5 April 2017
by Isabelle Ohnemus
Photo: Versace / AW1718 Milan
Third up in our fashion week diaries, Milan Fashion Week did not disappoint with its brave ensembles and bold new trends. Need to know what’s hot for AW17/18? We’ve got you covered with the 10 best trends.
Photo: Bottega Veneta, Versace / AW1718 Milan
As to be expected, the Milan collections were resplendent with Italian glamour and passion. Versace and Bottega Veneta illuminated the catwalk with gold embroidery, shiny velvets and liquid lamé. The female form was followed closely in seductive silhouettes, cinched at the waist.
Photo: Fendi, Jil Sander / AW1718 Milan
Jil Sander and Fendi (amongst others) pushed the leather trend. This season though, it takes an unexpected demure twist, seen on outerwear and tailored silhouettes. Both powdered and matte finishes, as well as glossy onyx shades, were popular and understatedly sultry.
Photo: Prada, Marni / AW1718 Milan
More is more with this trend (seen at Gucci, Prada and Marni) with three-dimensional embellishments intensifying an array of looks. Intricate beading, gemstones and sequins update day-to-evening styles, offering a simultaneously directional and quirky touch.
Photo: Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara / AW1718 Milan
Following a strong appearance in New York and London, the modern opulence of velvet was admired in Milan too. Max Mara showed us how to work the fabric’s noble appearance on a directional silhouette of flared trousers and suit jacket.
Photo: Missoni, Jil Sander / AW1718 Milan
Missoni and Emilio Pucci continued the outing for luxe, shimmering fabrics – it is partywear season after all. Lurex, sequins and tiny metal chain links were applied head-to-toe showcasing a dramatic mood, full of glamour.
Photo: Agnona, Max Mara / AW1718 Milan
With a more cosy and soft appeal, brushed mohair and synthetic yarns were used on next season’s cover-ups. We spotted atmospheric ombré, painterly blooms and directional solid colour stripes across simple shapes.
Photo: Fendi, Fay/ AW1718 Milan
A standout direction for AW17, designers drew direction from menswear. Classic tailoring mixed with a feminine twist. Tweed, herringbone and houndstooth created a refined look on contemporary pieces.
Photo: Etro, Emilio Pucci/ AW1718 Milan
Want to turn heads? Then the unexpected pattern clash trend is the one for you. An artisanal look was celebrated with prints and shapes layered and patchworked for a jarring clash. Outfits were wild in bold stripes, checks and vibrant brocades.
Photo: Dolce & Gabbana, Au Jour Le Jour / AW1718 Milan
Simple shapes received a quirky update thanks to true leopard print. Applied as 3D embroidery, onto fur or on silk, exotic statement pieces lent a graphic stamp to collections (working particularly well on daring outer garments).
Photo: Dolce & Gabbana, MSGM / AW1718 Milan
To complete our 10 best trends, the vintage revamp theme is in line with fashion’s ongoing love affair with the past. Dolce & Gabbana and MSGM showed off oversized blooms with a vintage slant, yet added newness via highly saturated colours. Pieces were kept youthful with the negative space, which was often brightly coloured too, allowing the scattered floral motifs room to breathe.
Roll on winter because we’re ready to rock the best trends. And with such a luxurious display of passion and craftsmanship at MFW, we can’t wait to see what Paris has to offer – up next.