Brave journalists rose with the sun (or rather, the Milanese fog) on Sunday morning in order to catch Strenesse's early-bird presentation.

Designer Gabriele Strehle showed a short, sparse collection that neatly encapsulated her minimalist approach to fashion. Using only gray, cream and black, Strehle sent out round-collar and double-lapel coats, girly Empire-waist dresses, schoolgirl cardigans, blousy tops and high-waist gathered-front skirts with double hems and delicate underlays—the type of clothes that a woman who believes in simple yet sophisticated dressing will love. Prehistoric-looking shearling coats and jackets added an edgy touch just as the looks veered toward the monotonous.

Strehle also went for the current lingerie-as-eveningwear trend—her sheer beige gathered slips with high double belts looked flirty and feminine, but never vulgar.