Milan Men’s Fashion Week is finito. If you missed all the hubbub in the boot-shaped peninsula, here are your CliffsNotes. Over the weekend, Gucci was the talk of the town, following former Creative Director Frida Giannini’s abrupt dismissal last week — one month before her scheduled departure at the brand. Upon her exit, in stepped the design team, helmed by head accessories designer and newly-announced successor Alessandro Michele, who threw out Giannini’s collection and started over from scratch with new models, a new stage and a new look. In less than one week, Michele whipped up a youthful collection called Urban Romanticism. The buzzy lineup was edgier than we’ve seen in seasons past and carried a whiff of womenswear (he even hired a handful of female models).
Aside from the Gucci melodrama, Dolce & Gabbana took home the prize for the most memorable stage setup. With love and family on the brain this season, the Sicilian designers orchestrated a backdrop of eight real families, posed and proper. The kinsfolk-inspired theme was taken a step further with the model casting, which also happened to be cross-generational.
And finally, DSquared2 duo Dean and Dan Caten feted their 20th anniversary with a blowout celebration that included a live runway performance by Mary J. Blige, who sang U2’s “One” and her hit “Family Affair.” “We don’t need no haters,” she belted out. “We just want y’all to have a good time.”
For a rundown of the best 80 looks you may have missed, click on the slideshow below.