S/S 2020 Milan Runway Roundup

Many of us are sad (or perhaps relieved) to wave goodbye to “Fashion Month”. If any of us have been too busy to keep up with the latest collections on a daily basis, now is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and reflect upon some of the most notable trends that we can expect to dominate next year. Although October has just arrived and we’re starting to unearth our cozy sweaters and boots, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to. Amongst the four major fashion cities, Milan always seems to push the boundaries, unveiling collections filled with funky prints, colors, and sheer imagination. It seems that Italians always have more fun! Some of the major themes we saw on the Milan runways? Tropical motifs, ‘70s vibes, animal prints, bold hues, and plenty of neutrals to balance it all out. Let’s take a look.

Island Girl
Milan was bursting with island prints and a sense of vacation-worthy breeziness. It’s been awhile since tropical motifs like these have popped up with prominence, and it’s a refreshing change to seasons past. Missoni and Versace offered flowy feminine looks through cascading maxi dresses, while Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana put a Hawaiian twist on more structured designs. The most noteworthy look of all? Among the plethora of tropical styles at Versace, JLo closed the show as she strutted her stuff in a show-stopping number that was a reimagined version of the iconic plunging gown she donned to the 2000 Grammys. Fun Fact: so many people searched for the look online after it appeared on the red carpet that Google decided to launch their “google image” feature that we all know and love today. A decade before the Kardashians, JLo was the first to truly “break the internet”. Go ahead and google it yourself. All hail the queen!

Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Fendi,Versace

Animal Kingdom
Animal prints seem determined to make their mark on the runway season after season, and while many collections within the past two years or so have seemed saturated with these wild motifs, it’s no denying that by now they’re a true classic. So who’s complaining? Designers took a cue from the zoo with leopard, zebra, and even a splash of giraffe. Ultra feminine looks were seen at Etro and Blumarine, while more subdued silhouettes appeared at Alberta Ferretti and Dolce & Gabbana through chic coats and thigh-skimming frocks.

Blumarine, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Ermanno Scervino

Neutral Territory
Amidst the otherwise vivacious and loud looks, there were plenty of beige, sand and camel hues to tone it down a notch. You really can’t go wrong with neutral pieces for spring and summer, and they serve as a perfect foundation for the more daring trends we can anticipate for next year. Safari-chic made rounds everywhere from Fendi to Boss. A cinched waist was another recurring look paired with these neutrals. The best part of all? You can wear it now! A classic lightweight belted trench or leather jacket is the perfect staple piece that can be transitioned with ease.

Agnona, Boss, Jil Sander, MaxMara, Dolce & Gabanna, Fendi

70s Vibes
Another recurring theme seen in Milan was the 1970s. This distinct decade of fashion always seems to seep its way into the S/S collections, and it’s no question why. These days of groovy fashion were reimagined for the modern day woman at Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Missoni, Peter Pilotto and Fendi with flower-power, paisley, breezy dresses and art-deco prints. Nothing but good vibes, man.

Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Etro, Peter Pilotto, Missoni

Orange You Glad?
Ah, Orange. The middle-child between her feistier older sister, Red, and Yellow, the cheery little one, often leaves Miss Orange feeling forgotten. But the citrusy color most certainly made herself known for S/S 2020 in Milan. From subtle shades of sherbet to traffic-cone hues, orange got all of the attention as seen at Moschino, Alberta Feretti, Marni, MSGM and Peter Pilotto. The most daring way to don orange that can be transitioned easily? A head-turning jacket, (glossy and sporty seen at Versace or sleek and silky at Moschino), will brighten up any fall/winter wardrobe, and can re-appear for warmer months ahead.

Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Versace, Peter Pilotto, Marni