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Your Recap of London and Milan Fashion Weeks

Your Recap of London and Milan Fashion Weeks
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As we near the end of Fashion Month, the trends hitting our Instagram feed just keep on coming. While London and Milan may neighbor each other on the fashion calendar, the two cities present very different kinds of designers. London has more of a upstart, rebellious feel to it, while Milan brings the heritage houses that have historically defined European fashion. Today we're recapping some of the top trends we spotted coming off both London's and Milan's runways. (Scroll to see the full album!)

For the Love of the Perfect Coat

burberry jw anderson molly goddard prada rejina pyo From left to right: Burberry, JW Anderson, Molly Goddard, Prada, Rejina Pyo

It's no surprise that some of the best coats come from London, what with the constant threat of rain hanging over its designers' heads. This year we saw updates on the classic trench and overcoat. But with coats, usually the simple updates are best as Molly Goaddard's perfect ruched-tied trench showed us.

Study in Contrasts

Ashish gucci victoria beckham versace emilia wickstead david koma From left to right: Ashish, Gucci, Victoria Beckham, Versace, Emilia Wickstead, David Koma

Did you happen to catch the Emmy's over the weekend? If you did, you probably caught sight of this trend already. Whether contrasting red and pink, red and green, or even pink and orange, designers mashed up contrasting colors, well, complementarily. If you were more in the mood for a subtle touch of contrast, look no further than Victoria Beckham's rust-colored dress with a royal blue sash.

Neon Re-emerges

versace blumarine supriya lele bottega veneta From left to right: Versace, Blumarine, Supriya Lele, Bottega Veneta

If you have decade whiplash, you're not alone. But guess what, it's the eighties again. At least according to some designers - particularly to several in Milan. From Versace's re-imagining of the Jungle collection (and J.Lo's walk down the runway that broke the internet) to Bottega Veneta's bright orange parka, you'll be seeing more neon - whether that's green, orange or pink - on the racks come spring.

Monochrome Dressing

giorgio armani boss jil sander fila From left to right: Giorgio Armani, Boss, Max Mara, Jil Sander, Fila

For those who favor looking less like a traffic cone, there was plenty of riffs on monochrome dressing. The monochromatic trend continues carried in themes from suiting to sportswear.

Sporty Spice

house of holland marques almeida fila iceberg christopher kane From left to right: House of Holland, Marques Almeida, Fila, Iceberg, Christopher Kane

Of course you couldn't miss sportswear on this year's runways in London and Milan. There was moto sports inspiration at Marques Almeida, body-hugging dresses at Fila, and sporty layers meant to seamlessly transition from the beach to the party at Iceberg.

Ruffled Effect

simone rocha erdem christopher kane Victoria Beckham From left to right: Simone Rocha, Erdem, Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham

London designers were besotted with the ruffle this season. There was the light touch of feminine ruffles on view at Victoria Beckham and then there was the maximalist Victorian-inspired ruffle accents from Simone Rocha and Erdem.

Denim Remixed

versace philosophy alberta ferretti peter pilotto MSGM From left to right: Versace, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, MSGM

Denim may not always play a starring role on the runway but we saw enough this season to tell us we'll be seeing some new styles come next spring. In particular, we saw some washes that we haven't seen much of recently - almost verging on acid - at Versace and Peter Pilotto. And another trend to have on your radar - which shouldn't surprise us given the ongoing biker short trend - is the knee-length skinny fit denim short brought to us by MSGM.

Sheer Layers

gucci no21 fendi etro simone rocha sportmax From left to right: Gucci, No. 21, Fendi, Etro, Simone Rocha, Sportmax

Nothing says spring like sheer, delicate layers that graze the skin. Some designers offered up solid interpretations, while others went the printed route, but either way, sheer layered dresses are a versatile and welcome addition to our spring/summer wardrobes.

The Shoes Make the Outfit

bottega veneta fendi marni halpern bottega veneta From left to right: Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Marni, Halpern, Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta continues to wow with its shoes - and shows us the square toe trend will keep on going. We also couldn't take our eyes off the yummy pink loafer pumps at Fendi. Oh, and those wooden soled sandals at Marni? Delightful.

Bag Love

burberry bottega veneta sportmax emporio armani fendi missoni marni From left to right: Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Sportmax, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Missoni, Marni

Whether you're looking for a miniature or maximum-sized bag, there was something to choose from. Hands-free? Try Emporio Armani's necklace style pouch. Need to fit a costume change in there? Bottega Veneta, Burberry, and Sportmax had structured and freeform bags for living large.

Star Accessories

gucci prada prada roland mouret gucci dolce and gabanna From left to right: Gucci, Prada, Prada, Roland Mouret, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana

And of course, there's the rest of the accessories. Where to start? We loved Prada's hat, modeled by Gigi, and we're also betting that the sunglass chain, as interpreted by Gucci, is going to continue to be an accessory category to watch.

That wraps up our London and Milan runway recap - if you didn't get your copy of our New York Fashion Week editorial, get yours here!

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