Tool belts and cycling shorts trending at Milan Fashion Week
From Dolce & Gabbana’s opera and Prada techno
beats to Robbie Williams performing at Emporio Armani, Milan Fashion Week
offered a sparkling, colourful extravaganza. Ahead of Tuesday’s closing shows,
we take a look at some of next season’s biggest trends.
Racing back to the 80s
Apart from big hair and legwarmers, the eighties also gave us high-waisted
cycling shorts. These are now making a major comeback, except that this time
they’re not relegated to the sports arena.
Worn with heels or chunky trainers, models running for Fila, Fendi and
Cavalli paired the mid-thigh shorts with cinched jackets and belted shirts.
For slightly more conservative tastes, Ferragamo and Antonio Marras have put a
chic spin on their bermuda version.
Under your belt
Designers have looked to an unlikely source of inspiration for one of the
coming season’s top trends — the world of DYI. The reinvented tool belt is
the ultimate accessory for a style that’s both practical and chic.
While Fendi, Tod’s and Ferragamo have opted for elegant leather versions,
Prada and Fila bank on a sportier nylon look. From the smartphone to lipstick,
there’s a pocket for everything, solving the issue of having to rummage
through your bag.
Crazy for cognac
Expect cognac to become a staple colour in your wardrobe next season. From
light golden hues to toasted chestnut shades, it featured heavily in outfits
inspired by safari, jungle and military looks in Milan this week.
Max Mara and Ferragamo went all out and dressed their models from head to
toe in cognac tones. The Fendi collection, meanwhile, featured large
cognac-coloured pockets on transparent coats or on a corset dress.
The new collections showcased innovative textiles as designers sought to
push boundaries and play with high-tech materials. Emporio Armani and Fendi
used breathable, micro-perforated fabrics for some of their outfits.
Chez Missoni preferred a more traditional style with delicate hand-stitched
Yves Saint-Laurent may have been the first to use ethnic elements in his
work but since then numerous designers have followed suit and weaved travel
memories into their collections.
Moroccan handicraft provided a key inspiration on Milan runways this week.
Robert Cavalli used sequins and bobbles on shorts and tops, while Philosophy
by Lorenzo Serafini flaunted caftans and scarf dresses.
Other far-flung influences on display included Japan, Ethiopia and Benin.(AFP)
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