The key trends from Milan Fashion Week AW18

With bated breath, the fashion crowd witnessed Milan Fashion Week’s continued no-holds-barred attitude to making a fashion statement with Versace producing a feast for the eyes with colour, Dolce & Gabanna’s provoking slogans and Luisa Beccaria redefining feminine dressing. Texture and print were also an important element with Gucci continuing the fringing trend and Marni delivering bold stripes.

Art attack

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As the birth place of to the Renaissance, it felt only natural to see ‘works of art’ walk down the Italian runway. Versace’s models wore a collage of head-to-colour with tassels highlighting the paint strokes. Loved for its playful collections, Moschino looked to the 1950s for inspiration and produced a collection embellished with numerous pop art faces depicting an array of emotions.

Logos

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In a world where the roles of men and women are blurring, designers blended our wardrobes with re-designed menswear being a popular addition. Luisa Beccaria took a traditional three-piece tweed suit and created an outfit consisting of a button-up waistcoat, wrap-over skirt and pink-trimmed coat. Laura Biagiotti used accessories and tailoring to recreate a more feminine shape highlighting the waist and curves of the body.

Masculine femininity

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In a world where the roles of men and women are blurring, designers blended our wardrobes with re-designed menswear being a popular addition. Luisa Beccaria took a traditional three-piece tweed suit and created an outfit consisting of a button-up waistcoat, wrap-over skirt and pink-trimmed coat. Laura Biagiotti used accessories and tailoring to recreate a more feminine shape highlighting the waist and curves of the body.

Vertical stripes

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Vertical stripes were the most popular choice of print in Milan. Marni made a bold statement with their navy and red stripped tailored coat, evoking memories of candy canes and liquorice, and the look was finished off with complementing colour-matching accessories. Jil Sander went for a much softer approach with paler colour choices, different width stripes and mix-and-matching pieces.

Fringing

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Carrying on the disco theme previously seen at New York Fashion Week, fringing came in an array of metallic colours in the Italian city. Both Gucci and Blumarine used tinsel-esque fringing to elevate their formal wear prices into party-ready outfits with added extra-length and texture.

Feature by Laura Smith