19 Looks From Milan Fashion Week That Reminded Us Italians Do It Better

A chef's kiss to these looks that run the gamut from mid-century Italiana elegance to a summery Y2K bohemian rhapsody

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MISSONI LOOK 26

"I like the zany prints and relative ease of this outfit — sometimes opting for “more” means you can do less, which I appreciate. With the Y2K renaissance and sexy-Mediterranean vibes of fashion’s current mood, Missoni is having a moment." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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JIL SANDER LOOK 35

"This crochet polo top/dress over trousers combo was one of the more compelling looks from a brand synonymous with the idea of 'minimalism' — however, this look proves that less doesn't have to mean dull." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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MISSONI LOOk 1

"Missoni’s sleek and sexy show hit all the right notes with me. This look featuring a crop top adorned with a floor-length train, paired with low-cut boyfriend jeans equals ultimate cool girl vibes and is giving me all the post-lockdown outfit ideas I need right now." — Annabel Dickson, editorial and fashion assistant

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BLUMARINE LOOK 9

"A collection to be seen, literally, through rose-tinted glasses, Blumarine delivered oversized jeans and body-baring chiffon built on a dramatic foundation of Y2K nostalgia. I’ll be dreaming of this look in the happy reaches of my summertime mind." — Julia Gessler, production and digital journalist

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TOD'S LOOK 18

"Love the 60s vibe to the cut, colour and print on this knit set worn by New Zealand model and #VivaVolumeThree cover star Jordan Daniels for Tod’s. The contrasting tangerine collar and intricate patchwork stripe is playful and preppy at the same time." — Johanna Thornton, deputy editor

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VERSACE LOOK 3

"Before the parade of colour and basketball silks at Versace came a coterie of comparably simple black looks that we’re business-ready and dressed in signature safety pins. This boxy blazer ensemble with slinky bell-bottoms had all the markers of a house that also knows how to work with smiling restraint." — Julia Gessler, production and digital journalist

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ETRO LOOK 5

"I feel like she's either about to go to or has come from some hedonistic outdoor rave in Ibiza, and I'm happy for her. " — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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MAX MARA LOOK 10

"The bandeaux-jacket-skirt combo is made better in Max Mara butter-yellow — an echo of sunshine-drenched days spent sauntering around in palpable optimism." — Julia Gessler, production and digital journalist

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JIL SANDER LOOK 33

"This silk stripe Jil Sander dress looks like it would be a dream to wear — its gentle drape creating shape and structure without compromising on lightness and fluidity. Swish swish." — Johanna Thornton, deputy editor

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MARNI LOOK 26

"Francesco Risso’s emotive, joyous Marni show earned rave reviews, and rightly so — tapping into the collective need for fun, rebellion and imperfection. Deckchair stripes and daisies sat effortlessly alongside punk references and leather — no juxtaposition here — while showgoers were dressed in hand-painted pieces. It all feels so upliftingly human. I love it." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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PRADA LOOK 20

"You won't ever see me in a corset, but corseting built into a luxurious chunky sweater? I'm in." — Chloe Hill, contributing fashion editor

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PRADA LOOK 3

"Nice to see a Prada show IRL happening — even more clever is the simultaneous parallel between its Milan and Shanghai events. While this union from two designers I love is admittedly a slow burn for me (more ugly chic, please), as a Prada fan I'll always find something to appreciate, like all the dope leathers in this collection." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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SUNNEI LOOK 16

"An excellent example of an easy — but not boring or minimal — summer look. The whole collection cannily explores city dressing for hot days." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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MAX MARA LOOK 27

"Max Mara’s show was a celebration of workwear with smart coordinating sets in denim, canvas and cashmere, inspired by the utilitarian aesthetic of the Beat Generation — with some black feathers and ruffled chiffon for good measure. I’m into the crisp simplicity of this bandeau top with a white denim jacket and matching trousers." — Johanna Thornton, deputy editor

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SPORTMAX LOOK 33

"A great coat, fastened with a ribbon and festooned with floral patchwork, worn with jeans. A new type of elegance and attitude you can't help but be drawn to." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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MSGM LOOK 7

"I’m very into tablecloths and picnic blankets, so this cheerful gingham is an easy yes for me." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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MISSONI LOOK 24

"Floral separates that work for pretty much any scenario are my jam. Would wear this set for morning brunch, out to a club, or even to pop down to the dairy!" — Chloe HIll, contributing fashion editor

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PRADA LOOK 28

"I like how this knitted set calls to mind historical swimwear — sporty, sexy and frumpy all at the same time (things Miuccia has always married together well). I’d pair this with a loose striped cotton shirt, headscarf and sandals." — Emma Gleason, commercial editor

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MARNI LOOK 7

"If you get a moment, I'd suggest you watch the video of this show. Featuring a cast of 400, a mix of models and dancers, even guests were rendered in Marni looks, upcycled, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind. One of the models wearing the actual new collection wore this pinstripe look. I'd like to wear it with a T-shirt and sandals for summer." — Dan Ahwa, fashion and creative director

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