7 things we learned at Milan Fashion Week, with Justine Picardie
Justine Picardie is a fashion commentator, published author and the editor of Harper's Bazaar. The views expressed in the video above are her own.
As the Spring/Summer 2016 shows come to a close in Milan -- and fashion editors, stylists and buyers descend on Paris -- the common consensus among industry experts is that the Italian fashion capital has come back fighting after a few sombre seasons in the shadows of economic downturn.
1. Milan Fashion Week was hit hard by the recession but came back fighting this season
Milan put its best foot forward after a few wobbly seasons as it weathered the storm of economic downturn.
2. Geeks are still chic
The Gucci we loved in the 90s was all about ultra sexy glamour, but under the new creative directorship of Alessandro Michele, the new Gucci girl is quirky and cool.
3. Miuccia Prada remains the golden girl of fashion
Prada's show is always a must-see and the brand's highly influential creative director continues to reign.
4. Max Mara has a few tricks up its sleeve yet
Often regarded as a more mature and straight-forward brand, Max Mara showed it can still surprise with a fresh, nautical-inspired collection.
5. Only the strongest women walk the Fendi runway
Karl Lagerfeld is known for casting strong-faced and even strong-willed women to walk his Fendi runway, from Joan Smalls last season to Edie Campell this SS16.
6. Fashion may not necessarily be an art but it certainly takes cues from the art world
Max Mara channeled the spirit of French artist Jean Cocteau this season.
7. Milan will always be defined by high-glamour
Unlike London, where there's always a subtle but underlying punk (read scruffy) spirit, Milan will always be regarded as ultra-polished and glamorous.