For an industry that's often been brandished as being exclusive, the last few days of Milan Fashion Week did everything it could to dispel those assumptions. From slogans on sleeves, to pink pussy bow beanies and non-models on the runway - the final fling for MFW was full of pleasant political surprises.
Versace's bold warrior women wore slogans such as 'Love', 'Courage', 'Unity', 'Loyalty' and 'Equal' - no surprises what Donatella was referencing here. Dressed in slashed and shredded versions of suiting and streetwear - the collection was punk-rock glam from the beanies down to the coloured strands of models hair.
Bold shades of mustard, tangerine and rust permeated the first few looks of Bottega Veneta's collection, but it was a sleek '40s sophisticate who closed the collection. The finale trio dresses were a feat of molten metal perfection fit for a screen siren.
Missoni's knits would have outfitted a Swiss ski bunny quite happily, reminding us of the luxuriousness of wearing cream in winter. Add to that splashes of colour and quirky patterns that are known as house's signature, but the real star of the show came when Angela Missoni sent a stream of models wearing pink pussy-bow beanies down the runway. A clear message of unity and acceptance of all forms of humanity, if there ever were one.
It took about half the collection to realise this was a Marni show, which makes perfect sense when you realise it's the debut collection for new creative director Francesco Risso. With shag fur jackets and bras worn over psychedelic print dresses, who knows what depths this new designer will plumb next?
Giorgio Armani has always shown a flair for suiting, but for A/W '17 took it to new heights. Rendered in velvet, leather and elegant silk satin, trousers were a treat for the senses, while the beret and bowler hats added a sense of jauntiness to the collection.
Dolce & Gabbana have always celebrated the notion of one big Sicilian family and this was never more clear than in their latest show. With too many famous and influential faces to mention, the inclusion of people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities brought the effervescent Dolce brand to life in new and unexpected ways.