Gelato, the Duomo, vespas and Gucci. These are just a few of the images that come to mind when we think of Milan Fashion Week. Although there is a lot of buzz surrounding the shows in New York and Paris, Milan has a charm of its own. Italy is the birthplace of revered designers such as Versace, Giorgio Armani, Max Mara and Fendi. And Italian fashion has a culture of it’s own. No matter the occasion or the destination, Italian men and women are always dressed up and confident in their outfit of choice. They wear stilettos to the supermarket, well-tailored suits to espresso bars, red lipstick and fur jackets to lunch and leather boots to dinner. Italians prefer quality over quantity; they would rather spend their money buying one well-made bag instead of three pairs of jeans. They value luxury, craftsmanship and timelessness, three qualities that can still be found in Italy’s top design houses today. That being said, here are a few of our favorite, well-crafted looks from Milan Fashion Week:
This is one of the most versatile looks Alessandro Michele sent down the catwalk this season. The camel colored trench-stye coat is a timless piece and is sure to keep you warm for winters to come. Pull it over an evening dress and throw on a pair of heels an elegant nighttime look. Or take a tip from the runway and team it with a structured bag and some leather loafers-both of these accessories have been seen everywhere the past few seasons and are here to stay.
This season, Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Canten drew inspiration from Inuit tribes. Sticking to their well known skinny-pant silhouttes and heels, the two twins incorporated tribal prints into almost every piece they sent down the runway. This belted, tribal printed, fur-trimmed parka is a not a statement piece for the faint of heart. Yet it can be paired with almost any solid colored clothing pieces and is a great jacket to bundle up in while braving bitter cold.
This outfit speaks for itself. From the cropped jacket to the thigh high boots, all of these black and white pieces are ones that can be paired with countless different pieces for completely different looks. Each item is textured, making it easy to mix and match.
Out of every black on black look Costume National presented this season, this one is our favorite. A spin on the little black dress, these feathers help create the perfect statement look. Team this dress with a clutch and some black heels and you’re good to go.
The next time you’re a rut and can’t figure out what to wear, try drawing some inspiration from Italy. Pair together different colors and textures, skip your blow-out and wear your hair wavy, accentuate your cheekbones and slap on some lipstick. But most importantly-wear your outfit with confidence.