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Fall / Winter Milan Fashion Week 2017 was held at the end of February 2017, and we’re still talking about many of the show-stopping pieces. Here are just a few of the highlights from Milan.

1.Moschino

Jeremy Scott’s show always comes with a shock. Jeremy Scott is known for having a tongue-in-cheek style, and it was clearly on display this year. The pieces in the Milan Fashion Week show for Moschino looked like they were made from cardboard boxes, bubble mailers, and other items that you receive online shopping orders in. This was a fun show, and it had a lot to say about what we order online.

2. Emporio Armani

Vinyl coating is back, and was a major highlight of the Emporio Armani show. The show opened with a monochrome Prince of Wales check, polka dot, and chevron on PVC. There were many over-sized coats and suits during the show, and sequin embroidery and floral prints followed.

3.Roberto Cavalli

This year’s collection was divided into two collections: white and black, because there were two runways. The white runway had a backdrop of a wall of fragrant of fresh white roses. The black runway had a similar backdrop but used red roses. This collection used many skillful techniques, including appliqué, beaded embroidery, and plissé.

4. Prada

The Prada runway took us back to the 1960s and ’70s. There were corduroy flared pants, leather patchwork jackets, and hand-knitted scarves. Prada’s show-stopping piece was a feather, hemmed cocktail dress in mint. Prada is a brand that knows how to dress the female body, without looking over-the-top. Nothing in this collection looked out of place.

5. Max Mara

Max Mara is a fashion house that is known for creating amazing coats and luxury wardrobe classics. Under the new line of coats were many knits, velvet skirts, and well-tailored trousers. We also saw the return of teddy bear shearling capes and coats. Monotone outfits were seen on every model, which helped show off the fabrics.

6. No. 21

Alessandro Dell’Acqua chose Oscar winner Anna Magnani as an inspiration. The show opened with an amazing chiffon red dress, and a herringbone suit followed. The skirts and coats were dusted with some crystals and studs. There seemed to be a nod to American fashion with baseball trims on many of the pieces.

7. Bottega Venta

Coats featured prominently on a lot of runways during Milan Fashion Week, and the Bottega Venta show was no different. There were many jackets and coats made from cashmere, and the cuts of suit jackets were more masculine. The runway was a mixture of mustard, camel, tangerine, and terra cotta colors. The highlight of this show was the dresses that were embellished with metal threading.

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 was full of amazing designers, runway shows, and unforgettable pieces. It will be interesting to see what pieces make a move from the runway to our closets.

And stay tuned, because spring Milan Fashion Week 2018 will be next, September 20 – 26, 2017.

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