Milan’s wacky, wonderful fashion week closes on quiet note

A model wears a creation from Ujoh women’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, presented during the Milan Fashion Week. (AP Photo)
Updated 26 February 2018
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Milan’s wacky, wonderful fashion week closes on quiet note

MILAN: After Gucci’s heads and Dolce & Gabbana’s drones, Milan Fashion Week wrapped up Monday on a tranquil note with shows by Japanese designers.
The six days of previews for next fall and winter is likely to be the most talked-about in a long time. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele’s message reverberated well beyond fashion world’s epicenter when on Day 1, he sent out two models carrying replicas of their own heads through a pristine operating room backdrop. And the fashion crowd was awestruck on the penultimate day when Dolce & Gabbana unveiled their latest handbag, flown down the runway by a bunch of drones.
These houses are providing master classes in how to grab the attention of the new consumers. The trick remains to stay true to the brand’s traditions and DNA — something being undertaken by new and new-ish designers at Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Marni and Jil Sander.
One of the highlights from Monday was Mitsuru Nishizaki’s latest Ujoh collection combining British-inspired check, plaid and stripe fabrics with his own trademark asymmetrical and layered silhouette. It was the Tokyo-based designer’s third year showing in Milan.
Trousers got an update with mix-matched tapered legs, one in black, one in a red burgundy, with an asymmetrical button closure. The look is layered with a tunic-style sweater.
The attention to detail and workmanship come through in an off-the-shoulder black dress with a ruffled hem decorated with a field of blue embroidered flowers that continue into lacy 3-D adornments.
Nishizaki has tapped the Milan trend of wrapping, with knitwear that bunches and hugs the frame, and large oversized wraps that fasten over the shoulder with a leather strap. One in British plaid is covered with lurex intarsia.
Another Monday highlight was Atsushi Nakashima, who debuted his first collection in Milan last year and sees similarities between Milan and Tokyo, in that both cities cherish and pass on traditions.
He stays close to his native Japan, however, when sourcing textiles. They included a double-face patchwork of panels that read inside and out, including washing instructions and instructions for wearing hoods.
The mixed men’s and women’s collection included a series of trenches, bombers and duffel coats in khaki and olive green, and his-and-hers matching sweatshirts with neon lizards, worn under suspenders.


Halima Aden heads back to Dubai

Halima Aden at a previous event. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Halima Aden heads back to Dubai

DUBAI: Somali-American, hijab-wearing model Halima Aden is set to touch down in Dubai as she will be launching the Max Mara capsule collection in The Dubai Mall on Monday night.

Aden was just here less than a month ago, with superstar Rihanna, for the Fenty Beauty Masterclass that took place at the end of September.

Aden has become known in the fashion industry, having walked for Max Mara, Yeezy, Alberta Ferretti and many others.


She also is known for her charity work as an ambassador for UNICEF and uses her voice and platforms to advocate for children’s rights.

Aden is a former child refugee, who came to the US during the Somali Civil War in the early 1990s.