Grinko Milan Fashion Week SS18 Collection

October 9, 2017

I arrived in Milan and felt so incredibly lucky to be able to have kicked off Fashion Week with the very first show with Italian contemporary designer, Grinko. Held in a magnificent hall with crown molding and arcade with tall arcade ceilings in true Italian style, Grinko’s sports and lingerie-inspired SS18 collection took the runway first thing in the morning.

I didn’t stay right at the centre. In fact, I walked 25 to 30 mins each day to and from Duomo. I only get to be in Milan a few times in my life, and I wasn’t about to pass up on the opportunity to stroll through the rich, cultural city in the mornings and between events and shows.

As I loaded the map to the site of Grinko’s show, I realized it was at the Duomo. I never would have imagined attending a show in the centre of Milan in a million years, but what better place for an Italian designer to have a show than here. I was so worried about being late, that I was practically running in my Gucci Webby Mules (as seen in my prior post here). Luckily I arrived at the Duomo 15 minutes early and got to stare at the Duomo in morning light. I walked over to the Gallerie Emmanuel Vittorio 2 for a quick cappuccino before walking in to see the show.

This show brought me back to the first show I’d seen. I had butterflies in my stomach and a deep sense of nostalgia to the teenage girl who attended her first runway show with a known ready-to-wear Toronto designer back in the day. I forgot how it felt, but London, Milan and Paris brought that all back. For that, I am eternally grateful. Now straight to the details of the collection!


Contemporary designer, Grinko was inspired by the youth population and their desire to express in individuality. Titled Rave Rage Ritual, Grinko’s SS18 collection brings a mix of sportswear, exposed lingerie, slogans and prints; inspiration from the techno-scene during the 80’s and 90’s. The laser-cut pieces are so eye-catching and so well executed; you can’t get your eyes off of them as the pieces move. The glittery detail on the semi-transparent fabric is so beautiful – a perfect juxtaposition against the casual sportswear & lingerie-inspired pieces, and really conveys rebellion in his youth culture, with an elegant hand. Intimate apparel had been a focal point in the designer’s prior collection, which might mean that Grinko might want to make intimate apparel a signature staple in his coming collections.

What parts of this collection do you like most? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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