Milan Fashion Week is all about finding playfulness in luxury.
For example, Alessandro Michele turned Gucci’s catwalk into a surrealist dream, as identical twin models walked hand-in-hand. Likewise, following a 25th-anniversary show in New York to celebrate the Baguette Bag, Fendi headed back home to deliver a new definition of high-low luxury clothing.
The noughties are also back with a bang. Paris Hilton walked the Versace runway in a short pink bridal dress reminiscent of her signature 2000s “Barbiecore” looks. Moreover, Dolce & Gabbana’s collection brought on Kim Kardashian to curate the show, who was heavily inspired by the simple tailoring of the fashion house’s archival pieces from the ’90s to the ’00s.
It seems like Milan Fashion Week’s attendees had just as much fun as the designers. Bold, funky prints reminiscent of Emilio Pucci’s golden age during the 1960s came back in a big way, with the men especially giving new life to the look. Furthermore, the powerful shoulders of the 1980s also featured heavily, in brand-new ways. For instance, Filipina celebrity Heart Evangelista took on the trend, arriving at the Milan shows in a red tweed ensemble with shoulder pads. Lastly, guests elevated knitwear by taking it out of its usual sweater vest and chunky knit confines and applying them on brightly colored summer dresses and fun ’70s-inspired cardigans.
Here are three street style trends we loved from Milan Fashion Week:
There’s nothing quite like the feeling that a good pair of shoulder pads give you. Milan fashion week attendees decided that there’s no reason the style needs to be confined to the workplace or political arena. Evangelista came dressed in a red tweed Versace blazer with accentuated shoulders and a skirt that Cher Horowitz would definitely have in her closet, along with a light blue corset.
Not Your Grandma’s Knits
Fashion showgoers had fun with their knits. Counter-culture fashion, which championed peace, love, and the hand-made item, is given a new lease on life this season. This includes everything from oversized retro sweaters to a head-to-toe knitted neon ensemble.
This season, men are making the case for bold prints and colors. From three-piece suits to overalls and blouses, there’s nothing you can’t put a statement print on this season.
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