Audience back in Milan as Italy fashion seeks ‘rebirth’
Fendi, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Ferragamo, Etro, almost all the big fashion houses have opted for in-person shows for the spring/summer 2022 women’s collections.
Out of 65 catwalk shows over the next five days, 43 will have a physical audience, as will 77 out of the 98 presentations and many of the parties are back.
However, COVID-19 will still make its presence felt. Invitees will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test, and wear masks.
Many buyers and journalists are unable to travel to Milan due to ongoing travel restrictions, and the number of attendees at events is being restricted.
With many shows dubbed “more intimate,” there is also no sign yet of a return to the budget-busting blockbuster shows of previous years.
However, this season is full of novelty. Roberto Cavalli is back, under new artistic director Fausto Puglisi, while MM6 Maison Margiela and Luisa Spagnoli have shows for the first time.
Gucci is not on the catwalk schedule in Milan but will unveil a new project entitled The Vault, while Giorgio Armani celebrates 40 years of his Emporio line with a retrospective exhibition. Carlo Ferro, president of the Italian Trade Agency, said the resumption of physical events at Milan Fashion Week “comes in a context of economic restarting and shows the courage of the organizers, the tenacity of the companies and the support of Italian industry.”
The collections mark a moment of rebirth,” said Carlo Capasa chairman of Italy’s national fashion chamber.