During the fall 2020 Milan Fashion Week, there was one colour scheme that was more prevalent than others. It's autumn tones! Think burnt orange, maple brown, olive green, and deep plum purple. Imagine them rendering shimmering silk suits, fine cashmere sweaters, and even some denim jeans. The trend is for fall, after all, so it makes sense that the colours of the season really are of the season. And most probably, you might already have some of these colours in your wardrobe. It's all a matter of mixing and matching them in a way that the pop-out, even with their darker tones.
Though there is one spring hue that made its way to the Milan runways this season: lilac. Hugo Boss revealed a few midi dresses in the pastel tone that's perfect for a nice evening event. While Pucci used it for a stunning set of separates with their signature baroque print. Ultimately, the idea for this springy colour is, ironically, for eveningwear pieces. If you have a night out with the girls, a sequined lilac dress wouldn't hurt. Nor would a simple floor-length gown for gala-night. The elegant floral colour is made for such sophisticated endeavours.
Milan is in Italy, the home of the Renaissance movement. Is it really any surprise that designers from this city got inspired by the said period with their latest designs? The likes of Fendi, Sportmax, and Jil Sander brought forth puffy sleeves fit for a modern-day Renaissance woman. The opulent silhouette has been on-trend for a couple of years now, and it looks like this season is no different. However, styling this rather distinct and frivolous look can be tricky. You don't want to drown in the silhouette nor look like you're wearing a costume. It will do you some good to balance them out with sleeker pieces,
Speaking of dramatic silhouettes, the cape is still as big as ever too! It seems designers want women to bring out their inner opulence this season. Their runways were filled with this swivelling staple, matching it with all kinds of accessories to modernize the look. Of course, women love it too. It does give them a sense of power that's both chic and strong at the same time. But how does one sport it without looking like an extra in a period film? Or worse, a comic book superhero? Give it the old 'nipped waist' trick!
In many ways, Milan is becoming a streetwear haven among the fashion capitals. So it's also no surprise that sportswear made its way unto the runways this season. And out of all the sporty classics that designers chose to rework and revamp, it's the bomber jacket that stood out the most. Always a classic, the piece has always had a tinge of sophistication to it, even though it's highly casual and quintessentially sporty. Pairing it with jeans is always a winning look. But, you can also dress it up a bit with an actual dress or well-tailored slacks!
It's fall! Of course, there will be some knitwear in the mix! Brands like Etro and Missoni have often cashed in the soft style during this season. It always works for them. As for you as ell even when you're at home. Knitwear is such a classic and easy look that you can just about pair anything with it and you'll still come out looking gorgeous! When it comes to colors, keeping a natural palette is always a winner. Cashmere sweaters in grey or woolly cardigans in the cream will always look luxurious, even when you pair it with basic such as denim jeans.
But if there's one look that Milan will never let go, no matter how many seasons have passed, it's the tailored suit. Italy is home to some of the best tailors in the world. A good number of them are big names in the fashion industry, while others are local favourites that residents and tourists alike go-to for the perfect suit. Surely you have a nicely-tailored suit in your wardrobe already. It's not only a classic, but it's also essential. As well as giving you a powerful look that says that you're ready to face the season in style!
Never underestimate your ability to keep up with the season's hottest trends. Even though you can't shop in Italy for the season, you can still emulate the runway trends during Fashion Week with your own pieces. Let your creativity flow to look fabulous!