We've seen plenty of minimalist lines at the Milan Fashion Week spring 2014 edition, however, there are several designers who make a compelling case for bold, maximalist looks as well. The definition of a head-turning ensemble varied from one label to another, however elegance and sultriness were the common denominator. Here are some of the coolest looks that caught our eye:
MFW Spring 2014: Dolce & Gabbana - Sicily Meets Ancient Greece
Designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce don't need to look to far for creative insights: the beauty of Sicily proves a vast source of inspiration season after season. For spring 2014, the two focused on the region's glorious past: “It’s a dream of Sicily. Like, you go on holiday to Syracuse or Taormina, and you see the Greek theater, then you come home and dream about it,” Stefano Gabbana explained.
The duo's unique vision was materialized though Ancient Greece temple motifs, coin patterns, polka dots, chic spring blossoms textural accents and eclectic prints. Ultra feminine lace and silk dresses, high waist skirts, fur trimmed car coats, statement “coin” belts, bold earrings, rhinestone-studded sandals and chic handbags were among the most attention-grabbing creations from the new line. View more from: Dolce & Gabbana spring 2014 collection
A heavy dose of prints, sexiness and athletic influences defined the new Emilio Pucci spring 2014 collection. Designer Peter Dundas brought his own “version of gym queens”, with an interesting blend of hip-hop streetwear, tribal motifs and glam rock-n-roll accents. Key pieces from the new Emilio Pucci line include cool cropped jackets, basketball shorts, embroidered cropped hoodies, bustier-style dresses, chic neoprene swimwear. For evening, the designer brought multicolored, glitzy body hugging short dresses and high shine metallic accents.
View more from: Emilio Pucci spring 2014 collection
The Moschino spring 2014 show was titled “For Fashion Victims Only” and marked the label's 30th anniversary. Designer Rossella Jardini, celebrated the event with a playful new line inspired by the eighties Italian movie, “Sotto il Vestito Niente” and Franco Moschino's original muses: Pat Cleveland, Violetta Sanchez, Amalia and Gisele Zelauy. The good girl/bad girl theme was reflected through a myriad of whimsical creations: pretty frocks, cropped leather jackets, eccentric shopping bag – inspired dresses or a sequined dress with a question mark, being among the show's most memorable looks. View more from: Moschino spring 2014 collection
Angela Missoni wasn't satisfied with a single source of inspiration for her new line. Instead, she thought about the four elements — water, earth, fire, air — and injected chic Oriental influences into her newest creations. A myriad of eclectic motifs attracted attention: volcano prints, seascapes, stripes abstract accents. As for the defining pieces of the new line, chic sarongs, boxy cotton and silk T-shirts, asymmetrical dresses or chic caftan and sari-inspired silhouettes were among the most notable examples. View more from: Missoni spring 2014 collection
The Aquilano.Rimondi line was inspired by Paul Gauguin's work. Designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi worked with tropical bloom patterns, gorgeous jewel tones and face prints inspired by the artist (just like in the Prada spring 2014 collection) and handcrafted embellishments. The line brought a multitude of high waist mini skirts, satin dresses, high heel sandals and bold cropped tops. View more from: Aquilano.Rimondi spring 2014 collection