Milan Fashion Week F/W '13: Aquilano Rimondi, Dolce & Gabbana, Just Cavalli, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Versace

Despite their current status, Dolce & Gabbana's latest offerings have been some of my favorites. As a history/art history nerd, I really like the use of Byzantine influences here. It's slightly different from the usual religious tropes that designers use. For example, over at Givenchy, the religious icons are usually more Catholic, while these here are kind of Orthodox.

Long story short, the most easily translatable parts of this are probably not the iconography, but you might still be able to get away with wearing a distilled version of this look in public.

Of note: Metallics, especially gold and bronze, religious icons, head to toe lace, jewels and pearls.

I had to include some detail shots from Dolce & Gabbana, because this was just amazing. The flower cage heels...!

I love that the clothes were printed to look like mosaics. It really gives off the feeling of "wearing church", if you know what I mean. And the crowns! They might be my favorite pieces of all from this collection. Who doesn't want to be royalty, even if it's just for a day, or just in your head?

Moving on to Just Cavalli, which seems to be more street-inspired as time goes by. I always feel like I never know what to expect from this line. This time around, it seems to be luxe puffer jackets over a global mix of fabrics and prints from China, India, and maybe France as well?

Moschino Cheap and Chic is also one of my favorites, just because they always seem to be having fun with the designs. This collection seems to be straddling the line between punk and prep, with its tartan overload and tailored shapes.

Not too much to say about this collection. I just like latex. *shrug* Time to bust out those liquid leggings again!

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