A joyful mood materialized at Milan Fashion Week with myriad trends on deck for spring 2018. Lavender and technical fabrics, as seen in New York, abounded throughout the Italian collections, and the runways lit up with a fresh lineup of clothing and accessory looks, all of which we’re eager to adopt ASAP. Which begs the question, why wait until next season? Here, peruse seven of Milan’s most notable trends and get inspired to wear them now.
Paillettes stole the show in Milan in the form of micro-sequins and amplified takes in soft pastels and saturated hues. From romantic layers at No. 21 to electric column gowns at Gucci and Attico, the lesson here: Head-to-toe sparkle is key every day of the week, day or night.
We noted see-through fabrics in New York and London, but Milan solidified the trend, spotted across the board from Fendi's wispy separates to Marni's translucent layers. More wearable than you think, the look gave new life to wardrobe staples like blazers, trousers and skirts, witnessed prominently at Max Mara and Salvatore Ferragamo. A more substantial version of the trend, iridescent fabrics with disco appeal, was on display at Alberta Ferretti, Bottega Veneta and more.
The new direction for footwear? Pointed toes! Cult-loved labels are reinvigorating the classic shape—loafers and slingbacks at Prada, printed pumps at Fendi, embellished flats and heels at Bottega Veneta and slippers at Roberto Cavalli.
Lavender, pink and yellow are key, but the boldest color trend? All of them in a rainbow palette. In the form of stripes, color blocks and patterns, Italian designers are making the case for an allover color infusion.
Wondering what to wear with your pointed-toe shoes? How about a pair of socks? Sure, the look is bold, but it's nothing short of fun. The trend proves entirely versatile for every style: We saw tie-dye at MSGM, fishnets at Marco de Vincenzo, sheer at Missoni and retro tube socks at Bally.
We called out the return of Bermuda shorts this past summer, and Milan is proof they show no signs of slowing down. From to-the-knee versions at No. 21 to sporty takes at Sportmax to a printed spandex iteration at Emilio Pucci, come spring we predict a collective sayonara to short shorts.
Bag, bags and more bags became a theme in Italy. Designers layered up a range of silhouettes, styling everything from cross-bodies to belt bags in tandem. See Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Tod's. Considering we constantly find ourselves carrying way more than we should, this trend proves to be the perfect hack for doing so in style.