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Milan’s Top 5 – Milan Fashion Week has officially come to a close and as with New York and London, we take a look back at some of the most standout trends of the spring-summer 2014 preview shows. From 3D florals to graphic black and white prints, it was an amazing week of shows. Check out five of the hottest Milan Fashion Week trends below.
Gianfranco Ferre designers Federico Piaggi and Stefano Citron embraced strong architectural lines for their spring/summer 2014 collection, which drew inspiration from the label’s earlier campaigns by Herb Ritts.
Armani’s Light Spring – Reserved for the final day of Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani’s mainline collection for spring 2014 featured the Italian designer’s signature loose silhouettes and suit work in light colors ranging from bright corals to midnight blues. The theme of the show was “Lights and Shadows” which translated into clothes with dreamy layers of jacquard silk, elasticized cotton and transparent fabrics that reflect like moonlight. Dresses feature detailed embroidery in floral and other natural motifs. For accessories, the Armani woman wears sandals with plexiglass heels as well as multi-colored bags.
Ferré’s Shape of Spring – Marking their fifth season at the helm of the brand, Gianfranco Ferré designers Federico Piaggi and Stefano Citron looked towards the Italian label’s past for inspiration with the spring 2014 collection. Ferré’s signature architectural shapes were out in full force for the new season in subtle shades of ivory, beige and blue. Sculpted shoulders, draped fabrics and soft folds dominate the looks which strike a balance between powerful and feminine. A more pared down aesthetic took shape in the form of belted dresses, wide-legged pants and cropped jackets.
Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni rebelled against minimalism with an eye for details and a reinterpretation of sporty garments with a dramatic silhouette.
Ferragamo’s Spring Essential – Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti focused on the essentials for the Italian label’s spring 2014 collection. Specifically jackets are the main focus of the new season as shown by the selection of cropped bombers, trenches and pin-striped double-breasted suit jackets. The looks may be no-nonsense but they are certainly luxurious in materials like calfskin, snakeskin and silks for skirts and dresses. Rounding out the showcase, the Ferragamo woman accessorizes with open-toe boots and sandals as well as boxy bags.
Missoni Travels for Spring – Missoni’s signature prints were out in full force for the label’s spring 2014 show presented during Milan Fashion Week. Creative director Angela Missoni drew inspiration from global travel with an opening section of birds and ocean waves which transformed into tribal stripes and Eastern color-blocking. Bold colors like orange, mauve, blue or coral are contrasted by black and white for a graphic effect. The Missoni woman wears sarongs, knit sweaters and off the shoulder dresses for the upcoming spring. Her accessories include chunky jewelry with the aforementioned prints, sandals and colorful bags that are ahead of the curb no matter the destination.
Marni’s Take on Sport – Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni took a deliberate step back from minimalism for the brand’s spring 2014 collection shown during the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week. The result is an outing of feminine silhouettes with a focus on the waist in shapes that play on volume and proportion. The designs are given sporty touches like visors, platform sandals and bomber jackets. Embellishments, far more than you typically see in a Marni collection, played an important role for spring in the form of tridimensional floral patterns, crystal embroideries and ribbons. Striking a balance between lightness and density, Castiglioni makes her very own brand of femininity for the new season.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Flowers and Gold – For several years now, Dolce & Gabbana designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have found inspiration in Sicily for their ready-to-wear collections and the spring 2014 season is no exception. This time delicate blossoms and gold coins serve as the main focal points of the collection. The gold coins are interesting considering the pair’s recent trouble concerning taxes; perhaps a commentary on the situation? Nevertheless, the Italian designers’ unique take on femininity was on full display for the spring preview with lace embellished tops, fabrics dipped in gold and airy sheers. For accessories, the Dolce & Gabbana woman wears sandals, drop earrings and belts all adorned with the coin motifs.