With so much glam poured over us from the Oscars, you probably think nothing epic can top it, but we have something in reserve, as always. Milan Fashion Week also hurried into the mist of history, leaving us a very sacred guideline of how to dress for the upcoming fall. Are you ready for the Italian extravaganza? You can never be ready for it… Here are the top 10 fall 2016 fashion trends you need to take away from Milan Fashion Week.
#1. Maxi and Midi Skirts
This fall, sexy will get a whole new meaning. Exposed legs and cleavage have become too regular for high fashion designers to include them in their designs. It’s time for new standards! Our first fashion trend from MFW 2016 is the overwhelming use of maxi and midi skirts and dresses. Gucci and Roberto Cavalli, being two of the most influential leaders of the Italian fashion set gorgeous examples of being sexy with your legs covered.
Consider this a start of a new beauty era; cover up, remain a secret, be the mystery, and keep the intrigue. This is where our new beauty standards are heading to. We could never be happy with such a landscape change! Long feminine skirts never looked so dazzling on the runway. We know, it’s an incredible relief when your cry for comfort and fashion meets halfway. Take the most out of it, girl!
#2. Color Storm Expected
One of the consistent patterns we’ve noticed at Milan Fashion Week fall 2016 that altogether opposed to the color trends at New York and London Fashion Weeks was the color storm. Instead of betting on a couple shades, Milan’s fashion scene was bursting with bright and diverse colors, all blended in one look! We saw a fusion of colors starting from Gucci’s best looks, to Versace, ending with Blugirl, Laura Biagiotti and others.
#3. Sunshine is The Color Trend
Although colors were everywhere, you couldn’t help but notice a few shades popping out every now and then. Based on that pattern, we can state that the color of the Italian fall this year will be sunshine. Sunshine of all shades, starting from yellows to warm oranges and sometimes when the sun is not in its brightest mood, you’ll have olive hues.
Some of the olives shifted towards green, but we’ll consider it the lime palette and it needs your attention now! Emilio Pucci sported yellow in a few looks, while Prada came forward with bold yellow in prints. Roberto Cavalli’s winning card was the mustard yellow, an airy feminine dress that could have easily been made outside of Earth borders. It’s that heavenly! Some designers kept yellow to beats and pieces, limiting its use to prints or separates, while designers like Mila Schon performed to the fullest with a head to toe eggshell yellow look.
#4. Prints Gone Wild
New York and London were big on standardized prints, practical patterns that set the mood but don’t tell the story (designs do that job!). But Milan could not be standard, so it introduced creative and eccentric prints that were based on images and characters. You will be lucky if you can find polka dots or stripes in Milan, but a tundra print with cacti and the desert is an easy task, just look into Prada’s runway show. The new Wild West through an Italian perspective!
Dolce & Gabbana was noted for the cat lady print, literally cats all over the outfit. Now, that’s a look that can scare an army of men away, but it definitely calls for a second look. Gucci had some of the most eccentric prints, although we doubt the word eccentric will describe much for you as it applies all of the trends listed here, without an exception.
#5. Sign Your Character with a Coat
We hope you have enough room in your closet, because something big… MASSIVE is about to invade it. The statement coats displayed at Milan Fashion Week fall 2016 were the centerpiece of the Italian fashion season.
You can start with Prada’s leopard coat decorated with fur and print patchwork… yes, you don’t even need a skirt for it; tights will do the job, as all the stares will cling to the coat. Interestingly, the leopard print can be THE thing you need to try this fall, because it was also present at N°21, in a coat again. A gentle hint to go wild?
Then again, you don’t need to go animalistic; Emilio Pucci had options based on color contrasts. A black coat with red and white fur patchwork is one worth mentioning. Going all furry is also a trend we saw at Alberta Ferretti (all fur) and Versace (with an entire map of colors on the fur color palette).
#6. It’s Show Time
Modesty or practicality might not be the two most popular notions at Milan Fashion Week. The show factor was obvious in almost all collections. After reviewing hundreds of looks, dozens of fashion shows in two previous fashion capitals, Milan does need something showstopping to amaze us. The task was successfully accomplished, whether it’s the colors like Versace, or the sequins of Max Mara (even for daywear, because everyday should be a holiday for a woman!).
Aquilano Rimondi went silver with its sequins on the entire look, while Max Mara played on the warmer, honey tones of nude. Prada’s dramatic gold sequin and print combo dress, on a sailor character is a show of its own. There are no limits, you can combine the prints and sequins and look luxurious like Gucci. Therefore, going out of your comfort zone, modesty limits and turning your outfit into a walking party is a trend you should consider this fall.
#7. Big Girls and Boys
There was a time when plain spaghetti strap dresses looked great tight on your skin. Apparently, we should say our goodbyes to those times, because Jil Sander’s metallic spaghetti strap dress, wrinkled in the middle, made all the stereotypes vanish in the air. Delicate, soft, feminine… a simple look deserving big headlines.
No more tight fits that make your movements careful and eating limits for the evening unbearable. Your waist is not the center of attention anymore, forget about it! Accentuate your shoulders instead. Big shoulders, loose waist, long yards of fabric hanging from your skirt, Milan says go for it!
#8. Time to Wear Your Lingerie Out
Now, every woman who has a never-ending craving for lingerie will be happy and excited about this trend. Bralettes, corsets, lingerie suits, and dresses that could qualify as lingerie! Bravo to the designers, who managed to deliver one of the sexiest fall 2016 fashion trends as a compensation for big shoulders and messy prints. We needed it!
Bottega Veneta is one of the many designers to mention, who have given us the lingerie trend. Aquilano Rimondi’s straps-and-lingerie looks sexy even on white. Nothing pure about this color anymore!
Among the most romantic expressions was Blumarine’s chiffon dress with a thick fur hem. The dress revealed the all-nude lingerie underneath and made memories the audience won’t forget for a while.
Dolce & Gabbana kept up its exquisite Italian spirit and lingerie was an important part of the plot. However, the culmination we’ve all been waiting for was, of course, Roberto Cavalli. This runway show was a masterpiece of its own, but the leader of the lingerie trend was the full-length see-through lace dress that will turn any woman into a queen.
#9. Skinny Scarves
A word about the accessories! Milan gave us a lot of warmth and comfort with huge coats and conservative cleavage, but you should put aside all your fluffy scarves for a season in return. Paired with dresses, separates and coats, long skinny scarves were left dangling with only one wrap around the neck. Consider it an addition to your motion effect rather than an accessory to keep you warm. Missoni and Roberto Cavalli were two of the few labels that rocked this trend.
#10. Lace Is Not Just In Details
If you’ve read our review about the top New York Fashion Week fall 2016 trends, you will know that there was very little use of lace. Mostly appearing in small pieces, this tempting fabric was kept on a leash, but… it’s always set free in Italy, isn’t it?
Roberto Cavalli and Alberta Ferretti had no problems using lace in entire outfits and full separates, making it an important, eye-catching part of the look, not just an attribute that gets lost in the print.
These were the top new fall 2016 fashion trends we took away from Milan Fashion Week. However, it would be wise to mention that many trends that we’ve already noticed at NYFW and LFW still surfaced on the Italian catwalk. Some of them were the extra long sleeves, round shapes, loose-fitted garments, matching several prints, use of patchwork and more.
Has your hunger for news and shock been satisfied? We hope so. As we start with Paris, categorize your takeaway notes from Milan, they will remind about themselves in a few months. And no matter where the limit for eccentricity lies… we love Milan, we love Italy!
Photos courtesy of Vogue