Fashion Week: Color and flowers on the catwalks in Milan

Auteur Olaf Zwijnenburg

nov 24, 2020

As in New York, Milan's Fashion Week had an optimistic feel with a bright, lively palette and a multitude of flowers in diverse forms. While suits were featured, light, airy dresses were omnipresent, as feminine and chic as they were relaxed. Here's a look at three major trends from Milan.


Flowers and colorMilan Fashion Week was resolutely focused on nature and optimism with the strong presence of floral motifs and an ultra-colorful palette. It will be impossible to ignore flowers next summer, as most of the houses showed. They were tropical at Versace, which reinterpreted its jungle print; oversized at Fendi; abstract at Marni; delicate and satiny at Blumarine; and embroidered and printed in miniature version at Vivetta.


Make way for bermuda shorts!Forget bike shorts. The Spring-Summer 2020 season is done with the iconic 1990s garment. The next thing to contend with? The bermuda short. Omnipresent in Milan, it was seen on the catwalks at Max Mara in an ultra-chic version with a suit jacket and at Frankie Morello in a functional style with large pockets. The bermuda short, generally fitted, sometimes loose, was also present on the catwalks at N°21, Bottega Veneta and Arthur Arbesser.


Leather and craftsmanshipIn Milan, several of the luxury houses displayed their artisanal expertise in leather, reinterpreting it in a multitude of ways. At N°21, it had a wrinkled effect; at Tod's, it was pleated in dresses and skirts; at Bottega Veneta, it brought an ultra-chic touch to asymmetrical dresses, and at Salvatore Ferragamo, it was colorful. Leather was also highly worked at Ermanno Scervino and associated with ultra-light materials at Cristiano Burani.

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