiana Biggi, who tell you all about the catwalk, the events and the highlights of this magical week: Friday 27 February.

“We began our first day of Fashion week all dressed perfectly thanks to Ki6? Who are you?, the fantastic Italian-made brand which allowed us to shine during the many appointments made for MFW 2015.

The first appointment of the day, after a fantastic breakfast in company at Corso Como 10, was with the Uma Wang collection. The Chinese designer left everyone open-mouthed when she brought her collection onto the catwalk, a skilful balance between volumes, lengths and materials: a maxi-dress in ultra-thin fabric, combined with oversize knitwear jackets and large-knit pullovers worn as dresses. A simple but refined combination, where the items stand out for their detail and unique handiwork. A fantastic collection, chapeau!

La Perla inspired our imagination with their proposals for the autumn-winter lingerie collection 2015, where the unrivalled protagonist was the “impossible lace”, one of the fabrics from the early 1900s brought back to life by a Calais maître de tellier. The Italian fashion house requested the restoration of an old loom from Calais, the only one able to reproduce the complex patterns of the original lace, maintaining its softness and light touch. When we entered the presentation room, we saw a private display where we were even more able to appreciate the materials used for the collection, the details on silk as with the basket-style trousers of “athleisure” inspiration, enhanced by gold-thread embroideries, forming part of a collection made to measure for the customer.

The proposals continued also with the beachwear line, where the leading role was played by the anchor, translated into silhouettes of swimsuits and bikinis. The timeless essentiality of black and white were confirmed for the next season, as was the Deauville navy-chic style, whose thin vertical and horizontal lines made us daydream about long strolls on the Forte Village beach, combining macro lines with designs in pure linen.

After a short break at Cova’s in via Montenapoleone – a coffee is always appreciated and necessary during these frenzied weeks – we had the pleasure of discovering Paula Cademartori, who has carved out a leading position for herself on the Milanese scene in the realm of accessories. Her bags have been all round the world and we were won over also for the next season by the creativeness of the Brazilian designer: the bags are worn with the colour tones of sea-beds and space scenarios to obtain a sophisticated, unique effect. But the absolute novelty at the Cademartori house was the presentation of the shoe capsule collection: six iconic models made up of laced-up heels and cut-out ankles. Sculpture shoes featuring colour contrasts… Our favourites? The lacquer-red ankle boots, of course!”

On the move again – after all we are Pinktrotters – we went on to Serapian, who captured us with their minimal design bags and accessories, embellished with fur inlays and featuring bold, elegant colours, just like the Serapian woman. Also a look at the ideas in leather for travel: people like the Pinktrotters, who always have a suitcase in their hand, know how important it is to have luggage worthy of attention. There are travel proposals for all tastes: wheeled suitcases, kitbags and beauty cases.

A short pause for a toast all together at the Armani Bamboo Bar – where else? – as we neared the end of this first superb day of full immersion in fashion!

Obviously the fashion week had its share of parties. First a look into the Pinko boutique in Via Montenapoleone for the launch of the Shine Baby Shine jewellery sneaker collection. An aperitif in the company of friends in one of the brand’s most elegant, sophisticated boutiques, and a great entertainment for us with so many leaders of fashion joining the party. Then away to the Costume National cocktail, where we sipped Absolute Elyx in the brand’s elegant flagship store. The evening was organised on the occasion of the Dolmen installation by the young artist Antonio Forteleoni present in the shop, representing a vertical reinterpretation of megalithic structures. A great evening, marking a perfect blend between art, music and fashion.

If you want to find out what other events Forte Village took part in during this vibrant period for fashion, your appointment is with our other two Pinktrotters, Eleonora and Greta!