Milan Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Milan Fashion Week revealed the Italian view on spring 2009 fashion: glamorous and sophisticated, sometimes opulent but very feminine. Here are some of the spring 2009 trends:

1. Bejeweled: not only evening gowns but also trenches and short coats are adorned with stones, big paillets, studs or crystals.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Bejeweled

Alberta Ferretti, Burberry Prorsum, Derercuny, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro and Blumarine

2. Bouffant/bold shoulders and sleeves: middle-ages fashion references take a sci-fi spin with glossy leather, shiny, stiff fabrics in purest white or hottest pink.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Bold Shoulders/Sleeves

Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré and Iceberg

3. Cocoon: one of the "it" silhouettes for spring 2009, loose, soft, body-hugging cocoon-shaped dresses and skirts call for a relaxed attitude.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Cocoon Shapes

Bottega Veneta, Marni, Burberry Prorsum, Pringle of Scotland, Dolce & Gabbana

4. Folds make for a strong fashion statement be it in a architectonic style at Ferré, a couture florescence at Scognamiglio or soft, ruffled folds like those at Pollini.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Folds

Francesco Scognamiglio, Gianfranco Ferré, Versace, Pollini and Maurizio Pecoraro

5. Fringe: flapper/cabaret-like soft fringes will adorn pretty cocktail dresses next spring. There's also a futuristic spin at Aquilano e Rimondi and Jil Sander where Raf Simons went crazy with his clothes made from what looked like human hair.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Fringe

Alberta Ferretti, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Aquilano e Rimondi, Jil Sander, La Perla and Roberto Cavalli

6. Gingham and its derivates prints were a refreshing look for spring 2009, due to the combination traditional masculine patterns - flimsy short dresses.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Gingham

Burberry Prorsum, Just Cavalli, Marni and MaxMara

7. Gold: the typical luxury mark, gold was seen a lot on the runways at Milan. If you're afraid of looking tacky, opt for a simple cut top or for a golden mini dress.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Gold

D&G, Dsquared, Etro, La Perla and Versace

8. Intricate: nothing it's simple anymore! A textured surface says 'hip' faster than anything else. Look for loose lace-like knits and laser-cut patterns.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Intricate

Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Pringle of Scotland, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli

9. Jumpsuit: it emerged few seasons ago and no one thought it will kick off as a trend. Nowadays, thanks to street-style blogs, you can see fashionistas of all ages sporting jumpsuits in real life. So you should get one before it goes mainstream. With the spring 2009 tailored, sexy sophisticated jumpsuits the choice should be easy.

Milan Fashion Week Trend: Jumpsuit


Etro, Francesco Scognamiglio, Giorgio Armani, Iceberg, Moschino, MaxMara

10. One-shoulder: Just like jumpsuits, one-shoulder dresses are not a new thing in fashion but I'm glad they stuck in the top trends for spring 2009. Also I absolutely love these dresses here.


Milan Fashion Week Trend: One Shoulder


Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci, Iceberg, Giorgio Armani and Versace
What's new though is the one-sleeve look which I don't necessarily dig. Despite looking pretty awkward, many designers embraced this look be it jumpsuits, short dresses or evening gowns.


Milan Fashion Week Trend: One Sleeve


Iceberg, Moschino C&C, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Aquilano e Rimondi

11. Rose garden: if it's not jewels, fringes or couture folds than fabric roses is the way to make your clothes stand out from the crowd. A dress adorn with dozens of roses appliqué definitely says spring.


Milan Fashion Week Trend: Rose Garden


Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Francesco Sconamiglio and Moschino

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