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Top trends to watch from Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week’s catwalk shows wrapped up Sunday, providing an early glimpse into women’s looks for Fall/Winter 2024-2025. Here are a few of the top trends.

Transparency

Despite chilly fall and winter temperatures, designers went all out for the see-through trend, whether at Armani, Prada, Gucci or Alberta Ferretti and more. At Dolce & Gabbana, it wasn’t just supermodel Naomi Campbell on the catwalk and Eva Mendes in the front row supplying the wow factor, but a series of chic, skin-bearing looks — all in black and inspired by the classic tuxedo.

The design duo devoted nearly their entire collection to the trend. Inky-black transparent silk skirts came tied at the hip or front and were paired with Bolero-style tuxedo jackets, while sheer black blouses were set off with satin belts and fringed with feathers. Especially daring were dresses made from fishnet, revealing black hot pants and triangle bras underneath.

Giorgio Armani provided a softer, gentler version, with sheer baby blue blouses in silk knotted at the neck peppering the Japan-influenced collection, some with printed floral motifs. A hot pink robe — an uncharacteristic burst of color from the master of muted tones — was a boudoir look ready for the nightclub, transparent but with embroidered flowers near the hem. At Tom Ford, a stunning long sheath in grape may have fully encased the body with long sleeves and a high turtleneck, but it was entirely sheer, with just bikini bottoms peeking from beneath.

Faux Fur

The ethical debate over the use of fur continues, as day one of the shows was marked by the storming of the Fendi catwalk by a protester, while animal rights groups similarly targeted Max Mara in an ongoing campaign. — AFP

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