Kim Kardashian at Dolce & Gabbana
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2023 was punctuated by a number of buzzworthy moments—from surprise appearances by celebrities to rainfall. Read on for all the highlights from the shows that got people around the world talking.
There were twice as many Spring 2023 looks on the runway at Gucci, as creative director Alessandro Michele decided to enlist 68 pairs of twins for the show. With each pair walking hand in hand, the casting was Michele’s homage to his mother, who turns out, is a twin. “I am the son of two mothers,” read the show notes. They “shared a genetic solidarity but, above all, they shared an intimacy which was inaccessible to others.” What’s more, the designer had the audience separated via a floor-to-ceiling partition with simultaneous shows taking place in each section. It was only when the wall—featuring portraits of twins and look-alikes by Mark Peckmezian—lifted before the finale, that the guests were able to grasp the entire concept of the show.
Arab models ruled the runways
Representing the region’s fashion industry, Arab models once again took the runways by storm this season. At Moschino, Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam served up a viral moment and a dose of joy-inducing fashion in one, when she stepped out wearing pool floaties sticking out of a colorful dress. The former Vogue Arabia cover star embraced a completely contrasting persona for Versace next, where she wore a fierce head-to-toe black ensemble complete with a smokey eye.
Saudi model Amira Al Zuhair, who is fast becoming a fashion week regular, was spotted strutting at the front of the Dolce & Gabbana squad, wearing a bold look curated by Kim Kardashian.
Iraqi para-athlete Zainab Al-Eqabi, who is an above-the-leg amputee was tapped by Boss to walk the ramp for the fashion house’s Fall 2022 collection in Milan. The TV presenter and disability activist was part of a diverse and inclusive cast that also included hijabi Somali model Ugbad Abdi.
Part-Palestinian models Bella and Gigi Hadid have long been familiar faces at fashion weeks, as pictures and videos of their walk are quick to make rounds on the internet after the show. This time around, their goth-inspired looks for Versace received just as much attention as Bella Hadid‘s walk for Jil Sander, where she closed the rained-on show dressed in neutrals except for a bright red bag in one hand, and an umbrella in the other.
Moroccan-British model Nora Attal and Algerian-French model Loli Bahia were also part of the Versace cast. While Attal walked down the runway in a fitted purple mini dress with fringe details, Bahia wore a hot pink corseted dress with a bridal veil.
Paris Hilton at Versace
It’s not a Versace show if there are no unforgettable moments. Donatella Versace proved this to be true by having Paris Hilton close the show, dressed in a pink Swarovski crystal-encrusted mini, no less. Wearing her long blonde hair in a sleek side-part, Hilton channeled Barbie in pink gloves, pointed-toe pumps, and a matching veil.
Kim Kardashian at Dolce & Gabbana
What started when Dolce & Gabbana dressed the bride’s family for Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s Portofino wedding, led to a special collaboration with Kim Kardashian, which unfolded at Milan Fashion Week. Kardashian’s partnership with the Italian fashion house saw the entrepreneur reinforce her high-fashion credentials by curating pieces from past collections (from 1987 to 2007) which the designers reworked. As models took to the runway in corsets, lingerie-heavy looks, and plenty of denim and animal print, who other than Kim Kardashian herself to close the show? For the finale, the 41-year-old walked out in her signature bodycon, made sparkly by Dolce and Gabbana, who also stepped out to applause.
Kate Moss at Bottega Veneta
In an unexpected moment, Kate Moss walked the runway at Bottega Veneta, modeling a checked shirt, white tank top, and oversized jeans from creative director Matthieu Blazy‘s second collection for the house. It only makes sense then to find out that the supermodel’s rare runway outing—following the glamorous appearance at Fendace last year—wasn’t only for a seemingly casual outfit, but the technical expertise behind it. The flannel shirt worn by Moss was in fact, leather, and required 12 layers of prints to achieve the depth of color Blazy wanted.
Rain at Jil Sander
Umbrellas may never originally be part of any designer’s presentation but the weather had other plans for Jil Sander’s show, which also seemed to work in the brand’s favor. For its Spring 2023 collection, Jil Sander set the stage in a field on the outskirts of Milan, where showgoers were met with a sense of calm and stillness among the wildflower-lined gravel runway, and unexpectedly, rain. And so, all models were required to walk out holding umbrellas which not only made for Instagram-worthy moments but also paired well with Jil Sander’s relaxed tailoring, knits, and lightweight pieces replete with soothing neutral hues.
Maximilian Davis for Ferragamo
Literally painting the town red, 27-year-old Maximilian Davis presented his debut collection for Ferragamo (the ‘Salvatore’ has been dropped) in a crimson-hued courtyard. The specific color—which was painted on the flooring and boards between the arches of the 17th-century venue—not only signified the new house color but was also a nod to Davis’ own namesake brand, where it represented the Trinidad and Tobago flag and his heritage.
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