The big guns were out at Milan Fashion Week with top Italian designers showing the pizzazz that they are known for. Once again there was a lot of fur and heavy metal embellishment all lending to the opulent feel that is synonymous with Italian design.
Dolce & Gabbana got inspiration from the Catholic church with their exquisite and ornate use of iconology and gold embroidery. While Donatella Versace kept her designs, tight and revealing.
Salvatore Ferragamo lead the way with simple lines and colour blocking which was also seen on the runways of Jil Sander, Marni and MaxMara.
Bottega Veneta and Emporio Armani revealed luxurious coats that while enveloping, flattered the figure.
Here are our top picks of the trends from the catwalks of Milan.
Gilding was a commonality across many of the shows this season. From sweet wrapper shiny to muted matt, it doesn’t matter as long as it is gold!
Doing it best were Prada, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Pucci.
Not only does colour blocking flatter the figure and make you look taller but it gives a person an easily achiveable finished look.
It doesn’t matter what colour you choose, just ensure you wear it top to toe – just like at Blumarine, Moschino, Gucci, MaxMara and Emporio Armani.
Black and White
Like London and New York before it, AW13 is the year of monochrome. No matter how you combine it, it will look fashionable next winter. Go wild with pattern or keep it simple, either way it looks fantastic!
Get some inspiration from Roberto Cavalli, Etro, Pucci, Alberta Ferretti, Marni, Gianfranco Ferre and Giorgio Armani
If you like to assert you individuality through fabric, the runways in Milan had many ideas of just how to do that. From clashing patterns and colours to more traditional houndstooth and tartan, don’t be afraid to experiment with bold prints.
At Belle About Town we loved Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Gucci, Just Cavalli and Prada
Hell for Leather
If you were worried that leather was a passing fad, think again as leather jackets, skirts, trousers, tops and dresses once again took their place in many collections in the Italian fashion capital.
Examples of this could be seen at Blumarine, Prada, Gucci,Versace, Marni and Jil Sander.