Milan Fashion Week is regarded as one of the most important fashion weeks in the industry, alongside fashion weeks occurring in New York, London and Paris. Always occurring immediately after the final London show, and a week after the New York show, the fashion set invade Italy every February and September to get a taste of authentic, Italian style. Here are a few iconic moments in Milan Fashion Week that will remain unforgettably timeless in history.
The original supermodels, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, created one of the most memorable moments in Milan Fashion Week history when the four glamazons walked hand-in-hand down the Versace Autumn/Winter runway in 1991. Months before, these same models had starred in the music video for George Michael's song "Freedom." For the iconic show, Versace broadcasted the video in the background as the women strutted down the runway, singing along with the soundtrack. Gianni Versace's insistence that he have the "it" models of that era for his show helped boost their model rates from $10,000 to $50,000 for just 30 minutes of work.
All eyes were on Gucci for the Autumn/Winter 1995 show as devoted lovers of Italian style waited with bated breath to see what American designer Tom Ford would do with the premium brand. With the untimely death of Maurizio Gucci, along with a number of ill-advised business decisions, the fate of the company was uncertain. What Ford did, however, remains as timeless as the legacy he ultimately created for Gucci. With just this one show, Gucci was able to change their fortunes from near bankruptcy and a stained reputation due to over-licensing the Gucci name to the brand everyone wanted to wear. The 1995 show set the stage for what is now the fashion powerhouse known as "The Gucci Group."
Dolce & Gabbana 2015
For the Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 show, the designing duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana celebrated mothers everywhere by sending pregnant models and model mothers walking with or carrying their own child down the runway. Both mother and daughter wore designs from the premium Italian fashion house as the show's theme, "Viva la Mamma," celebrated timeless Italian style in the most Italian of ways - by honouring "la famiglia." This Dolce & Gabbana show was the most talked about Milan Fashion Week show of the season.