Milan Fashion Week SS17 Highlights: Day 2

Our thoughts on the best shows from Milan Fashion Week Day 2.

BY Eugene Lim | Jun 19, 2016 | Fashion

Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta's SS17 collection might be Tomas Maier's best work yet. With the brand celebrating both their 50th anniversary and his 15th year at the house, the collection showcases the mastery of materials and expert craftsmanship that Maier is known for, along with his signature soft tailoring and sportswear.
Coats, jackets, and blousons are available in a myriad of mixed leathers, linens and cotton and appear in saturated shades of greens, greys, burgundy and browns, making for a perfect palette addition to your summer wardrobe. 
Not one to rest on his laurels, Maier continues building on the strength of Bottega Veneta's accessories line, featuring a puzzle element to the bags. He introduces different leathers such as ostrich, deerskin, double suede and calf with the addition of functional double or triple flaps to the bags, making it easier to compartmentalise all your stuff. 
Saving his best for last, our personal favourite is Maier's weaving of the signature BV intrecciato into his ready-to-wear collection for the house. While it seems like an obvious move, given the significance of the anniversaries, he could not have timed it better.
Dolce and Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana certainly know how to give an audience a show, transforming their usual venue into a Jazz Club with the works. 
From gilded tropical palm tree lamps to checked runway (both would make their way into the collection in the form silver and gold metallic embellishments and tropical motifs, featuring pineapples and palm trees prints), to a live band—The Hot Sardines—providing the pulsing soundtrack for the show.
This season the duo adds a playful twist to their usual sartorial offerings. While the embellished and printed jackets make the strongest impression, it's their move from their usually classic silhouette that left a deeper impression. From cropped trousers to the baggier pleated trousers, which were paired with looser jackets cut slightly longer, the duo shows that while their collection might have their roots in Sicily, they are willing to push the boat out a little further stylewise.
Versace had it all last night. From the debut of their extended version of their FW16 campaign video by Bruce Weber, a wonderfully produced show and a men's collection that was no slouch in the design department. Continuing her excellent work for FW16, Donatella Versace continues the rebuilding and repositioning of Versace as a forerunner of strong yet sexy masculine style for the modern man, by stripping away the bells and whistles, and paring down the silhouette to create a sportswear-inspired collection that feels both modern and relevant. 
And though athleisure is nothing new, Donatella looked passed the surface and dived deeper. A good example is the mixing silk with technical fabric, as seen in the parka. The silk lends a lightness and fluidity that is soft to touch and gives it form whilst maintaining its ethereal lightness. It's might be only two collections deep, but we are completely digging this new Versace.