Milan is where the edgy fashion is – where it all about cut and fabric. But there was definitely a less structured, boxier feel to a lot of the collections for SS13. Many of the styles were deconstructed and minimalist and pockets, on everything, was a useful detail. There was also a return to the trend of matching bags to outfits, something that has been frowned upon for a good many seasons.
One of the most wearable collections (and a Belle favourite) was Dolce & Gabbana which seemed to be Rio Carnivale meets the Italian Riviera.
Like New York and London there was a lot of black and white, stripes and a return to separates on the runway. Here is the best of the rest of the trends that we spotted in Milan.
Strong colours were seen across the catwalks of Milan whether it was in the bright colourful patterns or colour blocked. Making an impact, especially with matching accessories were Gucci, Versace, Versus, Moschino, Jil Sander and Etro.
Clashing colours, stripes, prints, graphic designs and far east art were all present on the runways of Milan showing that patterns can be fun, uplifting and ultimately very wearable. The best example came from Versus, Etro, Just Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Prada.
Whiff of Coffee
Coffee shades, from pale cafe au lait through to cappuccino and espresso made for a luxe look on catwalk. Bottega Veneta (first and third picture), Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo and Emporio Armani all showed how these shades can be dressed up or down but ultimately look sumptuous.
Flowing, soft and light fabrics took centre stage in many of the designers collections. Breezing down the runway they added a summery sophistication. Blugirl, Blumarine, Alberta Ferretti, Emilio Pucci and Giorgio Armani all made an impact with their light-weight offerings.
Whether it was used as an overlay, an underlay or as an insert, lace made an impact in Milan. From delicate to sexy and with a slight gothic edge it is a welcome return. Taking full advantage of its gauzy and ethereal uses were Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Just Cavalli and Versace.