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With its high-end fashion houses, Milan Fashion Week is synonymous of artisanal production methods and luxury. With such a high reputation to live up to, labels are constantly having to find ways to reinvent themselves. From Emilio Pucci’s new Creative Director to Prada’s refusal to toe-the-line, we take a look at the highlights for Spring-Summer 16.  
Image source - Marni

Shapes were an instrumental part of the Marni show, in a combination of bold silhouettes and geometric details that were layered with tunics and asymmetric structures. Block colours in muted tones were given depth with the addition of chunky acrylic accessories, cutout fabrics and oversized sequins. This season, Consuelo Castiglione produced an architectural collection that really stood out at Milan Fashion Week.  

Emilio Pucci
Just as Peter Dundas presented his first collection for Roberto Cavalli, this fashion week also marked Massimo Giorgetti’ debut at Emilio Pucci. It was somewhat fitting, then, that the Spring/Summer show bore the title of Episode One. Vibrants prints were paired with metallics and sequins and the collection was infused with an aquatic theme, right down to the goggle-inspired glasses, as Giorgetti reinterpreted the Pucci codes in his own way. 

Image source - Fendi
Sleeves took center stage at the Fendi show: striking mutton sleeves were a prominent part of the collection. The archetypal Victoriana trait, however, was reworked so as to dispel any nostalgia for the lace and frills of the 19th century: leather as well as latent references to punk and sport gave the whole collection a distinct modern edge. 

Stripes were on the menu for Spring-Summer 16 at Prada, in a colour palette that consisted predominantly of low-key browns and greys mixed with occasional dashes of yellow or green. From tweed and twinsets to flapper dresses, the collection revisited times bygone by borrowing from different eras: proof that Miuccia Prada is not afraid of bending the rules.  

As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close on the Giorgio Armani show, the fashion crowds now all have their eyes strained on what Paris will have to offer.