Italian brands  brought a dose of the crazy to MFW, with Gucci's Alessandro Michele leading the pack

At first glance, Alessandro Michele's vision for S/S '17 was like a '70s disco acid trip - all gold lamé, psychedelic florals, fringing and that super-specific brand of quirky razzle dazzle. But as always, with a Gucci collection, a closer look at the details reveal subtler moments of beauty - the heartbreak splashed across the front of a dress or the Chinese dragons, zebras and jellyfish snaking their way across coats, jackets and gowns. Delightfully mad? Definitely. But we understand that's the MO of Alessandro's new Gucci - and its precisely why we're such faithful followers. (Watch the full Gucci S/S '17 here.)

Over at Alberta Ferretti, the designer's usual penchant for floaty dresses with sweeping hemlines was contrasted by midriff-baring leather corsets matched with tiered skirts and suits cinched at the waist with multiple belts. Even though skirts were voluminous and somewhat Spanish flamenco dancer-esque, the mostly black and white palette kept everything crisp and modern. Splashes of jewel toned colour and floral embroidered details on dresses added just the right amount of romance.

At Roberto Cavalli, creative director Peter Dundas seemed to be overcome with a kind of '70s gypsy spirit, offering look after look awash with Native American references, sheer printed chiffon and cool patchworked flares. Free spirited is probably the best way to look at the collage of prints, textures and pattern at Cavalli. It was by no means a collection filled with minimalist offerings, but there was a freedom that was certainly very appealing.     

Milan Fashion Week kicks off with a Gucci goldmine