While London is often the spark of new ideas and New York is confidently commercial, the Milan shows usually sit somewhere in between. They may not be the pushing the limits of fashion in terms of new ideas, but they specialise in striking the right balance between commerce and creativity.
Many buyers and editors complained of an
uncharacteristically inconsistent offering from Milan's usually focused
designers last week. But we think there was a lot to be impressed by in Milan,
especially from the some of the heavyweight brands who show there.
Take Burberry, for example. Christopher Bailey is on a clear winning streak, softening his approach this season with the perfect autumnal mood for the urban birds who walked down his catwalk of "optimistic melancholy." (The urban birds term was cleverly coined by Tim Blanks; Bailey loved it. We think its perfect).