Statement baubles on Bette Franke at Gucci Spring 2013. All photos by ImaxTree.comThe international fashion press descended on Milan yesterday to discover drizzly skies and traffic moving in a slow crawl to the city centre. “Milan is crazy in the rain,” explained my cab driver, twisting around and using her hands to indicate maximum madness. We slid ahead and then behind other cars, the smudged windows offering glimpses of distinct fashion person iconography—outré Prada sunglasses and pouty mouths slicked with M.A.C’s Russian Red complaining into iPhones. But soon, the sky cleared—helped in part, perhaps, by the promise of the first show on the calendar: Gucci. Major. So major in fact that they held two shows to accommodate everyone. Denis Desro, ELLE Quebec’s editor-in-chief (fashion), and I were in the 3 p.m. group, so we stopped for a drink nearby and watched the fashion parade begin. "And so it begins," I thought, as someone said the exact same thing behind me in French, and doubtless 87 other people hashtagged it. There was Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia, and Charlotte Casiraghi—star of Gucci's Forever Now campaign—looking very '70s Marisa Berenson-ish in a denim pantsuit and gold hoop earrings. Bryan Boy swanned past us. Was that Jefferson Hack, of Dazed and Confused and a former Mr. Kate Moss? Si. We presented our invites and were swept inside where waiters in tailcoats served flutes of Perrier Jouet. Then into the show! Read more of Laura's MFW diary and see pics from Gucci and Alberta Ferretti... Gucci's Frida Giannini kicked off with an array of slim-fitting tunics paired with narrow trousers and dresses dressed up with ruffles and flounces, first shown in hot pink then cobalt, turquoise, kelly green and chartreuse. There were also gypsy chic prints—very Capri jetset—before a finale of white dresses, including the plunging one above on Anja Rubik which recalled Tom Ford's famous Fall 1996 Gucci white cut-out dresses. (Do you think Georgina Grenville's friends still call her "the Gucci girl"?) Today, on the accessory front, there were minimalist clutches and maximalist baubles—I loved the OTT plastic jewellery, designed, as Giannini told style.com, to look like "fake Liz Taylor". So fun, right?! Then it was on to Alberta Ferretti, about a 15-minute walk away, and housed in a century-old stone palazzo. (I tottered along the cobblestones in 4-inch heels, but tomorrow, I will listen to our managing editor Christina Reynolds, who told me the best advice she could give me in Milan was to wear flats. BEST. ADVICE. EVER.) I headed backstage to take a few pics of the models after hair & makeup, before they did their run-through. In the process, I developed a new model crush: Suvi Koponen, the Finnish superstar. Friends, she was born cool. Backstage, she was wearing a Harley Davidson T-shirt. On the runway, she wore this: The show had a distinct water theme, with lots of metallic and sheen, the dresses rippling like waves. The last look (below) was my favourite. Doesn't she look like a mermaid who has emerged from the sea, shedding her scales (or silver pailettes)? Ariel, eat your heart out. My day 1 of Milan Fashion Week by the numbers 140: calories in a can of Coke 1: can of Coke indulged in, before switching to Coca Cola Zero 5: second pause of crazed delight when I saw my Prada invite Stay with me here on the blog, and follow us on Twitter @ELLECanada for live tweeting from MFW!