Milano Moda Donna starts on 21 September

Milan’s fashion week for women, spring/summer 2017.

Hard on the heels of VFNO, the city’s annual fashion week for the coming spring’s women’s fashion runs this year from Wednesday 21 until Monday 26 September – crafted more for the trade than VFNO, but still with opportunities for fashionistas from the public to peek behind the scenes.

Among the major newcomers among the 71 fashion shows and 90 presentations this year will be Giamba, the prêt-à-porter line introduced in 2014 by Giambattista Valli, and Wunderkind, the new line from German designer Wolfgang Joop.

Tomas Maier will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bottega Veneta during the Week, along with his own 15th anniversary at the helm of the Vicenza-based fashion house. Another anniversary will be the 25th of alternative fashion house 10 Corso Como: the occasion will be marked by a presentation by eccentric English hatter Stephen Jones.

Pastmaster Giorgio Armani will continue his scouting for fresh, young talent to support, introducing this year Ricostru, a design collective founded in China that experiments with textures and materials.

More emerging new designers will be on show at the Fashion Hub Market, the networking and business centre in the futuristic Unicredit Pavilion in Piazza Gae Aulenti, where 14 from around the world will show for the first time.

Milan city hall will again make the Sala Cariatidi of the Royal Palace available, with its 18th-century sculptures, while a new location for events this year will be in Via Savona 56.

Milan’s MUDEC Museum of the Cultures will host a free public exhibition, open until 13 October, headlined Crafting the Future. Illustrating the cross-breeding between Italy’s craftsmanship and technological progress, the exhibit will cover fields from knitwear to jewellery, textiles to leather with videos and multimedia displays.

Alongside the fashion week, Fashion Film Milano Festival will see 150 films compete, picked from among the 700 candidates submitted from 50 countries.

A day-by day calendar of all the week’s events, fashion shows, presentations and other events, each with a helpful map for visitors from out of town, is on the Milano Moda Donna website.