Best of MFW

by ionarosemccabe

 Fashion Week only starts getting interesting for me when the shows start in Milan. Italians just seem to get fashion and they do femininity and charm so well without it being garishly girly.

They also seem to understand the influence that the past decades have on fashion and are great at updating vintage styles whilst making them appeal to a younger crowd. There were lots of shows I loved for the S/S 16 collections but I have shared my favourites below.

Francesco Scognamiglio


This collection was similar to Givenchy in the way that there was an abundance of delicate details, fine fabrics and strong romantic notes. I rarely stray from wearing black or white and a monochromatic colour palette is something that I believe looks both classic and polished.

Ruffles can look overstated but Scognamiglio managed to get the balance just right, pairing sheer slip tops with tailored trousers and babydoll dresses with sock boots, giving looks a mod doll element.

By mixing Victoriana details with 60s shoes and modern styles, Scognamiglio successfully created an array of looks ideal for the cool girl, unafraid to channel her softer side.



Fay is a brand I had heard of but never followed too closely. That was until I saw the designs showcased for S/S 16. Reminiscent of Isabel Marant‘s understated French girl image, the looks were layered, tiered and belted in shades of navy, stone and dusty pink with prints that looked as though they had been influenced by North Africa.

The masculine military coats looked great with patterned skirts and I particularly liked the silver trimming on the deep blue jackets. After seeing this collection, I am really looking forward to seeing what else the brand has to offer.



Philosophy is a brand that always seems to hit an equilibrium when combining masculinity with femininity. Soft ruffles and Victorian details were still present from the previous collection, but there was not one fussy frill in sight. The nude slip dresses were breezy and beautiful while pointed ankle boots offered an edgy element making the looks perfect for city strolls in the summer.

I love the neutral shades that the creative director, Lorenzo Serafini, uses throughout his collections for Philosophy. The looks he creates are much more wearable than many other brands while there is always a strong hint of Italian Romanticism in the silhouettes and details – a clear homage to the brand’s heritage.