Leave it to beautiful city of Milan to blend the high-drama with matchless sophistication in a style that exudes femininity and relaxed vibes ever so effortlessly. Making use of blinding colors, parallel to the timeless black and white, the Milan look for spring 2013 is refined, ethereal and above all, luxurious. The city’s glamorous mood fits the graceful portrait of a woman who’s deep in love with life.
From modern minimalism to bohemian chicness and from supreme tailoring to the finest of embellishments, the Milan Fashion Week runways set the pace for a memorable season. Envisioned for a sexy, strong, confident and carefree woman, the Milan look will most definitely steal your heart. Read on to the full report, for a detailed representation of what the Milan look is all about for spring 2013.
The 1960s and 1970s influence has swept through many of the spring 2013 collections presented in Milan. The hedonistic style was depicted by major designers like Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Emilio Pucci. Bold hits of colour and soft flower prints, alongside exaggerated ruffles and intricate patterns helped redefine the reminiscent silhouettes of the late 60s, early 70s, as they got injected with a modernistic feel.
Retro inspired garments at Gucci S/S ’13, Emilio Pucci S/S ’13 and Bottega Veneta S/S ’13
In terms of craftsmanship, nobody can really outrun Milan’s complex beading, cutwork and embroidery, as the old city loves to celebrate its tradition and culture. More so as designers like Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli found plenty of excuses to make use of decorative motifs. Borrow inspiration from the delicate lace inserts, the heavy beading and the raffia-embroideries for a sophisticated take on spring and summer. Complement the extraordinary craftsmanship with clean lines and flowy fabrics.
Extraordinary craftsmanship at Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13
If the London look for spring 2013 was defined by the revival of the mod silhouette and by an abundance of mini skirts, Milan was keen on promoting the maxi-lengths instead. Envisioned in delicate fabrics, the maxi dresses flew down the catwalks exuding a sense of ease and delicacy. Perfect for spring and even better for the hot summer days, the maxi-dresses remain relevant spring staples. Seek them in lightweight fabrics, printed or in solid colors, following the lines of the body or breaking in diaphanous layers.
Maxi dresses on the runway at Blumarine S/S ’13 and Versace S/S ’13
During each season, one particular color enjoys an epic moment as it is explored in all of its depths. For spring 2013 Milan fell in loves with blue. We have spotted every possible shade between the ocean inspired hues of pale blue and aquamarine at Alberta Ferretti, the constellations influenced colour palettes made up of midnight blues at Giorgio Armani and the bold and bright blue renditions at Gucci and Versus. Wear blue on sexy, utilitarian dresses, on sophisticated separates teamed together or on luxurious evening gowns.
Blue shades at Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13, Gucci S/S ’13 and Versus S/S ’13
Channeling their unconditional love for exquisite tailoring and for all of the architectural influences dictating their moves, the Italian designers gifted both the elegant apparel and the sportswear with a high fashion inclination for spring. Sleek suits, boxy jackets, voluminous dresses and pencil skirts were all solidified as timeless designs, embracing a modern style and playing upon luxe fabrics. Borrow inspiration from the beautiful collections presented by Fendi, Emporio Armani, Jil Sander and Moschino.
Exquisite tailoring at Emporio Armani S/S ’13
The Japanese influences found a blossoming point in Milan as the fashion capital witnessed some of its major designers looking East for inspiration. Prada picked out single printed and flower appliques to adorn the kimono inspired tops, Emilio Pucci highlighted Japanese-style embroidered motifs for spring, while Etro imagined multi-patterned kimono coats. Channel the Far East for an Oriental infused spring.
Japanese style at Prada S/S ’13, Emilio Pucci S/S ’13 and Etro S/S ’13
Sexy and confident, the Milan woman doesn’t shy off at the idea of revealing her best features when the trends work in her favour. This season the accent fell on the decolletage as the necklines morphed into deep and alluring plunges. They complemented sleek silhouettes and helped reshape diaphanous dresses by establishing a new balance between seductiveness and femininity. Tone down the sex-appeal with knee lengths, lightweight fabrics and delicate prints for a chic translation to the streets.
Deep plunging necklines at Blumarine S/S ’13 and Roberto Cavalli S/S ’13