The first-ever Milan Digital Fashion Week is underway and we’re seeing Spring/Summer 2021 debuts from houses sharing menswear, womenswear, and new accessories. Below, you’ll find details on collections from brands like ETRO, Jil Sander, Santoni, and more.
ETRO introduced its men’s Spring/Summer 2021 and women’s Resort 2021 collections with a small gathering at Milan’s Four Seasons Hotel, where guests enjoyed breakfast in the garden, accompanied by the music of the Ensemble Testori Orchestra. Focused on creating real clothes for real people, the presentation portrayed the many personalities of guests staying in an international hotel, seen in a diverse cast of characters styled in the season’s designs. The house’s signature detailed prints returned in a muted palette, seen on an earthy patchwork, a soft paisley, and a take on a red Jacobean print. In menswear, looks included matching suits with embroidered button-ups, loose shorts with patterned sweater sets or blazers, and the intermingling of more casual styles like jeans and denim jackets with elevated pieces. For women, the house introduced a series of effortless dresses and chic shorts and pants that could be styled up for an evening out or down to accommodate an island getaway.
Jil Sander’s modern silhouettes and simplistic lines laid the foundation for a collection in black, white, navy, pink, green, and pale blue. Coats and shirts took on a tunic style, like a long, collared shirt with a tie around the waist and several overcoats and blazers with no buttons and minimal details. Cuts were loose and relaxed without being oversized and featured single standout details like a section of graphic knit on the front of a sweater and a large colorful section with phrases like “yellow moon” and “homegrown.” Highlight looks included a rose-colored suit with the graphic t-shirt, a layered sweater and turtleneck worn with black trousers and a carpenter’s belt in leather tied around the waist, and an all-white look with a textured sweater, pants, and a scarf worn around the neck.
Santoni’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection “Origini” debuted with a special film shot in Italy’s Le Marche region. Inspired by the beauty of the local landscape, the season’s designs were centered around a palette of earth brown hues, vibrant blues, and reds. Featuring a selection of elevated and casual footwear and two bags, the collection’s highlights include a polished loafer in an interwoven calfskin, a sky-blue shoe with a single buckle in glossy leather, woven leather sneakers, and a camel-colored tote bag.
Highlighting sportswear and travel in its new designs, DSquared2 introduced Pre-Spring/Summer 2021 collections for men and women. A youthful spirit was seen throughout in details like contrasting color accents, branded logos, and summer stripes. A sporty element was added to items like pants, tops, and shorts with the addition of drawstring hems and nylon fabrications. In the women’s collection, denim was a staple and looks were paired with a high strappy heel. For men, daytime was active wear-inspired, and looks were completed with sneakers, loafers, and a sporty dress shoe hybrid. For eveningwear there were clean cuts and tuxedo inspiration in both collections—like a slim-legged classic black suit with a skinny tie and a jumpsuit with a silk lapel, structured shoulders, and a belt decorated with sparkling stones.
Salvatore Ferragamo presented its Pre-Spring/Summer 2021 collection digitally, with a video project on the Camera Moda platform. The house embraced a connection with the past while looking to the future this season, a concept reflected in its presentation that outlined the brand’s history. Featuring a selection of ready-to-wear looks, shoes, and accessories, were designs for both men and women—like a beige satin dress paired with strappy mule heels and a cross-body bag and a sweater in a grayscale abstracted print, paired with black trousers. Highlights included shoes and accessories like the black platform sandals with a woven detail on the bottom, a pair of heeled leather boots in nude with a slight western influence, and a pair of sunglasses in black with a thin, rectangular frame.