Written by Ulrika Vinciunaite
To be a fashion design student on exchange in Milan, one of the leading fashion capitals of the world, has been as amazing experience. Not only because it’s a marvellous city, with fantastic culture and cuisine, (although the access to top quality pasta, pizza, and desserts like traditional cannoli, tiramisu and gelato certainly doesn’t hurt), but because you’re simply always surrounded by fashion. During my exchange I’ve attended extraordinary events at fashion week, seen loads of celebrities and photographed the best street style Milan has to offer. Here’s some of the new trends in fashion and lifestyle I’ve seen whilst here.
In total, during fashion week, I managed to see 13 amazing fashion shows. My university didn’t provide any passes but my styling teacher got us access to the Rocco Barocco show. Other shows let Milan’s fashion students in, but for entrance to most, as with a lot of the fashion world, luck or connections are important.
I was lucky enough to see the Au Jour Le Jour show.
My biggest fashion week adventure was seeing Versace’s 2018 Spring/Summer collection unveiled, which was especially significant as this year marks the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s death in Miami Beach. The 2018 collection hoped to celebrate his life, exploring how he has empowered women and imbued his designs with a strong feminist feeling. In the show’s finale a curtain was dropped to reveal 5 of fashion’s most timeless supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni. Certainly, a fitting tribute.