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8 Breakout Trends from Milan Fashion Week

The Fall 2018 runways had everything: replica heads, baby dragons and so much more.
Marco de Vincenzo, Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Gucci, Versace. Photos: Imaxtree

Marco de Vincenzo, Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Gucci, Versace. Photos: Imaxtree

The '80s are back, so grab a prom dress, invest in some shoulder pads and do your best power pose. Before Paris Fashion Week kicks off on Tuesday, catch up with this breakdown of the stand-out trends from the runways in Milan.


From bucket to newsboy, hats of all shapes and sizes were easily a standout trend from the Italian runways. Gucci offered the most diverse mix: Designer Alessandro Michele dressed models in knitted beanies, full-coverage balaclavas, branded caps and silky head scarves.

'80s Maximalism 

The brash, bold and busy elements of '80s style are back in a major way for next season. Naturally, Versace leads the pack here: From power trench coats to mismatched sweat suits, Donatella reimagined all of the era's cult classics for Fall 2018.

'70s Tones

Seventies tones — think mustard yellow, tan, tangerine and all versions of brown hues — were another big story in Italy. 

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Security Blankets 

Continuing on from NYFW and LFW, security blankets remained a dominant trend in Milan. Paul Andrew's debut showing at Salvatore Ferragamo offered a more refined iteration in the form of knitted ponchos, while husband-and-wife duo Lucie and Luke Meier sent what looked like actual duvets down the runway at Jil Sander.


Flashes of ultra-bright, fluorescent color lit up Milan Fashion Week. Prada's sci-fi take on the theme was the most obvious standout hit.

Waist Belts

If you only invest in one accessory next season, make it a waist belt. Iterations of the  cinching outfit adornment are going to be everywhere come Fall 2018, at least if the Milan runways were any indication.

Unabashed Fur

Real or faux, Milan-based designers didn't shy away from fur on the runway. Fendi's fuzzy sweatshirts are sure to be the biggest draw for street style fanatics: The genius design has already been snapped on Kaia Gerber and the Hadids. 

Unexpected Accessories 

From live puppies to imitation baby dragons — no accessory was too weird or wonderful for Milan Fashion Week. Gucci's freaky replica heads leant a nightmarish twist to the theme.

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