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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.

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.

Color: Metallica

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

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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.

Styling: Strappening

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.