Milan/Paris Spring ’09 Fashion Week Recap

October 14, 2008 • Fashion Shows

Second City Style was so burned out after New York Fashion Week Spring ’09 we apologize we really didn’t do much on Milan and Paris. Don’t think, however, that we were not following the shows. We were. In fact, we thought it best we keep things simple and do a concise trend wrap-up.

One thing is for certain, where New York might have been accused of playing it safe and simple…Europe thankfully did not. (Read this fantastic article on a comparison of the spring fashion weeks by Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style!)


When we think of Milan Spring ’09 in a nutshell the words, sophistication, structure, colorful, sexy and feminine come to mind.

Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi of Gianfranco Ferre showed a sophisticated, detailed and structured collection which proved to be a favorite.

Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum gave us 30’s & 40’s style femininity that was romantic and subdued in shades of grey, borwn and bronze which at first glance seemed fall-like, but worked. Trench coats covered waistless dresses and drapped cardigans topped
skinny trousers. All were adorned with big, chunky statement

Giorgio Armani’s genius gave us a very soft and romantic, elegant and classic show which was as always, timeless and appropriate for any age. He employed ultra luxe fabrics like  organza and chiffon, with a color palette of light and pastel shades of sandy beige to sea shell brown.  Signature pieces like tuxedo/blazers were given a modern touch, with asymmetrical buttoning.

Everyone looks to Prada and this season will probably be remembered as the one where models were falling on the runway in their towering heels. It was a very sexy, dominatrix inspired show with cropped tops, bra tops and key hole dresses and crumpled pieces. Buttonless shrunken jackets tied at the neck. There were also plenty of sexy secretary silhouettes and python prints.

Milan Spring ’09 Key Trends:

Pattern on Pattern: Missoni, Georgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Alberta Ferretti

Drama: D&G, Moschino

Micro-Minis: Cavalli, Versace, Gucci, Pucci

Jumpsuits: Pucci, Giorgio Armani, MaxMara

Mile-High Heels: Prada, Dolce
& Gabbana, Marni, Pucci

Bra-Tops: Prada, Roberto

Waist Definition: Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre

Deep Coppers, Golden Metallics and Caramels: Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti, Burberry Prorsum, Prada

Skirts Pegged at the Knee with Ease in the Hips:
Botegga Veneta, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani

Deep Rich Gem Colors Amethyst, Emerald, Sapphire and Citrine: Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti

Grieving Widow Luxe:
Dolce & Gabbana

Pajama’s (Hugh Hefner Robes):
Dolce & Gabbana

Cropped Jacket:
Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani

Fringe: Alberta Ferretti

Light Wrinkled Cottons: Prada, Burberry Prorsum

Pegged Cropped Pants:
Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre

Short Shorts: Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci

Shoulder Emphasis: Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani

Flowing Fabrics:
Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Gianfranco Ferre, Botegga Veneta, Giorgio Armani

Shiny Embellishments: Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre



We couldn’t wait to see Hannah MacGibbon’s first collection for Chloe. The British
designer infused some 80’s into the collection in a feminine palette of pink, cream and white. Scalloped
edges and fab accessories are sure to be a hit.

The designer everyone is talking about is of course, Marc
and his collection for Louis Vuitton. The American did not let the dire financial situation effect his designs in the least. Jacobs thankfully focused on escapism which produced fabulous flowing skirts, structured jackets, shiny mini trench coats, polka dots, obi-belted dresses and suits, glittery sweaters and wide legged pants, ostrich feather skirts, leopard-pattern bags and African
beaded shoes.

Lanvin is a perennial favorite and designer Alber Elbaz did not disappoint. The collection of quintessential Lanvin looks from one-shouldered, silk
dresses to evening blouses, feminine trousers and a parade of stunning
cocktail dresses splashed down the runway in bright colors
like yellow, aqua, coral and fuchsia. New this season were exaggerated
shoulders and 90’s style micro-mini sheath dresses which are sure to be a major trend for spring.

Paris Spring ’09 Key Trends:

I See London – Underwear Exposure: Christian Dior

Midriff Baring:
Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Chloe

Futuristic Leggings:
Givenchy, Balenciaga,

Black Leather Leggings: Givency, Chanel

Monochromatic Textures Ruffles and Bows:
Lanvin, Giambatista Vali, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe

Sheer Geometric Boxes and Stripes: Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior

Shoulder Emphasis with Gathers:
Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Giambatista Vali, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton

Spanish Influence: Chanel

Easy, Below the Knee Skirts:
Yves Saint Laurent, Chloe

Shorts, Short Skirts: Chloe, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton

Classic Cuts:
Lanvin, Giambatista Vali, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel

Shiny Metallics: Balenciaga, Chloe, Louis Vuitton

Unusual Mixes of Deep Colors for Spring:
Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Chloe

Bright Crayon Colors:
Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Giambatista Vali, Louis Vuitton

Black and White: Givenchy, Chanel, Giambatista Vali, Lanvin

Here are some YouTube videos of a few shows:

– Lauren Dimet Waters & Carol Calacci

Photos: NYMag
Image Layout: Carol Calacci

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