Dream your sweetest non-pandemic fashion daydreams with these truly fantastico and illustrious trends, taken straight from the digital and social-distanced runways of Italy's fashion capital. Join THEYE MAGAZINE, as we explore and discover the top coveted looks from Milano Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2021.
Fringes were one of the top trends seen on Milanese livestreams, digital presentations, and runway films this Autumn/Winter 2021. However, these fringes are not your typical western John Wayne inspired fringes. Fringes this season were able to take up a modern yet glam look. Newly appointed Kim Jones of Fendi played up his ready-to-wear collection with textured fringes, finishing the hems of his coats, dresses, and scarfs with fur, suede, and striped silk fringes. No. 21 on the other hand amped up the sexiness by creating unrestricted short dresses with spaced fringes on the ends that revealed glimpses of lace lingerie beneath. Alberta Ferretti used fringe elements in her accessories, creating playful layers with fringes in her coat and dresses, and even employed metallic fringes in her closing evening looks. Salvatore Ferragamo, similar to Alberta Ferretti showed layered fringes but with more of an organic feel as well as using contrasting colours of black, white, navy, and sky blue.
Bold Leopard Print
Oversized leopard print was another key trend seen everywhere, including Milan.
Dolce & Gabbana’s RTW collection embraced this trend in various bright colours and different textiles ranging from magenta faux fur fluffy turtlenecks to sunshine yellow shiny puffer jackets. Blumarine kept things neutral but with a 1990’s/2000’s feel, showing low-slung leopard print pants and leopard print dresses with faux fur cropped jackets and sleeveless shrugs. And last but not least, Roberto Cavalli, which recently received an upgrade from Fausto Puglisi, showed numerous larger-than-life animal prints in their new Autumn/Winter collection. Among the animal prints shown, bold leopard print played a leading role.
Geometric Oversized Patterns
Neutral toned large geometric patterns in greys, whites, and blacks are another major trend to look forward to this coming Autumn/Winter. Valentino’s latest RTW collection adopted a punk-inspired look that effortlessly blended womenswear and menswear, with repeatedly strong and daring geometrical patterns. Emporio Armani also went big and bold pattern wise but, with various large retro 1980’s inspired geometric patterns throughout the new RTW collection. Whilst historical Italian menswear brand Kiton, revealed a refined RTW womenswear collection featuring both geometric patterns mixed with vertical colour blocking lines. Valentino, Emporio Armani, and Kiton proved that oversized geometrics are always wearable and are a sure mood-lifting fashion staple to have in your closet this autumn.
Metallics also played a vital role in new Autumn/Winter 2021 trends. Dsquared2 kept their metallics sassy and contemporary by pairing metallic ice-skating disco inspired dresses and skirts with colourful florals or multi-coloured plaid. GCDS also kept their metallics playful by showing metallic-tinsel embellished leotards and sweaters and an entire silver metallic suit complete with a metallic matching turtleneck and a pink metallic heart-shaped mini purse. Whilst Fracesco Risso of Marni focused on metallics with a more romantic silhouette in his joint RTW womenswear and menswear collections. One of Risso’s standout creations included a silver ruched evening gown finished with a metallic train and adorned with a colorful front paneling.
Ornamented Statement Shoulders
As we all anxiously await the return of normality, serotonin boosting sequined and bedazzled statement shoulders gave us a peek into our bold return to both the dance floor and extravagant events outside our homes. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini demonstrated the power of sequins in his Autumn/Winter 2021 RTW collection. One of Serafini’s spotlight worthy looks included a sequined and belted dress with a narrow short skirt and extra large leg-of-mutton sleeves; the look is finalized with black military boots, a sequined beret, and of course dark sunglasses. Milan Fashion Week newcomer, Del Core’s Autumn/Winter 2021 RTW collection was eccentric whilst very on-trend featuring elegant bejeweled styles that amused and empowered at the same time. Del Core’s couture worthy showstopper was a fully crystal-gem adorned evening gown with oversized sleeves forming organic shapes that then gathered at the wrists, paired with black gloves, and equally sparkling strappy evening sandals.
By Marie-Louise Bloch