Last month, Milan Fashion Week kicked off in spectacular style – as per usual. It was big, it was bold and it was utterly beautiful. In fact, it was everything that we’ve come to expect from Milan Fashion Week. The point is that this week long style extravaganza never fails to enchant, says The National journalist Francesca Fearson. Let’s face it, Milan Fashion Week is one of the single most dazzling events on the fashion calendar.
The question is – which high fashion looks really managed to catch the eye this year? There are always four or five signature styles or pieces that are destined to blow up in a massive way. This season seemed to be all about simplicity and purity. The biggest looks all involved very clean and hard lines. Here’s a guide to trendspotting at the 2013 Milan Fashion Week.
It seems like white has come back around again. Whilst it’s true that this particular trend never really disappears from the catwalks, it does show up in many different forms. This year, it was all about the commitment – it was all white, or nothing. Industry experts are already predicting that this simplistic style will be big next summer. Gucci is just one of the fashion houses that draped many of its models in clean white fabrics and little else, says FashionDivaDesign.com. If you want to copy this look next summer, it’s important to realise that it involves more than just throwing on a white T-shirt. Always make sure that your white pieces match and be very careful with them – this look is all about white, not off white.
This is a really interesting look – one that’s very specific, but not all that difficult to pull off. There are two sides to this particular style. They can both be worn successfully with the minimum of effort, but never together. If you’re planning to go ‘metal,’ you’ve got to pick a side. Either you like to wear very shiny, metallic fabrics – or you like to get your glitz from crystals and jewels. They’re pricey, but they’re guaranteed to turn every single head in the room. You can, of course, stick with copper, gold and silver coloured fabrics. Do be warned that this can be a very tricky look to pull off.
There was another important look at Milan Fashion Week, another look that stood out above the rest. Strangely, this look is more of a confirmation than anything else. It is rare for styles to carry over, but the classic crop top seems to have done just that. Cropped tops have actually been very popular for about six to eight months – they were a defining look of this summer. Obviously, they aren’t quite as common now that the season has changed, but Milan Fashion Week has confirmed that the cropped top will be back next summer. In 2014, cropped tops will be tinier than ever. This isn’t great news for girls who haven’t got abs like Miley Cyrus, but it is a look that’s going to stick around the high street for a little while longer.
Rachel Withers writes for a popular online fashion website. She recommends online store for the latest in designs in fashion. She can usually be found interviewing emerging designers, or reviewing new collections.
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