Designers, new and old, appeared at MFW, and there were a ton of trends and high fashion to observe. In recent seasons, Milan has been a celebration full of party looks and back-to-civilization dressing, but the most recent show is getting back to business, heavily featuring structured wares with a mixture of playful and fun details.
Milan Fashion Week is traditionally known for extraordinary tailoring, and the February 2022 events were no exception. Strong shoulders and slightly oversized trousers were on show, pared-down with a boudoir style of dressing, creating the perfect blend of business and party tied together into one look. Lingerie-inspired looks included sheer fabrics and lace, as well as corsets.
Similar to NYFW, denim and leather were fabrics that were difficult to ignore. Denim appeared in many forms from casual to suit-style silhouettes. Since the theme of Milan embodied getting back to business, it’s only fitting that suiting appeared frequently. Ultimately, leather was the most popular fabric, specifically in a very worn-in way, gaining favor over shiny, new variations.
Standout colors include Barbie pinks, royal blues, and yellows of every shade. Pink shades, found in pastels and fuchsia alike, were daring and beautiful whether styled boldly or more understated. Royal blue will be the saturated hue of choice. Yellow head-to-toe looks were seen on several runways in varieties of suiting and other looks. These colors channeled a sunny outlook, which signifies a brighter future no matter the obstacles to come. Other colors worth an honorable mention include cherry red and chartreuse, the chosen green of the season.
While Milan is certainly a hub for luxury, the Italian brands known for their tailoring and exquisite looks were able to have some fun with their designs. Amidst the Russian invasion, which is certainly devastating, Milan powered through, and designers paid tribute to those fighting in their own ways. Now that MFW has come to an end, there’s more reason to cherish this life and make the most of it while we can.