Trendspotting: Highlights From Milan Fashion Week...

Oh, Milan! So much black, so much leather, so much genuine Italian style. It would be an understatement to say that Milan fashion week is one of my favorites of all of the "fashion month" cities. Paris tops it, yes, but Milan is a close second. 

Prada, Pucci, Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Armani, Etro, Versace, Fendi, Moschino, Gucci... ahhh. My fashion happy place. These are only part of my #MFW is such a standout showcase of style. More than that, it's the setting. Rome may be where my soul resides, but Milan takes its street style seriously. The city is less picturesque than many of its Italian sister cities, but it is not devoid of architectural significance and beauty. The Duomo, the Milanese and the pulse of the city beckon. It is the ultimate black leather clad backdrop for its all-star list of brands coming to showcase their fall wares. 

What did I love? Pucci is a perennial favorite. This season's offerings featured their signature funky kaleidoscope-inspired patterns. The colorful, swirly designs dovetailed beautifully into the overall 70's vibe that has been seen across the globe. My surprise brand crush? Sportmax. The line offered up a clean-lined sense of chic that appealed to my "classic feminine" leanings. I loved focus on tailored leathers and belted dresses.  was very figure flattering and set the stage for a romantic fall ahead.   

Fringe is, of course, still a having its moment in the sun. As is the thematic presence of fun (presumably faux) fur on almost all runways. I'm loving the emergence of the flowy pants we've been seeing, gentle pleating on cascading folds of fabric and the overall optimistic visual story happening. Another recurring element? Seemingly adopted from street style, flats and flatforms were everywhere. That's not to say heels are out by any stretch (boots are surely still on the rise), but it seems comfort might suddenly be chic. 

The Autumn/Winter shows naturally offer an abundance of coats and jackets. But rather than the staid wools and leathers we commonly enjoy, 2015's fall season is all about the statement coat. Wild embroidered pieces, bold (almost neon but not quite) quilted puffers, opulent hand-stitched pieces and every feathered and fur-adorned style one could possibly imagine. When considering a top layer for next year, best leave any sartorial shyness at home and go for bold "yes, it is fabulous, isn't it?" attitude. As you know, this is an investment piece I"m fully behind! Jackets and coats are my apparel indulgence of choice. Separates may come and go in my closet, but those well-made top layers are mine for the keeping for years to come. 

And then there was Dolce & Gabbana's tribute to mommies everywhere. The fashionable duo paid sweet homage to motherhood without veering into matronly style. The looks were flirty and youthful. Think: postcard inspired prints, message-emblazoned sweaters and roses... oodles of roses. The message love was crystal clear.  

Beauty wise? Simple hair. Easy hair. Tousled hair. Love! And of course... that flick of eyeliner at the corners. Add this to kissable lips and a dewy overall look and I'm smitten. 2015 promises to be one the year of celebrating actual beauty. I couldn't be happier. 

BUT FIRST... A TASTE OF SPRING

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