Milan Fashion Week closed on Monday, February 29 with a catwalk show from Giorgio Armani.
The Italian fashion house previewed an elegant collection for autumn/winter 2016, with a line of understatedly stylish designs mainly in black and a few shades of gray.
There were discreet touches of color here and there, but looks were kept simple and refined.
As well as sticking with dark colours, Giorgio Armani went big on velvet, using the fabric in a majority of the looks presented this season. Velvet was brought to garments as edging and pockets, for example, and was sometimes used in accessories.
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Velvet and black were major themes for Giorgio Armani, bringing a sophisticated feel to the autumn/winter 2016 collection.
Giorgio Armani showed off shoulders and midriff with elegant style, covering the body in a sheer veil.
Lighter colored pieces were kept discreet in the Giorgio Armani collection, with subdued shades rather than eye-catching brights seen on pieces like trouser suits.
As well as velvet, Giorgio Armani went big on fringing for autumn/winter 2016, like with this ensemble. Fringing was also brought to accessories such as shawls.
Giorgio Armani added a few touches of color to the collection as discreet complements rather than attention-grabbing shades.
Velvet was used for neckties too, finished with a feminine bow and worn over a dark, sophisticated coat.
At shows of ready-to-wear heavyweights such as Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Emporio Armani, Diesel Black Gold and Versace, geometric prints were a major theme. Some labels went big on florals and bright colors, bringing a springtime vibe to the autumn/winter runway.
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After already featuring in collections in Milan, London and New York, blue was once again a star shade in the weekend’s previews.
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Dolce & Gabbana: Spring is in the air this autumn, as shoes blossom with a multitude of floral blooms in shades of blue at Dolce & Gabbana.
Gucci: Jewelry went XXL at Gucci, with chunky chains and big flower pendants.
Iceberg: Square-toed mocassin shoes will be on the up in winter 2016. The season’s must-have models come in super-bright shades and are worn with socks, à la Iceberg.
Blumarine: Blumarine finished oversized clutch bags in a leopard-print fabric, bringing a soft, fuzzy feel to winter nights out.
Ermanno Scervino: Ermanno Scervino wrapped up models in big furry hoods to keep out the winter cold. Get the look by hooding up without a coat ... obviously.
Marni: Jewelry will go big for autumn/winter 2016, like these supersized chain earrings from Marni.
The fashion gala also left in its wake a whole range of original and offbeat accessories that’ll be heading to fashionista wardrobes for autumn 2016.
From oversized jewelry and flower-encrusted shoes to furry hoods, here’s a look at some of the craziest accessories spotted on the Milan runway this season.
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Ermanno Scervino: The ultra-feminine collection from Ermanno Scervino showed off every curve with lace, embroidery and a refined selection of shades. (February 27, 2016).
Missoni: Colors and chevron motifs took pride of place in the Missoni autumn/winter collection. Cuts were long, like with this dress and its matching extra-long scarf (February 28, 2016).
Diesel Black Gold: Leather and denim were big news at Diesel Black Gold, seen with geometric cuts and technical fabrics in some highly feminine looks. (February 26, 2016).
Emporio Armani: Emporio Armani put its iconic black at the center of this season’s collection, showing some highly classic pieces lifted with touches of color and geometric prints. (February 26, 2016).
Etro: Etro showed a selection of styles, mixing exceptional fabrics with beads, embroidery and floral prints. The collection also brought layering to certain looks. (February 26, 2016).
Iceberg: Iceberg stood out from the Milan crowd with its original silhouettes. However, the label did jump on the trend for geometric prints. Squares were the star shape in this autumn/winter collection, seen in particular on dresses. Check out this number twinned with an oversized bow. (February 26, 2016).
Versace: Versace previewed a collection of feminine looks adorned with geometric patterns in various shades of blue. (February 26, 2016).
Bottega Veneta: While many of the Milan fashion houses mixed wintry get-ups with lighter, springtime pieces, Bottega Veneta showed a collection of warm, comfortable looks with knitwear, extra-long scarves and long coats. (February 27, 2016).
Blumarine: Blumarine lit up the catwalk with simmering shades and sequin detail. The label also previewed certain brightly colored looks. (February 27, 2016)
Leitmotiv: Leitmotiv shunned the trend for geometric patterns, opting instead for floral prints in various shades. This brought a boho-chic vibe to the autumn/winter 2016 runway. (February 27, 2016).
Marni: Marni’s collection had a contemporary, modernist vibe with wide cuts like these functional, removable puff sleeves. (February 28, 2016).
Dolce & Gabbana: Dolce & Gabbana brought its signature style to the autumn/winter 2016 runway with feminine looks brimming with floral blooms. Sparkles and color were on the agenda too, brought to life by a magical decor. (February 28, 2016).
Salvatore Ferragamo: Playing with layering, cuts and interesting arrangements, Salvatore Ferragamo went big on zips for autumn/winter 2016.
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