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During the third leg of fashion month, Milan Fashion Week‘s Fall/Winter 2022 trends debuted in Italy’s fashion capital with plenty of vibrancy, edge and balance. As is typical of famous houses such as Fendi, Prada and Alberta Ferretti, there was a decided boldness on the catwalks, if not in a simplistic way. A common thread connected all three, including trends such as feminine tailoring that emerged earlier in the week. The look focuses primarily on blazer and skirt suits, bustier-inspired details, elegant pleats and ultra-fitting waists, be it a dress, a coat or a button-down shirt tucked into a slim pencil silhouette.

In a spirited contrast, fancy fabrics from sequins to metallics came down many Italian catwalks, like oversized and bright sequins at N°21 and Missoni and non-vulgar sheer layers, often paired with oversized faux furs or men’s tailoring for contrast. Similarly, embellishments ranging from rhinestones to feathers featured accents, including the instantly viral Bottega Veneta look from Matthieu Blazy’s debut collection, featuring a flowy, full purple leather skirt trimmed with large feathers.

Perhaps most notably, however, Milan gave way to one of the season’s boldest trends by far, with Versace at the forefront: leather and latex S&M style, with clothes featuring open necklines, daring straps and less-than-subtle slashes. The unanimous aughts movement continued with a similar tone, including ultra-low waists and micro-mini hems with undeniably nostalgic little denim skirts in the mix. Also, a new and more luxurious take on athleisure – “Athluxe” – including Gucci’s highly anticipated collaboration with Adidas.

Read on for a full breakdown of the top ten trends from Milan Fashion Week – with much more drama and glamor to come.

dressmaking

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fendi

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sports max

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Tailoring is proving to be a big theme for Autumn/Winter 2022. However, from Fendi to Sportmax, Milanese designers delivered refreshingly feminine touches, including blazers and skirt suits, bustier-inspired details on button-down shirts and long dresses, and waist-cinching silhouettes like ultra-slim pencil skirts and close-fitting coats.

Gaucho inspired

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Max mara

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tods

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Brunello Cucinelli

A gaucho-inspired aesthetic emerged in Milan, primarily focused on statement knitwear, from bold, graphic dresses at Max Mara to richly textured sweaters and capes, emerging from the Brunello Cucinelli and Tod’s collections.

athlux

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Genny

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missoni

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Gucci

Athluxe is the look for Fall/Winter 2022 as a welcome refresh of athletic staples. Think leather-crafted jogging pants as seen at Genny, handmade crocheted crops and skirts à la Gucci’s collaboration with Adidas, and unexpected combinations like a skin-bare bra top with bright, slouchy sweats – a striking combination that’s worn over the Missoni catwalk strolled.

Pure joys

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fendi

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prada

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Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini

The Italians always deliver seductive clothes, with transparent fabric as a trademark. The Fall/Winter 2022 update is all about the juxtaposition, like an oversized faux fur layered over a sheer dress, whether lace or ruffled. Or a tailored, boxy blazer with a romantically sheer skirt and heels.

micro mini

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Versace

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Trussardi

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diesel

The aughts redux is far from over and the micro-mini is a key player in the Autumn/Winter 2022 game. The thigh-bare silhouette is inherently bold, but as in London, there have been many cases of new versions being vividly pigmented or are made of luxurious fabrics such as sequins. As for your “everyday” approach, it’s all about the beloved denim mini, whether it’s styled with confident pieces like Versace or more edged like Diesel’s runway version.

Great lengths

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Alberta Ferretti

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Jil Sander

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Etro

The Maxi is anything but new. However, New York Fashion Week introduced the elongated hem look for Fall Winter 2022, which is now an established silhouette after witnessing the Milan shows. The statement iterations turned out to be knits, like Alberta Ferretti’s oversized cable-knit silhouette, Jil Sander’s slouchy, ankle-length minimal dress, and Etro’s intricately spun sweater and swing skirt combo.

Lustful leather

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Bottega Veneta

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Marni

Leather is another iconic cold-weather look refreshed for the 2022 season. While New York introduced edgier interpretations of everything from skinny sets to biker-inspired styles, Milanese designers took a more sophisticated approach, if no less bold. Bold colors, oversized silhouettes and head-to-toe styling prove that fall’s new leather look is all about making a statement.

Buckle up for S&M

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Roberto Cavalli

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Moschino

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vivetta

There is no doubt that a rebellious thread runs through the designers’ autumn collections. While ripped silhouettes and raver-inspired pants emerged in New York and darkly romantic shapes in London, Milan debuted more sadistic-inspired goods, from dresses and tops full of open necklines and straps. Plus, less-than-subtle flashes of skin via low-slung bottoms and extravagant embellishments of the rhinestone variant.

Eye-catching sequins

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Etro

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Bottega Veneta

While New York showcased a spirited take on sequins, Milan gave way to high-octane glamor for evenings, from ’70s-inspired gowns and powerfully saturated maxi shapes to intricately detailed cocktail numbers, complete with feather accents and embroidery.

Full swing

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Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini

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Versace

Combining the dazzling hue of rhinestones in New York with London’s iridescent fabrics and fringes, Italian labels reaffirmed the jazz era of 2020 with embellishment-laden dresses and skirts, including ruffled rhinestones, fringed metallics and moody noir and navy beaded trims.

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