MILAN, Italy — The tone was immediately set for an emotional Milan Fashion Week when Jil Sander announced that this would be Raf Simons’ last season as its creative director. Mr Simons made way for the return of Jil Sander herself to the label she has left twice before. Thus, Mr Simons’ swan song was all the more poignant, a tour-de-force collection tinged with emotion, that made this the singular defining moment of the Milan collections.
Designers like Donatella Versace and Peter Dundas at Pucci showed a darker, more serious take on things. And others made a step change in their overall direction, like at Marni and Missoni. These are particularly notable developments in Milan, the fashion capital known for its devotion to the formula of flash and glamour.
Along with our roving behind-the-scenes photographer Morgan O’Donovan, we’ve selected ten fashion moments from the Milan collections for Autumn/Winter 2012.
Morgan O’Donovan‘s photo diary is courtesy of Dazed Digital