From February 22 to 28, Milan Fashion Week will feature a solid lineup of emerging, returning, and big-name brands set to exhibit their upcoming collections.
After a somewhat lackluster New York and London bereft of big ticket names, Milan is returning with a vibrant programme for the autumn/winter 2022 season, featuring the return of Kering powerhouses Gucci and Bottega Veneta to its official fashion week. Both labels have previously displayed off-schedule or in different locations and formats, and Matthieu Blazy‘s first collection for BV on February 26 is one of the week’s most eagerly anticipated presentations. The debut Diesel exhibition under new creative director Glenn Martins is also on the list of must-sees.
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Giorgio Armani is back to the catwalk IRL after cancelling his Privé haute couture and menswear shows in January. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Armani was one of the first designers to cancel his shows. Elsewhere Prada, Fendi, and Versace, three of Milan Fashion Week’s biggest names, are bypassing digital ventures for real-life runway shows. For the most part, the pandemic’s effects on the fashion industry in Italy appear to be over.
Plein Sport, Philipp Plein‘s sportswear label, will debut on the runway at the Palazzo Melzi d’Eril, previously Spazio Krizia, the company’s recently purchased hotel.
A slew of new names have also been added to the show schedule, each debuting at Milan Fashion Week for the first time. AC9, Andreadamo, Aniye Records, Cormio, Ferrari, Hans Kjbenhavn, Husky, Palm Angels, and Tokyo James are among the brands making their Milan debuts, along with many of the other freshly launched brands. Miss Sohee, who is backed by Dolce&Gabbana, Balestra, Andrea Incontri, and Edoardo, will all be featured for the first time at the Italian event.
Notably not on the runway is Salvatore Ferragamo, who has been without a creative director since the retirement of Paul Andrew last year. The firm will hold a collection presentation on Saturday instead.
Find out the full MFW schedule here.