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.
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.
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.
Color: Purple's Reign
Call them "Prince's Pride" or "Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes," Milano's purples told a sultry tale of vampish femininity.
A spectrum of metallics achieved subtle character through burnished finishes and rich base-notes.
Material: Paper Chase
Waxed, crumpled, folded, or stacked—paper's character-rich incarnations supplied a wealth of inspiration for Milan's spring 2014 fabrics.
Material: Reptile File
All that slithers, creeps, crawls, and hisses influenced skin-textures and print-motifs in a major way throughout Milan's collections.
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.
Single-sole-strappy-sandals—say that five times fast—stole the footwear show by elongating each and every leg they encountered.
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.
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.