The Fall 2021 runways in Milan painted a party-ready image of life post-lockdown, and the Spring 2022 season solely expanded on this flashy imaginative and prescient of enjoyable. Membership-approved attractive should have been on the moodboards of a number of prime Italian labels this season, as had been the ’60s and cheerful colours like pink and yellow.
Craftcore had a strong showing in Milan: Colorful crochet crop tops, mini skirts and dresses graced several runways, including Etro and Jil Sander. Meanwhile, Alberta Ferretti and No. 21 presented more monochromatic, minimalist examples of the homespun craft.
Italian brands have practical, all-weather partywear on their minds for Spring 2022. Ermanno Scervino paired sporty anoraks with sequined flared pants, while Tod’s showed water-repellent toppers over mini dresses.
A go-to bridesmaid shade, dusty rose found its way into the color palettes of Italian designers — but those with an aversion to basic nuptials will be pleased to learn that it was used to cover silky suits and satin mini dresses, as opposed to the ubiquitous maxi length gowns that we’re used to seeing walk down an aisle.
Is it a bird? No, it’s just a Fendi jacket made up of brilliantly dyed plumage. It wasn’t just Kim Jones feeling the look: All things feathery and fluffy were a prevalent theme elsewhere in Milan, too.
After over a year in sweatpants, everybody’s excited to show off some leg. Emilio Pucci, Prada and Versace have the abbreviated hemline solution in their warm-weather offerings with a series of ’60s-inspired minis.
Pool to Party
A carryover top trend from New York, the itsy bitsy triangle bikini took the Milan runways by storm. Whether shown with low-rise pants or alone, swimwear-as-outerwear might become spring’s unofficial uniform.
From sheer dresses to see-through trousers, transparency was a top priority for luxury labels. While some designers gave intimates the X-ray treatment, others used translucent clothes as layering pieces to add intrigue to standard tops and bottoms.
Yolk yellow, a warm hue that’s somewhere in between a gold and a bright yellow, had a runny streak in Milan. We first spotted this egg-inspired shade in Paris for Fall 2021 runways, meaning we can incorporate it into our closets right now.