The third stop on Phil Oh’s fashion month street-style odyssey, Milan, offered a new wave glimpse of the fantastical “Gucci-fied” styles and effortless beauty tropes that the city has come to represent. This week’s expressive pops of color and idiosyncratic details solidified the new normal for Italian It-Girls, a feel-good mix of old-school classics and next-gen experimentation.
Continuing its reign on runways like Moschino and Roberto Cavalli, the bob took an electric turn on the streets, where techno DJ Sita Abellan showcased a vivid cerulean adaptation while sisters Ami and Aya Suzuki strolled side-by-side in twin pink crops and coordinating fur coats. The instinct to pair up was a running theme, with bloggers Susie Lau and Tina Leung sporting matching blowouts that cascaded over colorful Gucci suits, and singer Caroline Vreeland and designer Shea Marie marching to Fendi with identical platinum center parts and slim-framed sunglasses.
Even amongst the technicolor crowd, showgoers’ makeup stayed understated and intentional. The prevailing focus on skincare was evident in glowing, bare complexions highlighted by an occasional fluorescent red lip or eye-opening smudge of pearlescent shadow. Low-maintenance, high-impact hair played up a chic, come-as-you-are movement, as seen on stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois, who donned her cloud of curls with a tie-dye turtleneck and Nike high tops; models-of-the-moment Lily Nova and Adesuwa Aighewi paired strawberry spirals and tied-back dreadlocks with oversized, 90’s throwback hoodies. Industrious fashion editors like Carlotta Oddi and Jo Eddison utilized plastic hair accessories, including one clear vinyl Chanel hat and an off-the-runway claw clip, as stealth second-day hair solutions to their time-strapped schedule. And with Paris as the season’s final frontier, more well-traveled antidotes are sure to surface as the lens shifts to fashion’s unofficial capital of insouciant glamour.