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Velvet and toe caps rule Milan

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 03, 2012 02:34 IST
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After seven days of designers showcasing their collections, Milan Fashion Week came to a close on February 28. Some of the biggest trends that emerged from the week included interesting prints and capped shoes.

Hats were on constant display, as they ruled the ramp in varied forms and styles. While headgear went Western, with cowboy hats at Moschino, at Blugirl the mood embodied fun, with the collection showing fluffy, smurf-style headwear. Meanwhile, military style caps could be seen at MaxMara, berets at Emporio Armani and hats with bows at DSquared2.

In terms of footwear, one trend which emerged across all shoe types was that of toe caps. At Bottega Veneta, a patent variety added a luxe feel to pointy-toe boots, while silver toe-pumps offered stylish sparkle at Emilio Pucci. Metal toe caps adorned Just Cavalli’s slinky ankle- strap heels, while at Marni, black toe caps, heels and criss-cross straps were seen on white shoes, for a monochrome effect.

Fabric wise, this fashion season, Milan was dominated by velvet, showcased by the tuxedos inspired by the 1970s at Genny and V-neck dresses. Gucci was also high on the fabric, showcasing a long printed velvet gown in forest green. Emporio Armani favoured a crushed velvet style in gray and a smoother look in royal blue, while Bottega Veneta opted for floral print on velvet.

Colourful patterns were also seen on the runway with head-to-toe geometric prints at Prada, paisley prints at Etro, and patchwork-inspired prints that clashed, at Missoni. While Antonio Marras preferred floral patterns, Gabriele Colangelo went for graphic and abstract patterns.

Cop the trend
* Metal toe shoes can give you a very rocker chic feel. However, for a fun take pair it with a sleek, tea dress instead of the usual jeans and jacket combo.
* Velvet will continue to be a big trend next season too. Don’t shy away from experimenting with the fabric in jewel hues. Print on velvet too is a great trend to cop.
* Headgear will be a big trend to watch out for. So you can look for interesting and quirky headgear that can add chutzpah to your entire look. Also, never combine quirky headgear with chunky shoes as the effect can be too clashing.