The Top 10 Trends from Milan Fashion Week

The “Moda” in Milan was certainly “Alta;" no denim or designer leggings to be found anywhere. Instead, we found gorgeous felt coats and tailored dresses--a new reserved chic, often refreshingly subverted with slightly rumpled styling. We’re excited about this “Downton Dowager” idea, as well as all the other news from the Italian shows. Check out our list of the top ten trends the from the city where luxury knows NO limits.
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The “Moda” in Milan was certainly “Alta;" no denim or designer leggings to be found anywhere. Instead, we found gorgeous felt coats and tailored dresses--a new reserved chic, often refreshingly subverted with slightly rumpled styling. We’re excited about this “Downton Dowager” idea, as well as all the other news from the Italian shows. Check out our list of the top ten trends the from the city where luxury knows NO limits.
L-R: Jil Sander, Marni, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta

L-R: Jil Sander, Marni, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta

The “Moda” in Milan was certainly “Alta;" no denim or designer leggings to be found anywhere. Instead, we found gorgeous felt coats and tailored dresses--a new reserved chic, often refreshingly subverted with slightly rumpled styling. We’re excited about this “Downton Dowager” idea, as well as all the other news from the Italian shows.

Check out our list of the top ten trends from the city where luxury knows NO limits.

L-R: Prada, Trussardi, No. 21, Ports 1961, Marni

L-R: Prada, Trussardi, No. 21, Ports 1961, Marni

Theme: Impeccably Disheveled

Deliberately roughed-up and thoughtfully unkempt, these looks are about wearing the most luxe of garments with the careless eccentricity most often applied to vintage.

L-R: Alberta Ferreti, Emilio Pucci, Gabriele Colangelo, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana

L-R: Alberta Ferreti, Emilio Pucci, Gabriele Colangelo, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana

Theme: La Vita di Lolita

Short and sweet, Milan offered a youthful take on the “Lady” trend we’ve seen developing across the cities during the fall 2013 collections. We’re loving the look, but dreading the notion of bare legs in November.

L-R: Sportmax, Gianfranco Ferre, Jil Sander, Salvatore Ferragamo, Luisa Beccaria

L-R: Sportmax, Gianfranco Ferre, Jil Sander, Salvatore Ferragamo, Luisa Beccaria

Color: Blue Blood

Inky navy tones replaced last year’s ubiquitous burgundies, invoking a moody-broody vibe.

L-R: Antonio Marras, Luisa Beccaria, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci

L-R: Antonio Marras, Luisa Beccaria, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci

Color: Midas Touch

Almost all that glittered was gold on the Milan fall 2013 runways, realized through soft metallic leathers, blended-fiber fabrics, and breathtakingly intricate embroideries.

L-R: Gucci, Fendi, Dsquared2, Aquilano.Rimondi, Giorgio Armani

L-R: Gucci, Fendi, Dsquared2, Aquilano.Rimondi, Giorgio Armani

Material: A Shorn Thing

Flat-texture furs--achieved by shearing pelts to shorter lengths--offered pieces that were just as tailored as they were soft to the touch.

L-R: Max Mara, Fendi, Prada, Marni, Fausto Puglisi

L-R: Max Mara, Fendi, Prada, Marni, Fausto Puglisi

Print + Pattern: Broad Bandwidth

Broad-width rugby, variegated, and awning stripes pack vintage and tomboy punches.

L-R: Francesco Scognamiglio, Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Gucci

L-R: Francesco Scognamiglio, Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Gucci

Detail: Dare to Sheer

We loved the notion of sheer on top; mesh sleeves and necklines seem so alluring. We are still wrapping our heads around the notion of wearing sheer on bottom...OUR bottoms...'nuff said...

L-R: Ter et Bantine, Jil Sander, Gianfranco Ferre, Trussardi, Aquilano.Rimondi

L-R: Ter et Bantine, Jil Sander, Gianfranco Ferre, Trussardi, Aquilano.Rimondi

Styling: In the Loop

The easiest way to add character to fall 2013’s neutral suits, coats, and dresses? Belt it out...

L-R: Gucci, No. 21, Aquilano.Rimondi, Luisa Beccaria, Dolce & Gabbana

L-R: Gucci, No. 21, Aquilano.Rimondi, Luisa Beccaria, Dolce & Gabbana

Key Item: Curves Ahead

Maybe it’s our obsession with all things MObama that has us thinking the sheath dress’ sensual structure seems so right, right now. One thing's for sure: There’s no doubt that Milanese designers were on that same page for fall 2013.

L-R: Antonio Marras, Ports 196, Marco de Vicenzo, Prada

L-R: Antonio Marras, Ports 196, Marco de Vicenzo, Prada

Key Item: Dressmaker's Coat

Ladylike shapes and feminine finishes make these coats perfect for braving the most brutal of storms in style. We know we won’t be able to get enough of their flattering narrow waists next fall.