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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Milan Fashion Week Honorable (and Dishonorable) Mentions

With so many designers working hard to stake their claim to fame in the world of fashion, it's difficult to keep track of all their accomplishments. The more established labels, deservedly so or not, set the trends while the rest follow suit with the exception of the more avant-garde designers who walk to the beat of their own drum. I've compiled examples of the good, the bad and the "what-were-they-thinking" from Milan Fashion Week. Let's see which designers get honorable (and dishonorable) mentions.

Since we are looking at spring collections, the tendency in handbags should be bright, beautiful pieces that reflect the need for both style and function. The satchels offered by Versace and Fendi are exotic-skinned visions. These bags exude classic sophistication and are designed to be a woman-on-the-go's best friend. The hobo and tote bags from Salvatore Ferragamo and Pringle of Scotland are designed to appeal to the younger set that prefer casual, chic bags. There really are bags for every style and taste.

Let's shift the focus to bags that can only appeal to folks with, dare I say it, no taste at all. The biggest offender in this area is, without question, Prada. Their spring bags are a depressing, illogical collection of dumpy, ill-conceived bags that might appeal to women who travel and enjoy stuffing designer bags inside their luggage without thought to how a bag might fair from such treatment. I can't imagine who would want a snakeskin bag that features a large, nylon panel for all to see. The aesthetic value of this pairing is a big, fat "zero". So Milan gave us both works of art and junk bags. I suppose we need both so we can truly appreciate beauty when it's right in front of us.

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