In Milan, several designers have embraced Mod 60s looks, namely Alberta Ferretti, Prada and Bottega Veneta. What’s interesting is that while there is a distinct youthquake movement happening – see a few here from London, it was a somewhat of a surprise to see these designers embrace it, each in their own way.
Alberta Ferretti makes a departure from her sweet romantic signatures by offering a fresh youth-centric mod collection highlighting shift dresses, printed coats and over-the-knee velvet boots, all set to jewel tones.
Miuccia Prada’s return to mod came as a surprise because we’ve seen mod from her in the not-so-distant past, as in Miu Miu’s Spring 10 collection, and also because Prada tends to always march to a different beat. However, if Prada is doing mod, one must not be blind to the fact that it is a HUGE deal. The dropped waist silhouette is a key direction (also cue self-belts), as well as dropped shoulders for coats. Multi-color grid patterns stand out, and the application of python adds a touch of luxury.
Perhaps the most surprising mod expression came from Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta. While there were certainly other aspects to the collection, the youth-centric mod looks included shift dresses, A-line skirts and tweed fabrics set to bold pink and orange color blocked looks. Also of note, both Prada and Bottega applied a policy of no pants in their collections.