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Milan Fashion Week SS17 trends

October 3, 2016

The city of Milan is another firm fashion feature on the trend circuit each year. After the buzz of London Fashion Week, Milan sets the stage for the promotion of Italy’s luxury fashion designers. As part of the ‘Big Four in Fashion’ Milan Fashion Week hosts some of the most famous and well-known fashion designers bringing an essence of luxury to the table.


Alongside London, New York and Paris, Milan hosts a spectacular showcase of upcoming trends and must have fashion for the new season.


Major fashion houses such as Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana with a host of other sensational Italian designers, fill the city with sophisticated, sleek design complementing the edgy vibe of New York, traditional design of London and cultured style of Paris. Each fashion show hits the headlines with its influential and creative trends for the upcoming season and spring/summer 2017 has some throwback and inspirational trends to watch out for.

Take a look at some of the trends and stand out pieces for spring/summer 2017 from Milan Fashion Week.

Sportswear style

Mirroring the influential trends of New York fashion week, the upcoming season sees an influx in stylish sports or athleisurewear. Performance fashion still holds a forefront in trends for SS17. Armani and Bottega Veneta showcased tracksuits and the iconic Bermuda shorts in collections, whereas Gucci and Pucci both displayed sports leggings under gowns. Outerwear also took on a sporty look with lightweight athletic raincoats and bomber jackets.


Designers also experimented with ruching in collections, making full use of the traditional drawstring. Some used drawstring in conventional waist nipping sport jackets whilst others took this humble design to another level. Dresses featured pleating and others gathered material tightly over the body as seen in Versace’s pieces.

Milan Fashion Week Sportswear influence

90s inspiration

The 1990s fashion trends aren’t going anywhere next season. This fashionable decade is transforming the catwalks with sleek sportswear and grungy influence. One small but significant piece from Milan fashion week featured the bralette. This isn’t just a trend for washboard tummies either, Prada paired the bralette over a shirt others displayed this cute statement piece with funky jackets. An anything goes motto was followed by all. Featuring this trend in a variety of colours, texture and pattern. Designer Etro took on the whole 90s trend with chokers and pinstriped trousers to match.

Statement trend item – The Bralette

Designer Andreas Melbostad’s collection for Diesel Black Gold oozed 90s inspiration too. Designs encompassed everything from the decade from cropped bomber jackets, tiered ruffle skirts to the popular bralette piece. Military jackets are another vintage inspired trend to hit the catwalk at Milan fashion week.   There were plenty of interesting examples from brightly coloured officers jackets to eloquently decorated shorty jackets.

Military jackets at Milan Fashion Week

Slogans and logos are a go go for spring/summer 2017 with Italy’s famous brands strutting their names all over simple design. Typical Moschino is always one to showcase their logo whilst Dolce & Gabbana sent lots of models down the catwalk in the finale sporting basic tees and mini skirts. This influential style is set to continue into the new season and slogans appear not to be budging either.

90s trend inspiration

Boho chic at Milan Fashion Week

There was an air of free spirit and bohemian vibe blossoming throughout Milan fashion week. Most noticeably, designer Roberto Cavalli featured beautiful velvet flares and ombre capes. Patchwork fabrics, Woodstock-esque flared jeans and fringed shawls all fluttered down the catwalks. Big belts were also back with a bang, clinching in the tiny waists of textured and frilly dresses. 1970s embroidery and knitted dresses were key in collections showcased by Missoni and Alberta Ferretti.

Bohemian vibes at Milan Fashion Week

Funky flatforms

This statement trend was a big feature on the catwalks of London fashion week. Milan followed suit, with inspiring and innovative shoewear examples. Gucci gives the wearer the option of high or low flatforms with a shoe that can transform to both depending on your style choice. Anything from the sporty look to classic ballet pump offered an accessible and fashionable shoe wear choice for the new season.

Milan fashion week and Pretty flatforms

Lace and frills

We saw many collections for spring/summer 2017 embrace feminine and floaty fabrics. Milan fashion week was awash with elegant textiles and beautiful palettes. The contrast saw this pretty style paired with vibrant taffeta and mesh layers. Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s fabulous collection displayed exquisite yet empowering lace, satin and tulle pieces ranging from dresses to outerwear. For the alternate take on this feminine look, Gucci gave us effervescent and exciting tones with taffeta and 80s inspired looks.

Floaty and feminine fabrics

Floral fancy at Milan Fashion Week

Flowers and pretty design is another firm favourite for the warmer seasons. Next year sees design head for delicate wears from lingerie inspired pieces to blouses with scalloped edging. Stunning pattern and pastel palettes featured in designer Fendi’s collections along with the statement handbag to match. Pretty embellishments enabled this style to become a dreamy yet punchy look with baroque ribbon tied skirts to cut out butterflies with stand out colours paired with delicate tones.

Fendi’s pretty spring palette

Milan’s quirky designs

We’ve all seen designer Moschino’s take on brand name design so this show was no exception on quirky. This year designer Jeremy Scott opted for a dress up doll influence complete with interchangeable wardrobe. His 3D printed designs came in a variety of funny looks including imitated swimsuits, bikinis and dresses.

Moschino’s quirky design

Milan fashion week is always a spectacular and eventful display of luxury fashion. Several designers have taken inspiration from a vintage era and continue to use influence from iconic design. It’s certain there are some standout trend examples from the recent fashion week and with Paris in full swing, we’re eager to see what the city of culture has in store for spring/summer 2017.