Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 brought a handful modern, sporty and minimalist creations, particularly on the second day. Though many labels focused on developing creations that reflect their DNA, others surprised by going in a completely unexpected direction. However, the surprises were definitely pleasant bringing plenty of chic style suggestions into the spotlight:
MFW Spring 2014 Trends: Urban Minimalism at Max Mara
The Max Mara spring 2014 collection was perhaps the one that best reflected the concept of urban minimalism. The brand took inspiration from art galleries and Soho's neon city lights and billboards. The label seems to love its oversized coats which got updated for the warm months and made sleek, breezy and buttonless.
Using fabrics like linen, soft cashmere, wool and tricot the brand brought a variety of chic pencil skirts, spaghetti strapped sheaths and a few mannish jackets. If at the beginning of the show the label focused on subtle neutral tones, as the show progressed viewers saw bolder alternatives in orange, emerald green, fuchsia, royal blue and purple. The preference for monochrome outfits was extremely strong, being extended even accessories-wise.
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MFW Spring 2014 Trends: Feminine Meets Masculine at Ports 1961
Designer Fiona Cibani cited the movie “Zabriskie Point” and athletic vibes as inspiration for the Ports 1961 spring 2014 line. Her new offerings combine feminine and masculine vibes in a series of minimalism- inspired outfits which tend to be on the conservative side. For the most part, the line brought simple yet feminine monochrome dresses and voluminous outwear, however the line did bring a few surprises such as sunrise inspired cotton piquet pleated dress, a printed leather skirt and leather anoraks. View more from the Ports 1961 spring 2014 collection
MFW Spring 2014 Trends: Constuction/De-constuction at Costume National
Ennio Capasa's spring 2014 Costume National collection was focused on the principles of construction and de-contruction: “I constructed this collection by freely assembling and reassembling patterns to give each piece a sense of ease,” the designer stated. As a result, the line brought a lot of modern, sporty simple short dresses, cropped trousers, chic asymmetric pieces with bold cut-outs, cool variations on the biker jacket and even a handful of metallic accents. The designer favored monochrome outfits focusing on a handful of strong tones: acid yellow, navy, black and white. View more from the Costume National spring 2014 collection
MFW Spring 2014 Trends: Tech Geometry at Fendi
The Fendi spring 2014 collection was breezy, unexpected and definitely captivating. Karl Lagerfeld looked at the tech world for inspiration for the newest line and even included a few very subtle athletic vibes. It seems like sheer accents and bandeaus, which were featured extensively at London Fashion Week are also popular in Milan. The line brought many geometric lines with a particular fascination for trapeze shapes, precise cuts, contrasting accents and colorblocking. At times, the outfits had a mosaic-like allure due to the many textural contrasts included. For print lovers, the label prepared chic abstract patterns and houndstooth panels with a distinctly modern vibe. View more from the Fendi spring 2014 collection
MFW Spring 2014 Trends: Futuristic '60s at Peuterey Aiguille Noire
Designers Francesco Ferrari and Tomaso Anfossi brought a small set of ultra wearable outfits at Milan Fashion Week. They used the 60s as inspiration, but with futurism in mind, not nostalgia. The line consisted of chic, feminine dresses, bold colored skirts, chic neoprene bomber jackets and chic coats. Elegant yet sporty seemed to be the intent behind the label's newest creations. View more from the Peuterey Aiguille Noire spring 2014 collection