The Top 10 Trends from Milan Fashion Week

Milano always brings the sexy. But this season, Fashion Month's third stop also brought forays into Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy-worthy quiet reserve and gallery-caliber, fine-art motifs. Click through to check out the top 10 trends spotted at the Milan spring 2014 collections.
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Milano always brings the sexy. But this season, Fashion Month's third stop also brought forays into Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy-worthy quiet reserve and gallery-caliber, fine-art motifs. Click through to check out the top 10 trends spotted at the Milan spring 2014 collections.
L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, Francesco Scognamiglio, Marni

L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, Francesco Scognamiglio, Marni

Milano always brings the sexy. But this season, Fashion Month's third stop also brought forays into Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy-worthy quiet reserve and gallery-caliber, fine-art motifs.

The bare midriffs we saw in New York and London continued their trans-continental march, but this time picking up some leggy competition from a parade of shirts-and-tees-cum-dresses.

Click through to check out the top 10 trends spotted at the Milan spring 2014 collections.

L-R: Marni, Gucci, Trussardi, Antonio Marras, Prada

L-R: Marni, Gucci, Trussardi, Antonio Marras, Prada

Theme: Coming Up Sport

First out of the gates, a sporty energy took the Milan collections by storm. Rich fabrics and feminine styling tempered bold colors and active details.

L-R: Gabriele Colangelo, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Costume National, Sportmax

L-R: Gabriele Colangelo, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Costume National, Sportmax

Theme: Tribeca Femme Festival

This minimalist vibe channels the spare elegance of '90s icon Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in her Tribeca heyday—all starched white shirts and experimental pencil skirts.

L-R: Giorgio Armani, Blumarine, Dsquared2, Agnona, Emilio Pucci

L-R: Giorgio Armani, Blumarine, Dsquared2, Agnona, Emilio Pucci

Color: Purple's Reign

Call them "Prince's Pride" or "Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes," Milano's purples told a sultry tale of vampish femininity.

L-R: Roberto Cavalli, Marco de Vicenzo, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Philipp Plein

L-R: Roberto Cavalli, Marco de Vicenzo, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Philipp Plein

Color: Metallica

A spectrum of metallics achieved subtle character through burnished finishes and rich base-notes.

L-R: Ports 1961, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jil Sander, Max Mara

L-R: Ports 1961, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jil Sander, Max Mara

Material: Paper Chase

Waxed, crumpled, folded, or stacked—paper's character-rich incarnations supplied a wealth of inspiration for Milan's spring 2014 fabrics.

L-R: Salvatore Ferragamo, Dsquared2, Trussardi, Giorgio Armani, Ports 1961

L-R: Salvatore Ferragamo, Dsquared2, Trussardi, Giorgio Armani, Ports 1961

Material: Reptile File

All that slithers, creeps, crawls, and hisses influenced skin-textures and print-motifs in a major way throughout Milan's collections.

L-R: Antonio Marras, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Aquilano.Rimondi

L-R: Antonio Marras, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Aquilano.Rimondi

Print + Pattern: Gathered from the Gallery

Many of Milan's spring collections looked plucked directly from an art gallery's walls. Scenic images and placed visages factored centrally in this wearable artistic tale.

L-R: Etro, Just Cavalli, No. 21, Blumarine, Sportmax

L-R: Etro, Just Cavalli, No. 21, Blumarine, Sportmax

Styling: Strappening

Single-sole-strappy-sandals—say that five times fast—stole the footwear show by elongating each and every leg they encountered.

L-R: Ports 1961, Iceberg, Tod's, MSGM, Marco de Vicenzo

L-R: Ports 1961, Iceberg, Tod's, MSGM, Marco de Vicenzo

Key Item: Pants Optional

These dresses—grown from oversized tees, button-downs, and tunics—work just as well over slim cropped pants as they do when worn solo.

L-R: Prada, Versace, Luisa Beccaria, Emilio Pucci, Trussardi

L-R: Prada, Versace, Luisa Beccaria, Emilio Pucci, Trussardi

Key Item: Suspension of Disbelief

The bralettes and bandeaus charging down the Milanese runways left little to the imagination… Oh, except when worn over a coat! As usual, Miuccia took the concept in her own inarguably Prada direction.