Illustrations by Jennifer Paccione


9 top trends from Milan Fashion Week

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by Jennifer Paccione

Milan presented to the world its sensationally inimitable breed of masterly designs this fashion week, in the form of the Fall/Winter 2016 collections. The runways possessed what felt like the essential nature of Italy—mindfully energized from the past, and invigorated from the present. The designs displayed creativity and innovation, pairing contemporary stylings with revived, elemental classics. Among many promising statements in fashion this past week, nine dynamic trends captured the attention of the runway rows. Check out our favorites after the jump.

1. Sequins

One of the most distinct trends from the Fall/Winter 2016 collections of Milan Fashion Week was sequins. Sequins that knew nothing of subtlety, heavily adorned garments, and flashy silhouettes all demanded attention on the runways. Dolce & Gabbana's detailed feminine collection alluded to whimsical and fairytale inspiration roots, with fanciful shift dresses and flowy skirts. Gucci walked ornate floor-length dresses dripping in sequins down their runway, alongside a fashion-forward striped pantsuit entirely designed in sequins. Designers along the likes of Max Mara, Moschino, Brunello Cucinelli, and Jil Sander too affirmed the growing presence of shine.

9. Slip DressesA reappearing silhouette during Milan Fashion Week was the effortlessly sexy slip dress. Showcased in various styles and forms, the slip dress graced the runways in crushed velvet, patterned in stripes, fabricated in full-on metallics, inset with pleats, and layered over second-skin like turtlenecks. Salvatore Ferragamo showcased a color-blocked, striped slip dress with a pigmented pop of emerald and cascading pleats. Versace walked varying slip dresses down the runway, followed by designers like Missoni, Jil Sander, Au Jour Le Jour, and Gucci.