Milan is internationally famous not only for being the world capital of pret-a-porter, but also for the style of the local women.
I’ve made a list of the winter trends that focus on Milanese style and taste. So I set off to visit the most famous districts in the city from Navigli to Brera, and to stroll along the Golden Fashion Rectangle, where runway looks are reinterpreted by women who use their outfits as their calling cards to express their personality and mood.
The undisputed king of the runway worldwide, velvet has made a comeback in a wide range of colours and variants. Milanese street style has set its real passe-partout of the season; the favourite garment in this fabric is the classic office-ready suit, Michael by Michael Kors, in a warm purple tone. It’s the turn of femininity in the evening: mini and midi skirts, like the one decorated with metal studs by Maurizio Pecoraro.
Photo credit: Guitar Press Office
Photo credit: Michael Kors Press Office
Whether you’re enjoying the statutory aperitif at Tartina or an evening stroll through the streets on a typical Saturday afternoon, the top trend for young women is definitely chic army style, made famous around the world by the collection created by the model of the moment Gigi Hadid for Tommy Hilfiger. The timeless elegance of the officer’s uniform was also given a contemporary spin by Lardini, which has created a special capsule in which the hottest and most modern shades stand out against the classic green.
Photo credit: Tommy Hilfiger
A staple item at fashion shows for the FW16-17 season was an affectionate return to the ‘80s and ‘90s. In fact, the designers revived many items created during that period, but the most popular among the city’s fashionistas is the paint-effect coat, worn casually by day for lunches in niche restaurants in the famous Porta Ticinese area and for an evening cocktail in the Brera district. We are offering it here in two variants: a classic straight cut with matching stitching by M Missoni, and a more contemporary version in trench coats with contrasting seams designed by US designer, Tommy Hilfiger.
A classic garment par excellence, the pinstripe suit is back in fashion, especially in shades of grey. In fact, today’s elegant woman will generally be seen wearing a pinstripe trouser suit walking along the streets around Piazza Affari, the Italian financial centre, or sipping coffee in one of the stylish bars in Corso Venezia, known not only for its numerous luxury boutiques, but also for being the home of many other private banks. Whether in the classic and tailored version from Lardini, or in a more contemporary and unconventional version from Vivienne Westwood, the smart suit remains the classic must-have for every self-respecting woman… in Milan at least!
Not just a trend but a new style rule: a Gucci gown worn under a light cardigan, while Vivienne Westwood uses the t-shirt to counterbalance a long dress. This unconventional pairing appears to be popular with all ages in Milan, and is showing up at Christmas events in the centre of town and dinners at exclusive restaurants including Baretto in Via Senato. The rule is to be surprising.
Footwear renowned for its femininity and style from the runways of Via Della Spiga, it seems like women cannot live without a sexy pair of high-thigh boots. Never before have fashion brands worldwide played with so many variations of this type of boot, using different fabrics and blinging out heels with precious stones. In Milan, the trend for the day is the over-the-knee flat, strictly handmade in Italy, like the Melot model in eco leather from Lamperti Milano. For the evening, the thigh boots are mostly the suede high-heeled variety, for example from Casadei, worn with a mini dress or, to make bolder statement, paired with t-shirts and skinny jeans for a guaranteed “wow” factor. Go for it!
Photo Credit: @casadeiofficial
After pursuing her studies in the humanities, Francesca Sandrone transformed her passion for fashion and travel into a career, working in PR for international brands. She now manages the coordination of web content for fashiontomax.com and works with various sites as a fashion editor and writer. She divides her time between Turin and Milan, but whenever she has the chance she escapes to London, her second home! You can find Francesca on Instagram
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