The 4 Biggest Trends From Milan Fashion Week

Milan is going surprisingly casual for spring -- but there's still plenty of sparkle.
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Milan is going surprisingly casual for spring -- but there's still plenty of sparkle.
A look from Gucci's spring 2015 collection show. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Gucci's spring 2015 collection show. Photo: Imaxtree

Milan Fashion Week's biggest trends ran the gamut this season, and, surprisingly, athleticwear wasn't one of them.

The '70s were big, and things got surprisingly casual for fashion's fanciest capital in the form of denim. However, shimmer and sparkle were still very much alla moda

Interestingly, Gucci, which showed on day one, featured just about every trend we ended up seeing. We could have gone home early!

Those '70s Shows

The '70s were a big reference this season, seen in long, billowing maxi dresses, neck scarves and flared trousers. Suede was also surprisingly omnipresent.

Good Jeans

Several of Milan's most storied design houses, somewhat shockingly, decided to put a more wearable (normcore?) spin on their collections this season by showing a few pairs of jeans, with mixed results. My favorite was Gucci's cropped iteration -- Dolce & Gabbana's embellished skinnies didn't quite work as well.

Princess Sparkle

For every casual look I saw in Milan, there was something glitzy and sparkly to counter it. No.21's grungy skirt suit was the least obvious, and most interesting, use of the sparkle. Versace's color choices were quite pretty, though.

Belt It Out

Perhaps it was the '70s influence: Just about every collection I saw featured a belted jacket or coat. The look was appealing, but not very new, and no one did it as well as The Row back in New York.