Recap: The Top Shows from Milan Fashion Week

From 1970s floral prints at Jil Sander to shoe boots at Prada and menswear-influenced suits at Salvatore Ferragamo, here are the top takeaways from the top collections.

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From 1970s floral prints at Jil Sander to shoe boots at Prada and menswear-influenced suits at Salvatore Ferragamo, here are the top takeaways from the top collections. Arguably the most important show in Milan, Prada did not disappoint this season. Sequins, snakeskin, mod coats and the "it" shoe of the season, a trompe l'oeil combo boot and high heel all came down the runway.
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Etro conjured up images of seriously fun prints. Designer Veronica Etro played with tartan, metallic leather and mosaic patterns this season, mixing and matching, which gave the show a rich bohemian vibe.
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Peter Dundas is really coming into his own at Emilio Pucci. Of course the familiar Pucci prints were showcased (though Dundas' versions were hand-painted), but the designer also played with sexy silhouettes and emphasized red carpet gowns this season.
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It was all about Crayola color brights at Anna Molinari's fall 2011 Blumarine show. The designer sent models out in mass in streamlined shapes in yellow, orange, green, purple and blue.
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Fall 2011 marked the 90th anniversary of Gucci. 1970s references were paramount in the show including secretary blouses and fedoras. For evening Frida Giannini sent out draped gowns and colorful fur shrugs.
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Dolce & Gabbana juxtaposed masculine and feminine elements in the label's fall 2011 show. The first look was a masculine double-breasted black jacquard jacket and matching cropped trousers. The next look was a sexy long sleeve sheath with a star print and lace panels. The back and forth continued through the show set to a Davie Bowie soundtrack.
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The rock and roll bohemian woman was the clear theme of Roberto Cavalli's fall 2011 show. Think layers of lace and chiffon, feathers and fur and skintight pants.
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Salvatore Ferragamo designer Massimiliano Giornetti pushed the boundaries this season -- there were sharp suits in pinstripes, houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks. Everything was perfectly cut and inspired by masculine suiting.
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Raf Simons was inspired by a combination of ski wear and haute couture this season at Jil Sander, making for a strange, but beautiful mix. There were cocoon coats, brightly knit sweaters and more of the toile maxi skirts that made the label's spring collection a hit.
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Fairy tale prints on floaty chiffon maxi skirts, pastel versions of the classic Missoni knit and tweed boucle short suits all came down the runway at Missoni's fall 2011 show. The collection emphasized a longer and more exaggerated proportion this season.
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It was an unexpectedly prim collection from Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier this season. Think lace cocktail frocks (some created using trompe l'oeil lace stencils) and wool mod suits.
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Donatella Versace played homage to her late brother Gianni this season pulling from the archives including bold black sheaths and baroque and military details.
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Neon colors, alphabet prints and a high heeled take on Converse's classic sneaker, D&G's fall 2011 show was all about fun (via the 1980s).
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Giorgio Armani went back to his bread and butter this season: the power suit. There were beige and black versions that are sure to make his power woman clientele quite happy.
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Marni and its designer Consuelo Castiglioni emphasized restrained elegance this season. Platform shoes, a double breasted coat dress over a skirt, fitted sheaths and a neutral color palette with pops of kelly green, bubble gum pink and red came down the runway this season.
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The inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld's fall 2011 Fendi show was a buttoned up-to-the-neck art teacher with a little bit of a wild side. That translated into Mary Jane shoes, fur coats made of sable, fox, chinchilla and mink collaged together and a rich color palette of tangerine, teal and cobalt blue.
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