Dame Anna Wintour is one of the most powerful women in fashion and has the ability to make or break careers.
Fortunately for these designers, the Vogue editor-in-chief picked them out as being among the best at Milan Fashion Week.
Speaking in an interview for the Vogue YouTube channel, Dame Anna, 68, said how the Spring/Summer ’19 shows promise a ‘fantastic season full of ideas, colours and escapism’.
Dame Anna Wintour shared her pick of the best shows from Milan Fashion Week, which wrapped up last week. The Vogue editor-in-chief praised Dolce & Gabbana for championing body diversity on the catwalk. Pictured, Lady Kitty Spencer walked the show last month
Dame Anna, 68, pictured in Paris today, said how the Spring/Summer ’19 shows promise a ‘fantastic season full of ideas, colours and escapism’. She identified a handful of designers as standouts, including legacy houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Giorgio Armani
She identified a handful of designers as standouts, including legacy houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Giorgio Armani, alongside lesser-talked-about labels like Etro, Missoni and Marni.
The magazine editor also explained the collections suggest fashion will continue to move away from less ‘obviously’ sexy cuts and designs.
‘The idea of anything that’s overly sexy or overly clingy or overly ‘look at me’ has simply gone out the window,’ she said.
A particular highlight was Versace’s celebratory show which saw an all-star cast of models strut their stuff in vibrant designs bursting with retro influences.
Dame Anna noted Prada sent models down the catwalk in opposing styles – one conservative, the other young and free – that was intended to speak to the political division around the world
‘Donatella [Versace] never ceases to surprise and amaze us,’ Dame Anna said. ‘The collection was perfect. There was so much colour and print and a slight gypsy feel… It was absolutely a total joy to watch.’
She praised Dolce & Gabbana for championing diversity on their catwalk, where Italian actress Isabella Rossellini joined the likes of model Ashley Graham and society beauties Lady Kitty Spencer and Viscountess Weymouth.
Dame Anna pointed out that Marni also cast women ‘of different sizes and different proportions’.
The industry powerhouse added several designers appeared to be offering-up a sense of fun and fancy free at a time dominated by political division and unrest.
A particular highlight was Versace’s show which saw an all-star cast of models strut their stuff in vibrant designs bursting with retro influences. Pictured, Gigi Hadid on the catwalk
The fashion heavyweight told how Etro and Missoni ‘really captured the mood of the moment’. Pictured, Kendall Jenner on the catwalk for the Italian designer last month
‘Etro and Missoni really captured the mood of the moment,’ she said. ‘They were very happy, very joyous and very retro.’
Meanwhile Miuccia Prada, 69, sent models down the catwalk in two opposing styles.
‘Prada was divided between a sense of conservative dressing and something that was much more free and open and young and again Californian,’ Dame Anna explained.
‘Speaking to Miuccia a little bit earlier it seemed to me that what she was trying to talk about in the show was the division that she’s seeing politically, that we’re all seeing…
‘Something that’s very free and very democratic and very open and something that’s coming up against a mood that’s far more rigid.’
Fashion month continues in Paris this week.