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Even though, after last night’s Academy Awards’ ceremony, the Oscar’s are the talk of the town, today also marks the final day of Milan Fashion Week making it the perfect opportunity to take a look at the best shows that have taken place over the past few days. Gucci wasn’t the only label keen to show it had something to prove this season: Italy’s luxury fashion designers were brimming with bold ideas.

Video - Prada via Vogue

At Prada, the sailor theme was carried over from the Autumn-Winter 16 menswear show into womenswear, but Miuccia Prada served up a collection that was far more complex than simply nautical. Woman - in all her guises - served as the inspiration for this collection and, in the process fashion codes were turned on their head. Corsets were worn over outerwear, bags dangled from models’ necks whilst clashingly patterns and prints were joyously paired with one another. 


Image source - Fendi

Autumn-Winter 16 was the season of the ruffle at Fendi: it adorned cuffs, hems, thigh-high boots and every other item of clothing you could possibly think of. Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t content with stopping there and ruffles were also echoed by wavy stripes resulting in a playful, lighthearted collection. 

Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta’s creative director Tomas Meier presented guests with the epitome of sophistication for Autumn-Winter 16. Checks and leopard prints were the stand out elements of an otherwise simple collection, which had a strong focus on wardrobe staples. Proof that dressing well doesn’t have to be complicated, tailoring, belted coats and long, casually flung scarves made for an elegant silhouette.

Image source - Marni

This season, colours and shapes formed the backbone of the collection designed by Consuelo Castiglioni. Structural sleeves were a defining feature whilst block colours alternated with bright prints: in short, Marni’s Autumn-Winter 16 collection is not for those who are afraid of making a style statement. 

After a series of strong shows in Milan, it’ll be interesting to see if Paris can also hit the mark for Autumn-Winter 16.