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SHOWtime: Milan S/S 23 Womenswear

published on 4 October 2022

With a new addition to the series this episode being SHOWstudio's editorial assistant Joshua Graham, the pot is stirred a little as the panellists try to handle the heat. From twin representation to Paris Hilton's problematic runway debut with Versace, watch the SHOWtime episodes below to see who you agree and disagree with... however, we will warn you: if you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!

With a new addition to the series this episode being SHOWstudio's editorial assistant Joshua Graham, the pot is stirred a little as the panellists try to handle the heat. From twin representation to Paris Hilton's problematic runway debut with Versace, watch the SHOWtime episodes below to see who you agree and disagree with... however, we will warn you: if you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!

'Brands try to reach too many audiences, denting their design concepts' - Rian Phin

Believing designers have a responsibility to think of their references in a creative way, Phin thinks fashion's infatuation with nostalgia and the Y2K trend is becoming dull. Pisano agrees, thinking we've gone way too far, with Paris Hilton ending the Versace show being the nail in the coffin for him. Graham thinks Hilton was a great move from Donatella Versace herself, believing it will drive profit and product but who does Aviram side with?

'Was Gucci’s Twinsburg show really that revolutionary?' - Arianna Aviram

Aviram thinks twins on the runway is nothing new, and boy does she come with her references, but whether she thinks the concept flies in 2022 is something else altogether. In the age of sustainability, Aviram sides with the view that showcasing more than one look in an already chockablock collection is tone-deaf. However, Graham thinks fashion has never applied itself to sustainability as much as it's made out to be. Plus, has anyone considered representation for the twins nowadays?

'Pre-debut buzz in Milan is unhealthy for the designers who have been appointed' - Louis Pisano

Pisano thinks whenever there's hype in the industry, failure follows swiftly behind essentially asking, 'are designer debuts ever worth the hype?' Graham thinks that pre-show buzz is only natural, translating it to fashion constantly looking forwards, which is, at least in his opinion, a very good thing. Phin thinks the industry collectively understands that it takes time for these designers to grow into themselves when placed at big heritage houses... do she and Graham manage to sway Pisano's view?

'The best part of Milan Fashion Week was it didn’t get political' - Joshua Graham

Is fashion political? Does it even have to be? Noting Italy's first female Prime Minister has just been appointed - dubbed the most worrying leader Italy has dealt with since the days of Mussolini - and fashion in Milan refused to acknowledge the worrying reality of this move. However, did they owe it to anyone to do so? Graham argues not. Who sides with him, and who stands up for fashion's right to get political?

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